20 Years of Listening to Jeremiah Wright Definitely Influenced His “Thinking”
The polling data is bad. Very bad. Obama has dropped below 50% approval for the first time. Surely his intervention in his friend Henry Gates’ arrest had an impact.
As the FIRST blog to expose the Obama-Gates relationship, let’s now examine Obama’s statements yesterday regarding his foot-in-mouth disease and fomenting racial hatred in the wake of what we will now call “HenryGate.” (Once again, we’ll also note that we’re the FIRST blog to label it as such.)'
“Higlights” of Obama’s remarks yesterday:
I actually just had a conversation with Sergeant Jim Crowley, the officer involved. And I have to tell you that, as I said yesterday, my impression of him was that he was a outstanding police officer and a good man, and that was confirmed in the phone conversation. And I told him that.
And I -- because this has been ratcheting up and I obviously helped to contribute ratcheting it up, I want to make clear that in my choice of words, I think, I unfortunately, I think, gave an impression that I was maligning the Cambridge police department or Sergeant Crowley specifically.
Let’s call a spade a spade here (pun intended) shall we?
First, Obama directly called Sgt. Crowley and in fact the entire Cambridge, Massachusetts Police department stupid. While there is no such word as “stupidly” everyone knew what Obama meant. His good friend Henry Gates was arrested for being a belligerent jackass to the Cambridge Police, who responded to a call of a potential break-in at Gates’ home. If anything, Gates should’ve been grateful that the police where there to protect his property and potentially have stopped a break in, if it weren’t Gates himself “breaking into” his own home.
Second, Obama jumped into the fray on behalf of his “good friend” of the race baiter Henry Gates without himself having all the facts. This “speak before one knows the facts” is the modus-operandi with Obama. Case in point: Iran’s elections in which he failed to speak out for free and fair elections, and again in Honduras in which Obama supported Zelaya despite his removal from office and deportation from the country being entirely Constitutional. Obama has an innate tendency to speak before he has all the facts. This is what an in-experienced community organizer President does though. Let’s move on.
The fact that it has garnered so much attention, I think, is a testimony to the fact that these are issues that are still very sensitive here in America. ...
What I'd like to do then is make sure that everybody steps back for a moment, recognizes that these are two decent people, not extrapolate too much from the facts, but, as I said at the press conference, be mindful of the fact that because of our history, because of the difficulties of the past, you know, African-Americans are sensitive to these issues. And even when you've got a police officer who has a fine track record on racial sensitivity, interactions between police officers and the African-American community can sometimes be fraught with misunderstanding.
My hope is is that as a consequence of this event, this ends up being what's called a teachable moment, where all of us, instead of pumping up the volume, spend a little more time listening to each other and try to focus on how we can generally improve relations between police officers and minority communities, and that instead of flinging accusations, we can all be a little more reflective in terms of what we can do to contribute to more unity.
Obama demonstrably doesn’t have a clue that it was his words that pumped up racial tensions in this country, and that he deliberately drew a line – and continues to draw a line - between black and white.
Furthermore it was Obama himself that lead the flinging of accusations by directly calling Crowley and the Cambridge Police department “stupid” even though witnesses and other on-lookers have validated Sgt. Crowley’s actions. Crowley’s own superior is black, and he stands by Crowley.
If this is to be a ‘teachable moment’ as Obama suggests, he should look at his own tendency to speak before he has all the facts firmly in hand, and get that under control. He’s making a mess of the world (again, Iran, Honduras, North Korea …) because he speaks before he thinks. Moving on …
But I just wanted to emphasize that -- one last point I've guess I'd make. There are some who say that as president I shouldn't have stepped into this at all, because it's a local issue.
I have to tell you that that thing -- that part of it, I disagree with. The fact that this has become such a big issue I think is indicative of the fact that, you know, race is still a troubling aspect of our society. Whether I were black or white, I think that me commenting on this and hopefully contributing to constructive, as opposed to negative, understandings about the issue is part of my portfolio.
Let’s be clear as to who made this a big issue: Obama did. By stepping into a local issue, he NATIONALIZED an incident that would’ve otherwise gone un-reported outside of Cambridge or Boston because Obama himself decided the police were wrong, and that his good friend Henry Gates was right. And again, this goes back to Obama’s penchant to speak before having full command of the FACTS of a situation.
When the President of the United States speaks, the entire world listens. Listening to Obama lately is like listening to a bumbling idiot.
Twenty years of sitting in Jeremiah Wright’s church certainly had it’s intended impact on Obama, Wright must surely be smiling today.