Thursday, July 23, 2009

Did Obama "Act Stupidly"?

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.


Publius said...

I'm so glad you blogged on this and I am so happy this is getting national exposure. People are going nuts up here.

Micheal Graham is on the radio right now talking about it. He's pretty funny. listen to the stream.

he blogged here.

This was already a huge story in New England. The fact that he is friends with the president was a bomb shell.

Get the word out! The politics of racial cronyism is completely willing to sacrafice a brave cop.

Miranda said...

This whole situation is just maddening. Thanks for sharing. Publius, I read the blog you linked - is the opinion in New England with the professor, or the officer?

Publius said...

opinion started with a wait and see, but give the cop the benefit of the doubt. Then facts of the case came out and the mood is now that gates is a caricature and a joke.

AND THEN Obama mentioned it! and got the facts wrong, and insulted the entire Cambridge police department.

This could turn into Gates Gate.

Publius said...

I expect Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson to show up any minute now.

Publius said...

I posted a link to this on my blog and then posted my lengthy comments here.