There are some things you just don’t say. Like, “that’s retarded.” Don’t say it. Really, just don’t. Oh, unless it’s satire. Then it’s cool … yeah, satire is fair game. At least according to Sarah Palin.
It started with Rahm Emanuel, who, in a private meeting, referred to a group of liberal democrats who wanted to campaign against blue dog democrats as “fucking retarded.” Not exactly something you would expect from a Presidential Chief of Staff, though it may be something you expect from Rahm Emanuel. Sarah Palin was quick to pounce on this indiscretion, calling for his resignation. A bit extreme of a demand in my opinion, but hey, Palin’s a bit extreme of a person. Aside from her suggestion of punishment, I also agreed with her: it was entirely inappropriate, even in a private setting. But Rahm did his best to make amends, meeting with Tim Shriver, the CEO of the Special Olympics, as well as other disability advocates, and making his apologies clear to the public.