President Obama just stated the following at a press conference:
Now, I don’t know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played in that. But I think it’s fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry; number two, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home; and, number three, what I think we know separate and apart from this incident is that there’s a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately. That’s just a fact.
Start your timers. How long before the right-wing jumps on this as their newest cause célèbre and paints Obama as the next Bobby Seale? Welcome to post-racial America.
[Video of Obama’s comments below the fold.]
This video is from Politico. Note what they cut out after Obama says the phrase “the Cambridge police acted stupidly.”
See The Huffington Post for complete transcript and video of the press conference.