Calibrated those words differently? Who the heck uses language like that when they are trying to clear up an issue? Oh, President Obama does.
Is he kidding? If I was Sgt. James Crowley, – the white policeman who arrested Gates – I may have been tempted to hang up on the president.
The president said he had telephoned the white policeman who arrested Gates, and he said the conversation confirmed his belief that the officer was a good man and an outstanding officer.
“This has been ratcheting up, and I [Obama] obviously helped to contribute ratcheting it up,” he said. “I want to make clear that in my choice of words, I think I unfortunately gave an impression that I was maligning the Cambridge police department and Sgt. Crowley specifically. And I could’ve calibrated those words differently.”
OK, that’s it. This is a perfect description of a distraction, and my guess is the Obama administration is quietly willing to let this news story simmer right through the Sunday morning talk shows while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) rams the health care legislation through the House of Representatives, and bypassing a House Committee with Democrats on the panel who are not bending over, grabbing ankles and taking it from the administration health care cronies as ordered from on-high.
Contact your elected officials right now. Keep them and their staffers from leaving the office early on a Friday afternoon and ask them to ensure this is not rushed through. Then politely remind them of the 10th Amendment and let them know if the states want universal health care coverage, we’ll do it on our own thank you very much.