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What Were They Talking About Off-Camera?

From a transcript of the Obama’s appearence on the Tonight Show:

MR. LENO: Wow. And it’s, what, a Portuguese water head? (Laughter.) What is it, what kind of dog is it?

MR. OBAMA: It’s not that. (Laughter.)

MR. LENO: It’s not that.

MR. OBAMA: It’s not a “water head.” (Laughter.)

MR. LENO: Whatever they are, I don’t know what they are.

MR. OBAMA: That sounds like a scary dog. (Laughter.) Sort of dripping around the house. (Laughter.)

MR. LENO: I don’t know what it is.

From the Urban Dictionary:



Originaly slang for someone who is Hydrocephalic, but which has now come to refer to any severe idiot or retarded individual.

I don’t want to say that this isn’t entirely accidental and innocent, but given the President’s “Special Olympics” comment that came later this is all very unfortunate, no? I do wonder what the heck they were talking about off-camera.

UPDATE: Yes, I know that Leno was probably referring to a Portugese Water Dog, the breed the Obama’s have supposedly chosen. That doesn’t make the choice of words any less regrettable given the context…

UPDATE II: Just to be clear, again I do think that this is most likely accidental on Leno’s part, and normally I wouldn’t give it a second thought if it weren’t for the president’s unfortunate remark that followed.


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