Thursday, July 23, 2009

Gatesgate: Obama Scolds Police (Video)

During the health care reform press conference last night, President Obama said the police acted "stupidly" when arresting his friend, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates in his own home!

I was surprised to hear Obama speak so frankly, I wish he would do it more often. He could start by speaking frankly about the benefits of a single payer health care system. At any rate, I expect that now everyone is going to be much more interested in talking about Gatesgate than health care reform.

"I think it's fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry," Mr Obama said. "Number two, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home. And number three - what I think we know separate and apart from this incident - is that there is a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately, and...

Obama: Cops 'acted stupidly' in Gates arrest