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President Obama Claims the Cambridge Police Acted Stupidly for Doing Their Job

July 22, 2009

  Cambridge police officers arrested a  Harvard professor, Henry Gates, when he was seen breaking into a house in a high crime neighborhood. Henry Gates claimed that he was locked out of his house and was trying to force his way in. He was, but when officers asked him to show them his ID he refused and became belligerent. He was arrested for disorderly conduct.

  This situation would have  quickly ended had Gates simply shown his ID and then thanked the cops for trying to protect his house and his family, but instead he cried racism. He is black and the officers are white.

  Today President Obama was asked about the incident and he said that the Cambridge police “acted stupidly.” But then amazingly he said that “I don’t know all the facts.”

  President Obama doesn’t know all of the facts but he knows enough to declare that the Cambridge police acted stupidly? President Obama should have no commentedthis question if he didn’t know what the hell he was talking about. These police officers were trying to do their duty and for that the president of the United States of America tells them in front of the country that their actions were stupid just before he admitted that he didn’t know all of the facts.

  Professor Gates is demanding an apology from the Cambridge police but if anyone should be apologizing it should be President Obama to the Cambridge police officers that were trying to uphold their sworn duty.

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18 Comments leave one →
  1. July 22, 2009 9:00 pm

    Accusations of racism are flying… The fact is, the guy was breaking in, and yeah, it was his house, but a simple Drivers License presentation would have solved the whole thing..

    I am thinking this is one of those things *I believe I can make an issue of this* things…

    Down here in MY part of the world, he’d have had his ass stomped at the very least, ventilated if the right cops were called and this would really be a serious issue…


    • July 23, 2009 4:57 am

      I am beginning to wonder if this was a steup by this guy. Did he think that something like this would boost his resume at Harvard?


    • July 23, 2009 4:58 am

      Cambridge is the hub of the ultra-liberals in Massachusetts, these cops had no chance from the beginning.


  2. July 22, 2009 9:09 pm

    Dude! Black President, Black Arrestee and White Cop – who do you think he’d support? Black is Black and they stick together against the Whites, irrespective of right and wrong. It’s their greatest strength and their greatest wakness.


  3. pinniped permalink
    July 22, 2009 9:45 pm

    Why would it be suprising that Obama would pass judgement on something he doesn’t have all the facts on? He does it daily, doesn’t he?


  4. July 23, 2009 5:26 pm

    The person that acted stupid wasn’t the police…it was President Obama. As Bill Cosby said, let’s wait till ALL the facts are in and let’s keep race out of it! This is just what Obama would love to erupt.

    I wonder if he might want this to erupt now that I think about it. It would be a great side show while he and his ilk pass healthcare…err…insurance reform!


    • July 24, 2009 4:44 am

      That is the part that is so infuriating about Obama’s comment, he admitted he didn’t know the facts. He should have just kept his mouth shut.


  5. July 23, 2009 8:09 pm

    Obama hung out with Jeremiah Wright for 20 years. He really should keep his mouth shut when it comes to racial issues.


  6. July 23, 2009 11:00 pm

    Obama needed a week before he said something about Iran. And now he found the right time to comment about this?


  7. Cambridge Police = P@ssy permalink
    July 23, 2009 11:43 pm

    It’s a flunky department even in Massachusetts. Just ask even surrounding police departments or the state police.

    And what Mass person doesn’t know want a flunky Sgt. Sergeant Crowley is please.

    Sgt. Crowley men want to slap a b@tch some time.

    But the law protects you, go figure.

    Sgt. Crowley you don’t even have the set of balls to step down, and God knows everyone is asking you including your own family.

    What’s pathetic is the law protects b@tchs like you.


  8. James Smith permalink
    July 24, 2009 4:57 pm

    First, I have learned officers arrest based on discretion. I would strongly recommend that people do ride alongs to get to see what police deal with. Volunteer with PAL and other organizations sponsored by Law Enforcement agenices to interact postitively with police officers. The ones you find in those places are the ones that keep police forces honorable. I have experienced situations where I was offended at being a suspect, but was able to deescalate the situation by recognizing the “position” and “purpose” of the law enforcement. By deescalating my feelings of being offended, it allowed me to address the officer as a professional with respect which in turn ended the situation with a hand shake instead of handcuffs. Of course, not all officers will except an extended hand for security reasons, so let them initiate it.

    As president said, if any US taxpaying citizen just returning home has to try to fix their door at night, gets arrested in front of their own home after showing ID and proof of residence, they would be irritated. However, if professor Bates had also relaxed and not badgered the officer for his name and badge number, this whole situation may have ended with him saying good night and thanking the officer for coming to his house to ensure it was not a burglary.

    The “Handshake instead of Handcuffs” approach is my theory on resolving police and citizen tensions. Respect given is usually respect returned. Let’s not let the media turn this into a race war between white cops and so called black citizens because there does exist willfully ignorant people with guns who have been lusting for a reason to go on shooting sprees in the name of self defense. Such should be disarmed. We must do it intellectually by refusing to eat the media mental dog food of instigated and fabricated racial tensions. We must dine at the tables of intelligent dialog on escalation and deescalation, respect , and honor for each other as US Citizens no matter what profession one operates in.

    AS it relates to the topic, when I heard the question, I hoped he would not answer it. We could see them setting a trap to distract people from the heatlh care issue. Nothing gets more Americans stuck in stupid than racism issues, especially dealing with police. The profession of policing is as almost as sacred a job as priest and soldier in America. When it comes to hurting so called Blacks, they are as immune from general public outrage against their wrong doing as those Roman priests were when young boys were molested. Most people value police more than so called blacks, yet the police are supposed to protect and serve the people.

    The value is based on reciporication and needs being met. People, regardless of so called race, value people with power and purpose to give them something or protect them more than they value others in positions of equal need for that service of protection. Race is NOT the problem here. It was Professor Bates’ perception of the officer questioning him at him home as if he was a criminal. The next problem was the officer being offended by perception of Bates’ response as being disrespectful. The police chief should mandate his subordinate apologize to Bates as a humble public servant should. Bates by proxy is the officer’s employer. Bates should reciprocate and apologize for being offended at a police officer doing their job. We all have issues that hurt and remind us of that hurt. It can stress us at certain times to act in ways that percipitate more stress.

    This problem should have been resolved by each humbling themself to respect each other. The officer and Bates should apologize to one another. It should not even have reached the media or escalation it is at right now. The more brains get this in their minds the more polluted and twisted it will get and is getting. Where is the level heads to prevail? The President has his mind on more serious issues and should not have taken the question because it was launched to further undermine his presidency which ultimately works to undermine this nation.


  9. Truth Seeker permalink
    August 3, 2009 11:48 am

    Obama put the ‘stupid’ in stupidly. He and Gates are the dumb asses in this scenario. If Bush had done what Obama did, there would be not media to prop him up. Obama gets a pass from the communication wing of the democrat party (US Media) as usual.

    I bet the next time a police officer asks for Gates’ ID the dumb butt will show it!

    I support the police. Policemen and women of all colors risk their lives every day to make our lives better.



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