"Let me be clear. I do not know the facts of the Henry Louis Gates arrest.
But my understanding of the facts is that the officer once gave a black man mouth-to-mouth resuscitation; that the officer is an expert on avoiding racial profiling; that he spoke to a witness who had seen two black men attempting to break into Gates’s home; that the officer talked to Gates, a black man inside that home; that Gates did not explain to the officer that he had been shut out of his own home — and that Gates decided that the police officer, a man apparently trying to do his job, was a racist, and started screaming at him.
I think it’s fair to say, No. 1, any of us would be pretty angry if we were called a racist for trying to do our jobs.
No. 2, Gates acted stupidly in not explaining to an officer who said he was investigating a possible break-in: “Oh, I understand what’s going on here. My door was jammed and I was trying to jimmy it open. Someone must have seen seen that and assumed I was breaking in!”
No. 3—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 complaining about being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately. And that’s just a fact. Yet, when they are being stopped because they fit the description of a criminal, that means someone with their skin color committed a crime. And maybe they could reserve some of their outrage for those criminals — because if the criminal hadn’t committed the crime, they wouldn’t get stopped.
Knowing nothing about what actually happened, I just thought I would nevertheless pop off and express a bunch of opinions that make it seem like I do know what happened.(HT-Patterico)
All part of my effort to appear presidential."
MY GOD....This man is OUR President!
Let me see....IF GWB had issued such a declaratory statement on any such potentially racial situation, WHAT would the MSM have done?
Crucify GWB! That's The Fact!
Where will this go? Who knows, but the Chicago-Prez will N-E-V-E-R be wrong! Count on that fact Jack!