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I agree with Vanderleun that the "press conference" last night was a fellatio fest of seemingly prepared and rehearsed questions with lying responses (lying is back in fashion), but the O missed an amazing opportunity. Among the softballs and adulation was the question about Prof. Gates' arrest for disorderly conduct with police officers.
The correct answer was this: "Our American police officers respond to calls of all sorts, never knowing what sort of situation they are walking into. Their job is to protect the honest and the innocent, and our job as citizens is to give them the respect and gratitude they deserve for doing that."
In my view, Gates should have thanked the officers for wanting to protect his house. Most people know that it is never wise to give shit to police officers, regardless of the situation. Cops are always a bit edgy on the job - and rightly so.
And the "Don't you know who I am?" approach only works for Kennedys: they own the copyright.
"Mister Gates was given plenty of opportunities to stop what he was doing. He didn't. He acted very irrational, he controlled the outcome of that event."
"There was a lot of yelling, there was references to my mother, something you wouldn't expect from anybody that should be grateful that you were there investigating a report of a crime in progress, let alone a Harvard University professor."
According to the police report, Crowley asked Gates to talk outside, to which he responded "Yeah, I'll speak with your mama outside."
Certainly His Hopeful Changeness didn't intend to call the police officer or the police department stupid. He intends for you to keep your private health insurance, too. And close Gitmo by Feb 1 2010 or sooner.
I once locked myself out of my car in a shopping center parking lot and after a few minutes of looking for something to try to slip between the window and door frame I saw a patrol car drive into the lot. I told the office what I'd done and asked if I came back to my car in 15 minutes or so might the door be unlocked. His reply was chances were high but he wouldn't have a clue about how it happened. I said thank you, sir, I'm going shopping. Gates should have tried the same approach.
Harvard employs atleast one idiot professor, and graduated atleast one idiot president.
Gates has a long history of being a jerk, this is just one more incident to add to his oh-so-laudable resume. Also, remember that he wasn't in "his" house- he rents from John Hah-vud! Just another shiftless tenant- the housing office is no doubt amused.
....next stop laughingstock status?.... Already far beyond that point. But my stomach is tied in knots in fear that he (sorry 'THE !') may just get something passed, so I'll just whimper a few chuckles.
The professor was sterotyping about policemen when he claims to know what the policeman was thinking. The professor reacted out of his own prejudice about white policemen-- reverse racial profiling. JP
The Harvard swells are probably planning a "Yo Mama" scholarship right now. It's designed for unfortunately mentally challenged policemen to rise up in life. No whities need apply unless they learn their place and bow accordingly before brandishing a firearm.
The prevailing black culture is the main culprit of stints like this in my opinion. The black people do not see themselves as apart of the same community as the rest of the population and especially the white population. The black community and the culture that pervades it tells and conditions children to distrust authority, those who are not like themselves, and those who are smarter or better off. The kids are taught how to be menaces to society and how to be a drain on society as well. The culture needs to change for the black community to improve.
I'm not an Obama hater. The flood of dishonesty, walk-backs and intimidation flowing from his attack dogs, Rahm and that greasy little rotund press secretary, could convert me given 6 or 8 months of this.
for Gates, the expression "A thief looks at a Saint and sees only pockets" becomes "A privileged black Hah-vud professor of Black studies looks at a police officer responding to a call about a break in at his own house and sees a racist white cop." A from an old Reader Digest story on 'Do you know who I am'. In a busy line at an airport ticket counter, following an announcement that the flight is cancelled, a man rushes to the front and begins screaming, "I've got to get on that flight!! Do you know who I am!!" And, very calmly, the man at the ticket counter picks up his microphone and says, "Attention in the airport. There is a man at (whatever airline) counter 12 who does not know who he is. If any one cna help identify this man, please come to counter 12." To roars of laughter from others at the counter, the man slunk away. Heh.