Friday, July 24, 2009


Things got interesting today as the Obama White House proved to the nation that no adults are in charge.

First, this morning White House spokesman Robert Gibbs managed to cram both feet in his piehole at the same time by announcing that:

"I think the Fraternal Order of Police endorsed McCain," Gibbs fired back at reporters, referring to Obama's Republican opponent in the 2008 election. "If I'm not mistaken."

This was said in response to the stream of furious criticism directed at the White House by national police unions. Everything is political to Mr. Gibbs. His shallow assessment of police officers' outrage at Obama's kneejerk reaction does not do him credit.

Someone with a clue (not Gibbs) obviously got to Obama and made him realize that he has no idea what he is talking about in regard to Professor Gates' Operation Front Porch Cluster and he is managing to piss off about half a million people who carry firearms for a living.

But he still managed to screw it up. Instead of just apologizing to Sgt. Crowley and the Cambridge Police Department for speaking stupidly, Obama miscalibrated his piehole and threw it into mumble mode.

"In my choice of words, I unfortunately gave the impression that I was maligning the Cambridge Police Department or Sergeant Crowley specifically," Obama said, walking back his sharpest criticism.

That was not an impression dumbass. Vegas entertainers do impressions. Rich Little, Frank Caliendo and Kevin Pollack did impressions.

You made a declarative statement that the "Cambridge Police acted stupidly" and you said it in front of the press corps. Declarative statement are the sort of things that are introduced as evidence in a courtroom proceding. Impressions, being subjective, are specifically precluded.
But, the president said: "I continue to believe, based on what I have heard, that there was an overreaction in pulling Prof. Gates out of his home and to the station. I also continue to believe, based on what I heard, that Prof. Gates probably overreacted as well."

In the fantasy movie Hook, Robin Willliams (Peter Pan) tells Julia Roberts (Tinkerbell) that he believes. Today Obama claps his hands and informs us that he too believes in pixies/fairies and canards.

A black Police Sergeant who was on the scene with Sgt. Crowley supports Crowley's actions and says that Gates was acting strangely, from the Chicago Tribune:

A black police officer who was at Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s home when the black Harvard scholar was arrested says he fully supports how his white fellow officer handled the situation.

Sgt. Leon Lashley says Gates was probably tired and surprised when Sgt. James Crowley demanded identification from him as officers investigated a report of a burglary. Lashley says Gates' reaction to Crowley was "a little bit stranger than it should have been."

Asked if Gates should have been arrested, Lashley said supported Crowley "100 percent."


Subvet said...

"Today Obama claps his hands and informs us that he too believes in pixies/fairies and canards."

Too damned bad he won't fly away to Neverland and let someone who grew up run the country. That DOESN'T mean Biden or Pelosi!

USA_Admiral said...

I have no comments worthy of this post! It was great.

Mope said...

Hey Sig-

I just saw a photo the professor getting frog-marched off his porch. Isn't it procedure to cuff 'em behind their backs? What's up with that?

sig94 said...

In certain instances we will cuff in front. There are physical problems (overweight, shoulder injuries, over developed muscles, etc.) where it is impossible to get someone's arms behind their back. They are afforded the courtesy of being cuffed in front with a usual warning (sternly administered) that if they get "funny" during their tax payer supported taxi ride, the transporting officer will also get "funny" in a decidedly non-humorous (no ha ha's allowed)fashion where the defendant being transported will suddenly need several vehicles to get all the pieces to the hospital.

Every so often you get someone who ignores the warning. It usually ends up with police brutality charges being flung about by the next of kin when they find pieces missing...

sig94 said...

And yes I did have an arrest where I couldn;t get the defendant's arms behind his back. He was a drunken tree surgeon and spent his professional life climbing trees to lop off parts or take a pap sap smear or whatever it is a tree surgeon does to a tree behind that curtain where no body sees.

He wasn't very big physically but I have never seen shoulders like that on a man his size. Two of us tried to get his arms behind him and jacked him pretty cute. He started screaming like we were tearing his shoulders out of his sockets. On hindsight I guess we were.

He got real cooperative after that and swore that if we cuffed him in front he would be quiet as a mouse. And he was. We didn't mean to hurt him but sometimes you gotta find out for yourself.