On Cambridge-Race Case, Obama Spoke Stupidly

Obama on Gates incidentThis is not another “just words” moment.

During a primetime press conference on the whole black-Harvard-scholar-being-racially-profiled-and-arrested-in-his-Cambridge-Massachusetts-home thing, President Obama said,

“Well, I should say at the outset that Skip Gates is a friend, so I may be a little biased here. I don’t know all the facts.”

This is where the president should have stopped and minded his own business, but the all-about-me man just couldn’t contain himself…

Now, 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; and, number three, what I think we know separate and apart from this incident is that there’s a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately. That’s just a fact.

President Obama admits he didn’t know much about the case, and yet slams a police department on national television. Is this stupid or what?

When hearing about the arrest of professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard, something just didn’t smell right.

The way the story’s been reported, Police arrived at Professor Gates’s home near Harvard Square to question him as he had trouble unlocking his door after it became jammed.

Gates mug shotAccording to the police report, Professor Gates accused the investigating officer of being a racist and told him he had “no idea who he was messing with,” and that he was being targeted because “I’m a black man in America.”

The term “racial profiling” is negative code for police doing their job. If a disproportionate number of redheaded teens were seen as committing crime, it would be irresponsible of the cops to not keep an eye out for redheaded teens.

Cambridge, Massachusetts is 12% black. I haven’t been able to easily find the racial breakdown of crime there, and that may be due to the very liberal make-up of the city. But if blacks are committing more than 12% of the crime in the affluent area where the professoriate live, then the Cambridge police would be hassled for not following up on reports of suspicious behavior.

The arrestAnd if Professor Gates was this victim of police profiling and harassment, he sure didn’t act like the victim he portrays himself as.

Bill Carter, the man who snapped a photograph of Gates being led away in handcuffs, said police officers were calm and that Gates was “slightly out of control” and “agitated” when he was arrested.

“The officers around kind of calmed him down,” Carter said. “I heard him yelling — Mr. Gates yelling. I didn’t hear anything that he was saying so I couldn’t say that he was belligerent.”

Professor Gates is in the race business and displayed elitism when all he had to do is cooperate. Now, the problem is Gates has gotten a taste of the international limelight; a race peddler’s dream, and he’s going to milk it for all it’s worth.

“He should look into his heart and know that he is not telling the truth and he should beg my forgiveness.”

Mouthing off to cops gets congresspersons, multi-millionaire celebrities and athletes arrested, and the police know whom they’re messing with.

Should I side with Professor Gates just because he’s black? Many seem to believe I would and should. But if Gates fully cooperated with the police and was courteous, chances are this wouldn’t have escalated as it did.

The officer, Sgt. James Crowley, told CNN affiliate WCVB earlier Wednesday that he will not apologize.

“There are not many certainties in life, but it is for certain that Sgt. Crowley will not be apologizing,” he said.

Henry Louis GatesKudos to Sergeant Crowley for not apologizing and giving added juice to America’s latest race huckster, Professor Henry Louis Gates.

Gates said he’d be prepared to forgive the arresting officer “if he told the truth” about what the director of Harvard’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research said were “fabrications” in the police report. He said Wednesday that he and his lawyers were considering further actions, not excluding a lawsuit.

Gates said that although the ordeal had upset him, “I would do the same thing exactly again.”

The same President of the United States who constantly reminds us of that status yet claims it’s not all about him, has carelessly interjected himself with yet another reckless statement.

Unlike Professor Gates, I don’t make my money looking for racism, so I don’t see it when it’s not there. Unlike President Obama, my words don’t resonate nationally to the point where they can influence policy… yet. His words can cause unrest if not spoken wisely.

Barack Obama’s election was supposedly a sign of the end of racism in America, however his actions (including the dismissal of charges against election day intimidating Black Panthers) are now showing he thinks with the race head first, and that is very dangerous, especially when his mouth is equally unrestrained.

19 Responses

  1. Edmund

    Just want to say, Bob…I’m voting you in for presidency!
    Your comment was color blind, and that is highly commendable as well as hopefull for our movement forward to a better future.
    I Thank You!


  2. girzwald

    Nicholas, the answer to your question is simple. Clearly the black cop is an uncle tom sell out just cowtowing to his white masas.

  3. theunspokencode

    Are we being nit-picky with Dr. Benjamin? My family is genetically slender and yes, we do make an effort to eat for nutrition and not for comfort. Dr. Benjamin might have a genetic disorder and have difficulty with weight management. I say give her a chance! Women over 40 have to work much harder on their weight, and then you trying working, taking care of a family and trying to keep up with YOU MEN… just joking! Why are we so darn PICKY? Why can’t we just be one big happy family? Oh, that’s right… family are out there killing each other these days! We need a national pychiatrist to educate us on managing our stress!

  4. Cookie Monster

    The word racism has been thrown about so much in the last year or so that at this point it has lost almost all meaning. What a disservice Obama, et al. do to people who suffer real racism…

  5. theunspokencode

    We need our leaders to encourage understanding and patience not promote over-reacting based on what happened to “a friend”, what else is Obama doing for his “friends” behind the scenes? I voted for Obama and I love him, but I have to admit that this was a bad call. I thought that he was wiser than that and above the pettiness of Johnny hit me on the playground. There is so much love in this country, let’s build each other up. We are far from perfect, but at least we are willing to strive for a better world and there will be bumps. And we all know how to push buttons for attention, and it looks like Gates picked the wrong cop to crap on! Sorry! UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL. Let’s move forward and LOVE EACH OTHER!

  6. eli720

    GOOD TALK on O’reilly Bob. If the President can assume that the Cambridge police acted stupidly can we assume the professor came home after a long happy hour and could’nt see the lock to the door or had the wrong key and then was belligerent with the cop due to the long happy hour. that makes sense to me

  7. rharshbarger

    Appreciate your comments on O’Reilly’s show. Our President should refrain from commenting on local police activities, especially without knowing the particulars, which he admitted. Simply state “It wouldn’t be fair for me to comment without knowing all the facts surrounding the case…” Next question…

  8. Kirk Petersen

    Ick… follow the link on the 4:16 trackback, not the link on the 8:52 comment. Apparently I registered here before I changed the address of my blog.

  9. Kirk Petersen

    Nicolas, if you follow the link on the post you referred to, you’ll discover that I’m not a liberal.

    Warm regards…

  10. Scrapper6

    I’m not entirely sure the police officer acted properly, but it seems to me that the professor created an unnecessary situation. When a police officer came to my residence for a call from the alarm company, he asked me for identification to verify my identity. His action was for my benefit. I thanked him for the response. From what I gathered, so far, that’s all the officer was requesting.

    As to whether they should have placed the professor under arrest, I’ll leave that debate to my betters on that topic and weight their findings. I will not defend the action of the professor though. There seems to be no cause for his actions.

    As to the President, I would hope that some objectivity would be used. If we are to get passed this racial issue, on any side of the aisle, we’ll need to learn to step back, look objectively at the issue and try to put that card to the side.

    I commend you on your appearance on O’Reilly


  11. Nicolas

    jeeze…another possible liberal spy there, the guy with the timestamp of “July 23rd, 2009 at 4:16 pm”

    anyway, it amazes me that the professor screams “racism”, yet there’s a black cop in at the scene as well..how does “racism” work in THAT instance?

    also.. “my words don’t resonate nationally to the point where they can influence policy… yet.”, hopefully you CAN get somewhere you do have influence on policy, if you don’t plan to run for any sort of political office

  12. Plenty of Stupidity to Go Around in Arrest of Gates :All That Is Necessary…

    when nothing was done to them)I rebemmer her isolating some friends and treating you like shit.I rebemmer how it all got turned around and you were blamed for this thing that she did to you and your family.I rebemmer the phone calls and e-mails and hugs we shared over this,I rebemmer you going camping with all these friends to try to heal the schism.I rebemmer you blaming yourself.I rebemmer her blog about all of us.I rebemmer that’s when I dropped her over your protests.I rebemmer said friends gradually cutting you out of their lives in favor of her.I rebemmer your hurt over this and your insistance that nobody e-mail her to tell her off because she really didn’t mean any harm.I rebemmer respecting your wishes and getting on with things.I rebemmer when you were finally able to let it go.I rebemmer the last couple years being gobsmacked by your strength of character and your ability to move on.I rebemmer your phone call the other night.I rebemmer Karen, I’ll never forget.You are loved.You are strong.You are decent.You are good and I’ll smack the first person I see in the head who says otherwise.Rachael Lee was damn lucky you had the strength and the courage to give her a life with a family who loved and cared for her. Nobody can take away from you what a loving and sacrificial act that was.Maybe she didn’t mean it, maybe she was sorry, it’s the events after the fact that are so stunning. That was intentional and no one can convince me otherwise.LYLT5$

  13. SFJ

    No surprise that Gates is a friend of Obama’s is it? Fits the mold of Rev. J. Wright et al.

    Would either of these two have the balls to do what the police routinely do…i.e., go into potential hostile environments that can get them killed? Cops (Black & White) I’ve talked with say it is always the innocuous call outs that lead to bad incidents.

    I’m lily white but on the couple of occasions that I have officially met a LEO I’m yes “sirring/mamming” and hands are in plain sight.

  14. The Machine

    BHO first states that he doesn’t know all the facts.

    But that does not stop him from arriving at his own conclusion immediately following the first statement.

    As he does with everything else, too.

    If there ever will be a race war in this nation (God forbid) then it will be started by the liberals.

    And, of course, they will immediately place all blame on conservatives, regardless.

    Motus Operandi of Hitler’s Brownshirts, y’know…

  15. MarlaZ

    Gates is a racist plain and simple. So are Barry and Shelly Obama (my new “friendly” names for the first couple.

    Racism is racism. No such thing as reverse racism. But as Glenn Beck has mentioned time and again, Obama’s reorganization of the USA is based on ‘reparations’ of a sort.

    Bringing everyone to a low level, rather than leaving everyone alone to pursue their dreams of success. Suckers is what we are if we don’t stop this.

    Gotta stop that horrible health care bill. Have you read it? I am now.

  16. onewiseguy

    “…what I think we know separate and apart from this incident is that there’s a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately. That’s just a fact.”

    Another fine example of the ignorance and race-baiting tendencies of our President. Of course, it couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the fact that minorities commit the vast majority of crimes in this nation….nah that couldn’t be it….it must be due to “inherent racism”. Damn, we are such a racist country. A minority has no chance of ever succeeding in this racist nation…..pay no attention to our minority President, congressman, successful athletes and businessmen…

  17. ecotim

    I was telling a friend how I have gotten out of tickets lately. Police pulls me over, I admit what I did, tell him I was sorry. Be very polite. Tell him why I was doind what I did, in full honesty. I also thank him for doing his job. I usually get a warning. He said, first think never admit what you did wrong. Then I said never got out of a ticket have you?

    If you are nice you get a warning, if you are a pain, you get a ticket. You yell at the man you get handcuffed.

    I sw that on world’s stupidest drivers. Cops pulled over a lady, and before he got out, said I pull . This lady was so notorious that they know her by name. After yelling and cussing at the man, she backed into them (by acciendt or whatever) that got her in handcuffs.

    Too many laws on the book to get you arrested, be nice and walk away.


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