This week President Obama appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno for a unique interview which unfortunately produced a so called gaffe about the Special Olympics:
As we watched this segment, we didn't even notice Obama's zinger, but thanks to the main stream media it seemed as if it was plastered all over the place the next day.
Today, two articles take it a step further and talk about how this comment could effect the Chicago 2016 Olympics (Around the Rings and Chicago Examiner). As we know, Chicago 2016 has pinned much of its bid on the celebrity and popularity of Obama. When one of your main spokespeople directly or in this case indirectly insults a major constituency naturally things could backfire. During the Tonight Show gaffe Obama offended the Special Olympics and at the end of the day they will have a voice in which city is chosen to host the Olympics. Will this sway the vote? Doubtful, but again it can't help...or can it...
Ironically, all this press has given the Special Olympics a platform to talk about their organization and goals. As the old advertising mantra goes: There is no such thing as bad press.