I commented in real time that I thought President Obama made a mistake in his press conference the other night in taking on Gates-Gate. His objective for that press conference was to drive the narrative on health care reform. He stepped on his own message. President Obama acted stupidly there imo. Of course, being a good friend of Gates may have influenced his actions. But that does not make it not stupid.
President Obama of course is not stupid. In fact, he appears to be quite a brilliant man. But even brilliant people do stupid things sometimes. (Even me . . .) But because discussing the Gates matter may have been stupid (we all have opinions, maybe it was brilliant. Who knows?), that does not mean he was wrong in characterizing the behavior of Officer Crowley and the Cambridge Police Department as stupid. In my view, he is right on that. And Officer Crowley continues to act stupidly. As does the brilliant Media critic Bob Somerby. Somerby writes:
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