Why won’t President Obama shut up about the Gates arrest?

Because he just sounds more stupid about it by the second:

President Obama today stood by his comments that the Cambridge, Mass., police department acted “stupidly” in its arrest of Henry Louis Gates, telling ABC News that the Harvard University professor should not have been arrested.

“I have to say I am surprised by the controversy surrounding my statement, because I think it was a pretty straightforward 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,” Obama said.

Except if he’d have read the danged police report, he’d have seen that the issue was a hell of a lot more complicated than how he’s making it out to be. The way he misrepresents the scene and circumstances of the incident in this interview is even more of an indication of how this President knows well how to demagogue an issue when it suits his political purposes.


In an exclusive interview with ABC’s Terry Moran to air on “Nightline” tonight, Obama said it doesn’t make sense to him that the situation escalated to the point that Gates was arrested.

“I think that I have extraordinary respect for the difficulties of the job that police officers do,” the president told Moran. “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. That’s my suspicion.”

The president said he understands the sergeant who arrested Gates is an “outstanding police officer.” But he added that with all that’s going on in the country with health care and the economy and the wars abroad, “it doesn’t make sense to arrest a guy in his own home if he’s not causing a serious disturbance.”

Tom Maguire, who has taken to calling Obama “President Stupidly,” has the best response I’ve seen yet to that last particular bit of nonsense coming from our celebrity President:

Almost! With two wars and a faltering health care reform effort, maybe President Stupidly should not be bloviating about local police matters, especially when he does not have the facts.


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