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    Obama says police acted 'stupidly' in arrest

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama said Wednesday that police acted "stupidly" in the arrest of prominent black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. and that despite racial progress blacks and Hispanics are still singled out unfairly for arrest.

    "This still haunts us," Obama said.

    Obama called Gates a friend, and said he doesn't know all the facts of the case. Nonetheless, Obama said, anyone would have been angry if treated the way Gates claims police in Cambridge, Mass., treated him. Gates, a Harvard University professor, claims he was arrested in his home after showing ID to police who responded to a report of a possible burglary.

    "Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof he was in own home," Obama said during a prime-time news conference that otherwise focused on the health care debate.

    Gates' arrest followed a report of a possible burglary. A woman apparently saw Gates force the front door and called police. Police came and demanded that Gates show identification. Gates was arrested shortly afterward for alleged disorderly conduct, a charge that was dropped Tuesday.

    "What I think we know separate and apart from this incident is that there's a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately," Obama said. "That's just a fact."

    That disparity is a reminder that "race remains a factor in the society," Obama said.

    The nation's first black president held himself up as testament to what he called the "incredible progress" minorities have achieved.

    The police sergeant accused of racism after he arrested Gates insisted Wednesday that he won't apologize.

    Police say Gates at first refused to display ID and then accused the officer of racism.

    Sgt. James Crowley said he followed proper procedures in arresting Gates.

    Standing in the stately East Room of the White House where he now lives, Obama allowed some humor into the discussion.

    Obama ticked off the reported facts of the Gates case — starting with Gates apparently forgetting his keys and jimmying the door. Police responded appropriately at first, Obama said.

    "I mean, if I was trying to jigger into ...," Obama began, and then trailed off as reporters laughed. Obama laughed, too. "Well, I guess this is my house, now so it probably wouldn't happen."

    Obama said he could understand police responding in good faith if he was forcing his way into his old house in Chicago.

    "Here I'd get shot," he joked.

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    President Drama Queen.

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    • #3
      That article is poorly written and just doesn't come across as legitimate.

      Do you have a link to it?

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      • #4
        The article may be poorly written, but it is what he said.

        A better answer would have been "No comment" if he is friends with the prof and "didn't know all the details".

        I become more and more unimpressed by him daily.
        Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity,
        and I'm not sure about the former.
        -Albert Einstein


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        • #5
          That is what he said. I was screaming at the TV when he mentioned that Gates was "profiled" and that Gates "did" show his ID.
          When reality becomes too unbearable.............When he can't give an intelligent answer to the comment made instead of the comment he wish were made....... he predictably............. slips into ........The Fantasy Zone.
          -JPR

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          • #6
            That was without a doubt the biggest bonehead statement Obama could make on national TV. The only thing he should have said is I don't have all the facts and won't comment on the incident.
            Retired LASD

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            • #7
              Originally posted by icecoldblueyes View Post
              The article may be poorly written, but it is what he said.

              A better answer would have been "No comment" if he is friends with the prof and "didn't know all the details".

              I become more and more unimpressed by him daily.
              You are doing better than I am......

              I could not possibly be more unimpressed with him......

              The only thing that would impress me would be for him to stand up and resign.....
              The posts on this forum by this poster are of his personal opinion, and his personal opinion alone

              "Politicians are like diapers. They need to be changed often and for the same reason"

              "We fight not for glory; nor for wealth; nor honor, but only and alone we fight for freedom, which no good man surrenders but with his life"

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Idolized1 View Post
                That article is poorly written and just doesn't come across as legitimate.

                Do you have a link to it?
                It's an AP article posted on Foxnews.com

                http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009...est=latestnews
                "First of all, then we have to say the American public overwhelmingly voted for socialism when they elected President Obama." - Al Sharpton, March 21, 2010

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                • #9
                  "Obama called Gates a friend, and said he doesn't know all the facts of the case"

                  So, he doesn't know the facts of the case, but he's convinced the police acted "stupidly" and he's convinced that profiling is involved....

                  And the FOP supports this guy and his policies?????
                  "First of all, then we have to say the American public overwhelmingly voted for socialism when they elected President Obama." - Al Sharpton, March 21, 2010

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by equinox137 View Post
                    "Obama called Gates a friend, and said he doesn't know all the facts of the case"

                    So, he doesn't know the facts of the case, but he's convinced the police acted "stupidly" and he's convinced that profiling is involved....

                    And the FOP supports this guy and his policies?????
                    That's 'cause the FOP is a J O K E!!!!!
                    Why are there so many babies on O.com? Creole, you and your buddy JPSO Recruit help me out on this one....

                    * "Preach always, if necessary, use words!" St Francis of Assisi

                    * Luke Chapter 6, Verses 27-36

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                    • #11
                      And where is the outrage at Obama for using a racial slur against blacks?

                      "I mean, if I was trying to jigger into ...," Obama began, and then trailed off as reporters laughed. Obama laughed, too. "Well, I guess this is my house, now so it probably wouldn't happen."

                      If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason.

                      ---Jack Handey

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Michigan
                        I won't say anything mean to you because you're obviously retarded. I don't know if you will understand or comprehend what everyone is saying to you, so put it this way: The internet is bad, bad place. No go, no go. Computer bad, no login. Stay home, eat sour patch kids- yum yum. No talk to no one. Stay home. Internet is bad, stay away. Bye, bye.

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                        • #13
                          Well, Obama is a lawyer soooo.............

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                          • #14
                            I got it from Yahoo news. I couldn't believe it, or maybe I can. Wow what a class act from our president. Thanks for the support.........Obama

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                            • #15
                              NObama................

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