“I think it was a pretty straightforward commentary that you probably don’t need to handcuff a guy, a middle-aged man who uses a cane, who is in his own home,’’ he said in an interview that aired last night on ABC’s “Nightline.’’
Despite his “extraordinary respect’’ for police work, the president told ABC News, “my suspicion is that words were exchanged between the police officer and Mr. Gates’’ and anger got the best of them. Obama said he understands that Sergeant James M. Crowley, the white Cambridge police officer who arrested Gates, is an “outstanding’’ officer, but ultimately “it doesn’t make sense to arrest a guy in his own home if he’s not causing a serious disturbance.’’
Earlier yesterday, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said that while the president did not regret the remark, he wanted to clarify that Obama did not insult Crowley. “Let me be clear, he was not calling the officer stupid,’’ Gibbs told reporters as Obama landed in Cleveland for two healthcare events.
You also have to love listening to Gibbs. How can anyone with the least amount of intelligence come to the conclusion that Obama didn't call the officer stupid? He didn't say it literally, but the statement was they acted stupidly. No doubt Obama's buddy Skip was the completely rational and reasonable. Of course, the newspaper reports must be wrong on his actions.
Then there is this entertaining demand that Crowley apologize to Gates.
"I think he owes me an apology for what he did," Gates told NewsCenter 5's Liz Brunner in an interview Tuesday night. "He should look into his heart and know that he is not telling the truth and he should beg my forgiveness."What an asshole.
It would be nice if they would actually release the police recordings of the incident so we can hear for ourselves if Gates is justified or not. My guess is that we'll never hear those tapes. Can't besmudge the ONE's opinion no matter how foolish it may have been.