Topic: Was it wrong for Obama to have chimed in on the Gatesgate altercation?
No, I don't think it was wrong; it was absolutely right to comment (especially since he was asked). Unfortunately, it looks bad since he generally shies away from talking about race and racism and admittedly only jumped in here because "Skip" is a friend. Also, let's face it, his commentary about the officers' "acting stupidly" is not going to go down well with the racial resentment folks (who are really the stars of the week, what with the Ricci testimony), particularly given Dr. Gates' "You don't know who I am" sense of entitlement.
Yeah, given the hedging (and joking) in his full statement, I don't think his expression of his opinion was wrong. That said, the soundbite itself, which is all most Americans will hear, is a bit damaging. But I don't really see how this will come back to bite him later on.
And I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks that Gates, undeservedly or not, comes across as a pompous ass. That said, I still think the police were wrong to arrest him.
p.s. This and Elie Mystal's "huge and powerful lips" have definitely been the best things to come out of the incident thus far.