The Commander in Chief recently made a comment heard across the globe. Now, it is encouraging Special Olympic bowlers from all over to show off their skills, especially one Wilmington bowler who can top President Obama's bowling score any day. There are no gutter balls for Special Olympic bowler Michael Wiley. "He gets a spare, and you try to encourage him to go up and get a strike the next time," said Michael’s dad and coach, Phil Wiley. Wiley has no problem getting strikes; it is President Obama who seemed to strike out on this one. During an interview on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show, President Obama referred to his bowling game as, “Special Olympics or something”. Michael said, "It offended me a little bit because I'm a special athlete, and we try hard to do all this stuff, and it offended me a little bit." "To me, as a parent, that touched me really bad, especially my wife Barbara, she was very upset about it," said Michael’s dad. President Obama said when he hits the lane he averages a score of 129. Wiley can top that, scoring 168 Sunday. But, for Wiley and his dad it is not about the score, it is about the dedication to sports, and the time they get to spend together. "We try hard, we have fun, we believe in the athlete’s oath and everything," added Michael. If given the chance to hit the lanes, Wiley is confident he would give the president a run for his money. The President has made a number of apologies, saying he never meant to offend any Special Olympic athletes.
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