A week after the Wall Street Journal reported
that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel called liberals planning to run attack ads against Obama "f---ing retarded," Sarah Palin caught wind of the statement. Saying she heard about it from a "patriot" in Andover, Mass., Palin excoriated Emanuel on her Facebook page and called for his resignation
"Just as we'd be appalled if any public figure of Rahm's stature ever used the 'N-word' or other such inappropriate language, Rahm's slur on all God's children with cognitive and developmental disabilities -- and the people who love them -- is unacceptable, and it's heartbreaking," Palin wrote.
She added that by not publicly denouncing the remark, President Obama was sending the message that he considers it acceptable. "Rahm is known for his caustic, crude references about those with whom he disagrees, but his recent tirade against participants in a strategy session was such a strong slap in many American faces that our president is doing himself a disservice by seeming to condone Rahm's recent sick and offensive tactic."
Emanuel apologized to Tim Shriver, the head of the Special Olympics, for the remark.