Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is in the news today calling for the firing of White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel because he is said to have described a strategy by various left-wing Obama supporters as “f….ng retarded.”
Governor Palin, of course, has a special needs child, Trig. The White House has told Politico.com that Emanuel called Special Olympics CEO Tim Shriver to apologize.
So the question here is: where is Maria Shriver?
Ms. Shriver has made a point of going public on this matter in the past. Specifically, on August 22, 2008, writing in an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times as First Lady of California, and “as the niece of someone who had a developmental disability, and as a member of the board of directors of Special Olympics International” Shriver was quite outspoken on the subject. At the time she was disgusted by the movie Tropic Thunder, in which actor Robert Downey, Jr. used the term to castigate another character played by Ben Stiller.
Said she: “There is an old saying: ‘Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me.’ Even when I chanted it as a child, I never believed it. Words do hurt — they break people’s spirits, they break people’s dreams, they break people’s hearts.”
Next, President Obama went on The Tonight Show when Jay Leno was still hosting and compared his bowling skills to those of a Special Olympics athlete. The California First Lady’s office promptly issued a statement saying the President’s joke “hurts millions of people throughout the world.” Obama, like Rahm, called Tim Shriver to apologize.
Palin is calling for Emanuel’s head, comparing the “R” word to the “N” word, pointing out correctly that no White House chief of staff would dare to use the “N” word and think himself still safe in the job.
This time, Ms. Shriver has fallen silent. Is it because Sarah Palin is talking about this?
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