Obama Destroyed His Post-Racial Theme
Update 4: From ABC:
"Crowley's neighbors had a different story that tends to support the sergeant's actions. One man who says he saw the incdient (sic) said the police report that said Gates was belligerent was not completely off the mark.
Today Ogletree (Gates' Haavard academic lawyer) told "GMA" that Gates "made that clear that he'd be happy to talk" with Crowley to discuss the incident".
So, the liberal lawyer goes on TV and basically lies while another eyewitness supports the on scene report. Special, real special. Meanwhile, Gates is pleased at Obama's remarks. Gee, ya think?
Last night in his news conference, in one huge executive-level gaffe in terms of judgment, Barack Obama destroyed any notion of a post-racial era presidency by stating that the Cambridge police acted "stupidly," (Politico link) despite admitting to not knowing the facts and not being there. Anyone who has read the police report (<– link to source) would know the facts are very much in dispute, dropped charges, or not. Click on image above to enlarge pertinent section of report.
"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 he Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home," Obama said in response to a question from the Chicago Sun-Times's Lynn Sweet. Gates, Obama allowed, "is a friend, so I may be a little biased here. I don't know all the facts." However Gates, he continued, "jimmied his way to get into [his own] house."
Updated link: The officer is refusing to apologize, standing by his report.
NATICK, Mass. — A white police sergeant accused of racism after he arrested renowned black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. at his home insisted Wednesday he won't apologize for his treatment of the Harvard professor, but President Barack Obama said police had acted "stupidly."
Unfortunately, this comes as questions are still being raised over a potentially troubling decision by Obama's Justice Department to not pursue voter intimidation charges against the New Black Panther Party in Philadelphia, PA. See Michelle Malkin's post from yesterday for the latest, including documents, on that issue.
As the occupant of the WH, Obama has a responsibility to speak for all Americans. He appears to be showing a pattern of not doing that, but seeing everything through a lens of racial politics, first. It is as unfortunate as it is dumb.
Not having all the facts, he should have withheld judgment, perhaps pronouncing the incident as unfortunate. He didn't term Professor Gates' alleged reaction to questioning, after apparently breaking into his own home, as ill-considered, let alone stupid, or otherwise dumb. And the Cambridge police are not the neighbor who summoned them to the scene. We have no way of knowing if they acted "stupidly," or not. However, that was a conclusion Barack Obama was prepared to jump to based solely upon Race, while admitting not knowing the facts.
He also displayed a willingness to abandon American police officers in the line of duty without a full hearing of the facts. It's impossible to recall any former president doing such a thing, at least before some objective fact finding was done. This may not be a wound he recovers from, and certainly not easily, in terms of his political career.
Meanwhile, any notion of a post-racial era in America due to Obama is likely doomed. That, perhaps, is the biggest shame of all.
Update 2: Apparently the officer was accused of racism 16 years ago for not doing enough to save an NBA players life. He denied it at the time. (Link to Jules)
It’s a date Crowley still can recite by rote – and he still recalls the pain he suffered when people back then questioned whether he had done enough to save the black athlete.
“Some people were saying ‘There’s the guy who killed Reggie Lewis’ afterward. I was broken-hearted. I cried for many nights,” he said.
Crowley, 42, said he’s not a racist, despite how some have cast his actions in the Gates case. “Those who know me know I’m not,” he said.