As a follow-up to Stoutcat’s rant on “The New Racists”, we’ve all known someone like President Obama at some point in our lives: A boorish know-it-all who is so in love with the sound of his own voice that he’s constantly jumping into conversations he’s not even a part of. And even when he sticks his foot in is mouth, keeps right on talking as if the more he talks, the more likely the situation will be resolved.
Item: According to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, President Obama will host a meeting between himself, his buddy Harvard Professor “Skippy” Gates, and Cambridge Police Sgt. James Crowley. What Obama is hoping no one notices is that the entire event is as counterfeit as a three dollar bill. And it’s a no-win situation for Sgt. Crowley. The one word Crowley won’t hear from either Obama or Gates, I’m guessing is the word, “Sorry.” They both have too much invested already in their trumped-up profiling claim.
To be clear: This was never about profiling. This was about a police department being called and a report being filed of a possible burglary at a house that had previously been broken into.
According to the African American policeman who accompanied Sgt Crowley to the home, it was the professor who immediately jumped to the race card in an unprovoked rage against the police officer.
Obama’s first big mistake was in taking the question from the reporter during the press conference. If you look at the video of the press conference, the question comes out of nowhere. It’s the only question not related to the health-care reform topic… the only topic of the rare prime-time press conference.
Is it me, or doesn’t it seem just a bit too calculated? My guess is Obama knew he was going to take a beating on the health care issue (which he did) but wanted to be able to end on some question which enabled him to appear presidential and the wise sage. As we all know now, it didn’t quite turn out that way. Obama plunged his foot right into his mouth, leaping to a racist conclusion even after admitting he didn’t have all the facts.
In summarizing his comments, he stated the Cambridge Police acted stupidly. Only a racist assumption could lead to that position… one that assumes Sgt. Crowley acted in a biased manner. This assumption is from the President of the United States, the man responsible for, among other things, selecting nominees for the Supreme Court of the United States. One would hope a person with such authority and responsibility would be a little less quick to play the race card. (Clearly, one would be wrong.)
But it gets worse.
When the White House was inundated with calls the following morning from police organization around the country demanding an apology for his racist assumption and accusation against Sgt. Crowley, Obame just couldn’t trust his Press Secretary “Leave It To Beaver” Gibbs, to handle it. Thus he decided to step in himself and here’s where he now insults our intelligence:
This was the President’s best opportunity to set the record straight, provide a brief mea culpa and, in doing so, bring his completely inappropriate involvement to an end. He simply couldn’t do it.
He again chose to go the route of the race card. In doing so, this man who claimed to be the first “post-racial President” has, in fact, quite possibly done more to set race relations back 20-30 years than anyone else including both Reverends Sharpton and Jackson.
Note several well-crafted lies and mis-directions in the following which are transcript segments from the above video:
“I actually just had a conversation with Sergeant Jim Crowley, the officer involved. And I have to tell you that as I said yesterday, my impression of him was that he was a outstanding police officer and a good man, and that was confirmed in the phone conversation — and I told him that.”
As he said yesterday? Not to the press. The comment he made “yesterday” was that Sgt. Crowley had acted stupidly abd that this was just another case of profiling.
“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 or Sergeant Crowley specifically — and I could have calibrated those words differently.”
You “gave an impression?” No, you made it clear your position was the Cambridge Police (Sgt. Crowley, specifically) acted stupidly. There was no “impression” at all. And yes, Mr. President, you could have “calibrated those words differently.” But you chose not to. You chose to make the judgement of racism.
“I continue to believe, based on what I have heard, that there was an overreaction in pulling Professor Gates out of his home to the station. I also continue to believe, based on what I heard, that Professor Gates probably overreacted as well. My sense is you’ve got two good people in a circumstance in which neither of them were able to resolve the incident in the way that it should have been resolved and the way they would have liked it to be resolved.”
Ah yes, the politically correct “out.” No sale, Mr. President. As facts in the form of recordings and testimony emerge, it is clear that Sgt. Crowley acted in accordance with police guidlelines in handling cases of this type. There was no overreaction. Your pal Skippy acted like a horse’s ass to an officer who had come to protect his property. But you just can’t bring yourself to state the truth: The only person overreacting was Professor Gates. You see, folks, Obama just has to have Gates as the victim or else his claim of racial profiling is moot.
“The fact that it has garnered so much attention I think is a testimony to the fact that these are issues that are still very sensitive here in America. So to the extent that my choice of words didn’t illuminate, but rather contributed to more media frenzy, I think that was unfortunate.”
Nice try Mr. President. The only thing the attention is tesimony to is the fact that your comments were inappropriate and have fired up Aftican Americans nationwide into viewing this as a racial incident. You have set back racial relations possibly by decades and besmirched the reputation of a Police Sgt. who actually teaches other policemen techniques to avoid profiling.
Obama spends the rest of his “cameo” in the Press Room making further comments about the problem of profiling in America which only further suggests that’s what this incident was about… instead of a arrogant black professor who immediately jumped to the race card when a policeman was actually there to serve and protect.
Nobody is saying that profiling doesn’t exist. We know it does. But as this case clearly shows, when a Harvard professor and the President of the United States both jump to a conclusion that this was a racial incident, it becomes clear that, yes, there is a problem in this country… and a large part of the blame for the problem needs to be placed at the feet of those who would jump to a wrong and damaging conclusion when the truth is quite different:
- The person who committed the offensive act is merely trying to cover his own inappropriate behavior or
- A person who was not there and admits to now knowing the facts, not only jumps to the wrong conclusion, but then broadcasts that as if it were true.
Again: Racism is a two-way street and it’s about time the President realizes we are not as dumb as he assumes we are. We saw what he did, how he did it, and how he continues to refuse to accept responsibility for his actions. By holding this meeting with the two participants and joining with Professor Gates in in presenting an agenda as a ”teachable moment”, they are both predicating this meeting is about racial profiling when, in fact, it wasn’t.
Sgt. Crowley is damned if he goes and damned if he doesn’t. The only way this could have an appropriate ending is if the President and Professor Gates join with Sgt. Crowley and establish that this was a crucial lesson for non-whites to get their facts straight before calling an incident profiling (and I’m not holding my breath). Anything less will render this entire meeting nothing more than another Obama moment of mis-direction and gaffe-covering.
And if the people of the United States haven’t caught on to his tired tactics by now, this beer-moment may well be their “last call.”