Obama: Police who arrested professor 'acted stupidly'
《CNN》President Obama said that police in Cambridge, Massachusetts, "acted stupidly" in arresting a prominent black Harvard professor last week after a confrontation at the man's home.
"I don't know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played," Obama said Wednesday night while taking questions after a White House news conference.
Cambridge authorities dropped disorderly conduct charges against Henry Louis Gates Jr. on Tuesday.
Obama defended Gates on Wednesday night, while admitting that he may be "a little biased," because Gates is a friend.
"But I think it's fair to say, No. 1, any of us would be pretty angry; No. 2, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home; and, No. 3 ... that there's a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately."
The incident, Obama said, shows "how race remains a factor in this society."
The mayor of Cambridge said she is going to meet with the city's police chief to make sure the scenario that caused Gates' arrest does not happen again.
一覺醒來，據 CNN 的報導，事情峰廻路轉，奧巴馬祇承認失言，但沒有道歉。He did not apologize for his remark but repeated that he believed his choice of words was unfortunate.
《CNN》President Obama said Friday he spoke with the police officer who arrested a Harvard professor and told the officer he did not mean to malign the Cambridge Police Department when he said police acted stupidly.
The president acknowledged that his words "helped to contribute to ratcheting" up the situation when he criticized the manner in which Sgt. James Crowley arrested professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.
"I unfortunately gave an impression that I was maligning the Cambridge Police Department or Sgt. Crowley specifically," Obama told reporters. "I could have calibrated those words differently, and I told this to Sgt. Crowley."
Obama spoke about two hours after police unions in Massachusetts called on him to apologize. He did not apologize for his remark but repeated that he believed his choice of words was unfortunate.
He reiterated his assertion that he believes police overreacted, but said Gates "probably overreacted as well."
"My sense is you have got two good people in a circumstance in which neither of them were able to resolve the incident in the way that it should have been resolved," he said.
Obama also spoke briefly with the arrested professor, Henry Louis Gates Jr., who is a friend of the president, the White House reported. He and Gates had a "positive discussion" about his call to Crowley on Friday afternoon, the White House said. Obama also invited Gates "to join him with Sgt. Crowley at the White House in the near future."
很不幸被我言中了，奧巴馬自己都說："用詞不當，日後用詞應該更加小心。I could have calibrated those words differently."
但下一次他會選擇不出聲，因為用甚麼詞，都會有人不滿意被批評的，next time he would choose not to speak out because no matter how he could have calibrated those words differently, that would attract other's unhappiness. And that is Politics，Sigh！ 哀哉！
白宮官員透露，3人已約好在周四會面飲酒，而3人的口味各有不同，蓋茨可能飲Red Stripe 或 Beck's啤酒，克勞利飲Blue Moon啤，而奧巴馬則會選普通的 Budweiser 百威啤酒。
U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama
have a beer with professor Henry Louis Gates and
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