Police, White House exchange barbsWell there you have it. It doesn't matter to Gibbs, or to Obama, that what the Fraternal Order of Police has to say on a prominent national issue. If you didn't endorse Obama, your views will be ignored and impugned!
By ALEXANDER BURNS & CAROL E. LEE
The controversy over the arrest of Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. escalated Friday, as Cambridge, Mass., police union officials called on President Obama to apologize for his criticism of the arresting officers and the White House moved to blunt criticism of the president's remarks.
At a press conference in Cambridge with Sergeant James M. Crowley, the officer who arrested Gates, union leaders said Obama and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick had both gone after Cambridge officers' performance without having full information about the incident involving Gates.
Steve Killian, the president of the Cambridge Police Patrol Officers Association took exception to the president's charge that Cambridge police handled the incident "stupidly."
"Cambridge police are not stupid. I am proud to represent the officers of the Cambridge Police Department," Killian said. "I think the president should make an apology to all law enforcement personnel throughout the entire country."
Earlier in the day, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs dismissed a suggestion that the backlash from police groups could be distressing to the White House, given that Obama has enjoyed a positive relationship with the law enforcement community.
"I think the Fraternal Order of Police endorsed McCain," Gibbs fired back, referring to Obama's Republican opponent in the 2008 election. "If I'm not mistaken."
When a reporter pointed out that Obama had won the support of the Policemen's Benevolent Association, Gibbs conceded: "We got some."
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Is that what we expect from a President of the United States? Is this the patriotic and American way of doing things?
No. This is what we would expect from a liberal racebaiter in chief!