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Thursday, July 23. 2009
At last night’s press conference, President Obama epitomized what’s gone wrong among our country’s elites.
Without respect for the facts already known and in prejudgment President Obama declared his friend Harvard University professor Henry Gates innocent and that the police “acted stupidly” in arresting him for creating a public disturbance in the street in the middle of the night. (See ABC’s coverage.) Gates is director of the Institute for African and African-American Research named after radical W.E.B. DuBois who in 1953 eulogized Joseph Stalin as “simple, calm and courageous…he knew the common man, felt his problems, followed his fate….He [Stalin] was attacked and slandered as few men of power have been…” Gates is another of President Obama’s unique friends with a chip on their shoulder about
In our democracy, the elites are not supposed to be anointed by God or hereditary, nor allowed any special governmental privileges, rights or exceptions from the laws that govern everyone else. Elites in
Consider how far we’ve gone in another direction, toward self-selected groups flaunting their disregard of common morality and sense, and even the law, as if immune or above the obligations and restrictions necessary to maintaining a society and government of free peoples working in comity and decency toward individual and national advancements above personal benefits and pelf.
Even another liberal and racially defensive Black professor, who (in my opinion) was treated unfairly by blustering, bullying Bill O’Reilly, says of Gates and Obama’s behavior:
There is no doubt in this professor’s knowledge and experience, nor in mine, that the poor and disheveled, and especially Blacks, are often profiled unequally and unfairly compared to well-dressed, articulate Whites. There is, also, no doubt in this professor’s, nor in mine, that our police work hard under difficult and even life-threatening circumstances to enforce laws in hazy conditions in which they must act quickly and decisively. When called out to investigate what may be a breach of the law, for those questioned to verbally or physically attack the officer is clearly unacceptable and illegal.
Yet, President Obama, as with the local Congressional wannabe whose host and guest did so and whom the local hack defends by waging a media campaign to diss the police, we see from high to low a behavior by a genre of political elite that defies the very basis of our democracy, and gravely undermines it.
This press conference comment by President Obama should not be seen as extraordinary or exceptional but as directly indicative of what’s off base generally with much of our newer elites in politics, education, business who believe they are above the law or morality, and when one examines their acts one too often finds that they have manipulated laws and programs to insulate themselves from the ravages they visit upon other citizens.
BTW, he’s not a racist cop. And, there was a Hispanic and a Black policemen at the scene.
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Little gem from the past - 2008 article that discusses Oregon's "death with dignity" from the lips of "Dear Leader"
Q: A couple of other issues of interest to Oregonians involve initiatives passed by the voters that have come into conflict with the federal government: physician-assisted suicide and medical marijuana. Do you support those two concepts?
A: I am in favor of palliative medicine in circumstances where someone is terminally ill. ... I'm mindful of the legitimate interests of states to prevent a slide from palliative treatments into euthanasia. On the other hand, I think that the people of Oregon did a service for the country in recognizing that as the population gets older we've got to think about issues of end-of-life care. ...
Apparently he seems to think that killing elderly people is a service to the country and part of a end-of-life care (that is coincidentally to be required for elders to be lectured on)
Obama's worst offense was in continuing to comment after admitting he didn't know all the facts. Lawyers are trainned better than that, and as president he has an obligation to give an informed response. He showed himself to be no better than a race baiter: 'I don't have the facts but I know the black man was victimized by the stupid white cop.'
The whole situation is complete garbage. Had the police been called about the possible break-in and NOT shown up, the same people would be out screaming "racism!" as well. The most frustrating part of all of this is that the police department dropped the charges. It gives the appearance that the cops were in the wrong and encourages this sort of fake "outrage" in the future. All Obama has done here is stoke more hatred on the left and set back race relations yet again. What a leader.
That stupid comment of Zero's is all anyone remembers about the presser last night. The dumba** stepped on his own message.
I think he's not a very smart person when you get right down to it, Obama. Too trapped in his 'black injustice' worldview to see outside that particular box and realize that he is President now and must keep his mouth shut until he really has something to say. But he has been relying on that gilded tongue for too long... it's all he has.
That tongue is varnished, indeed, but not in Oprah's "truth".
Police union condemns Obama's comments
By Sam Youngman
Posted: 07/23/09 01:58 PM [ET]
President Obama's Wednesday night criticism of Cambridge, Mass., police has drawn a rebuke from the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP).
The criticism comes after Obama said Cambridge police officers acted "stupidly" when they arrested Henry Louis Gates, a friend of the president's, for breaking and entering into his own home. The president said it highlights ongoing problems with race relations in the U.S.
Jim Pascoe, executive director of the FOP's legislative office, noted that before Obama made the remarks, the president acknowledged that he was only vaguely familiar with what happened.
"That being the case, it's unfortunate that he chose to say anything," Pascoe said. "He wasn't there, and he doesn't know what happened."
Pascoe said it appears that Gates was the "provocateur" because he called Officer James Crowley a racist instead of producing identification as requested.
On Thursday, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs sought to walk back the president's comments.
"Let me be clear. He was not calling the officer stupid, OK?" Gibbs told reporters on Air Force One. "He was denoting that ... at a certain point the situation got far out of hand, and I think all sides understand that."
You go, FOP.
Cambridge, Ma is probably the most liberal city in America. I grew up in Arlington, Ma which is right next door. The town has become another Cambridge, that's beside the point.
This guy crossed more then one line to get arrested. Cambridge cops take a lot of shit before they arrest someone.
This guy has a chip on his shoulder. I've seen him on Public T.V, just like the community organizer disguised as a President.
Plus the question was a plant.
Gates, is the type of person who needs to be sucker punched for no particular reason.
Meant to say Gibbs instead of Gates that needs to be sucker punched. Sometimes I talk so tough I not only scare myself, but I get so flustered.
"Gates is director of the Institute for African and African-American Research named after radical W.E.B. DuBois who in 1953 eulogized Joseph Stalin as “simple, calm and courageous…he knew the common man, felt his problems, followed his fate….He [Stalin] was attacked and slandered as few men of power have been…” "
Now, near as I can tell, this Gates guy is an ass and the cop was just doing his job. A cop who teaches classes in racial profiling no less. But the above excerpt is just plain stupid. Hell, I could tie George Bush to Fred Astair using that convoluted logic.
Mr. Obama just proved he is a black president instead of an American president.