Friday, July 24, 2009

Most Stupidlyist Comment

I am sure some of you have heard the news this week about how our dear President stepped in "it" again. A few days ago, a Cambridge policemen responded to a call of a possible burglary in progress. A neighbor saw two black men using a crow bar to pry open the front door of a house in the middle of the night. She called the police and this officer was the first on the scene.

He saw a man in the house who claimed that he lived there. He was asked to show some identity and refused, at first to do so. The man actually was renting the home and he is a professor at Harvard. The resident responded that this situation is only happening because he is a black man. The officer said that he responded to a neighbor's call about a possible break-in at the residence and needed to verify if a crime was in progress. The resident became loud and belligerent, shouting racial accusations against the officer. Finally the man identified himself as Mr. Gates and satisfied the officer that he is the proper resident.

The officer turned to leave and the man followed him outside, still yelling at him. He was warned to calm down because he was disturbing the peace. By then, other officers had arrived as back-up and witnessed the out-of-control man. When he would not stop the racial attacks and yelling, the officer finally arrested him.

It turns out the the man knows BO. In a news conference the other night, BO was asked about the arrest of Mr. Gates. BO answered that he is not familiar with the details of the situation but that the police "acted stupidly." Without knowing what happened, our President took the side of the racist and accused the officer of being in the wrong.

Today, BO made another statement about the situation (the one that he is responsible for stirring up and provoking more of a racial attitude to the case). He now wants to take the high road - or more appropriately, the arrogant position - and he is calling for everyone to calm down, get the facts before making accusations, and wants this to be a "teaching moment" for the rest of us.

There were only two men making this a big deal - the racist professor who is now talking about suing the officer (who just happens to be the policeman responsible for training young officers about being racially sensitive) and the US President who made this a national story by responding to something he did not know about and making the most stupidly comment by accusing the cop of being the bad guy.

These unscripted moments, when we get a glimpse of the arrogant, racist, self-centered, anti-American man who is now our President, are very telling. He is more like Rev. Wright than he will admit.

"Stupid is as stupid does." Forest Gump

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