The president who was supposed to be able to transcend race seems to be unable to transcend race. He spoke out on the brief detention of (black!) Havard professor Henery Louis Gates at his news conference last night:
Though some facts of the case are still in dispute, Obama showed little doubt about who had been wronged.
"I don’t know – not having been there and not seeing all the facts – what role race played in that, but I think it’s fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry; number two that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home," Obama said in response to a question from the Chicago Sun-Times's Lynn Sweet.
Has a president ever before injected himself into a local controversy like this before? Should the president be assuming guilt and the stupidity of others without knowing any of the facts? Is it wise for the president to inflame this situation by injecting race and racism even further into this controversy, instead of trying to defuse it?
And finally, has Obama's stupidity forced the arresting officer into a situation where he can not recieve justice or a fair trial, should he need one? Officer Crowley may very likely be disciplined internally, pursued by politically-minded DA's (remember the Duke Rape Hoax?), or sued by Professor Gates; how will he get a fair hearing or trial in his dark-blue state when their beloved president has already pronounced him "stupid", and essentially a racist?
But justice for people of pallor is not part of Obama's deal. It's about forcing the white/middle class to face justice for all of their preceived racial/economic sins. And the president of the United States has already passed judgement upon you.
Welcome to the land of hope and change.