By John W. Lillpop
For two years now, the American people have been led to believe that Barack Obama possesses an intellect seldom bestowed upon mere mortals.
His IQ, it has been alleged, is simply too high for science to measure with any degree of accuracy. Which helps to explain, at least partially, why Obama is regarded as the Messiah, or higher, in "Progressive" circles.
However, based on events of the past several days, it appears that Obama's highly touted intellectual prowess has vacated the president's cranium for a much-needed respite. A spring vacation, perhaps?
To begin with, the president came out in support of a proposal that would have forced disabled veterans to fend for themselves in paying for treatment of conditions suffered while fighting in harm's way for America.
That stroke of genius was immediately seized upon for what it was: An inelegant attempt by the president to shirk the government's responsibility with regard to America's most noble heroes.
The outrage from across the nation was palpable, and in short order, Obama had retreated to Southern California to escape the blistering heat of Washington, D.C., all of 36 degrees as the low on Thursday.
An appearance on The Tonight Show and a few minutes of frivolity with Jay Leno promised to provide the president with a terrific opportunity to over come the adversities of a week gone bad, and to return to the good graces of his adoring public.
Alas, the Obama mystique suffered another brutal pounding on The Tonight Show as the president took another shot at the disabled.
As reported at ABC News, in part:
"The first appearance by a sitting president on "The Tonight Show" may well end up being the last.
President Obama, in his taping with Jay Leno Thursday afternoon, attempted to yuk it up with the funnyman, and ended up insulting the disabled.
Towards the end of his approximately 40-minute appearance, the president talked about how he's gotten better at bowling and has been practicing in the White House bowling alley.
He bowled a 129, the president said.
'That's very good, Mr. President,' Leno said sarcastically.
It's 'like the Special Olympics or something,' the president said.
When asked about the remark, the White House said the president did not intend to offend.
'The president made an off-hand remark making fun of his own bowling that was in no way intended to disparage the Special Olympics,' White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton said. 'He thinks the Special Olympics is a wonderful program that gives an opportunity for people with disabilities from around the world.' "
Which leads to a pertinent question: Is there a Special Olympics program for former community administrators who find themselves overwhelmed by the demands of big league politics?