President Barack Obama turned his press conference sharply toward an iconic moment in American race relations: The arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. earlier this week by the Cambridge Police.
Gates was arrested for allegedly disorderly conduct -- a charge that was quickly dropped -- after a confrontation with a police officer inside his own home. Though some facts of the case are still in dispute, Obama showed little doubt about who had been wronged.
"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."
"There was a report called in to the police station that there might be a burglary taking place – so far so good," Obama said, reflecting that he'd hope the police were called if he were seen breaking into his own house, then pausing.
"I guess this is my house now," he remarked of the White House. "Here I’d get shot."
Now, this moron says he doesn't know all the facts. To that I say, WHAT ELSE IS NEW? This moron didn't even know about the stuff in the healthcare bill he wants by August outlawing private insurers and destroying medicare. But, typical of liberal blowhards, he blathers and blows piles of B.S. our way. Well, guess what, Barry, you are wrong again....
Sgt. James Crowley, who arrested Gates for disorderly conduct, also chimed in today, saying Obama's characterization was "way off base. ... I acted appropriately," Crowley told WBZ Radio in Boston Thursday.
"I support the president of the United States 110 percent," Crowley told WBZ. "I think he's way off base wading into a local issue without knowing all the facts, as he himself stated before he made that comment."
The officer went on to say he was trying to protect himself by getting the men out of the house. Which is most likely procedure. It was for his own safety. but wait, there is more...looks like ol' Doc Gates was being a bit unruly:
The police report said Gates, who was returning from a trip to China and found his front door jammed, at first refused to provide an ID and became unruly. He was charged with disorderly conduct but the charges were dropped this week.
Law enforcement sources tell ABC News that the conversation between Gates and Crowley was transmitted over Crowley's open police radio and Gates can be heard yelling.
"Mr. Gates was given plenty of opportunities to stop what he was doing. He didn't. He acted very irrational. He controlled the outcome of that event," Crowley told WBZ.
Crowley said Gates, the director of Harvard's W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research and former host of the PBS show "African American Lives," called him a "racist cop."
"There was a lot of yelling, there was references to my mother," he added, "something you wouldn't expect from anybody that should be grateful that you were there investigating a report of a crime in progress, let alone a Harvard University professor."
Gee, what a big man this Gates is, what a paragon of virtue, engaging in mama insults at a police officer called to investigate a burglary. And more disgusting our Punk@$$ in Chief called police stupid for following up a complaint and seeking to find the truth.