Those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it.
After I posted, I thought that maybe I was baited for a comment (Limbaugh style.) After a bit of retrospect, I'm sure it was the autor's real feelings on the matter.
This was my response to the article. I thought it bore repeating:
"1. Developmentally disabled people were not offended by the joke. Hardly any of them would understand why they should be offended."
Wow! I heard that animals don't feel pain - guess it's okay to torture 'em!
"2. Let's consider who said it and what his intent was. "
The President of the United States of America should have known better than that; more so than anyone else.
"3. The truth is: Most Special Olympic athletes are not good at bowling."
What's your handicap?
Last thing: more often than not, when comments like yours are brandied about, 'honest and realistic' becomes code for 'insensitive, callous [and/or] bigoted.' I won't say that you are (I don't know you, so how can I?), but I will say that I completely disagree with your conclusion here.
I understand the context of what he meant. But that doesn't make it any less hurtful. And as president, it makes him look small-minded and cruel.