As Richard mentioned in this morning’s Speed Read, President Obama was on Leno last night, and he unexpectedly made an off-handed quip about the Special Olympics. When discussing his bowling game with The Big Chinned One, the commander in chief commented on his low-ball score of 129, adding that “It was like Special Olympics or something.”
Even before he got back to Washington, while flying on Air Force One, Obama phoned up Special Olympics chairman Tim Shriver and apologized for his comments. And Shriver seemed ready to accept the Prez’s apology:
“He was very sincere, expressed an interest and an openness in being more engaged in the movement and said he was a fan of the movement and I think importantly he said he was ready to have some of our athletes over to the White House to bowl or play basketball or help him improve his score.”
Well, one Special Olympics bowler glady accepts Obama’s challenge!
Kolan McConiughey, a mentally disabled 35-year-old from Michigan, is ready to teach the President a lesson or two. As he told the ASSOCIATED PRESS:
“He bowled a 129. I bowl a 300. I could beat that score easily.”
And it’s not just all talk from Kolan - he can back up his boasting. Since 2005, McConiughey has rolled five perfect games.
When he was in office, Richard Nixon had a bowling alley installed in the White House basement. Now Obama can invite McConiughey over to get some good use out of it - and score a great public relations move.