Obama takes second TV job as narrator of COPS.
Obama's new gig
As his 4th Prime Time news conference was about to conclude, Obama unexpectedly began narrating an episode of COPS;
“Well, I -- I should say at the outset that Skip Gates is a friend [same as Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Father Michael Pfleger and Tony Rezko], so I may be a little biased here [ya think].
I don't know all the facts [but, I’m not gonna let that little detail keep me from “meddling”]. What's been reported, though, is that the guy [professional critic of racial profiling] forgot his keys, jimmied his way to get into the house; there was a report called into the police station that there might be a burglary taking place.
So far, so good, right? I mean, if I was trying to jigger into -- well, I guess this is my house now, so -- (laughter) -- it probably wouldn't happen [don’t be so sure Barry, after you and French President Sarkozy were photographed checking out that 17 year old girl’s booty, Michelle may have given new instructions to the Secret Service].
(Chuckling.) But let's say my old house in Chicago [the one I scammed with Tony Rezko’s wife] -- (laughter) -- here I'd get shot. (Laughter.) But so far, so good. They're -- they're -- they're reporting. The police are doing what they should. There's a call. They go investigate. What happens [why does the image of Blutto (John Belushi) in Animal House pop into my mind]?
My understanding is [but again, I don’t know squat about the facts], at that point, Professor Gates is already in his house. The police officer comes in. I'm sure there's some exchange of words [Gates being belligerent, disrespectful, condescending and antagonistic toward a police officer]. But my understanding is [and once again, I have no first-hand knowledge of anything, I haven’t spoken to any of the parties involved – in other words, I’m just making things up as I go…where’s my damn teleprompter anyhow?] -- is that Professor Gates then shows his ID to show that this is his house, and at that point he gets arrested for disorderly conduct [because Gates followed the officer outside the house, after returning Gate’s ID to him, screaming obscenities and racial taunts] charges which are later dropped.
Now, I've -- I don't know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts [but what the hell, I’m on a roll now], what role race played in that. But I think it's fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry [angry? Because the police didn’t delay in responding or ignore a burglary report]; number two, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home [but not as stupid as the rational I gave in an ABC interview after my masterful Presser, “with all the problems facing the nation; Health Care, the lousy Economy and wars everywhere, it doesn't make sense to arrest a guy in his own home if he's not causing a serious disturbance." ]
So, according to our Commander and Chief, as long as there are big issues confronting the country, local police don’t need to arrest people for activities and crimes (i.e. drug dealing, drunk driving, prostitution, robbery, wire fraud, embezzlement, etc.) as long as they’re not causing a serious disturbance.
The only trouble with Obama’s equivocation of Gate’s behavior is that the good professor was indeed causing a serious disturbance well after Gate’s residency had been established and the suspected robbery investigation had been resolved.