White House qualifies Obama remark ab...

White House qualifies Obama remark about arrest of black scholar

There are 228 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Jul 23, 2009, titled White House qualifies Obama remark about arrest of black scholar. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

The White House tried today to calm a hubbub over President Barack Obama's comments about a white police officer's arrest of a black scholar near Boston, saying Obama was not calling the officer "stupid." Spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters that Obama felt that when it was clear that Harvard scholar Louis Gates Jr.

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MikeB

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Jul 23, 2009
So a white Cambridge Peace Officer is called a racist and stupid by two African Americans, just for doing his job. What have race relations come to in this country!?! I think some apologies are due!
BozoBama

Schaumburg, IL

#2 Jul 23, 2009
I was no fan of Bush's but Obama is making Bush look like a rocket scientist, Obama is a bumbling idiot without his teleprompter.
Jack Anderson

San Diego, CA

#3 Jul 23, 2009
Not knowing all the facts, the president was acting stupidly in passing judgement on the situation. I think a full apology is in order.
Redbird

Chesterfield, MO

#4 Jul 23, 2009
Shouldn't the polic officer be called out for allowing a simple mistaken identity situation occuring in the owner's own home to escalate into a misdemeanor arrest and the owner being held for four hours before being released. If you know anything about your rights on your own property, it's clear this cop had to be way out of line to allow this to happen. Once he knew the call was a mistake he should have left, instead he poured gas on the fire. The President's comment about a stupid situation was right on. Fortunately the city of Cambridge and police chief HAVE ALREADY apologized.
Seriously

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Jul 23, 2009
There are many excellent police officers in this country and I thank them for being in the profession and keeping the criminals off the streets. Thank God these officers were diligent enough to take action when they saw this taking place.What harm was caused to the individual? So what he was detailed and questioned. Big deal. What a stupid comment by an even stupider president.
Jeb

Long Lake, MN

#6 Jul 23, 2009
Jack Anderson wrote:
Not knowing all the facts, the president was acting stupidly in passing judgement on the situation. I think a full apology is in order.
An apology and reparations from both Obama and Gates!! If the Pres. and Gates were white and the cop black, I know damn well the Libs. would be crying and screaming for impeachment. This is just another fine example of the double standard that the Libs. are famous for and use with reckless abandon. That they are friends one could assume that the 'brothers' don't want to be labled as a 'sell out', now would they?
Some Guy

United States

#7 Jul 23, 2009
I am a Police Officer. This sort of call for service is not uncommon. We respond to them multiple times a day in my department. Normally, someone forgot to disarm their house alarm system, and we need to respond to investigate the alarm. It goes something like this.

Knock knock knockÖ
Good evening Sir we received an alarm notice for this address.

Oh, Iím sorry officer I forgot to disarm it and you got here before I could call the alarm company.

Thatís okay Sir if I can just see your driverís license so that I can confirm that this is your address, Iíll get out of you hair.

Oh, sure (he goes to get her driverís license).

Okay Sir, case closed. Have a good night.

10-8.

It doesnít always go so smoothly, however. For whatever reason, some people do freak out when the police show up at their front door. Sometimes Iíve gotten the feeling that it was race related, but some people are just mental. I have had to deal with identical situations as the one being talked about today. Yes, some people do get arrested, some donít. Most do not, I should point out. You do everything you can to calm the person so that the interaction goes smoothly. Every cop wants these calls to turn out like the one described above. But, it is the resident who controls their fate. I donít know what the threshold for disorderly is in Cambridge, but I guess Gates crossed it. I noticed in the police report that they made a point of annotating that a crowd had gathered as a result of Gateís behavior. Iím guessing that that is an element of disorderly conduct there. Donít anybody expect Crowley to apologize, because he knows he followed the law and didnít do anything wrong. I wouldnít apologize either.

ďGates is a friend of mine, so Iím biasedÖ I donít know all the factsÖ But, the Cambridge Police acted stupidly.Ē I doubt any of that was on the teleprompter.

“"then disprove it"”

Since: Sep 08

the 57th state

#8 Jul 23, 2009
Some Guy wrote:
I am a Police Officer. This sort of call for service is not uncommon. We respond to them multiple times a day in my department. Normally, someone forgot to disarm their house alarm system, and we need to respond to investigate the alarm. It goes something like this.
Knock knock knockÖ
Good evening Sir we received an alarm notice for this address.
Oh, Iím sorry officer I forgot to disarm it and you got here before I could call the alarm company.
Thatís okay Sir if I can just see your driverís license so that I can confirm that this is your address, Iíll get out of you hair.
Oh, sure (he goes to get her driverís license).
Okay Sir, case closed. Have a good night.
10-8.
It doesnít always go so smoothly, however. For whatever reason, some people do freak out when the police show up at their front door. Sometimes Iíve gotten the feeling that it was race related, but some people are just mental. I have had to deal with identical situations as the one being talked about today. Yes, some people do get arrested, some donít. Most do not, I should point out. You do everything you can to calm the person so that the interaction goes smoothly. Every cop wants these calls to turn out like the one described above. But, it is the resident who controls their fate. I donít know what the threshold for disorderly is in Cambridge, but I guess Gates crossed it. I noticed in the police report that they made a point of annotating that a crowd had gathered as a result of Gateís behavior. Iím guessing that that is an element of disorderly conduct there. Donít anybody expect Crowley to apologize, because he knows he followed the law and didnít do anything wrong. I wouldnít apologize either.
ďGates is a friend of mine, so Iím biasedÖ I donít know all the factsÖ But, the Cambridge Police acted stupidly.Ē I doubt any of that was on the teleprompter.
I generally prefer the "Your Mama" approach when dealing with police. I'm suprised it wasn't more effective for him.:)
monet

Cornville, AZ

#9 Jul 23, 2009
Obobo is going to have to adopt circus parade tactics. Meaning that someone will have to follow closely behind him with a broom and dustpan, to clean up the excrement he leaves behind him.

Racism has now been elevated to the highest political position in the United States.

MNHawk

Since: Jun 08

Eden Prairie, MN

#10 Jul 23, 2009
Jack Anderson wrote:
Not knowing all the facts, the president was acting stupidly in passing judgement on the situation. I think a full apology is in order.
Post of the day!

“Love requires sacrifice”

Since: Jan 09

South Saint Paul

#11 Jul 23, 2009
I think it was completely inappropriate for the President to make any remarks regarding this situation.
Cole

Eau Claire, WI

#13 Jul 23, 2009
It's pretty sad when Joe Biden is thinking, "Wow, I don't think I'd be stupid enough to answer a question like Obama did!"
Vikings Fan

Rochester, MN

#14 Jul 23, 2009
Obama backtracking on the black racist "supposed" scholar arrest! Amazing how every black politician jumps on the bandwagon when the race card, or racial profiling is played. Oh yea, maybe, just maybe I should listen to the facts of the arrest before I call the arresting white officer stupid. Can't always use the race card to your advantage, or maybe we "WHITEYS" are getting tired of it being played all of the time.
felix

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Jul 23, 2009
dictator hussein has acted stupidly on everything he has done in the last 6 months! NO - he is just following his communist plan to destroy the greatest country in the world. socialism is coming to us all.

“Let's put a smile on that face”

Since: Jan 09

Saint Paul, MN

#16 Jul 23, 2009
From what I've heard, Gates threw out the racism card right away. The officer was only doing his job and this guy flys off the handle screaming racism and causing a disturbance. He wasn't arrested for breaking into his own home, he was arrested to being a jackhole and obstructing justice.

“REUNITE GONDWANALAND!”

Since: Jun 08

Woodbury

#17 Jul 23, 2009
MikeB wrote:
So a white Cambridge Peace Officer is called a racist and stupid by two African Americans, just for doing his job. What have race relations come to in this country!?! I think some apologies are due!
I heard his remarks - Obama said the police behaved stupidly, which they did. For people who understand the English language, that is not at all the same as calling the police officers stupid.

“REUNITE GONDWANALAND!”

Since: Jun 08

Woodbury

#18 Jul 23, 2009
Vikings Fan wrote:
Obama backtracking on the black racist "supposed" scholar arrest! Amazing how every black politician jumps on the bandwagon when the race card, or racial profiling is played. Oh yea, maybe, just maybe I should listen to the facts of the arrest before I call the arresting white officer stupid. Can't always use the race card to your advantage, or maybe we "WHITEYS" are getting tired of it being played all of the time.
"Supposed" scholar? We are talking about a Harvard Professor - but, perhaps in your lexicon, an African American cannot be a genuine scholar.
Chicago Guy

Winnetka, IL

#19 Jul 23, 2009
Obama was right.

Whatever disrespect this officer felt was showed him, once he ascertained that this was the homeowner, he should've left.
Chicago Guy

Winnetka, IL

#20 Jul 23, 2009
Some Guy wrote:
I am a Police Officer. This sort of call for service is not uncommon. We respond to them multiple times a day in my department. Normally, someone forgot to disarm their house alarm system, and we need to respond to investigate the alarm. It goes something like this.
Knock knock knockÖ
Good evening Sir we received an alarm notice for this address.
Oh, Iím sorry officer I forgot to disarm it and you got here before I could call the alarm company.
Thatís okay Sir if I can just see your driverís license so that I can confirm that this is your address, Iíll get out of you hair.
Oh, sure (he goes to get her driverís license).
Okay Sir, case closed. Have a good night.
10-8.
It doesnít always go so smoothly, however. For whatever reason, some people do freak out when the police show up at their front door. Sometimes Iíve gotten the feeling that it was race related, but some people are just mental. I have had to deal with identical situations as the one being talked about today. Yes, some people do get arrested, some donít. Most do not, I should point out. You do everything you can to calm the person so that the interaction goes smoothly. Every cop wants these calls to turn out like the one described above. But, it is the resident who controls their fate. I donít know what the threshold for disorderly is in Cambridge, but I guess Gates crossed it. I noticed in the police report that they made a point of annotating that a crowd had gathered as a result of Gateís behavior. Iím guessing that that is an element of disorderly conduct there. Donít anybody expect Crowley to apologize, because he knows he followed the law and didnít do anything wrong. I wouldnít apologize either.
ďGates is a friend of mine, so Iím biasedÖ I donít know all the factsÖ But, the Cambridge Police acted stupidly.Ē I doubt any of that was on the teleprompter.
As a police officer, are you required to give your name and badge number when requested?

This was a man standing INSIDE his own home, who had provided ID, correct?
Chicago Guy

Winnetka, IL

#21 Jul 23, 2009
Seriously wrote:
There are many excellent police officers in this country and I thank them for being in the profession and keeping the criminals off the streets. Thank God these officers were diligent enough to take action when they saw this taking place.What harm was caused to the individual? So what he was detailed and questioned. Big deal. What a stupid comment by an even stupider president.
I wonder what your position would be if you were yanked out of your own house, after proving your identity, when you'd committed no crime.

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