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.