The Pundit President

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    Obama continues to get blasted for his asinine commentary regarding the Gates' police incident during a health care press conference, thus elevating a localized incident into a national example of race baiting by and American president, in which Obama, a man of privilege, gave a less-than subtle example of demeaning working class police officers.

    RealClearPolitics - From President to Pundit

    Barack Obama got to be president because he had qualities Americans were yearning for after the bitter tumult of the Bush years. He was calm, sober, fair-minded, and guided by facts rather than emotions. He didn't jump to conclusions, he didn't ignore inconvenient evidence and he didn't blunder into messes. That was the guy we elected last year, and right now, a lot of people miss him...

    That set him up nicely to forgo further comment on a matter that had nothing to do with the topic of his news conference (health care reform) or his responsibilities. Or, rather, it should have.

    Instead, he proceeded to rake one Cambridge police sergeant over the coals for having "acted stupidly," before proceeding to place the episode in the context of the "long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately."

    With that, Obama went from president to pundit. We've all heard speculation that Sarah Palin is aiming at a TV career on Fox News. Maybe Obama has his eye on Rachel Maddow's chair...

    We can all agree with Obama on one thing -- he wasn't there and didn't know all the facts. The White House press office tells me the president didn't talk to Gates or read the police report before commenting.
    Nonetheless, he rushed to conclude that the cop was not only dead wrong but possibly racist. Which sounds like the kind of unthinking snap judgment that leads to racial profiling...

    The Obama of the campaign knew the importance of being careful, deliberate and circumspect. After enduring a president who was often just the opposite, the American people also recognized those as valuable traits, and probably hope to see them again in this White House.

    Press secretary Robert Gibbs ridiculed the notion that Obama has the option in "nationally televised news conferences to pass on questions like it was a game show." But Friday Gibbs said the president regretted fueling a distraction.

    He ought to. Fueling distractions is the job of TV pundits. And in the future Obama might draw on the wisdom of a predecessor, Calvin Coolidge, who attested, "I have never been hurt by anything I didn't say."
     

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