Obama: Poor choice of words in scholar’s arrest
By Alex 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.
AP – updated 8:51 p.m. PT, Fri., July 24, 2009
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.