Just a few minutes after White House press secretary Robert Gibbs called the Special Olympics "a triumph of the human spirit" and said the president "understands that they deserve a lot better than the thoughtless joke that he made last night," Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger defended the president after his controversial joke last night on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno.
"I didn’t see it," said the California Republican. "But I heard about it and I know because of conversations I had with the president about the Special Olympics, and I’m an international coach of the Special Olympics, I know where his heart is at. He loves the Special Olympics and he would do everything he can to help the Special Olympics. And every one of us sometimes makes a mistake by something comes out of your mouth and you say, ‘Oops I wish I wouldn’t have said that.’ I’ve had many of those."
– Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller