For Obama, Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word

 

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. 

And finally:

“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:

  1. The person who committed the offensive act is merely trying to cover his own inappropriate behavior or
  2. 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.”

Gerry Ashley

12 Responses to For Obama, Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word

  1. TaxachusettsGirl says:

    I’m so sick of this story, though you make fabulous points here… Living here in Massachusetts makes the story that much more big-time, and to have our own governor pulling the same crap that the President did is disgusting… I think some of these people like to borrow anger for no good reason… There are so many people that need to apologize to Sgt. Crowley… Even in the recording of the transmission between him and the dispatcher, he clearly calls Prof. Gates a “gentleman” — how can that be possible if he was racial profiling???

    • Gerry Ashley says:

      TaxGirl,
      While I’m sick of this story, it is for that very reason that I felt I had to clear the air in case Obama was successful in pulling the wool over anyone’s eyes in regards to this big Kumbaya meeting that’s going to take place at the White House. You watch: Obama and Gates will be there, smiling and will make sure people realize this is about racism and how this “good cop” got caught up in it and how BIG it is of Sgt. Crowley to participate in their holy effort to address the issue about racial profiling.

      I would hope that if this happens, Sgt. Gates would have the good sense to state the truth: “The only person involved in profiling was the professor. This could have caused a riot or, as the writer below from PoliticalVentilation so accurately mentions, it could have cost a fine police Sgt his career and reputation. If anything,Gates should be charged with making hate speech. Thanks again for your post.

      • TaxachusettsGirl says:

        I agree — the story has to be written…

        You do know that this was oh so conveniently scheduled for the day before the end of July, the day by which Dear Leader promised to have ObamaCare passed… No smokescreens and mirrors here…

  2. Josie says:

    “Sick of this story” is right, TaxachusettsGirl!
    But I don’t think these people “borrow anger!”
    I think the anger is in them, is easily aroused by the least little thing and they really enjoy rolling around in their miserable “anger.” It makes them feel virtuous and warm and fuzzy. I wish they’d try logical thinking for a change!

    • Gerry Ashley says:

      Josie, you are so right. The anger in people like Gates is planted and cultivated by years of reinforcement from the likes of Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton.

      I had hopes for Obama because while the overriding message of people like Jacksonand Sharpton has always been, “No you CAN’T succeed because Whitey holds all the cards and won’t let you,” Obama’s message was “Yes We CAN.” And he stands before us as President and as proof that Yes, you CAN. Even if he used the Chicago “machine” to get where he is, the point is, he was able to get them to support him.

      Unfortunately, his socialist agenda ruins it. He would lead us down the road to socialism or worse.
      Fortunately, the majority of Amercans have caught on thanks to the bloggesphere and conservative talk radio. What worries me is that I believe Obama had assumed this day would come and has a plan to circumvent an American public no longer receptive to his pandering and posing. Time will tell. Thanks again for your comment.

  3. “A Second Look At Hate Crimes Legislation”…
    The latest incident, involving Prof. Gates, is but one of many such stories that happen across America. Similar stories include the Al Sharpton / Tawana Brawley, the Duke University Lacrosse rape case and countless others across this nation. Some stories reach the level of the national news and many more do not, and are endured quietly, without recourse on a daily basis.In order to move beyond “race” in the 21st century, respect and fairness in the application of law must be the order of the day. I have struggled with the very concept of “hate crimes” because laws already exist that cover what “hate crimes” legislation does without the added “what you did is worse because of what you were thinking”. But maybe the thinking here was correct from the start. You may recall that the common theme in the fore mentioned stories was a false accusation of racism. This type of action seems to be a perfect candidate for a “hate crimes” designation. What could be more motivated by “hate” than a false accusation or racism. The 911 and police radio dispatch tapes released today clearly show that race was not an issue. The caller didn’t know the race of the people in question. She only expressed concern that a neighbor’s house was in jeopardy. Prof. Gates threw the first and only “race card”. Falsely I might add. According to the press conference today the city of Cambridge will hire experts and form committees to study the situation, caused by Prof. Gates’ false allegations of racism, and make recommendations, a process expected to take many months and cost tax payers no telling how much money, all because Prof. Gates decided to cry wolf, when no wolf was present. If it had not been discovered early that these accusations of racism were false, it most probably would have negatively the officers involved for the rest of their lives. The officers could have lost their jobs and livelihood, city provided healthcare canceled and being shunned in society. This is a lot of damage to do to someone for no legitimate reason, and charges for a false accuser of racism should fall under “hate crimes” legislation. Seems fair.

    • Gerry Ashley says:

      Bravo, PoliticalVentilation (may I call you “PV”?)!
      Well said. You’ve got some great points there. I would also note that in the 911 tape, Crowley CLEARLY refers to Gates as “the gentleman.” Doesn’t sound like a profiler to me.

      However, Gate’s mentioning of Crowley’s “Mother” is another story. Actually it is THE story.

      Again, excellent comments. Thank you so much.

      Gerry Ashley

      • Gerry Ashley, PV is fine by me. And as it pertains to the cultivation of hate, lets not forget our friend Rev. Wright and all the disciples he’s nurtured over 20 some odd years. Those who are now the “rule” makers and formers of policies in the U.S., have an instinctual knee jerk reaction when it comes to race, born from the continual fomentation of perceived wounds by the likes of Rev. Al, Rev. Jackson and Rev. Wright and now Pres. Obama with his “acted stupidly” remark.

  4. TaxachusettsGirl says:

    @Josie — I used the term “borrow anger” because many people like to claim that what may have happened to ancestors and peers also happened to them. As an example, many African Americans claim that slavery has hurt them, thus they are angry… How many African Americans alive today were actually slaves? They are “borrowing” what happened to possible ancestors to make them angry… I do however agree that the anger is within them — maybe it’s taught that they must keep this anger as payback…

    @politicalventilation.com — I like your way of thinking… It is slander to accuse someone as racist if in fact they arent…

    @ALL — I wish we could all live as one nation… When we finally give up the identifying terms before American, we will be free of racism and prejudice… But just the mere statement of “I’m African-American” or “I’m Jewish-American” or anything else invokes some undertones, demanding people to recognize what you are instead of recognizing what’s inside you…

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  6. Deborah says:

    Obama and Gates both need to make public apologies to Officer Crowley, and then leave this poor man alone. It appears to me that Officer Crowley is not comfortable with unwarranted national attention, and feel that the two elites enjoy the attention.
    My hope when Obama was elected was that “stuff” like this would not come up and we could finally get past this unproductive conflict.
    I hope that all Americans can come back together so that we can really concentrate of what is most important which is healthcare, cap and trade and other bills that affect our very daily existence.

    • Gerry Ashley says:

      Deborah,
      As much as I agree with you, it’s not going to happen. Neither Obama nor Gates have the character to apologize. They have too much invested in their claim of profiling.

      This country will not fully get back on track until Obama is out of office. His outright lies and his intent to reform the government in a socialist model undermine everything that many people who supported him believe in as their core values. The one thing we now know is that Obama’s agenda is a socialist one and one that will destroy the very best part of this country if enacted. That’s as plain as I can put it. Fortunately, he has now tipped his hand with his plans for ACORN to run the census next year (to effectively redraw the power centers for representation) and following elections. The ride is going to get VERY bumpy as we move forward, but at least we now have Americans who have awakened from their Obama trance and see him for what he is: A radical socialist.

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