Friday, July 24, 2009

President Obama backing away from his stupid statement

My bad. I should have said his 'stupid' statement. I'm referring, of course, to his primetime remark about the 'stupid' arrest of Harvard Professor Gates at his home.
The president took the podium at the daily press briefing to say that he had spoken to Sgt. Crowley, the officer who arrested Professor Gates. He went on to say that Crowley and Gates are both decent men, but that blacks are sensitive about such things, and maybe they could all sit down for a beer, blah blah blah.
Bet he wishes he had kept his mouth shut about this one.


  1. The President hasn't been able to calibrate his "stupidity" for 7 months now. He did NOT apologize for his "stupidity", nor will he. He can't because of his narcissistic defects of character. The 800lb gorilla is the fact that the professor is a racisist.

  2. We have three observations about the Harvard professor incident:

    1. We find it interesting that the fact that this was the professor's home was evidently not established early on way before the dispute escalated;

    2. We find it fascinating that the versions of two members of society, who most would ordinarily view as responsible and honest citizens (this obviously does not include politicians), would vary so dramatically from a factual point of view.

    3. Finally, considering that the reading and viewing public were not present at the scene (and thus have no first hand knowledge), and that there is no video tape to our knowledge of the sequence of events and what was said, how so many have formed conclusions, and made assumptions, about who did what and who was wrong.

    There are some things which Professor Gates might have considered upon the arrival of the police, no matter how incensed he may have been.

  3. Nice blog, Inspector Clouseau, and very good advice.

  4. This shows the impotance of the words of the office of the president of the united states. As we have talked before with the young republicans, what you say will be scrutinized and analyzed for content intent and mistakes. We do expect the person who ascends to the presidency to make statements based on facts and not to make a statement of judgement on someone based on emotion. It is a minefield the president walks through when he speaks. Sometimes the less said is best, though sometimes not saying anything can give the enemy a wrong impression also.

  5. Darrell, you're absolutely right. I wondered at the time if he fully realized the impact that his words have.


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