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Valerie Jarrett said Obama handled Gates, Crowley just right with beer invite

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White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said President Obama's meeting with Harvard Prof. Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Cambridge Police Sgt. James Crowley hit the right tone and tamped down the uproar over Obama's comments about the cops acting "stupidly."

Jarrett made her comments to Al Hunt in an interview on Bloomberg TV. Obama touched off a controversy when he answered my question to him at a press conference about his reaction to the July arrest of Gates by Crowley.


She said the president "hit it just right" in handling the controversy triggered by his original answer.

The two met with Obama and Vice President Biden for a beer at the White House Friday, agreed to disagree and move on.

"The press hyped it up a lot more than was probably warranted, but I think that all's well that ends well, and the two of them are committed to moving on," Jarrett said, referring to Gates and Crowley.

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Of course she's going to say that. Part of her job is to quiet down the naysayers.

Having said that, it is a little curious, a highly influential black Harvard Professor, in a town with a black mayor and a state with a black governor and a country with a black president, would be accusing others of being racist. The fact that a black policeman on the scene said they would never vote for Obama again, says it all. The racist on the scene wasn't the cop. Obama made a stupid comment, which is symptomatic of his decisionmaking process. He never apologized but he expects others to apologize.

Whatever Obama hit cost him 10% in the polls.

Damage control, right?

What else can she say, it was probably her idea in the first place. I think it is a disgrace that they would try to use this mistake as a "teaching Moment". How arrogant. Most of us would not have blamed the police prematurely without getting more information first. Even then, if the police were too aggressive, you have to error on the side of those trying to keep peace out there. I do not care if it is a green, yellow, black or white person, you have to be respectful to authority. If after the incident is over, and it was not handled properly, then Gates could make an issue. During the crisis, what he did is not acceptable. Obama supporting without really knowing casts serious questions about if he has pent up racial inhibitions. Leaders flat think before they react. Maybe some affirmative action along with the risks that police take training is in order for the President. After all evidently all of us need more training.

The President attended the Reverend Jeremiah Wright's church for years but claimed he never heard the Reverend Wright make racially charged statements!

The President worked with and be friended Bill Ayers but he never disavowed his thoughts and actions!

Now the President stepped into another highly sensitive moment without knowing all of the facts because it is another friend of his.

I voted for him but prior to voting for him a second time I will consider all of the facts.

P.S. I would guess that Lynn Sweet has learned that one does not get in the way of the Obama bloggers. They react without knowing all of the facts. "Joe the Plumber" found this out as did the lady who called 911 in Cambridge, Mass.

jarrett is clearly the weakes link in the obama chain. probably was her idea. other things she's touched have molded as well...grove parc, rezko, the cta....woodlawn. now this and soon the olympics go to madrid.

The previous comments expressed here say a lot about the current readers of the SunTimes.
Apparently there is no longer a "liberal" newspaper in Chicago.
I look forward to the day a Black police person
arrests one of the writers of the previous comments for "screaming at the officer while white" in their own home. After the "false" arrest the officer lies in the arrest report.
I can't help but believe the less than understanding previous writers will certainly sing a different tune. Maybe Obama will be around to offer beer. This manufactered controversy is simply a result of Obama speaking truth. Stupid actions "Cambridge policeman" are still stupid.

THE BOTTOMLINE IS THE POLICEMAN OVERREACTED, HE DIDN'T BELIEVE THE MAN WAS A HARVARD PROFESSOR, AND NOW IT'S COMING OUT THAT THE PROFESSOR HAD ALL OF THESE PICTURES IN HIS HOUSE WITH OTHER FAMOUS PEOPLE, ALL THE OFFICER HAD TO DO WAS LOOK AT THE PICTURES AND HE WOULD HAVE KNOWN THE MAN WAS IN HIS OWN HOUSE, THE OFFICER WILL BE A BETTER POLICEMAN IN THE FUTURE, HE WILL NEVER OVERREACT EVER AGAIN! HANDCUFFING A MAN WITH A CANE IS A TERRIBLE ACT, ESPECIALLY IN HIS OWN HOME!

oh well, this phil person got into the medicine cart again and is using the computer at the nursing station.
phil do you know skip gates? do you know anything about skip gates? do you know where harvard is? booohooo;-(

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