Saturday, July 25, 2009

Obama Knows 'Stupidly'
When He Doesn't See It

by Mark Steyn - July 24th, 2009 - Orange County Register

Encounter between cops and black professor suggests grievance-mongering will always be with us.

By common consent, the most memorable moment of Barack Obama's otherwise listless press conference on "health care" were his robust remarks on the "racist" incident involving professor Henry Louis Gates and the Cambridge police. The latter "acted stupidly," pronounced the chief of state. The president of the United States may be reluctant to condemn Ayatollah Khamenei or Hugo Chávez or that guy in Honduras without examining all the nuances and footnotes, but sometimes there are outrages so heinous that even the famously nuanced must step up to the plate and speak truth to power. And thank God the leader of the free world had the guts to stand up and speak truth to municipal police Sgt. James Crowley.

We keep hearing about how "revered" is Dr. Gates, this black teacher of racist grievance. Yet Mark Steyn points out one of his noted previous accomplishments was to publicly confuse words of the 18th century poet Robert Burns - attributing them to the 16th century writer Shakespeare - while testifying in a court of law. It is not cool when you are supposed to be an "authority" to botch your testimony that bad. Do you supposed this "revered" authority was referring to that when he kept insisting to Sgt. Crowley, "You don't know who you're messin' with"?

It appears this racist incompetent scholar knows as much about racism as he knows about the words of the famous bard. As does our noted President, whose fame started with two autobiographies that are now being attributed to a ghost writer.


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