President Obama’s ‘Stupid’ Comments

The President has started a storm which I think will take alot of his charisma to calm down.

The storm brewed when, Henry Louis Gates, a preeminent scholar of African and African-American studies at the prestigious Harvard University, was arrested on July 16 by Cambridge police while attempting to enter his own home. The professor was reportedly trying to force open his jammed front door when a neighbour called the police, believing the house was being robbed. He was arrested by a white policeman. He is apparently, a friend of Mr Obama.

Mr Obama admitted that he “not having been there, and not seeing all the facts”. But he nevertheless, made this statement:

“But I think it’s fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry. Number two, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home,”.

Calling the people who protect the citizens that you pledged to serve, ‘stupid’? Not very wise, Mr President. Which brings me to a question. Did Mr Obama made that statement as a friend or as a President of the United States of America?

That Mr Gates is black doesn’t help either. Mr Obama will be seen as trying to side with a fellow black in a country where has seen so much racial violence.

Mr Obama, realising that he had opened himself to criticsim on a very delicate issue, tried to backtrack when he was interviewed on ABC, he said

“I have to say I am surprised by the controversy surrounding my statement because I think it was a pretty straight forward commentary that you probably don’t need to handcuff a guy, a middle-aged man who uses a cane, who’s in his own home.

“I think that I have extraordinary respect for the difficulties of the job that police officers do,” Obama added. “And my suspicion is that words were exchanged between the police officer and Mr Gates, and that everybody should have just settled down and cooler heads should have prevailed.

‘Pretty straight forward’? You be the judge.

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7 responses to “President Obama’s ‘Stupid’ Comments

  1. MereQueisziah

    meh…your bloggie like so political one eh..lol

  2. seann_

    everyone makes a huge hoo-ha over any little thing he says or does. he’s subject to so much scrutiny just cos he’s the president, that ppl forget that he’s human too sometimes.

    and you gotta admit, being arrested is really extreme, esp if you can prove that you stay in the home you’re trying to break into. it gives me the impression that the policeman just decided to nail him before he even ascertained the reality of the situation. then again, it just goes to show that sometimes, you should just make sure that you’re better friends with your neighbours so that they recognise you when you’re trying to unlock your door lol.

    • tauhuayboy

      He’s talking on live television, so he sould at least watch he says. Yes, he is human but that doesn’t give him the right, even though he’s a president, to call anyone, least of all, his own police force, ‘stupid’. I was wondering that too. Why didn’t his neighbours recognised him?

      • seann_

        it’s not a right of his per se, but more of an honest tongue-in-cheek comment. sure he’s the president, he’s supposed to be professional and all. but what abt the police force? i’m sure they should at least have a certain degree of competence if the ppl are to trust them as their protectors eh?

  3. First of all, very good first post on your new blog 🙂 I enjoyed it. Keep up the writing!

    To clarify, passers-by reported the suspected break-in to the police, not Gates’ neighbours. Also, I believe Obama was right. Arresting a man after he proved his ownership of the residence in the residence itself is stupid behaviour, and one that citizens should never bow to.

    I’m also glad to see a more aggressive Obama. He’s been too nice lately, and important issues like healthcare and the repeal of DADT are falling behind schedule. Let’s see those claws, Mr Obama 🙂

    PS: My blogged response – http://callantham.org/blog/2009/7/25/a-simple-case-of-rights-and-stupidity-not-race.html

    • tauhuayboy

      Thank you 🙂 That’s a good point of view. While I agree with you that Mr Obama is getting too ‘soft’, I still think that calling people degrading comments are not right for a man of his importance.

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