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President Obama made a surprise appearance at the daily White House briefing Friday to address the growing controversy over the arrest of Harvard Prof. Henry Louis Gates Jr. by a Cambridge police officer. His complete remarks, as provided by CQ Transcriptions, follow:

OBAMA: Hey. It's a cameo appearance. Sit down. Sit down.

I -- I need to help Gibbs out a little bit here.

QUESTION: You're the new press secretary?

OBAMA: I -- the -- if you got to -- if you got to do a job, do it yourself.

I wanted to address you guys directly, because over the last day and a half, obviously, there's been all sorts of controversy around the incident that happened in Cambridge with Professor Gates and the police department there.

I actually just had a conversation with Sergeant Jim Crowley, the officer involved. And I have to tell you that, as I said yesterday, my impression of him was that he was a outstanding police officer and a good man, and that was confirmed in the phone conversation. And I told him that.

And I -- because this has been ratcheting up and I obviously helped to contribute ratcheting it up, I want to make clear that in my choice of words, I think, I unfortunately, I think, gave an impression that I was maligning the Cambridge police department or Sergeant Crowley specifically. And I could have calibrated those words differently. And I told this to Sergeant Crowley.

I continue to believe, based on what I have heard, that there was an overreaction in pulling Professor Gates out of his home to the station. I also continue to believe, based on what I heard, that Professor Gates probably overreacted as well.

My sense is you've got two good people in a circumstance in which neither of them were able to resolve the incident in the way that it should have been resolved and the way they would have liked it to be resolved.

The fact that it has garnered so much attention, I think, is a testimony to the fact that these are issues that are still very sensitive here in America. And, you know, so to the extent that my choice of words didn't illuminate, but rather contributed to more media frenzy, I think that was unfortunate.

What I'd like to do then is make sure that everybody steps back for a moment, recognizes that these are two decent people, not extrapolate too much from the facts, but, as I said at the press conference, be mindful of the fact that because of our history, because of the difficulties of the past, you know, African-Americans are sensitive to these issues.

And even when you've got a police officer who has a fine track record on racial sensitivity, interactions between police officers and the African-American community can sometimes be fraught with misunderstanding.

My hope is is that as a consequence of this event, this ends up being what's called a teachable moment, where all of us, instead of pumping up the volume, spend a little more time listening to each other and try to focus on how we can generally improve relations between police officers and minority communities, and that instead of flinging accusations, we can all be a little more reflective in terms of what we can do to contribute to more unity.

Lord knows we need it right now. Because over the last two days, as we've discussed this issue, I don't know if you've noticed, but nobody's been paying much attention to health care.

(LAUGHTER)

I will not use this time to spend more words on health care, although I can't guarantee that that will be true next week.

But I just wanted to emphasize that -- one last point I've guess I'd make. There are some who say that as president I shouldn't have stepped into this at all, because it's a local issue.

I have to tell you that that thing -- that part of it, I disagree with.

The fact that this has become such a big issue I think is indicative of the fact that, you know, race is still a troubling aspect of our society. Whether I were black or white, I think that me commenting on this and hopefully contributing to constructive, as opposed to negative, understandings about the issue is part of my portfolio.

So at the end of the conversation, there was discussion about -- my conversation with Sergeant Crowley, there was a discussion about he and I and Professor Gates having a beer here in the White House. We don't know if that's scheduled yet, but...

(LAUGHTER)

... but we may put that together.

He also did say he wanted to find out if there was a way of getting the press off his lawn.

(LAUGHTER)

I -- I informed him that I can't get the press off my lawn.

(LAUGHTER)

He pointed out that my lawn is bigger than his lawn.

(LAUGHTER)

But if anybody has any connections to the Boston press as well as national press, Sergeant Crowley would be happy for you to stop trampling his grass.

All right?

Thank you guys.

Posted at 3:01 PM ET on Jul 24, 2009  | Category:  Culture Wars
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Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 27, 2009 7:48 PM

i'll take care of irony

BTW...i just shot Nostradamus

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 27, 2009 4:29 PM

I'd rather wait for "nvanative".

Posted by: JakeD | July 26, 2009 11:24 PM

he's not here jakey....

you have scotoma.....


now, he may be on another string...
but we are cross referencing.

i apologize

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 26, 2009 8:58 PM

nvanative:

Point to ONE procedure that Sgt. Crowley violated.

Posted by: JakeD | July 26, 2009 8:35 PM

but he was on his property

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 26, 2009 8:24 PM

october30:

Professor Gates was NOT arrested in his home. Try reading the police report.

Posted by: JakeD | July 26, 2009 8:00 PM

but i cannot tell you right now

i would need charts & graphs

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 26, 2009 7:42 PM

No, you can't.

Posted by: JakeD | July 26, 2009 7:17 PM

sure ya can..
i'll show you sometime

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 26, 2009 6:56 PM

You can't "apologize" for someone.

Posted by: JakeD | July 26, 2009 6:48 PM

he wasn't....

jakey jakey jakey

sorry but that's just the way it is

i apologized for him

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 26, 2009 6:32 PM

peterclarke1:

Great post! We protested yesterday in front of Gates's house, and my sign read: "APOLOGIZE TO CROWLEY". He didn't come out, screaming about my mama, so maybe he wasn't home.

Posted by: JakeD | July 26, 2009 6:08 PM

menu has changed

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 26, 2009 2:39 PM

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU A LEMON (MAKE LEMONADE)

Whoa! Is Obama the coolest President we've had yet or what?

Let's face it, Gates, Obama and Crowley all acted a little out of character about this event. Everybody could have tried a little harder to see the other point of view. But, so what, its over!

Having a beer and talking things out is the best strategy. Obama is a political genius.

Posted by: csh181 | July 26, 2009 1:46 PM

President Obama is correct. The officer did negatively "profile" Dr. Gates.

Posted by: leontunctson | July 26, 2009 1:41 PM

fletcher & shear don't wish to update their story?

what about the thompson twins?

gotta update those strings

you and your bethren possess something that is not rightfully yours

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 26, 2009 10:21 AM

tell the AP i refuse to install flashplayer
so there

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 26, 2009 9:42 AM

OMG it's early....

do i have to read all that text....

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 26, 2009 8:54 AM

There was no "racial profiling" concerning Gates arrest and incidents justified or unjustified does not make it racial. To refer otherwise is just political grandstanding by Obama and his buddy Gates.

Mr. Gates should take a course on behavioural and anger management for his obvious anti-white attitudes, which he clearly displayed during and after this incident.

He should further take the officers course in racial profiling. Only then will Gates himself learn a lesson from his own arrest and have a better understanding about racial profiling in America from another prospective which I am sure he would find enormously gratifying.

It was, it is and it shall remain all about Gates and his friend Obama.

When these two understand that they already live in a society in which ‘equal justice before law' is a lived reality and not go around with attitudes that attempt to place themselves above the laws incidents such as this might not happen in America.

What is urgently required is an open apology from Obama and Mr. Gates, to the police officer, police forces throughout the country and the American people for such anti-white remarks and off the cuff comments that continue to flow from both individuals..

Posted by: peterclarke1 | July 26, 2009 8:29 AM

around
7/26/2009 1:05:41 AM

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 26, 2009 4:42 AM

WHEN DID THE LEFT STOP STICKING UP FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS UNION MEMBER AVERAGE JOE AND PROTECT THE RICH WELL CONNECTED INSTEAD? Its so tragic that HERR PROFESSOR was arrested for what amounts to less of a crime than a parking ticket at Wally World. OH GOD that poor poor well connected, rich, I am friends with the most powerful man in the world professor. Sad thing is there are many people that are suffering at the hand of racism WHITE AND BLACK and this ELITIST SLOB thinks that HIS DOESN'T STINK? What do you suppose he wanted the poor slubs badge number and name for to send him a thank you card. I bet you dollars to doughnuts (no pun intended) it was to give to make sure this cop wised he never bothered such a superior man of letters. ABOUT RACE???? its about a professor that had to save face because his was plastered on the evening news and we CANT HAVE THAT!!!!!!We call the police heroes when they die in 9/11 or at a holocaust museum AS WE SHOULD but go agaist a well connected RICH POWERFUL CAN CALL CNN OR ABC OR CBS BECAUSE THEY KNOW ME or buddy Obama and some how its seen as the police officer was ABUSING HIS POWER??????OH sure I bet Gates wants to see if he can make this working stiffs job any more a nightmare. I guess the police and fire men are heroes until they go after a professor. IT NEVER WAS ABOUT THE PROFESSORS RACE BTWWhat VP of the networks did he KNOW and CALL to facilitate the OUTRAGE and HEADLINES.PIGS and SNOBS and I don't mean the police!!!!!!! I have sympathy for this cop and as much for every black man, woman and child that thinks they voted for change or that GATES has their best interest at heart.This is the wost case REAL ABUSE OF POWER in a generation and people are still rooting for the POWER?I would stand side by side with any man black or white but I have l ZERO respect for a man who claims to fight for the middle class but has such a knee jerk reaction AGAINST A POLICE OFFICER TO STICK UP FOR HIS IVY LEAGUE FRIEND. LEFT FOR THE LITTLE GUY? HA HA HA FRICKING HA. I want to vomit thinking about it.

Posted by: DavidfromWI | July 26, 2009 4:10 AM

This came down, once again, to class and ethnicity. Maybe its time to review why one group seems stuck in the ghetto of uniformed service after decades in America. - Desperately holding on to jobs, through tricks of Civil Service and rulings of The Supream Court their local demograpics simply no longer support.
Municipalities for economic and safety reasons; Blacks and Latino's women and gays for social want uniformed personel who live in the communities. Who love and know the people they serve because the see them in chuch going shopping taking their kids to school in the morning. This is a natural human right.

Posted by: empireport | July 26, 2009 2:44 AM


nothing a capitalistic WASP would ever do

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 26, 2009 1:18 AM

.... as I said, what has Jesse and Al done for blacks that have advanced their standing in this country? The Jena Six? Please spare me about that being anything to point to regarding advancing blacks. All they have done is gotten rich on the backs of blacks.

Posted by: MikeJ9116 | July 26, 2009 12:45 AM


let me tell you a story of the jena 6.
that was the best organized protest i have even seen...
put together within --2 or 3 days....

by jesse and al.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 26, 2009 12:13 AM

I don't think that blacks understand that all this whining about racism they do is getting old. We have elected a black man as president so trying to make this country out as having severe racial problems doesn't fly anymore with most of the non-black public. It is time blacks stop being lead around by people like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Wrangle etc. and get some leaders that really care about helping the black community instead of exploiting them for money. Blacks are hindering themselves far more than any real or perceived problems emanating from all other racial groups.

Posted by: MikeJ9116 | July 25, 2009 10:29 PM

I guess Obama forgot he is president for the professor AND the cop . This being the case, he should have folded his Dumbo ears over his mouth and not made any comment. Instead he has a knee jerk reaction to play the race card right along with his liberal, socialist, Marxist, race baiting, fellow black, college buddy. Way to go Obama! We just got our first glimpse behind that fake cover he uses to hide his real radical views from the public. What is behind it isn't very appealing to the majority of the public.

Posted by: MikeJ9116 | July 25, 2009 10:14 PM

The president had no business weighing in on the issue at all, much less judging that the white participant "acted stupidly" while at the same time admitting he did not have all the facts. The unfortunate result is the appearance that the president of the USA has a racial bias.

Posted by: dscot | July 25, 2009 5:19 PM


nah, just Harvard.

So much for Princeton and Dr. Nash now,
wouldn't you say?

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 25, 2009 3:51 PM

No one considers Henry Gates, Jr. to be a scholar.

Sgt. James Crowley should sue Baracky Hussein Obama $10 million dollars for his terrible remarks

Posted by: hclark1 | July 25, 2009 2:10 PM

GATES-GATE: GESTAPO USA?

Thinking back to what happened to this correspondent one month ago, the question arises:

Is there a pattern here?

And how far does it extend?

Is Team Obama aware?

Or co-opted and purposely misinformed?


http://nowpublic.com/world/anti-stalking-journo-seeks-lawyer-fight-stalking-charge
http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | July 25, 2009 10:41 AM

the front porch in not a public place..

it is in the line of sight of the public
perhaps....

we need a picture of Professor Gates' house to establish what 7 people saw...
including Lucia

so they are outside...(because crowley just simply had to report back to ECC right then and there--- ....
what? Figueroa couldn't report?
How many of you blue boys showed up...???

ECC was more important to report to than taking care of the volatile situation.?

-a second aggressive, instilling behavior stance was then taken by the cop by putting his handcuffs in his hand
to request, the second time, that Professor Gates ....how do i put this...
shut the heck up....indirectly

I think Roland Martin was saying from the gate that the behavior BACK ON the cop was that...
Professor Gates wanted and requested the cops badge number and such....
(as we all do, all the time in an arrest)
which was a "how dare you moment" to the cop.

I love crowley's implication that somehow he gave all that information to Professor Gates 3 times already.
was that by morse code officer?


Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 25, 2009 4:23 AM

Reporting from Washington -- For some defense lawyers, the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. was less about racial profiling than about how persons can be arrested simply for speaking angry words to a police officer.

The laws against "disorderly conduct" give police wide power to arrest people who are said to be disturbing the peace or disrupting the neighborhood.

In Massachusetts and elsewhere, courts have said the "disorderly acts or language" must take place in public where others can be disturbed.

It is probably not a crime of disorderly conduct for a homeowner, standing in his own kitchen, to speak abusively to a police officer.

According to his police report, Sgt. James Crowley said the professor was "yelling very loud" and "accusing me of being a racist."

Complaining that the "acoustics of the kitchen" made it difficult to communicate, the officer said he "told Gates that I would speak with him outside."

Once on the front porch, the officer arrested Gates for being loud and abusive in the presence of several neighbors who had gathered on the sidewalk.

"You might think that in the United States, you have a right to state an opinion, even an offensive opinion. But prosecutors like to say you don't have a right to mouth off to the police," said Boston defense lawyer Samuel Goldberg.

"Gates was saying, 'You are hassling me because I'm black.' I understand how that's offensive to a police officer.

"It's astounding to me to call it criminal."

Police officers can arrest people in their own homes for accosting police, interfering with an investigation or resisting a lawful arrest. But Gates was not accused of interfering with an investigation.

"I would say it is not constitutional to arrest someone in his home just for being loud and abusive to a police officer," said Boston University law professor Tracey Maclin. "That's why the cop asked him to come outside, where he could be arrested for being disorderly in public."

Most lawyers who looked at the reported details of the incident say both men could have easily avoided a confrontation. Crowley, after learning that Gates was the homeowner and not an intruder, could have left and ignored the abuse.

For his part, Gates continued to loudly berate Crowley as he was leaving the house, according the police report.

Gates was placed under arrest, the police report said, because of "his continued tumultuous behavior outside the residence, in view of the public."

david.savage@latimes.com

Posted by: kendreik | July 25, 2009 3:55 AM

OHH MY BOY..!!!..THIS POLICEMAN WAS SOOOO STUUUPID...OHH MY GOD..HE WAS SO VERYY STUPIID AND OBAMA SHOULD HAVE SAID THAT...AH,,YES HE SAID IT!!!..VERYY,VERYY "STUPIDLY" DONE...AND HE SHOULD GET FIRED,BECAUSE WE DONT DESERVE TO BE "PROTECTED" IN OUR OWN HOME FROM THIS STUPID POLICEMAN...AMEN

Posted by: kendreik | July 25, 2009 3:52 AM


the basic issues of the fabric of society.....

and they are?

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 25, 2009 3:48 AM

SMELLS LIKE THE AMERICAN GESTAPO TO ME...

This DOES smell like Prof. Gates was set up.

But now that President Obama turned it around on the "torture matrix", perhaps his team will start to listen to what we've been saying in this space for a year now.

I'm betting Prof. Gates has been a longtime "target" of the fed- and police-enabled community gang-stalker brigade -- part of a nationwide, GPS-activated nationwide Gestapo created and overseen by a secretive executive branch "multi-agency coordinated action program."

Are the community stalkers the ones who burglarized his house when he was away, and jammed the door shut so it wouldn't open upon his return?

Is that how the media just happened to be outside? Did a cameraman/stalker get its GPS-activated "node" alert and rush to the scene?

When will Team Obama wake and smell the police state bequeathed to a terrorized nation by Bush-Cheney and kept in force by "leave-behinds" who are subverting democracy and the rule of law in America -- with the help of local police who KNOW ALL ABOUT IT?

That's just the beginning. When will Team Obama and the media realize that this powerful and evil cabal within has WEAPONIZED the electromagnetic spectrum, and can deliver debilitating (even fatal) microwave/laser "directed energy weapon" TORTURE, and inflict misery upon any "targeted" citizen, 24/7, wherever they are?

Don't believe it? Neither did I. Until I became a victim of this torture matrix five years ago.

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

OR (if link is tortured):

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA" (search "stream" or "stories" since the opening page link has been sabotaged).

Posted by: scrivener50 | July 25, 2009 1:27 AM

The Bamster owed Cambridge Police Department 15 parking tickets from the time he was at Harvard from '88 to '90. Ole' professor Gibbs also gave Obama $4600 for his presidential campaign in '08. Bama paid something like $400 for penalties and late fees in 2007 when the Bamster began running for pres. Yowzza!

source:somervillenews.typepad.com/the_somerville_news/2007/03/obama_finally_p.html

Posted by: sperrico | July 25, 2009 12:54 AM

Classy. And funny!

Posted by: nodebris | July 25, 2009 12:21 AM

Obama simply has not made a change and does not know how to tackle the basis issues of the fabric of society. There are great leaders and great talkers and the President has done little for national security or state security. I cannot understand why basic laws to business enerprises have not been changed, stronger regulations for gun ownership and gun control and simply free medical health care for all persons under 25 years. The car industry and the Republican Party are dead. People were looking for a change and all they got was cold turkey coated with Washington hot air. Kingsley Ferdinands of South Brighton.

Posted by: kingsley_ferdinands2005 | July 25, 2009 12:17 AM

RESPONSE TO: kg4thepeople | July 24, 2009 4:32 PM

Period need not be repeatedly spelled out p-e-r-i-o-d. I agree with you but you need to improve your style. PERIOD!

Posted by: gregp1 | July 24, 2009 11:56 PM

Gates was arrested in his home after acceptance of and by the Policeman Crowley that it was his residence.

How can that be....because he dared say bad words to the Officer?

So he was arrested in his home because the cop did not like what he said to him. Now which of you readers would go along with that if it happened to you?
This was about Power and bad policing.

Why was the media at the house when Gates arrested ....who called them if Gates was not known to the owner?

Posted by: october30 | July 24, 2009 9:52 PM

but are the two groups calibrated

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 24, 2009 9:28 PM

Post racial? naaw! Back to the same old same ole'. At least the two groups are straight now.

Posted by: sperrico | July 24, 2009 8:37 PM

Whoa.....Anger Anger Anger!....The Tea Bagging a$$--holes are in their full red-faced glory.

Posted by: hayden1 | July 24, 2009 8:08 PM

i don't think i could trust
a story at this point

........"The Irony: The Cambridge Police are doing more to help race relations, from their united stand, black and white, defending a colleague, than the racial bomb-throwers and agitators like Gates and Obama did to damage it!"

***yet, the beat cop doesn't know his neighborhood

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 24, 2009 7:19 PM

No one ever said the "TRUTH", was POPULAR.
Either way it is still the "TRUTH".

Posted by: austininc4 | July 24, 2009 6:50 PM


If you're having girl problems I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems but this ain't one (1).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etl9kkIGaHo

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | July 24, 2009 6:46 PM

Well, whom would you trust more: an outstanding Irish-American cop or Henry Louis Gates whose academic career has been based on hatred, fraud, and resentment?

Posted by: ravitchn | July 24, 2009 6:19 PM

Without a shadow of a doubt --- no one considers Henry Gates, Jr to be a scholar --- he is a racist.

Gates should receive a 2 year prison sentence - with absolutely zero - zip and zilch chance of parole.

Sgt. James Crowley should immediately sue Baracky Hussein Obama and Deval Patrick for $100 million each - for defamation of character and mental anguish.

Posted by: hclark1 | July 24, 2009 6:15 PM

Cornell1984 wrote:

Obama sided with the liberal millionaire instead of the working class good guy
____________________________________

Well, actually, Obama sided with a friend and probably reacted because of personal experience--he said as much. I'll bet neither the socio-economic status nor political affiliation of either Gates or the officer had anything to do with it. As for who the good guy is, there's plenty to to criticize on either side, and WE'LL never settle that scores. So what's left of your point? Not much.

If I had to bet, I'd say that Obama siding with the working class guy would be more typical. Just like I'd say that George Bush would be likely to side with the conservative millionaire rather than the working class guy. All of which, of course, is beside the point. This was essentially NOT about class or politics, your distortion notwithstanding. It was, unfortunately, about race. Maybe we'll mature, including Gates, Officer Crowley, Obama, you, me . . .

Posted by: post_reader_in_wv | July 24, 2009 6:05 PM

the core is good.
beer is good.

one cannot get to the core without
going down the rabbit hole

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 24, 2009 5:52 PM

now why would the issue be put to rest.

I had a dream in my short power nap.
I saw Camp David by the pale moonlight

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 24, 2009 5:49 PM

hard to rachet down the reight wing nutters. I do appreciate keeping it going because I'm enjoying the stream of consciousness emanating from the core, as they have been missing since the election except on the birth certificate nonsense.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | July 24, 2009 5:20 PM

Did Obama successfully put the Gates / Crowley case to rest?

http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=5810


.

Posted by: usadblake | July 24, 2009 5:19 PM

This is why I voted for Obama. He's smart, and he's willing to look at all sides of a situation and revise his view (and/or how he expresses it) as necessary. And he uses language precisely, so when he said that the Cambridge police "acted stupidly," I'm sure he meant just that: that they made a bad decision in this particular case. I'm also pretty sure that if someone were to ask President Obama if he has, on occasion, acted stupidly himself, he would say "yes"; even smart, well-meaning people make dumb decisions sometimes. That's not an insult or an expression of contempt; it's just a fact of life. And it includes Prof. Gates; as Obama pointed out, it sounds like neither he nor Officer Crowley was at his best during their encounter.

Posted by: nvanative | July 24, 2009 5:06 PM

THIS READS LIKE A SCENE FROM WEST WING!

• WH PRESS CORPS: Are You Sure Aaron Sorkin Didn't Sneak Out the Back?


Don't EVER anybody tell me that this guy is not brilliant and a skilled extemporaneous speaker.

A teachable moment, indeed. Almost like he PLANNED it this way.

Remember Jeb Bartlet's supposedly off-camera comment alluding to his opponent's affection for guns?

If it wasn't premeditated, it still is a brilliant rebound.

But Mr. President, I hasten to inform you:

These sorts of situations, what the overseer in "Cool Hand Luke" termed a "failure to communicate, happen EVERY DAY, ON PURPOSE...

...and DO seem to effect certain minorities, and not just blacks and Hispanics but ethnic minorities; those perceived to be physically challenged; those oppressed do to their religious or political beliefs or their lifestyles, etc.

Even white guys like me:

http://nowpublic.com/world/anti-stalking-journo-seeks-lawyer-fight-stalking-charge
http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america
http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA"

I do look forward to seeing Crowley and Prof. Gates quaff a cold one with you and Michelle. Make sure Crowley sits between FLOTUS and Prof. Gates, at a small table.

And let Michelle peck him on the cheek!

Posted by: scrivener50 | July 24, 2009 5:03 PM

but a self sufficient white woman would

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 24, 2009 4:38 PM

Mr. President believe me you were correct the first time and the Black Experience in your life spoke the truth. Not only was the arrest of Mr. Gates bad judgment it stems from racial biasness/racism. Mr. Gates is a senior and distinguished looking gentleman living in upper white middle class neighborhood. A white Mr. Gate would have NOT been arrested period. Even if a white Mr. Gates would have argued with the police he would not have been arrested because white officers do think first to arrest white upper society males, period. The officer made a bad judgment call. Here is the bigger problem because of the blue code (protect and support your fellow officer) officers go by none of his fellow officers stepped in on the scene and corrected the situation.

The truth hurts. A white man in the same situation would have not been arrested period.

Posted by: kg4thepeople | July 24, 2009 4:32 PM


so it's all hunky dory and we should all
just
forget about it.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 24, 2009 4:23 PM

WAY COOL OBAMA!

Not only is Obama a political genius, he's also a nice guy and somebody who we would all like to drink a beer with!

"So at the end of the conversation, there was discussion about -- my conversation with Sergeant Crowley, there was a discussion about he and I and Professor Gates having a beer here in the White House."

Talk about making a lemon out of lemonade!

Posted by: csh181 | July 24, 2009 4:16 PM

"African-Americans are sensitive to these issues" - that's "code" for thinking that there is ample justification for reverse (black-on-white) racism. The non-apology apology. Indeed.

Posted by: johnbowers | July 24, 2009 4:13 PM

The President stated,"be mindful of the fact that because of our history, because of the difficulties of the past, you know, African-Americans are sensitive to these issues."
Well maybe the President Obama is finding out via the ruckus this is causing that white people too are sensitive about race. Most also do not accept his pat interpretation of race relations that we have heard over and over ad nauseam. We actually have our own perceptions, beliefs and feelings about race relations in the U.S.

Posted by: BillMiller2 | July 24, 2009 4:08 PM

Pres. Obama "apologized" and the Police Dept. "apologized". End of story but no some individuals have their agendas and nothing is going to get in the way of their agenda.

Hate and racism continues to rear it's ugly head just by some of these comments.

Posted by: rlj1 | July 24, 2009 4:05 PM

Because he called Obama a disgrace as a Commander in Chief - way harsh and shows he has no respect

Posted by: chrismc28 | July 24, 2009 3:58 PM

The Irony: The Cambridge Police are doing more to help race relations, from their united stand, black and white, defending a colleague, than the racial bomb-throwers and agitators like Gates and Obama did to damage it!

Posted by: pgr88 | July 24, 2009 3:57 PM

Obama sided with the liberal millionaire instead of the working class good guy

Posted by: Cornell1984 | July 24, 2009 3:56 PM

This issue has taken away from the real issue, Health Care. All of America knows that there are some white officers in America that practice their racial profiling. While this number is small, it is good for our Commander in Chief to address this issue. I think the President Obama was brave to touch on this issue. It shows that he is human and that he still too understand that there are some people in America that are victimize because of the color of their skin

Posted by: bob1232 | July 24, 2009 3:52 PM

Now the Police Union Chief needs to apologize to Obama

Posted by: chrismc28
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Why? Obama didn't apologize to anyone. In fact, by his very words above, he still insists that Sgt. Crowley acted inappropriately.

Posted by: boosterprez | July 24, 2009 3:47 PM

Kudos to President Obama for admitting his mistake (not that a politician these days can actually say "I admit my mistake", but he still did a good job of it).

And kudos to Officer Crowley, the Police union, the police chief and Crowley's fellow officers for refusing to back down in the face of waves of criticism and political pressure.

Now Gates should apologize. He won't, that requires character.

Everyone else comes out of this looking good, though.

Except the press, the press doesn't look very good right now, but they have lots of time to make up for leaping onto the wrong band-wagon.

Posted by: ZZim | July 24, 2009 3:47 PM

OMG--i am rolling.

uh, Professor Gates -
there's a man on your lawn.

((shades of field of dreams)))

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 24, 2009 3:47 PM

interesting word to use in the title

ratchet

I have never had Blue Moon beer.
Is that anything like Blue Dog burgers.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | July 24, 2009 3:45 PM

And now, we have proof that we have a TRUE leader! No advancement -- in ANY AREA -- can be achieved if the parties do not talk with one another. I believe Americans are seeing just how and why Obama excelled at Harvard Law (I'm an attorney), and how he is putting his exceptional skills to work on behalf of ALL Americans. Racism, ageism, sexism, 'homophobism' -- all the 'ism-s' will be addressed in his administration. I'm PROUD to be an American now more than anytime in my 60 years.

Posted by: DRFJR | July 24, 2009 3:44 PM

My home includes my yard. And I have acted stupidly enough times, although I am not "stupid," that I know, at the time, that's an accurate description.

The whole incident shows what happens when people are too prone to anger. Anger stinks! I mean, like a rotten fish!

Obama, Gates, and Crowley will be enjoying a cold one together while internet trolls still hooked on angertainment are hooting like chimps at each other. Hoot hoot!

Posted by: Jumper1 | July 24, 2009 3:37 PM

Now the Police Union Chief needs to apologize to Obama

Posted by: chrismc28 | July 24, 2009 3:31 PM

"... gave an impression that I was maligning the Cambridge police department or Sergeant Crowley specifically."

He didn't "give that impression"; he specifically said, “the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home". That is not an "impression" - these words cannot be interpreted differently.

"I continue to believe, based on what I have heard, that there was an overreaction in pulling Professor Gates out of his home to the station."

The police, neither Sgt. Crowley nor any other officer, EVER pulled Professor Gates out of his home. Sgt. Crowley was walking down the steps of the porch, and Mr. Gates followed Mr. Crowley.

Obama continues to step in it....now we know why that teleprompter is so necessary...he's worse than Bush.

Posted by: boosterprez | July 24, 2009 3:26 PM

Barack Obama & Professor Louis Gates- BFF Souvenir Art Tile

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Posted by: frankieblacken | July 24, 2009 3:25 PM

THE NON APOLOGY APOLOGY....

but Obama DID call the Officer.

So time to DROP this.

Obama trashed the Office of President of the United States by his toxic hate filled ABUSE of POWER.

Obama's twisted racist assumptions, vindictiveness, and warped worldview were dislpayed in all their disgusting nakedness.

This has HURT Obama permanently. And he KNOWS it.

But if we fail to respect his office

President of the United States

than we are no better than Gates and Obama who expressed utter CONTEMPT for the Police.

So Lets PRETEND Obama MEANT the "Apology".

Posted by: JaxMax | July 24, 2009 3:21 PM

So, somebody stepped in the Doo Doo.
I think The Top Dog of the Country should THINK before Speaking.
I also believe People Speak their Minds.
Once they realize that they said the Wrong thing, Due to the Media Blasting and the Police Unions Asking for an Apology, Then and Only Then does Mr President Apologize.
I think we are getting into a point of Animosity of the White Voting Public.
We have been hearing Many Shots of Racism aimed our way.
It appears that the White America is Supposed to Hang Our Heads in Shame for what White America Was in the PAST.
THIS Will get Old with White America, and it Probably already is Old.
When is Our NEXT Election???

Posted by: Zeppelin2 | July 24, 2009 3:20 PM

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