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LI Special Olympics bowler: I'll take on Obama

Special Olympics bowlers look forward to meeting President Barack Obama in an alley.

"I am willing to get a team to challenge him," said Daniel Fletcher, 21, of Brentwood. "I'd challenge him myself."

And Michigan's Kolan McConiughey told The Associated Press: "He bowled a 129. I bowl a 300. I could beat that score easily."

Obama apologized for his remark on "The Tonight Show" and said he wants to have some Special Olympics athletes visit the White House to bowl or play basketball. McConiughey, 35, who is mentally disabled, has bowled five perfect games since 2005 and has been bowling since he was 8 or 9. His advice for Obama? Practice every day.

Fletcher, who has Down syndrome, bowls three times a week and recently scored 130 - a point higher than Obama's score."He's a super athlete," said his father, Warren, a teaching assistant.

Daniel's mother, Edna, a social worker, said Obama's gaffe was "really just a slip of the tongue."

"A little off-key, but he really didn't mean anything negative," Warren said. No argument from Daniel, who cast his first presidential vote last year -- for Obama.

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