July 23rd, 2009
02:06 PM ET
12 years ago

White House says Obama does not regret Gates comments

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/US/07/22/harvard.gates.interview/art.gates.demotix.jpg caption="Gates was arrested last week at his home in Massachusetts on a charge of disorderly conduct."]
(CNN) - White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday that President Obama does not regret saying Cambridge, Massachusetts police "acted stupidly" in arresting Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.

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Asked aboard Air Force One whether the president regrets the choice of words, Gibbs told reporters that Obama, who made the remarks at Wednesday night's White House press conference, "was not calling the [arresting] officer stupid. The situation got out of hand."

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Gates was arrested last Thursday at his Cambridge home for disorderly conduct - what the arresting officer described as "loud and tumultuous behavior in a public space." The charge was dropped Tuesday on the recommendation of police, and the city of Cambridge issued a statement calling the incident "regrettable and unfortunate."

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soundoff (128 Responses)
  1. Tom Clancy

    I'm sure you meant White House Press Secretary.... at the beginning of your article, not White Press Secretary... with the underlying race issue of the story, maybe you should fix this mistake. !!

    July 23, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  2. California Dreamin

    Obama dosn't have anything to apologize for, he was asked the question, Obama told he that he is alittle biased because he is a friend! Obama made valid points about race issues. The police did act stupidly, arresting a man that had shown proof that he was in his own home!

    July 23, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  3. Marty

    If anyone acted stupid in this situation it was Obama.

    He was not present for the incident and has no first hand knowledge
    of the details.

    You cannot ask law endorcement to protect the people, when the people refuse to identify themselves in the proper manner willingly.

    July 23, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
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