Why “Gatesgate” is a losing situation for Obama – and black youths (UPDATE: POLICE RELEASE TAPES)

Posted by: ST on July 27, 2009 at 12:24 pm

Jennifer Rubin has an excellent article up at Pajamas Media explaining why President Obama is likely so desirous to have Gatesgate swept under the rug via a meaningless photo-op “beer meeting” between him, Gates, and Sgt. Crowley. Excerpts:

First, it suggests he is an uninformed busy-body. With a paucity of facts and no evidence of racism, he chose to opine on a local matter which otherwise would never rise to the level of a presidential issue.


Second, he sucked the oxygen out of the health care debate at the very moment Democrats were pleading for him to become more involved. On the front pages of major newspapers, on TV news, and on every talk radio show the number one topic was: did Obama mess up on the Gates affair?

Third, Obama indisputably fanned the flames of racism and rekindled animosity on both sides by assuming or making this all about race. [2] Juan Williams, on Fox News Sunday, did the country an immense service by recounting what exactly occurred: “The president spoke without the facts. You can’t have a ‘teachable moment’ if it’s based on a lie.”As Williams explained, in this case, the neighbor called the police, Gates began to berate the officer (“Do you know who I am?”), trash-talking about the officer’s mother and pursuing him out of the house. The black and Hispanic officers confirmed Gates’ abusive behavior, and Sergeant Crowley took out the handcuffs and warned Gates before finally having to cuff him.

She gives two more reasons why this issue is a loser for Obama. Make sure to read the whole thing.

Something else I was thinking about related to this issue over the weekend is how we hear so often from “black leaders” like Jackson and Sharpton on how “rich white kids” supposedly can so often “buy justice” from “rich white lawyers.” I think in the instance of Gates, we have a prominent rich black professor and scholar whose (black) lawyer likely put pressure on the police department through – perhaps – Cambridge’s black mayor to have the charges dropped against his client in the interest of “moving on.” Gates’ laywer, by the way, was a mentor to a young Barack Obama. Go figure.

What a poor role model Gates has turned out to be for young black men in this country, considering his non-sensical actions during and after the arrest. Gates may “win” this argument in the short term because all too few in this country are willing to confront the issue of reverse racism head-on without backing down when the heat gets to be too hot, but in the long run, young black youths looking up to Gates – and Obama – lose on this issue.

So much for Gates wanting to “help out” the next generation.

Update 1 – 1:04 PM: Hot off the presses – the Cambridge police have released the tapes of the 911 call and police radio transmissions from the Gates arrest. I have not heard about or read any transcript. Am on the hunt for links. Anyone who finds one, please post it in the comments.


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14 Responses to “Why “Gatesgate” is a losing situation for Obama – and black youths (UPDATE: POLICE RELEASE TAPES)”


  1. omapian says:

    I keep hearing that the police “Dropped the charges” but I don’t believe they have that authority. The arrest was on 7/16 and charges were dropped on 7/22. The police did not have him in custody all that time without some form of judicial review/ initial arraignment. This matter had to be presented to the court. Either the District Attorney declined to prosecute – within his discretion – or a judge can dismiss. Either way, it wuould not be up to the police at this time.
    Can someone provide facts regarding what happened after the arrest.

  2. reader_iam says:


    The caller didn’t characterize the men as black. Also, she said she saw two suitcases on the porch and that the people might live there. She wasn’t sure whether there was a break-in or not.

  3. Here you go, omapian. They recommended that the charges be dropped, and the DA did just that.

  4. omapian says:

    Thanks ST

  5. Carlos says:

    There is a wonderful post at regularfolksunited.com about the subject of racism. Well worth the read.

  6. Mwalimu Daudi says:


    Someday we will have a “Gategate”……..and I will flee the country in fear and loathing! :)

  7. Ron Russell says:

    Gategate, what a neet phrase. Obama is a black racist who hates whitey—he learned well from Rev. Wright and Michelle.

  8. Joseph Brown says:

    Would that guy in the WH say the police “acted stupidly,” if in fact it had been 2 black guys actually burglarizing the house? I doubt he would have even commented.
    However, Gates being a friend, caused him to go off on the police doing what they were hired to do.

  9. Carlos says:

    Your headline notes the most important aspect of this whole (now) sordid affair, ST. The black/African-American youth of the country will be told by Obama, Jackson, Sharpton et al that Gates was a hero for “standing up to the man” when in fact they should be told Gates is an abusive racist who only cares that his worldview is the only one that counts, and when that doesn’t happen he is intellectually weak enough not to have a fallback position except to scream “racism”.

    How sad.

  10. Rob says:

    A terrible waste of formerly patriotic American space


    PS .far from all are unAmerican, but it is known as a “peoples Republic’

  11. Rob says:

    BTW Cambridge was our Continental Army’s birtplace

  12. Kunta Evans says:

    It’s absolutely amazing what is unfolding before our eyes. Our post-racial President is pouring gasoline on this racial fire that should’ve never been. This upcoming conversation over beer at the White House is nothing more than an effort by the President to get people to overlook the fact that he couldn’t even bring himself for offering a sincere apology for his role in all of this. It’s as if the President and Prof. Gates are going to teach this “white officer” a thing or two about racial profiling. In reality Sgt. Crowley should be giving the lesson, because he’s the only one of the three of them qualified to do so.