Thursday, July 23rd, 2009 at 8:45 am
Regarding my remarks about the arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr: As President of the United States,
I choose my words carefully. I do.
Yesterday, I said that the Cambridge Police acted "stupidly" in arresting somebody when there was
already proof he was in his own home. It's not like I actually called the police "stupid" - that would
have been un-Presidential.
I could have calibrated those words differently and said instead
that the police acted "idiotically" or perhaps "moronically" or even "like a bunch of imbeciles".
However, I felt "stupidly" really nailed it.
Look, I may not know all the facts in this case, but
I know what I said.
Unfortunately, my careful choice of words gave some the impression that I was
somehow maligning the Cambridge Police Department. How stupid can people be?