From NBC's Andrea Mitchell
White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel will meet today with Special Olympics head Tim Shriver at the White House to discuss Emanuel's acknowledged use of the word "retarded." The chief of staff invited Shriver last week -- after Shriver wrote him to complain about the remark, a slur on special needs people.
It was reported that Emanuel told a liberal strategy session last August that liberals who were planning attack ads on conservative Democrats over health care were "F...ing retarded."
The remark drew wider circulation after Sarah Palin, mother of a Down Syndrome child, called for Emanuel's firing on Facebook yesterday writing: "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."
This is the second time the Obama White house has had to apologize to Shriver and the Special Olympics. Last year, President Obama, on the "Tonight Show," compared his bowling prowess to Special Olympics.