Hey, remember that time back in 2009 when President Obama waded into a local controversy regarding alleged racial profiling and a police officer before all the facts were known? Remember how the fight he picked with the arresting officer was so embarrassing for the White House that he was forced to host a “Beer Summit” with the man?
Well, clearly Obama himself doesn’t remember that unfortunate incident. Or worse, he does remember it and doesn’t seem to care about history repeating itself. Because on Thursday, the smartest president ever said this:
“There is never an excuse for violence against police or for those who would use this tragedy as a cover for vandalism or looting. There’s also no excuse for police to use excessive force against peaceful protests or to throw protesters in jail for lawfully exercising their First Amendment rights.”
Okay, so perhaps Barry HAS learned something, as it can be argued that he was trying to play it down the middle. But in the end, he probably shouldn’t have said anything at all. Because much like the time he asserted, “When Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son … Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago,” he’s gotten himself into trouble yet again. Jim Pasco, the Executive Director of the Fraternal Order of Police in Ferguson, is now firing back at the president for sticking his nose where it doesn’t belong:
“I would contend that discussing police tactics from Martha’s Vineyard is not helpful to ultimately calming the situation,” Pasco said. “I think what he has to do as president and as a constitutional lawyer is remember that there is a process in the United States and the process is being followed, for good or for ill, by the police and by the county and by the city and by the prosecutors’ office.”
“Discussing politics from Martha’s Vineyard”? Oh, snap! He’s exactly right. The president kinda sorta looked like a fool when he was calling for “calm,” and then heading directly back to the golf course. He’d probably remind me that there’s nothing calmer than a good game of golf, but something tells me that’s not what the residents of Ferguson are interested in doing at this precise moment.
Pasco continued: “I’m not there, and neither is the president. That is why we have due process in the United States. And this will all be sorted out over time. But right now, I haven’t seen anything from afar — and maybe the president has — that would lead me to believe the police are doing anything except to restore order.”
And that’s what we call a Hole-in-One, folks.
However, Director Pasco probably should have prefaced his shot at the president with the word, “Fore!” … since it’s the only way Barry would have actually heard it. Golf Summit, anyone?
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