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http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/07/24/cambridge-police-unit-demands-apology-obama-stupidly-remark/


The Cambridge and area police unions voiced their support Friday for Sgt. James Crowley and called for an apology from President Obama for saying officers "acted stupidly" for arresting black Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. at his home.

"His remarks were obviously misdirected but made it worse yet by suggesting somehow this case should remind us of a history of racial abuse by law enforcement," Dennis O'Connor, president of the Cambridge Police Superior Officers Association, said at a news conference.

O'Connor also referred to statements made by Governor Deval Patrick -- the state's first black governor -- who called the arrest "every black man's nightmare."

"Whatever may be the history, we deeply resent the implications and reject any suggestion that in this case or any other case that they've allowed a person's race to direct their activities. However we hope they will reflect upon their past comments and apologize to the men and women of the Cambridge Police Department," O'Connor said.

Obama has said he was surprised by the controversy sparked by his comments. White House spokesman Roberts Gibbs said Friday that the President regrets that the media have gotten all worked up over the controversy and been distracted from other more substantive issues such as health care.

Obama's remarks sparked outrage among many police officers who say the criticism could make it harder for police to work with people of color and set back the progress of race relations that helped Obama become the nation's first black president.

Gates was arrested July 16 by Sgt. James Crowley, who was first to respond to the home the renowned black scholar rents from Harvard, after a woman reported seeing two black men trying to force open the front door. Gates said he had to shove the door open because it was jammed.

He was charged with disorderly conduct after police said he yelled at the white officer, accused him of racial bias and refused to calm down after Crowley demanded Gates show him identification to prove he lived in the home. The charge was dropped Tuesday, but Gates has demanded an apology, calling his arrest a case of racial profiling.

Obama was asked about Gates' arrest at the end of a nationally televised news conference on health care Wednesday night and began his response by saying Gates was a friend and he didn't have all the facts.

"But I think it's fair to say, No. 1, any of us would be pretty angry," Obama said. "No. 2, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home. And No. 3 -- what I think we know separate and apart from this incident -- is that there is a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately, and that's just a fact
 

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"Obama has said he was surprised by the controversy sparked by his comments."

A) he is JOKING
B) he is a complete IDIOT
C) both


He cant possibly be serious...
 

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"Obama has said he was surprised by the controversy sparked by his comments."

A) he is JOKING
B) he is a complete IDIOT
C) both


He cant possibly be serious...
BBbbbbbb b b b b whata i win?:D
 

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You win...

An ALL expense paid trip to D.C. and three days, two nights in the Lincoln bedroom. You get to dine with the Chinese politicians, Lil Kim II AND go skateboarding down the halls with Tony Hawk (bet yall didnt hear about that little episode did you)...

Included in the tour of the White House is the Blue Dress/Cigar exhibit AND the stains on the Oval Office carpet from Bent Willy / Monica...
 

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Don't pander to the police, IMO they are already dangerous enough to the average (law abiding) citizen as it is...we don't need it any worse than it already is.
 

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090724/ap_on_go_pr_wh/us_obama_harvard_scholar


Obama regrets choice of words in scholar's arrest




WASHINGTON – Trying to tamp down an uproar over race, President Barack Obama said Friday he used an unfortunate choice of words in commenting on the arrest of black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. and could have "calibrated those words differently."

The president said he had telephoned the white policeman who arrested Gates, and he said the conversation confirmed his belief that the officer was a good man and an outstanding officer.

Obama said later that he had spoken to Gates as well.

The president caused a stir when he said at a prime-time news conference earlier this week that Cambridge, Mass., police had "acted stupidly" by arresting Gates, a Harvard scholar and friend of the president's, for disorderly conduct.

On Friday, Obama made an impromptu appearance at the daily White House briefing in an effort to contain the controversy. He said he continued to believe that both the officer, Sgt. James Crowley, and Gates had overreacted during the incident, but the president also faulted his own comments.

"This has been ratcheting up, and I obviously helped to contribute ratcheting it up," he said. "I want to make clear that in my choice of words, I think I unfortunately gave an impression that I was maligning the Cambridge police department and Sgt. Crowley specifically. And I could've calibrated those words differently."

Seeking to lighten the situation further, he said he had invited both Crowley and Gates for "a beer here in the White House."

The incident began when police went to Gates' home last week after a passer-by reported a potential break-in. It turned out that Gates had tried to jimmy open his own door, which was stuck, and there was no intruder. Gates protested the police actions and was arrested, although the charges have since been dropped.

Before Obama's appearance Friday, a multiracial group of police officers stood with Crowley in Massachusetts and asked Obama and the state's governor, Deval Patrick, to apologize for comments they called insulting. Patrick has said Gates' arrest was "every black man's nightmare."

Dennis O'Connor, president of the Cambridge Police Superior Officers Association, said Obama's remarks were "misdirected" and the Cambridge police "deeply resent the implication" that race was a factor in the arrest.

Sgt. Leon Lashley, a black officer who was at Gates' home with Crowley at the time of the arrest, said he supported his fellow officer's action "100 percent."

Gates has said he returned from an overseas trip, found the door jammed and he and his driver attempted to force it open. Gates went through the back door and was inside the house when police arrived. Police say he flew into a verbal rage when Crowley asked him to show identification to prove he should be in the home. Police say Gates accused Crowley of racial bias, refused to calm down and was arrested.

Gates, 58, maintains he turned over identification when asked to do so. He says Crowley arrested him after the professor followed him to the porch, repeatedly demanding the sergeant's name and badge number because he was unhappy over his treatment.
 

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A few things I learned or had confirmed from the episode so far:

Chairman O has shown he doesn't have the sense or integrity to keep his mouth shut in front of the nation when a difficult topic is presented to him that should be thoroughly thought out before offering an opinion. He doesn't possess the demanor and honor the office demands.

The Chairman is basically a street activist at heart and he can't resist reverting back to thse ways when he allows his undisciplined mind to work on it's own.

The Chairman doesn't respect America or her military with his constant apologies to the world and now has shown his disrespect for our law enforcement officers.

Street activists, community organizers, and a good portion of the public have a very confused view of respect for the law and poor manners/lack of common sense in how to deal with situations between the public and LE officers, the Chairman himself included.

The more of these types of situatuions the country is subjected to, the more people are becoming aware of the idiot they elected. The world sees him for what he is and soon an overwhelming majority of the country will see it as well. Witnessing the boneheaded blunders of the first 6 months, there's no telling what we will see before it's over and we can get back to normal without an out of control narcissistic boob in the WH....
 

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Huh, wonder if the cop will WANT to have a beer with a guy that called Him a racist and insulted his Mother??

Oh yeah, it was all a big misunderstanding, lets just forget about it? Don't think so O.
 

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Not an apology, that's for sure.:p

What's funny is considering the training he has in race relations and the "sensitive utopia" that is Cambridge, I bet this cop voted for Obama. :|err

He's prolly regretting that right about now though.
 

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Not an apology, that's for sure.:p

What's funny is considering the training he has in race relations and the "sensitive utopia" that is Cambridge, I bet this cop voted for Obama. :|err

He's prolly regretting that right about now though.

In his interview He said He did not vote for Him.
I was going to put up the link, but it is now gone from MSN.
 

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Don't pander to the police, IMO they are already dangerous enough to the average (law abiding) citizen as it is...we don't need it any worse than it already is.

It's kind of funny, but I've NEVER had an altercation with a police officer of any racial background. Maybe it is because I'm respectful to police officers, firemen, City Council members, etc, regardless of whether I agree with them or not. Maybe it's because I choose not to live in an obviously high-crime area. Maybe it's just because I'm not stupid....... doh!
 

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Don't pander to the police, IMO they are already dangerous enough to the average (law abiding) citizen as it is...we don't need it any worse than it already is.
If you let me know where you live I can have my two nephews, my two cousins, and my three old neighbors come talk to you about community relations. Maybe you can tell them why you believe the police are dangerous. They can then let you local police department know that you no longer want their services.
Unfortunately the people that the police are protecting you from may find out as well.:D
 

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Why exactly did this result in Gates getting an invitation to the White House? He's the asshat that did nothing but cause trouble, both during the police visit, and then by playing the race card afterwards. I fail to see how the cop and this butt munch are equal parties in the "apology"... which brings up another thing. Why is it so easy for O to apologize to the muslim world for everything America but can't even spit out a real apology to an individual public servant on his own behalf?
 

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Why exactly did this result in Gates getting an invitation to the White House? He's the asshat that did nothing but cause trouble, both during the police visit, and then by playing the race card afterwards. I fail to see how the cop and this butt munch are equal parties in the "apology"... which brings up another thing. Why is it so easy for O to apologize to the muslim world for everything America but can't even spit out a real apology to an individual public servant on his own behalf?
It's O's way of appeasing both sides of the street. Keeps his "street cred" with the A/A community while trying to dissuade the public from realizing that he himself is a racist.

Also, it's easier for to apologize for something one believes someone else did than it is to apologize for something they did when they're a narcissist.
 

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In his interview He said He did not vote for Him.
I was going to put up the link, but it is now gone from MSN.
Yeah, don't know for sure myself, just kinda throwin it out there.

Why exactly did this result in Gates getting an invitation to the White House? He's the asshat that did nothing but cause trouble, both during the police visit, and then by playing the race card afterwards. I fail to see how the cop and this butt munch are equal parties in the "apology"... which brings up another thing. Why is it so easy for O to apologize to the muslim world for everything America but can't even spit out a real apology to an individual public servant on his own behalf?
I think OT layed it out the reason pretty good.
 

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Ohbama has done more to divide this nation raccially than any president before or after the Civil War. The only stupidity I heard the other night was from him.
It's time to buy the IMPEACH OBAMA stickers and put them on you cars!
Even the Left is starting to see through him.
 

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Why exactly did this result in Gates getting an invitation to the White House? He's the asshat that did nothing but cause trouble, both during the police visit, and then by playing the race card afterwards. I fail to see how the cop and this butt munch are equal parties in the "apology"... which brings up another thing. Why is it so easy for O to apologize to the muslim world for everything America but can't even spit out a real apology to an individual public servant on his own behalf?
Dont question his motives, he is a skilled community organizer... Doncha see how well he patched things up between Gates, the LEO community AND himself??? hil:)

Reached right across the aisle, just like he said he would... Then he swiftly punched the Cambridge P.D. right square in the MOUF...
 
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