July 23rd, 2009
03:25 PM ET
5 years ago

NRCC targets Obama for saying Cambridge cop 'acted stupidly'

(CNN) – The National Republican Congressional Committee came to the defense of the Cambridge, Massachusetts police officer who arrested black Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., attacking President Obama for saying Wednesday night the officer 'acted stupidly.'

In a statement targeting several House Democrats from Massachusetts, NRCC communications director Ken Spain said, "This is certainly a questionable rush to judgment coming from a president who hasn't exactly been quick to call out unconscionable behavior by a merciless foreign dictator or gotten his facts straight before advocating a trillion-dollar mistake to address our ailing economy."

"Is it really presidential for him to cast harsh judgment of a law enforcement official without all the facts?" said Spain.

The statement calls on Massachusetts Democrats to say whether they agree with the president's assessment. The National Republican Senatorial Committee also launched a Web ad Thursday asking whether it was appropriate for Obama to reach a judgment on the matter after he himself admitted he did not know all the facts.


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  1. African too

    I am an African American so let me start there. I too stand up for my friends but, when you are the President of the US you can't call people stupid and then make the remark like President Obama did and say "I don't know all the facts".
    i believe this police officer deserve and apologize from President and for him to say I over spoke and was speaking from emotions which we all do. Thanks

    July 23, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  2. Shirleyy

    It was more than stupid, it was racist. This cop is very arrogant, refusing to apologize for what he did. All you haters when it comes to Obama, keep hating, he is the President of the US of America.

    July 23, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  3. David from WI

    Not a race issue a CLASS issue and that police officer was not of the same class as that PROFESSOR.

    How dare those police arrest a disorderly man under the charge of disorderly conduct. After all he TOLD THEM HE WAS A PROFESSOR after all!

    A well respected man of letters. A pillar of the community.

    HOW DARE THOSE POLICE arrest HIM.
    They forget themselves. Those common,rabble, peasants.

    Those police forget what their station in life is.

    NOT RACE BUT CLASS and the police do not measure up.
    The educated class are beyond reproach and incapable of criminal acts.

    They forget themselves.

    July 23, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  4. Ms. DeVine

    I see the "good ole boys" network is at it again! This is why the republican party is out of power now and will NEVER be in power again. When are they gonna realize...these racist antics, thoughts and views have no place in a modern society where what used to be the minority is now the ever increasing majority!! They refuse to embrace tolerance and equality and instead of debating issues on their merits, they continue to use antics and spin to trick their followers. It’s sad and disgusting and I will be glad when the republicans grow up!

    July 23, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  5. erika

    The police were wrong and they know it. Arresting a man who showed identification that he was the resident of the home... Come on people!! If that's the case any police officer can go inside anybodys home and arrest them at any given time. Think about that before you say the police were right. Would u want someone arresting you in your own home for doing NOTHING WRONG?? If you said yes you are lying to yourself.

    July 23, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. Mike

    Are you kidding me? Republicans need to just let this go. He stated he didn't know the facts and that he was going to be biased. What else do you want. He commented on the fact that someone was arrested in their own home after showing ID proving it was his residence. You bash Obama for everything and it's getting old. He didn't jump to make a statement, he was asked a question during a press conference. Had he chosen to not answer the question you would jump on him for not standing up for his race or some other excuse to attack. Politics have become a joke and Republicans have become petty cry babies about an election lost. Grow up!

    July 23, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  7. IMPORTANT

    obama is the one who is "acting stupidly"

    July 23, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  8. dan, MI

    Basically Barack Obama doe snot know what he is talking. How can you believe him. He is supposed to be our President. Why should he comment on this case in MA. He has no experience in whatever topics come up. Get a life.

    July 23, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. Me in Big D

    @African too – what a fair and honest man you are. I wish all were like you!!

    July 23, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  10. Mike

    The president never called the police stupid. He stated that they acted stupidly. Maybe a poor choice of words, but he was commenting on the action, not the person lets make that perfectly clear!

    July 23, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  11. JoblessInVancouver

    President Obama preceded the "acting stupidly" statement that he was biased because of personal friendship with Prof. Gates, signalling that his statement was made on a personal level and not as a president. I think we should just move on and put our focus back on healthcare and the economy instead.

    July 23, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  12. Barry Obammy

    I like CNN's feeble (but predictable) attempt to provide Obama cover by having several spots focusing on the Republican efforts to try and publicize his horrible statement about the Boston police. Let it be known that almost EVERYONE was dumbfounded by such an outragious remark. The state-controlled media has its hands full with spinning this one...

    July 23, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  13. history repeats

    hhahahah man are the republican people really that blind that they cant see that everything obama says and does is attacked by the GOP. i mean they complain constantly about palins "unfair" treatment and cry when people call bush what he was: A MORON! yet its perfectly legitimate for the GOP for scrutinize and outright say they are rooting for obama to fail!! thats ok right>?? hypocritical, ignorant sheep!!!!

    July 23, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  14. GOP = 21st century dodo

    oooooh boy. The volatile, racist GOP base ain't gonna like this.

    July 23, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  15. bud in NC

    Well, I am an Obama supporter. His observation that there are still racial injustices in America is all too true. BUT, it was a mistake to wade in and prejudge this incident. He should stay out of specific cases. Let the facts come out and ther chips fall where they may. The Predident should keep working on the many problems the nation faces, where I think he is doing good.

    July 23, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  16. say it aint so

    nation of whiners

    July 23, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  17. markus

    Nice to know we have a racist president. Going to be a long 4 years.

    July 23, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  18. In her first policies response, Sarah palin flip-floped her position on "cap and trade" during the campaign and now.

    The president shoud not have said anything yesterday. but he is the president, so he can say whatever he wants.

    July 23, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  19. munchmom

    He is the prez but he doesn't have the right to comment on a local matter. But there is nepotism or cronyism at work here, because he did admit that he and the prof were buddies. Is the prof from Chicago too???

    July 23, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  20. history repeats

    african too

    SURE your an african american. i dont know any black people that call themselves african american FIRST OF ALL. and for some reason the repubs are notorious for there FAKe names on blogs like "latina GOP" or "young college kid republican" as though people will believe it. if obama said something wrong WHO CARES?!?!! TELL ME THAT PLEASE?!?! the GOP is SOOOOO worried about cost for EVERYTHING yet they will spend millions on DUMB commercials like this!?!?

    July 23, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  21. CensoredLikeIranByCNN

    Way to go Rethuglicans for ignoring the main topic (Healthcare) and going for the distraction. You guys are so predictable. Is anyone surprised that the Rethuglicans are siding with the racist cop? Of course not! That is their base, biggots, gun loving, zealots, low educated people.

    I DON'T BELIEVE all Rethuglicans are racist, thats stupid, but most if not all racist in USA belong to the Rethuglicans party. Amen to that!

    July 23, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  22. citizen

    I stand with the President...the charges were dropped...the man was at his own home...i will fight tooth and nail if the police trys to arrest me at my own home for doing nothing wrong...it was stupid...my two cents worth...

    July 23, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  23. Marc

    I can't believe Obama called Americ'a finest "stupid". Sure, the police should have maybe handled things differently, but until all of the facts come out, what is the sense in that comment? No one got hurt (other than feelings) and the situation was resolved.

    July 23, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  24. history repeats

    the GOP is SOOOOO worried about cost for EVERYTHING yet they will spend millions on DUMB commercials like this!?!?

    July 23, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  25. Obama

    Look, I don't know all the facts but I'll shoot my mouth off anyway and prove to the world I'm as stupid as the last president.

    July 23, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
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