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Gosh, you know, President Obama could have avoided all of this:
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had he just followed what I suggested:
I don't know all the facts.
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It is amazing that the Barack Obama Travelling Snake Oil Show found time in last night's press conference to answer a question that was about race relations and the police in, of all places, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
But, our president cut off a reporter actually asking a tough question on health care to answer a soft-ball from Lynn Sweet of his hometown Chicago Sun-Times.
Here is the exchange:
QUESTION: Thank you, Mr. President. Recently, Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., was arrested at his home in Cambridge. What does that incident say to you and what does it say about race relations in America?
OBAMA: Well, I should say at the outset that Skip Gates is a friend, so I may be a little biased here. I don't know all the facts.What's been reported though is that the guy forgot his keys, jimmied his way to get into the house. There was a report called in to the police station that there might be a burglary taking place. So far, so good, right? I mean, if I was trying to jigger into -- well, I guess this is my house now, so...
... it probably wouldn't happen. But let's say my old house in Chicago.
Here, I'd get shot.
But so far, so good. They're -- they're reporting. The police are doing what they should. There's a call. They go investigate what happens.
My understanding is, at that point, Professor Gates is already in his house. The police officer comes in. I'm sure there's some exchange of words. But my understanding is, is that Professor Gates then shows his I.D. to show that this is his house and, at that point, he gets arrested for disorderly conduct, charges which are later dropped.
Now, I don't know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played in that. But I think it's fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry; 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's a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately. That's just a fact.
As you know, Lynn, when I was in the state legislature in Illinois, we worked on a racial profiling bill because there was indisputable evidence that blacks and Hispanics were being stopped disproportionately. And that is a sign, an example of how, you know, race remains a factor in the society.
That doesn't lessen the incredible progress that has been made. I am standing here as testimony to the progress that's been made. And yet the fact of the matter is, is that, you know, this still haunts us.
And even when there are honest misunderstandings, the fact that blacks and Hispanics are picked up more frequently and often time for no cause casts suspicion even when there is good cause.
And that's why I think the more that we're working with local law enforcement to improve policing techniques so that we're eliminating potential bias, the safer everybody is going to be. All right? Thank you, everybody.
Firstly, President Obama himself admitted that he did not know all of the facts. Here are his words:
I don't know all the facts.
With that, President Obama should have stopped right there and the press conference should have ended. I mean, it was all about the snake oil, er health "reform" that he is trying to ram through congress.
But no, the president dived right in to offer his opinion. And that is all it is because he said at the onset that he did not know all the facts. It may have been to his own interest to have maybe read the police report and that might have at the very least made him think before answering the question.
Ahh, but the president did not really want to know the facts. After all, is it not interesting how he grudgingly let the reporter, Steve Koft of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, ask his question on the Mayo Clinic blasting his health "reform" scheme. After another filibuster, President Obama made sure that Miss Sweet got her question in.
President Obama ran as the post-racial guy. No black or white, red or blue, gay or straight, conservative or liberal, yada, yada, yada. But last night, he threw all of that under the long bus. He made sure to slam the police that were answering a breaking and entry call. The police wanted to know if the person in the house was supposed to be there. But no, President Obama went on the tired old left-wing rant about how police stop Blacks and Hispanics in disproportionate numbers. And by suggesting that the police arresting the man, so-called Harvard scholar, Henry Gates, Jr. was stupid-again President Obama admitted that he did not have all of the facts-shows that he wanted to use the question to plant seeds of discontent among the said groups.
President Obama lied when he claimed he was different. He is not. He is a typical left-wing politician that uses any incident like this to slam the police. I mean, after all he spent a lot of the presser accusing doctors of performing unnecessary tonsillectomies.
If President Obama were honest, he would not have answered the question or let it be asked in the first place. But, President Obama was caught in a big lie. The lie of being the post-racial president.