President Barack Obama admitted he didn’t know the facts surrounding the arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
A wiser person would have left it there. Yet without any basis, he accused the police of acting “stupidly,” and thereby displayed an appalling lack of judgment, a trait he seems to share with his vice-president. Truth is, Obama behaved “stupidly,” and he should be the one apologizing.
By the way, if the police should arrive on the scene while you are breaking into your own house in the middle of the night, the appropriate response is: “Thank you for your quick response, officers, here’s my identification, sorry to put you to the trouble.”
Had Gates behaved that way instead of abusing the police and creating a public spectacle, does anyone really believe he would have been arrested?
Thomas J. Keevers