Nightly News   |  February 03, 2010

Emanuel joins campaign to end use of 'R' word

White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, is under fire for using the word "retarded" during a private meeting last summer. NBC's Brian Williams reports.

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BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: The word "retarded" has been used as a put-down in American conversation for generations, however inappropriately. And now the White House chief of staff is under fire for saying the word in that same way. This week, Sarah Palin , the mother, of course, of a son with Down syndrome, called for his resignation. Today, Rahm Emanuel met with Tim Shriver , who runs the Special Olympics . Shriver thanked Emanuel for the meeting, says his goal is simply to remove the word from everyday speech in this country.