Hat Tip: Thomas Lifson – American Thinker
Since President Obama’s presser the other night about healthcare, the main story to come from it was about the incident between the Cambridge police and Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates. There is one particular line which the President cracks a joke about trying to break into his ‘new’ house and he would be shot for it.
“I guess this is my house now,” he remarked of the White House. “Here I’d get shot.”
So in order to crack a joke, he is going to make fun of the Secret Service. The dedicated men and women of the Secret Service put their lives on the line every day to protect those whom they are tasked with protecting. To say that these men and women who go through extensive training would make the mistake of shooting him is beyond absurd; it is rude, condescending and utterly disrespectful.
Every minute of each day, let’s say several agents of the Secret Service know where exactly the president is.
As to the Cambridge incident, there is the saying that hindsight is 20/20. Well, the president didn’t have all the facts, he stated it in his answer:
“I don’t know – not having been there and not seeing all the facts – what role race played in that, but I think it’s fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry; number two that he Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home,” Obama said in response to a question from the Chicago Sun-Times’s Lynn Sweet.
OK, so before he knows all the facts, he has made up his mind that his friend was in the right. But what charges were brought up against Mr Gates was not that he was burglarizing his own home, but that he was being charged with disorderly conduct, which now the charges have been dropped.
From this the president is putting his personal friends and local law enforcement in an potentially precarious situation. If you are a close, personal friend of the president and your home, family or property is being robbed, then how should law enforcement react? Will they now have to hesitate because of a backlash from the president himself before he gathers the facts and could ruin the careers of good policemen/women? Simply put, damned if you do and damned if you don’t…