“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.
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.”—“Obama walks back police criticism,” Burns & Lee, Politico.com
The god of glib toe-tickled his tonsils on Wednesday night. Teleprompter deprivation can have that effect, especially when a man given to elitism and liberal prejudices unwisely pontificates in ignorance.
Still, he might have saved the situation with two quick words: “I apologize.”
At least, he might have had he been an entirely different person, but Barack Obama apparently suffers from chronic Fonzie disease. The disease has three symptoms:
- The inability to find the word “sorry” under “S” in his vast vocabulary;
- spreading the blame; and
- changing the subject.
All three were on display in his most recent comments. Of course, just because he doesn’t know how to say he’s sorry doesn’t mean he isn’t: He’s sorry 28 million people heard him vocalize his prejudices. He’s sorry for the media focus on his gaffe. He’s sorry he didn’t ram Obamacare through Congress months ago: It might have saved him the press conference and subsequent demonstration of his own pre-existing condition.
Is that why he supports this travesty of a health care bill? Who knows? Perhaps buried among the restrictions, stipulations and bureaucratic legalese is a clause that pays for a dose of humility.