The thing is, I felt like the whole thing was humanizing of the presidency, from start to finish, including his self-deprecating remark about bowling, because politicians are usually so careful and calculating about everything they say, that they can come off as Cylons. Also, George W. Bush would never have said anything remotely like the "Special Olympics" remark — because we all know he has problems correctly pronouncing three-syllable words.
Oh no no no! Stop apologizing for him. Sure it was human of him: and humans can be ASSHOLES.
No one should rush the White House lawn with pitchforks over this one, but for Christ's sake, it was a thoughtless thing to say and it shouldn't have been said. He apologized for it, which is good, that's all he can do, and now we move on.
If this were Bush, we'd be all OVER it. There are "Misquote a Day" calendars of Bushisms and we have used each one to be illustrative of his incompetence and stupidity. Let's not have a political double standard. You can still like the guy while you criticize him.