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Obama still should apologize, he was wrong!

The beer summit does not get it.

Obama should apologize for rushing to judgment without the facts, and for insulting the Cambridge police in favor of his friend.

It is not the facts of this particular case that are really important here.  It is the fact that the President of the United States made it a national incident and he didn’t have the facts.  He even prefaced his statements saying he did not have the facts.  He kept saying “from what I heard.”  He heard it from Gates, so he only had one side and was quick to condemn the police.  He is a lawyer and he knows you don’t make judgments on hearsay, not even to mention that he is a Harvard scholar, as is Gates.

Neither is it about the entire history of the country nor about every single thing that has ever been done wrong.

Every incident has to be judged on its own merits, which is what a court of law or a grievance committee is for if one believes they were wronged.  Crowley is entitled, as a U. S. citizen, to the presumption of innocence.  Gates is entitled to have his side heard as well.  But not on the scene – in a proper proceeding.

I don’t think it does any good at all to have all this talk, talk, talk.  We don’t need more dialogue.  It only divides.  If we could just get a clean slate and not drag up 200 years of what happened before we were born, we may be able to make some progress.  But then we have made progress – tremendous progress.  In this case alone, we have a president who is black, we have a governor of Massachusetts who is black, and we have a mayor of Cambridge who is black.  It seems they have all done pretty good in America.  In fact, Gates is an educated, well-heeled, man who returned to Martha’s Vinyard after the meeting.  The president returned to the White House.  So who is the little guy in this scenario?

It’s kind of like a troubled marriage.  If every time there is an argument, you bring up every single thing that has happened throughout the marriage, all the things that have hurt your feelings or made you mad, this marriage is doomed.  It divides and it will never save a marriage.  For reconciliation, at some point there has to be forgiveness, a line drawn in the sand, and move on from there to build or rebuild the relationship.

So the beer summit was just that – B.S.

I did not think Sgt. Crowley should attend it, but he did the right thing, came out and answered questions, said they had agreed to disagree.  Just heard somebody say to watch Crowley, he’ll probably be the next head of the FBI.  🙂

But President Obama is using this “beer around a picnic table” to avoid taking responsiblity for his mistake.  He clearly hurt a lot of people by making this a national issue, from the citizen who made the 911 call, to the police department, to Crowley’s colleagues, the City of Cambridge, the families involved, the children involved.

Update:  I am just watching an incident that happened in Florida where the cops “made up stuff.”  Horrible.  I did notice that it involved a white cop and a white woman.  Just because you are white does not mean that you can’t be a victim in this country.  But, again, every case on its own merits!

Posted:  07.31.09  Update:  07.31.09 @ 1:49.

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Obama just poured fuel on the Gates fire, what is he thinking? (Update)

Well, he just made it worse, in my opinion.

A teachable moment? How about “keep your mouth shut about an incident that is a local matter you don’t have the facts on?”

No, No, No, Crowley, do not go.  The cards are stacked against you.  You’ll have the President of the United States and his good buddy, Skip, in the room.  You don’t stand a chance with odds like that.  If Obama were a judge he would have to recuse himself because he’s already stated his opinion and that he is biased in favor of his friend.

Quote:  “Well, I should say at the outset that Skip Gates is a friend, so I may be a little biased here.”

And in his “apology,” he states, quote:  “I continue to believe, based on what I have heard, that there was an overreaction in pulling professor Gates out of his home to the station. I also continue to believe, based on what I heard, that professor Gates probably overreacted as well.”

Number one, the pulling or hauling Gates out of his home has been repeated as fact today (Saturday), why?  Because that’s what the President said.

Number two, Obama is a lawyer, he knows better than to repeat hearsay, as in “based on what I have heard.”  He stated that twice in two sentences.

He is still stirring the pot.

But I think he had the whole thing staged: An out of context question at the end of a new conference posed by a Chicago reporter? He used race thoroughout his entire campaign when he thought he could milk it.  And what would be in the news today, but for this incident? How he did not clear up anything in his long and rambling answers on health care, and that he did not get what he wanted – something by August.

He would much rather have everybody talking about race than his limp performance I am sure.  I certainly don’t buy that he is somehow surprised that the press is consumed with it.  It was a certainty that they would be.

IT HAS TO BE A PLANNED STRATEGY: Why else would the smartest man in the world make such a stupid statement about the Cambridge police? He should not have made a public comment about a misdemeanor in a small town: Number one, because Skip was a friend. Inappropriate in itself.

Number two, he does not know all the facts. Was Professor Gates pulled out of his house? He was not, I don’t believe. And guess what? He still does not know all the facts. He just admitted it at the news conference.

So now that he came out and spoke, there’s more fuel on the fire.

Never, never, never should Crowley go to the White House to have a beer. Dear God, it should never, never, never involve the President of the United States. I just can’t believe I am hearing this! If a policeman came to my house, in uniform, and I continued to yell at him after being warned, I would be handcuffed and arrested. And rightly so. But I would be saying, yes, sir, and no, sir, and what do you need me to do, sir.

UPDATE:  1.  Lynn Sweet says the thing was not planned BUT I don’t believe it.  Here’s the quote from her: “I got a call from the White House press office about 6:30 p.m. confirming I was indeed going to show up at the 8 p.m. press conference. I was told I “may” get a question from the president. No one asked me — directly or indirectly — about what I may be asking. No one from the White House tried to plant any question.”  And I say:  Yeah, right.  🙂

2.  It has also been reported that Gates was an Obama donor and that he held a fundraiser for him.  (No surprise there.  Obama said he was not only a supporter but a friend.)

3.  Side note:  The house Gates is living in rent-free belongs to Harvard and is tax exempt.

4.  And the ultimate:  I just heard Al Sharpton weigh in on it.  And that to put it bluntly makes me want to puke and means for sure that Crowley should not meet with anybody for a beer, or a waffle, or a cup of coffee, or a cigarette.   You can be sure that the president and the professor will be having a “teachable moment” all right.  And guess who will be the student?  What we have here, Rev. Al, is stereotyping, profiling, and discrimination against law enforcement.  Oh, and let’s don’t forget a rush to judgment.  🙂  I want to HEAR THE TAPE.

5.  What makes me sick beyond words is that Obama is manipulating us all, to his advantage.  I keep saying I’m not going to talk about it any more because it depresses me.  But really he just may have outsmarted himself on this one.

UPDATE:

6.  I just found out the mayor of Cambridge is black.  Also note that the governor of Massachusetts is black, and last but not least, the President of the United States is black.

(Watch the wedding dance video.  It makes you know that all is not lost and there is a lot of room for joy and thankfulness.)

Posted: 07.24.09  Updated:  07.26.09 @ 12:56 p.m.

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