Obama says cops acted stupidly in Gates incident


OK, fair enough, we’re all entitled to our opinion, even Presidents.

But then comes this.

Say what? Without all the facts how the hell can he come to a judgment that the police acted stupidly? Presidents should be more careful with their pronouncements.

Maybe he thinks that even though there are some known unknowns, there are enough known knowns to form an opinion.

As I said in the other thread, Obama needs to just STFU about this, since there is a good chance there will be a court case coming up. He’s a smart guy, and could very well be right, but there are sometimes when “No comment” is the appropriate response. This is one of those times. I’m sure it’s flattering to have people ask your opinion about all sorts of things, but you don’t always have to give it.

If I recall correctly from the CNN article I read, he said he didn’t know if it was a *racial *thing, not knowing all the facts, but on the surface of it the police acted stupidly.

It was fair comment. If he’s said, “No comment,” he’d be in just as much dutch.

Here’s the quote I was referring to from CNN:

I don’t know how much “dutch” he’d be in, but I hope he’s more concerned about doing the right thing than in being in X amount of “dutch”. Not commenting is the right thing to do. Let them sort it out in Cambridge, Mass, not in DC. If Gates wants to press charges in federal court, then the justice department (not the president) gets involved.

Well, it looks like our postracial President demonstrated once again how he transcends race at a news conference, on some kind of health bill or some other minor matter. But Obama felt it necessary to devote 445 words to what really gets under his skin.

It’s kind of funny how Obama’s formerly fairly plain-spoken Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor, was instructed to stonewall the U.S. Senate at her hearings, but the President feels compelled to interject himself, disingenuously, into a police blotter matter.

I said it last night: after saying ‘stupid,’ it doesn’t matter if the rest of his point was perfectly valid. Everyone is going to focus on ‘stupid’ and he’s going to be forced to address the comment.

athelas, he was asked for an opinion on the matter. He gave one. To say he ‘interjected himself’ is a little misleading.

Here’s a (Huffington Post)link that has a video of the entire question and response, if anyone wants to see the whole thing.

Huh? He was asked to comment on how the incident reflects race relations in the U.S. He answered the question. There was no “interjection” and he wasn’t the one to bring up race.

At least try to understand what exactly you’re criticizing, folks. Here’s the quote that none of you has bothered to look up:

Do note that racism is not included under “stupidly”.

It’s a shame he ruined an otherwise good performance at the press conference. I was just thinking how nice it was to have a president who comes across so thoughtfully and sincerely. I’m guessing he just let himself get away with the moment, and wanted to weigh in like he’s just a regular guy, which of course he isn’t. And just to be clear, I don’t think this is a huge deal, and I fully expect him to learn from this mistake. I’m sure we’d all slip up from time to time when everything we say in public is on camera.

Bad move by Obama.

It would have been a good post on an anonymous message board, but not a good thing to say in public, without the facts, as the President.

The proper answer:

“There is an ongoing police investigation, and it would be inappropriate for the President of the United States to weigh in until the local authorities have done their job. Ask me again when all the facts are in.”

He could even have followed up by making some comment in general about the importance of justice being colorblind or something.

That said, I’m not sure it’s really that big of a deal.

I think it’s fair to say that racism was implied, since he singled out the police for ‘stupidity’, when there was plenty of ‘stupidity’ to go around for all people involved.

Did anyone else notice how he was careful to put “and Latinos” in there (twice, I think). What about the Native Americans!! I’m outraged!!!

Just for completeness, here’s the FULL quote:

OMG, John Mace, you’re right! Obama is a racist!

To my mind, he should not have weighed in on the matter when Gates is a personal friend of his.

Edit: though I don’t disagree with what he has to say.

How the hell do you commit “disorderly conduct” in the confines of your own home?

The cop asked him to step outside, then arrested him.