Obama now says that the press is to blame for him calling that Cambridge cop stupid. Too bad that newsconference was televised.
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I think its a definite case of race profiling. Would Prof. Gates have acted belligerently (stupidly) if Sgt. Crowley were black?
It’s very interesting…over the past few weeks, Obama has truly shown the American public who he really is, vs. what he portrayed during the campaign.
Whoa Pete, there WAS a black officer at the scene. That same officer stood beside Crowley at the press conference today, in support of the police. End of story.
A community organizer who may never have been admitted to HarvardLaw w/o affirmative action
A belligerent “professor” of some Mickey Mouse field like African Studies (is that what affirmative action students choose as a major at Harvard to have a decent GPA for eventual law school application?)
No surprise why Harvard faces such mockable budget problems when it’s all about communist social engineering and silly lib arts fields of study; such a natural preparation for a career in community organizing…
For someone to hear the minimum of the case and say it was obviously the black homeowner’s fault and the police were blameless is wrong and racist. For someone to hear the minimum of the case and say the black homeowner is obviously the victim and the police are to blame is wrong and racist.
After hearing more of the facts I’m thinking it was 2 men with huge egos who let it get out of hand – they were both probably thinking ‘don’t you know how important I am?’. But considering what I would do it I were in Professor Gates’ situation, I’m thinking it’s more his fault as I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t just cooperate given that breaking in IS a suspicious activity and if someone was breaking into his home I’m sure he wouldn’t mind the police asking that person for ID.
Obama comes off as condescending, Gates as whiny, the police as sketchy, and real racial profiling cases get no attention (which they should because too many black men get harassed by the police unecessarily far too often and aren’t the President’s BFF)
NPR had a fasciating interview yesterday with a man whose name I forget but who is the founder and president of “100 Black Officers”, a NYPD unit of black cops who fight perceived racism in their own department. The guy is hardly a racist Klanner and yet he sided with his fellow officer 100%. Now cops do side with cops, but this particular man has been quite outspoken when he felt that white cops have acted with racial animus against civilians and black cops. My liberal friend Frankie Futterker heard the interview and concluded that the arresting cop had done the right thing.
But you’re right, none of us, including me but also including Obama, know all the facts. That’s why I made no mention of the incident in this blog yesterday and only commented today when Obama blamed the media for his own mistake.
I watched a similar interview on Hannity or similar Fox news analysis, by the 100 cops guy, and he started the interview in support of his colleague but moves to complete criticism and slams them. He concluded that the police officers were wrong. Are you sure Frankie saw the whole interview?
I believe that the whole episode was a set up. I believe that it was devised and enacted to highlight perceived racism with the bonus being some consequential Presidential comments.
The resulting arrest of any individual who acts uncontrollably in a situation involving Police, is highly predictable and replicable, black or white. I can guarantee the same result every time.
Frankie’s got a short attention span – he’s a demmerkrat – so he could have tuned out early. Lots of practice doing that with his man, Obama, I should think.
Let’s not forget…this happened in the People’s Republic of Cambridge…the most liberal outpost in the US.
Today President Obama lectured us about how this incident “can be a teachable moment.”
Nice words, but at this point I question whether Mr. Obama is, in fact, teachable. The fact that he was willing to say on national television that although he didn’t know the facts of the case he thought that the officer acted “stupidly” speaks volumes about his leadership skills (lack thereof).
As for Professor Gates, he has a lot of book learning but doesn’t seem to have many street smarts.
Did Sgt. Crowley behave appropriately for the situation? I have no idea.
Brings new meaning to the old saw: “You can always tell a Hah-vud man, but you can’t tell him much.” You would think they would have that one on a hand embroidered sampler hanging up at Cambridge Police HQ. That goes for Gates as well his pal Obama…and most of the rest of the Hah-vud Square crowd.
Gatesy and The O can laugh over dinner on the Vineyard about how they scammed those honkies. Wonder if Bill and Hill still show up on the Vineyard? Hill must be thinking “And I lost the nomination to this guy?! I oughta run just to screw that asshole turncoat Rahm! Always, always remember: Don’t get mad, get even, sometime, someplace, when least expected.”
Mighty peculiar . . . not a peep out of Reverend Al.
He still off mourning the king of pop?
when is this lame story going to be over so i can turn my attention to american idol, paula abdul and michael jackson’s doctor??
people’s republic of cambridge may be considered liberal, :gasp: but the city of boston has a long history of racism. ask anyone.
Gates is a former student of mine (when he was an undergrad at Yale), and is, IMHO, a total intellectual fraud with huge anger management issues. When he tried to tie Black liberation theology to Shakespeare’s comedies, I told him he simply didn’t get it and was in danger of failing the course. So he bailed.
Anyone who screams and yells at a police officer (or anyone else) in public is per se guilty of creating a public disturbance, if not the more serious charge of breach of the peace. Frankly, I was disappointed that the charges were dropped. Seems that Gates has pussy-whipped the Cambridge judicial system, just as I seem to remember he did the Harvard administration a few years ago. The man is poison, in my opinion.
Bill, too bad Gates didn’t stay and learn. I’m referring to the following quote from Mark Steyn:
“I confess I’ve been wary of taking Henry Louis Gates at his word ever since, almost two decades back, the literary scholar compared the lyrics of the rap group 2 Live Crew to those of the Bard of Avon. “It’s like Shakespeare’s ‘My love is like a red, red rose,'” he declared, authoritatively, to a court in Fort Lauderdale.
As it happens, “My luv’s like a red, red rose” was written by Robbie Burns, a couple of centuries after Shakespeare. Oh, well. 16th century English playwright, 18th century Scottish poet: What’s the diff? ”
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