Obama: Poor choice of words in scholar’s arrest

By Alex A. Alonso (Streetgangs.com)

President Barack Obama says he could have “calibrated” his words differently, but does not apologize for calling the actions of the Cambridge Police department as “stupidly.” Read below.

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AP – updated 8:51 p.m. PT, Fri., July 24, 2009

July 24: Although he didn’t apologize for saying officers “acted stupidly” when they arrested the scholar, the president conceded he should have chosen his words more carefully.

July 24: Although he didn’t apologize for saying officers “acted stupidly” when they arrested the scholar, the president conceded he should have chosen his words more carefully.

WASHINGTON – Trying to tamp down a national uproar over race, President Barack Obama acknowledged Friday he had used unfortunate words in declaring that Cambridge, Mass., police “acted stupidly” in arresting black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. “I could’ve calibrated those words differently,” he said.

He stopped short of a public apology. But the president telephoned both Gates and the white officer who had arrested him, hoping to end the rancorous back-and-forth over what had transpired and what Obama had said about it. Trying to lighten the situation, he said he had invited the Harvard professor and police Sgt. James Crowley for “a beer here in the White House.” (Several news organizations reported Friday night that Gates would accepted an invitation; no word on the sergeant.)

Hours earlier, a multiracial group of police officers had stood with Crowley in Massachusetts and said the president should apologize.

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1 Comment for “Obama: Poor choice of words in scholar’s arrest”

  1. Eagle in NYC

    Obama does not apologize for things he actually does or say. Only for imagined wrongs that this country has done in the past. While overseas.

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