A homeowner in Waukesha for 20 years, Steve is president of the Waukesha Dog Parks Organization and enjoys motorcycling, fishing and staying on top of politics.
Last night, President Obama was unfairly baited into a mess when responding to a question completely unrelated to the topic of the press conference.
The subject of Professor Gates being arrested after having to force his way into his own home has been wildfire on the Internet. I’ve read what news I can on the matter and not having the benefit of actually seeing what happened, have come to a conclusion that will surprise many that know me. I believe Officer Crowley is in the wrong.
Imagine coming home from vacation or a business trip and for whatever reason, you cannot unlock your door. Your limousine is parked in front of the house. Your driver and you are working on gaining entry to your home. A neighbor calls police saying that there appears to be something going on.
Even before police arrive, I’m sure the Professor is upset and tired from both the trip and the ordeal. Now police show up and ask him questions while he is standing in his own home. Might one be a little short on patience and temper? I think so. Professor Gates provided identification. That should have been the time the police graciously left his premises. I understand that the Professor, who is a race relations Professor, was demanding the Officer’s name and badge number. Information goes both ways.
I’ve read perhaps a dozen news clips of the situation and realize that they may all be from the same source and do not necessarily convey all that happened. I am saying that on the information given, the police should have backed off.
President Obama should not have fallen for the sucker punch from the press. I’m sure that he has his personal knee-jerk thoughts on such matters, but it is beneath the President to address such matters, especially at a conference that should have been providing more details about the largest ever entitlement program that the government has every proposed. Nothing new was learned and some good questions were danced around.
All we learned is that racism still exists.