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  •  President Obama has nothing to do with this (0+ / 0-)

    period.  He was not elected Nation's Biggest Civil Rights Leader; he was elected President of the United States by convincing people that due to the emergency situation in which the horrific Bush administration left this country, we should temporarily table tribalist grievances in order to put a reform WH in place.  And that's what we've done and I find it more than appropriate that President Obama made his initial statement, and then took steps to diffuse the circus which was forming.  Nothing but appreciation, admiration and respect for that man.

    However, that does not mean that this cop, in the face of an uppity negro who pulled rank, openly and viciously abused his arresting authority gets some free pass.  Last I looked, arrogance gained from years of hard work and accomplishment while black isn't against the law, no matter that there are people who in fact would like that such would be the law.  Sneering about Gates' hard-gained and well-deserved tenure tells me all I need to know about the jealousy and resentment underlying somes' response to this incident.

    Let Gates sue and we'll see whether there was anything proper about this arrest.  The arresting officer's own report details a pretty cut and dry wrongful arrest, and that's in his own words.

    This cop and those who support him don't get to extort the black community by attempting to compromise President Obama's success every time some incident takes place and some soft bigot is called out.

    "My favorite is Greta Van Susteren"--Kirsten Gillibrand

    by GN1927 on Sun Jul 26, 2009 at 10:46:15 AM PDT

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    •  Sure, if you think it's worth it to trash Gates (0+ / 0-)

      He has almost nothing to win in a lawsuit and almost everything to lose.  President Obama gave him a chance to salvage some more authority; given the level of legal representation and counsel, I expect Gates to take it.

      •  President Obama isn't Dr. Gates' (0+ / 0-)

        legal counsel nor has he made any indication about this views of the merits or lack thereof of a potential claim for wrongful arrest.  He is President of the United States.  His actions in that capacity are appropriate and brilliant.  

        Again, that has absolutely nothing to do with this police officer abusing his authority and choosing to settle a petty grievance with a law-abiding citizen by arresting that citizen on a pretext.  Dr. Gates has little to nothing to lose, because he did absolutely nothing wrong; I hope that he asserts his rights in this matter.

        "My favorite is Greta Van Susteren"--Kirsten Gillibrand

        by GN1927 on Mon Jul 27, 2009 at 05:29:00 AM PDT

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