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    Re: Obama Defends Criticism of Cambridge Police in Arrest of Gates

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    Proving two things:

    1. He has a piss-poor sense of humor.
    2. He doesn't appreciate the skill and professionalism of his own security detail. They do not just shoot first and ask question later.
    Oh lighten up. He was just making a joke. Jesus...I think political correctness just reached a new low.
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    Re: Obama Defends Criticism of Cambridge Police in Arrest of Gates

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    He didn't say they would shoot him because he was black. He said that they would shoot him if he tried to break into the White House. And he was half-joking.
    Really, Kandahar? Really? He wasn't making a reference to being black?

    You're smarter than that. How else would the two cases compare, even slightly? Are you saying he meant that Gates's house is akin to the White House?
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    Re: Obama Defends Criticism of Cambridge Police in Arrest of Gates

    Quote Originally Posted by metreon View Post
    The presented facts are that when Gates let the police into his home, he did show them a couple of ID cards, license and Harvard ID (he lives in a Harvard house). Case closed. Unless there was a physical assault by Gates there would have been zero reason to arrest him. The case was fully dropped because it had no legal basis to proceed. That is the fact of the matter. Therefore the police officer acted stupidly, by definition, since he had no just cause for arrest.
    Just because a case was dropped does not mean there was no legal basis for the arrest. It means the DA declined to pursue prosecution--which is entirely his call to make.

    The only way you can conclude the officer was in the wrong was if you ignore everything except Gates' version of events. In the other recitations of events I have seen, the officer was amply justified in arresting Gates for disturbing the peace.

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    Obama Surprised by Controversy Over Remark About Arrest of Black Scholar

    Obama Surprised by Controversy Over Remark About Arrest of Black Scholar - Political News - FOXNews.com

    President Obama said Thursday he was surprised by all the hubbub over his comments that a white police officer had acted "stupidly" in arresting a prominent black scholar for disorderly conduct. The president didn't take back his words, but he allowed that he understood the sergeant who made the arrest is an "outstanding police officer."

    "I have to say I am surprised by the controversy surrounding my statement," Obama said in an interview with ABC News, "because I think it was a pretty straightforward comment that you probably don't need to handcuff a guy, a middle-aged man who uses a cane, who's in his own home."

    A day earlier, Obama had been asked at a prime-time news conference whether race played a role in the arrest of Harvard's Henry Louis Gates Jr. at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, last week.

    Really and what did he expect huh he is the President of the United States and one of the most powerfull person in the World and when he makes comment people tend to listen to what he is saying.

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    Re: Obama Surprised by Controversy Over Remark About Arrest of Black Scholar

    You know Rush Limbaugh is found of saying that if you put a bag of excrement in front of a Democrat, they can't help stepping in it.

    What could have possessed him to involve himself in this issue, while admitting that he doesn't posses "all the facts" ?

    Oh, I know, idiocy! I regret to admit that there was a time that I was concerned the this man would present an intellectual threat to Conservatism.
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    Re: Obama Surprised by Controversy Over Remark About Arrest of Black Scholar

    Quote Originally Posted by Oftencold View Post
    You know Rush Limbaugh is found of saying that if you put a bag of excrement in front of a Democrat, they can't help stepping in it.

    What could have possessed him to involve himself in this issue, while admitting that he doesn't posses "all the facts" ?

    Oh, I know, idiocy! I regret to admit that there was a time that I was concerned the this man would present an intellectual threat to Conservatism.
    President Obama utterings about this case was indeed ill advised but let's be serious here Rush Limbaugh is a bag of excrement. LOL !!
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    Re: Obama Surprised by Controversy Over Remark About Arrest of Black Scholar

    Funny how the libertarians and the libertarian wing of the GOP are so silent about a guy who gets arrested in his own house. Oh forgot, they can use this to play the race card to stir up the inbreds down in Appalachia.

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    Re: Obama Surprised by Controversy Over Remark About Arrest of Black Scholar

    I think both sides of this thing, the police and the person arrested are at fault, but I am not happy at Obama weighing in on this. I think it is both unnecessary and not entirely Obama's fault necessarily.

    If one of Obama's advisers told him to weigh in on this, they should be fired.

    If this was Obama's own doing, then not only do I have to say Obama was wrong, but you should fire whatever adviser told him that it was ok to say it.

    Obama still takes the blame no matter what, but if someone said he should weigh in on it, they should be fired.

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    Re: Obama Surprised by Controversy Over Remark About Arrest of Black Scholar

    I think people are intentionally making mountains out of molehills in order to distract from the real purpose of his press conference and how great he handled it.
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    Re: Obama Surprised by Controversy Over Remark About Arrest of Black Scholar

    Quote Originally Posted by formerroadie View Post
    I think people are intentionally making mountains out of molehills in order to distract from the real purpose of his press conference and how great he handled it.
    I think he could be found standing over the chopped-up corpses of a whole family, breathing hard, holding an axe, covered in their blood, and you'd say we need to wait for all the facts before we make a judgment.
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