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President Obama Softens Tone, But Does Not Back Off Criticism of Gates Arrest

July 24, 2009  | 

The White House today sought to soften the tone of President Obama's criticism of the Cambridge, Mass. police's arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. in his own home earlier this week. But Obama said in an interview with ABC News that he was surprised by the controversy over the statement "because I think it was a pretty straight forward 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."

The National Fraternal Order of Police endorsed Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) during the presidential election, but even unions that supported the then-Sen. Obama in last fall's election have misgivings with his recent comment.

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Tags: Cambridge PD, Barack Obama, Police Unions, Henry Louis Gates Arrest


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jogibbs @ 7/25/2009 11:57 AM

Mr. Obama cuts the National Death Benefit in half for police officers killed in the line of duty. However, he stands with his old homie from Harvard, another radical, whom teaches raise up African studies; In other words the Scientific Study of the blue print for Black, professional victimization. I'm sure there is a substantial block of instruction on reparations. Now, the HLRIC (Head Liberal Radical IN Charge), is going to help him with future talking points as he tours the nation's college campuses and other liberal, radical bastions of like minded subversives, selling his new book about the future state of affairs as it applies to contemporary racism. Of course, the liberal weasels in the publishing houses in New York will supply him a hefty multimillion dollar advance, before he even composes a word of his self-serving, ridiculous manifesto.

jogibbs @ 7/25/2009 12:13 PM

Sorry, I have to add one more thing. I believe with an education such as our president's in Chicago style, crawl in the mud, "In Yo Face" politics, the president is not ignorant of the fact that he just made his old Harvard homie and fellow radical, millions of dollars. And what does the Sgt. get, his name dragged through the mud by a president that can barely contain his contempt for us low level, municipal functionaries. I wish the members of his Secret Service contingent would resign in protest. This man probably has a lot more compassion and respect for that puppy that shats on the White House lawn than he does for you folks. I did not vote for this man, although at one time I did support his efforts. I am disappointed that he showed his hand on this issue, however, I believe this might have been the most revealing look into the man's heart we have seen. Certainly, during his well crafted, slick campaign, he managed his image so well we never got a glimpse into the true heart of this 70's Black Power throw back. You Sir, make me sick. I'm certain now with this incident combined with your failed socialist far reaching health care reform program, we will not have to worry about a second term of your radicalized, racist, liberal missionary zeal...

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