Friday, July 24, 2009

Pres. Obama Clarifies Remarks About Arrest in Cambridge

According to the New York Times today, "President Obama said Friday that he 'could have calibrated' his words more carefully in the controversy over the arrest of a Harvard professor, but added that he believed there was an 'overreaction' by both sides in a case that has inflamed racial tensions across the country.

“'I continue to believe, based on what I have heard, that there was an overreaction in pulling Professor Gates out of his home to the station,' Mr. Obama added. 'I also continue to believe, based on what I heard, that Professor Gates probably overreacted as well. My sense is you’ve got two good people in a circumstance in which neither of them were able to resolve the incident in the way that it should have been resolved and the way they would have liked it to be resolved.'”

1 comment:

  1. We have three observations about the Harvard professor incident:

    1. We find it interesting that the fact that this was the professor's home was evidently not established early on way before the dispute escalated;

    2. We find it fascinating that the versions of two members of society, who most would ordinarily view as responsible and honest citizens (this obviously does not include politicians), would vary so dramatically from a factual point of view.

    3. Finally, considering that the reading and viewing public were not present at the scene (and thus have no first hand knowledge), and that there is no video tape to our knowledge of the sequence of events and what was said, how so many have formed conclusions, and made assumptions, about who did what and who was wrong.

    There are some things which Professor Gates might have considered upon the arrival of the police, no matter how incensed he may have been.

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