Disaster strikes beer summit: Biden decides to attend; Update: Obama issues statement; Update: “Toast” photo added; Update: Gates issues statement; Update: Obama played only a small part, says Crowley

posted at 7:18 pm on July 30, 2009 by Allahpundit

Video via Greg Hengler. I wonder how long it took Greasy Joe to tell his first “two blacks and an Irishman walk into a bar” joke. Over/under is 11 seconds.

Tapper, live on the scene, relays the excruciating details:

In the less than two minutes that we were out there, Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Sgt. Jim Crowley did almost all of the talking. It didn’t appear chummy, but then again Gates has said Crowley racially profiled him, falsified a police report about him, and owes him an apology. Crowley says he did nothing wrong, resents being portrayed as a racist, and has said he came here with the understanding that he and Gates had agreed to disagree…

Both Gates and Crowley brought their families to the White House and they toured the East Wing together before the sit-down. Gates brought his kids, fiancé and father. Crowley brought his wife and kids.

Exit question: How many beers did Biden have before he brought up the birth certificate? I’m guessing one and a half.

Update: Crowley’s holding a press conference right now but it looks like The One won’t have much more to say tonight beyond this:

I am thankful to Professor Gates and Sergeant Crowley for joining me at the White House this evening for a friendly, thoughtful conversation. Even before we sat down for the beer, I learned that the two gentlemen spent some time together listening to one another, which is a testament to them. I have always believed that what brings us together is stronger than what pulls us apart. I am confident that has happened here tonight, and I am hopeful that all of us are able to draw this positive lesson from this episode.

Update: Healing.

Update: Looks like Gates will pass on the presser but he’s got a statement of his own out now. Excerpt:

Sergeant Crowley and I, through an accident of time and place, have been cast together, inextricably, as characters – as metaphors, really – in a thousand narratives about race over which he and I have absolutely no control. Narratives about race are as old as the founding of this great Republic itself, but these new ones have unfolded precisely when Americans signaled to the world our country’s great progress by overcoming centuries of habit and fear, and electing an African American as President. It is incumbent upon Sergeant Crowley and me to utilize the great opportunity that fate has given us to foster greater sympathy among the American public for the daily perils of policing on the one hand, and for the genuine fears of racial profiling on the other hand.

Let me say that I thank God that live in a country in which police officers put their lives at risk to protect us every day, and, more than ever, I’ve come to understand and appreciate their daily sacrifices on our behalf. I’m also grateful that we live in a country where freedom of speech is a sacrosanct value and I hope that one day we can get to know each other better, as we began to do at the White House this afternoon over beers with President Obama.

Update: Here’s the video of Crowley’s presser, in which he describes The One’s role as not much more than providing the beer. He and Gates are going to meet again privately but as far as the arrest goes, they “agree to disagree.”

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Shameless plagiarism from Mark Levin alert…

simplesimon on July 30, 2009 at 8:46 PM

You are a spiteful contemptible little piece of fecal matter on the bottom of my shoe.

infidel4life on July 30, 2009 at 9:51 PM

Drudge has the headline: Bartender in Chief.

conservative pilgrim on July 30, 2009 at 9:27 PM

Drudge better be careful, or Obama will be calling him a racist next. Remember that passage in Barry’s book, in which he recounts that horrific incident in which he was once mistaken for an employee of Denny’s by a white customer? Just think of how traumatic that must have been for poor sensitive little Barry. I mean, it’s not like any white people have ever had that kind of experience. Just like none of us have ever been treated rudely by food servers, or ignored by sales clerks, or watched closely by store security guards, or questioned by suspicious cops (even when we weren’t doing anything wrong).

AZCoyote on July 30, 2009 at 9:51 PM

I know damn well that Biden drank the most beer.

Percy_Peabody on July 30, 2009 at 9:51 PM

This cop is a freaking STAR. I’m so thankful that if this nonsense had to happen, a guy like this is the one “representing” my side. God bless him.
(Yes, I did say “my side.” As in, I feel like I’m one of the people Gates hates for a living.)

Sugar Land on July 30, 2009 at 9:52 PM

“Obama played only a small part,” says Crowley.

This incredible shrinking president.

Crowley to his wife: “Honey, I shrank the president.”

BuckeyeSam on July 30, 2009 at 9:43 PM

ROFLMAO! Too funny.

progressoverpeace on July 30, 2009 at 9:52 PM

What an insufferable ass.

Jim Treacher on July 30, 2009 at 9:29 PM

An insufferable ass is an insufferable ass, of course, of course,
And no one can talk sense to an insufferable ass of course
And especially, of course, if the insufferable ass is the famous Professor Gates.

Go right to the source and ask the insufferable ass.
He’ll give you the answer that Barack Obama will endorse.
He’s always on a racist’s course.
Talk to Professor Gates.

People yakkity yak a streak and waste your time of day
But Professor Gates will never speak unless he has something bad about whites to say.

An insufferable ass is an insufferable ass, of course, of course,
And this one’ll talk white racism ’til his voice is hoarse.
You never heard of a talking insufferable ass?

Well listen to this.

He is Professor Gates.

Cheshire Cat on July 30, 2009 at 9:53 PM

For the most part but when he isn’t he is still wonderful.

Cindy Munford on July 30, 2009 at 9:35 PM

Smooches.

And POP, I wasn’t talking about just the lawyer. You ripped on the whole idea of mirandizing. Considering the number of people who blabber too much when talking to the police, I consider miranda readings vital.

MadisonConservative on July 30, 2009 at 9:56 PM

Crowley to his wife: “Honey, I shrank the president.”

BuckeyeSam on July 30, 2009 at 9:43 PM

Which, of course, is a whole lot better than -

Chris Matthews to his gay lover: “Honey, I sucked the president.”

KentAllard on July 30, 2009 at 9:56 PM

MadCon’s a chick?

JetBoy on July 30, 2009 at 9:39 PM

No, Cheshire Cat’s just a birther with a grudge.

MadisonConservative on July 30, 2009 at 9:56 PM

Haha. I walked into that one! ok, ok. Biologically, he is a male specimen. Better?

conservative pilgrim on July 30, 2009 at 9:43 PM

He would sure like us to think so but lorien1973 & wccawa might dispute the characterization.

Cindy Munford on July 30, 2009 at 9:57 PM

VP Biden was brought in for one reason only: to make it 2 white men and 2 black men. Otherwise, both the black men, Obama and Gates, who called Crowley (the white officer) a racist/racial profiler/stupid/explicative, would outnumber the one white guy.

Obama and his media savvy crew didn’t want it to appear to be a gang up on the white officer. It’s that simple. I’m sure that’s the ony scenario in which Obama would risk having Biden there.

Amy Proctor on July 30, 2009 at 9:57 PM

Amy Proctor on July 30, 2009 at 9:57 PM

Bingo!

elduende on July 30, 2009 at 9:59 PM

He would sure like us to think so but lorien1973 & wccawa might dispute the characterization.

Cindy Munford on July 30, 2009 at 9:57 PM

I’d say my more colorful posts rather obliterate the characterization.

Proud scoundrel and cad.

MadisonConservative on July 30, 2009 at 9:59 PM

Haha. I walked into that one! ok, ok. Biologically, he is a male specimen. Better?

conservative pilgrim on July 30, 2009 at 9:43 PM

Out of order! Not according to the jury! She insisted on representing herself and dropped her trousers to present her evidence. When all the ladies on the jury started laughing the judge ruled against her. I advised her to forge the evidence but she didn’t listen to me.

Cheshire Cat on July 30, 2009 at 10:02 PM

I advised her to forge the evidence but she didn’t listen to me.

Cheshire Cat on July 30, 2009 at 10:02 PM

I’m not going to do that while people watch.

Well, I might, but I’ll need some porn.

MadisonConservative on July 30, 2009 at 10:03 PM

I’m thrilled that Crowley bent his knee to Obama. No one gets away with being disrespectful to my President and walks away alive. No one.

dcwvu on July 30, 2009 at 10:06 PM

Professor Gates held fundraiser for Obama
More connections to ‘radical’ Harvard man at center of race row

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=105028

Henry Louis Gates Jr., the Harvard professor at the center of the current national race controversy, once held a political fundraiser for President Obama, WND has learned.

Gates regularly rents homes in Martha’s Vineyard, where he vacations frequently. In an interview last year with Martha’s Vineyard Magazine, the professor related a fundraiser he held at a house in the town of Harthaven for Obama during his race for the Senate:

“The last several years, I’ve written a book there every summer. It’s a great house for events too. We had a fundraiser for Barack Obama when he was running for the Senate,” Gates told the magazine.

izoneguy on July 30, 2009 at 10:06 PM

And POP, I wasn’t talking about just the lawyer. You ripped on the whole idea of mirandizing.

Yes, I did talk about the whole mirandizing notion, but your actual post was exactly this:

Personally, I love it when lawyers try to get off by claiming they weren’t Mirandized. That really takes the cake.

progressoverpeace on July 30, 2009 at 8:49 PM

And I’m sure that whole “consent to search” thing annoys you just as much.

Good grief. Do you value your rights or not?

MadisonConservative on July 30, 2009 at 8:51 PM

Which was just the lawyer part. But, to nail this down, you at least agree with me on the idea that having to mirandize a lawyer is laughable, right?

Considering the number of people who blabber too much when talking to the police, I consider miranda readings vital.

MadisonConservative on July 30, 2009 at 9:56 PM

Well, they can learn about what rights they have. If the cops lie to them and tell them that they have to speak, then that is one thing, but otherwise, people are responsible to learn what rights they have – and that’s not really asking too much, I don’t think. There are many, many other rights that you are expected to know for yourself. Most people are aware of these rights and to pretend that they aren’t is kind of silly. The lawyer example shows how silly it gets.

progressoverpeace on July 30, 2009 at 10:09 PM

Proud scoundrel and cad.

MadisonConservative on July 30, 2009 at 9:59 PM

My very favorite of your attributes.

Cindy Munford on July 30, 2009 at 10:09 PM

Just think of how traumatic that must have been for poor sensitive little Barry. I mean, it’s not like any white people have ever had that kind of experience.

AZCoyote on July 30, 2009 at 9:51 PM

I remember once, I think it was in a grocery store, someone came up to me and said, “Do you work here?” I remember it, I think, only because I thought I gave a “clever” reply by saying, “Well, if I do they have been forgetting to pay me.” But now that you mention how traumatized poor little sensitive Barack was maybe I should get counseling for all the trauma I suffered and have just been suppressing all these years.

Tav on July 30, 2009 at 10:11 PM

Which was just the lawyer part. But, to nail this down, you at least agree with me on the idea that having to mirandize a lawyer is laughable, right?

progressoverpeace on July 30, 2009 at 10:09 PM

Of course. However, do the cops necessarily know a person is a lawyer before they arrest them?

Well, they can learn about what rights they have. If the cops lie to them and tell them that they have to speak, then that is one thing…

progressoverpeace on July 30, 2009 at 10:09 PM

Now, come on. If you know any cops, you know that they specifically ask some questions that mislead in order to get information for a quick and easy prosecution. The phrase “if you cooperate, I can help you” is practically required. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing for cops to do, because they’re doing their job. However, a part of their job is to inform people that if they don’t shut the hell up, they’re digging their own grave. Most Americans are intimidated by police encounters, and think that if they don’t answer all questions, they’re in trouble.

MadisonConservative on July 30, 2009 at 10:16 PM

No, Cheshire Cat’s just a birther with a grudge.

MadisonConservative on July 30, 2009 at 9:56 PM

That’s right take all your sexual identity and other issues out on a harmless little lovable fuzzball cat who was just trying to be helpful just like your Dear Leader and Professor Gates take there issues out on a poor cop doing his job. No cupcake for you today sweetie.

Cheshire Cat on July 30, 2009 at 10:17 PM

Would I go to the White House for a conversation on race relations and police work for a beer? No. Irish Car bombs: YES!

Rightwingguy on July 30, 2009 at 10:17 PM

My very favorite of your attributes.

Cindy Munford on July 30, 2009 at 10:09 PM

Updated my list of life goals with “Buy Cindy Munford a drink”.

MadisonConservative on July 30, 2009 at 10:17 PM

Beer was George Bush’s kryptonite. What a sad, undisciplined man. If he sponsored this he would be wearing a lampshade and then pass out on the front lawn. Then he would pray for forgiveness and the sun would come out.

simplesimon on July 30, 2009 at 7:51 PM

Ummmmmm….were you trying to make a relevant point?

Fed45 on July 30, 2009 at 10:18 PM

harmless little lovable fuzzball

Cheshire Cat on July 30, 2009 at 10:17 PM

Shamelessly ripping off The Way Things Ought To Be will get you drummed out of the conservative movement, buddy.

MadisonConservative on July 30, 2009 at 10:18 PM

MadisonConservative on July 30, 2009 at 10:17 PM

Your on.

Cindy Munford on July 30, 2009 at 10:19 PM

simplesimon:

That was stupid.

Terrye on July 30, 2009 at 10:20 PM

simplesimon met a black man
who married a klingon named michelle
simon voted out of guilt
and sent his country to hell

MadisonConservative on July 30, 2009 at 10:23 PM

Amy Proctor on July 30, 2009 at 9:57 PM

Nah, Joe just wanted a free beer. : – )

thomasaur on July 30, 2009 at 10:25 PM

These are indeed sad times…

…in which passing ruffians, say “racist!” at will to good cops…

…and end up at the White House drinking beer.

NEE!

tickleddragon on July 30, 2009 at 10:29 PM

Local breweries. “Why doe Obama hate America ?

A more politically tone deaf politician I’ve never seen

Fed45 on July 30, 2009 at 10:29 PM

Okay everyone, I’ve been out of commission for most of the week, so I’m not up to speed. What up with the this dingus?

dcwvu on July 30, 2009 at 10:06 PM

Help a broad out, will ya!

Laura in Maryland on July 30, 2009 at 10:31 PM

Narratives about race are as old as the founding of this great Republic itself

You weren’t supposed to let slip in front of Obama that we are a Republic, you fool!

Grafted on July 30, 2009 at 10:32 PM

Would I go to the White House for a conversation on race relations and police work for a beer? No. Irish Car bombs: YES!

Rightwingguy on July 30, 2009 at 10:17 PM

Awesome!

bitsy on July 30, 2009 at 10:32 PM

I’m thrilled that Crowley bent his knee to Obama. No one gets away with being disrespectful to my President and walks away alive. No one.

dcwvu on July 30, 2009 at 10:06 PM

Does this mean you like to be dominated on Friday nights?

Upstater85 on July 30, 2009 at 10:33 PM

The “press” corps is just stuck on stupid! I’m laughing!

I wonder if any of them burped after a couple of swigs.

PattyJ on July 30, 2009 at 10:36 PM

VP Biden was brought in for one reason only: to make it 2 white men and 2 black men. Otherwise, both the black men, Obama and Gates, who called Crowley (the white officer) a racist/racial profiler/stupid/explicative, would outnumber the one white guy.

Obama and his media savvy crew didn’t want it to appear to be a gang up on the white officer. It’s that simple. I’m sure that’s the ony scenario in which Obama would risk having Biden there.

Amy Proctor on July 30, 2009 at 9:57 PM

Good observation, that didn’t occur to me. How would you like to be invited to a “discussion” with those two, and the guy on your “side” is Joe Biden. Joe Biden — the other white guy.

bitsy on July 30, 2009 at 10:37 PM

dcwvu on July 30, 2009 at 10:06 PM
Does this mean you like to be dominated on Friday nights?

Upstater85 on July 30, 2009 at 10:33 PM

Now where did I leave that riding crop?

Laura in Maryland on July 30, 2009 at 10:37 PM

Now where did I leave that riding crop?

Laura in Maryland on July 30, 2009 at 10:37 PM

dcwvu is biting down on it as we speak.

Upstater85 on July 30, 2009 at 10:37 PM

bitsy on July 30, 2009 at 10:32 PM

Here’s how I would imagine it: Everyone has their half-pint of Guinness with the shot glass poised over the glass. People could even be exchanging meaningful eye contact. President Obama could then say “O.k. everyone! On three, ‘Racial Harmony!’ One! Two! Three! (clunk) Racial Harmony! Chug!”

Rightwingguy on July 30, 2009 at 10:39 PM

Sergeant Crowley and I, through an accident of time and place, have been cast together, inextricably, as characters – as metaphors, really – in a thousand narratives about race over which he and I have absolutely no control.

That is what’s known as a lying son of a b1tch. This is a frigging Professor of Narratives About Race and he played race card after race card after race card, beginning the moment that Crowley stepped onto his porch.

I hold no animosity whatsoever against black folks, but I really don’t like this one.

Pablo on July 30, 2009 at 10:42 PM

How would you like to be invited to a “discussion” with those two, and the guy on your “side” is Joe Biden. Joe Biden — the other white guy.

Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be the white guy.

Pablo on July 30, 2009 at 10:43 PM

Crowley has remarkable grace under pressure. He conducts himself like a true professional.

onlineanalyst on July 30, 2009 at 10:47 PM

I’m thrilled that Crowley bent his knee to Obama. No one gets away with being disrespectful to my President and walks away alive. No one.

dcwvu on July 30, 2009 at 10:06 PM

I would. I will bow my knee to no one less than Jesus Christ.

jimmy2shoes on July 30, 2009 at 10:49 PM

It didn’t appear chummy…

Really? I am sure the Sgt. was aware of the deal Gates have with PBS to produce a race hustling “documentary” starring none other than Sgt. Crowley.
The fact Sgt. Crowley still agreed to sit down for an excruciating 2 minutes and share a beer with those three cretins only aids in exemplifying the solid character of this man.
Barry, you look soooo stupid.

RMR on July 30, 2009 at 10:51 PM

Sergeant Crowley and I, through an accident of time and place, have been cast together, inextricably, as characters – as metaphors, really – in a thousand narratives about race over which he and I have absolutely no control.

A more eloquent and appropriate quote for Professor Gates to ponder.

Reflect upon the defects of your character: thoroughly realize their evils and the transient pleasures they give you, and firmly will that you shall try your best not to yield to them the next time. (Helen P. Blavatsky)

Tav on July 30, 2009 at 10:54 PM

So Professor Windbag seems to profess that racism started with the creation of the USA? These clowns sure know which side of the bread is buttered. The only reason this reached a table with beer and Obama is that he has black skin. I’m willing to bet the farm that if a law enforcemnet offical offends me, I don’t get free beer and a tour of the Whitehouse, because I’ve got a white, Danish butt.

Hening on July 30, 2009 at 11:06 PM

Here’s a thought to help everyone sleep tight. Jugears can’t even think through a cop-possible burglary-mouthing off to the cop scenario. God forbid something serious happens like the NorKor Gargolye starts playing with his megaton class fireworks.

Also, I understand there have been death threats against the woman who reported the suspected burglary. I was busy today so I must have missed jugears castigating those who were making the death threat. Can someone point me to that??

/sarc

bullseye on July 30, 2009 at 11:10 PM

Was that Michelle O. hiding in the shrubbery in the rearground?

I thought I saw a large bush move.

Sotto voce: Sit up straight, Barack!

profitsbeard on July 30, 2009 at 11:15 PM

Biden was there because he has personality. Dumb, but funny.
Obama would rather discuss Indian poetry and bitter clingers. So he needs Biden to strike some kind of conversation in this awkward meeting.
Obama does not have a clue on how to talk to “common folks.” He was probably wondering where the arugula is.

jencab on July 30, 2009 at 11:17 PM

Drudge better be careful, or Obama will be calling him a racist next.

AZCoyote on July 30, 2009 at 9:51 PM

Drudge has chutzpah and has been especially edgy and more editorial with his headlines lately. I imagine he’s a thorn in the O Team’s side.

conservative pilgrim on July 30, 2009 at 11:20 PM

No, Cheshire Cat’s just a birther with a grudge.

MadisonConservative on July 30, 2009 at 9:56 PM

Gotcha.

JetBoy on July 30, 2009 at 11:27 PM

From Gates’ statement:

The national conversation over the past week about my arrest has been rowdy, not to say tumultuous and unruly.

Oh no he di’n't!

inviolet on July 30, 2009 at 11:28 PM

In an alternate Universe:

Sgt Crowly “Actually sir, let’s cut through the BS. I’m here to arrest you on charges of impersonating a US citizen and POTUS. We can eliminate a lot of nastyness if you’d just produce your birth cert”

bullseye on July 30, 2009 at 11:31 PM

Yikes…..did he say they were going to meet for a kool-aid next time?

njpat on July 30, 2009 at 11:32 PM

One other thought. I would love to see an unbiased audit of the grades Professor gates gives. I wonder how many A’s go to non minority young republicans in his class.

Funny thing, a dean accused me of racism and bias toward foreign students once when I gave a C to a minority student who had plagarized twice in the class. She also accused me of sexism. I knew I would never teach there again when I replied “Nice try babe. I gave 2 A’s in that class. One to an African American Male and the other to a Russian Female. 14 White males in my class got B’s or lower. Now just how in the hell can you call me a racist”. (yeah I know the babe part p*sssed her off but it was worth it. )

Racism charges are thrown around like chicken droppings

bullseye on July 30, 2009 at 11:35 PM

Unfortunately … Crowley is a Lib who voted for Obama … so I have heard. Don’t know him personally.
ORrighty on July 30, 2009 at 7:56 PM

No, he did not. There is a black woman who is a cop on his force who said she did and would never do so again.

What was the lesson we learned?
cadams on July 30, 2009 at 8:11 PM

That some people will go to any length to continue to “milk” racism for their own interests – to sell books and to buy votes. We also learned that this is a big sham to distract us all from the health care bill – note it was deliberately brought up at the conference for the health care bill. Who thought up that subterfuge?

For all the whining cop apologists have done, Crowley’s going to come out of this smelling like a rose. Look for a book deal. I’d like to be his agent.
rokemronnie on July 30, 2009 at 8:14 PM

Yes, and we should all buy 10 copies. And boycott anyone publishing or broadcasting Gates. This race card stuff has to stop and those making money off of it (manipulating blacks and guilt ridden whites) should be stopped now. Gates is no better than Sharpton with a college degree.

BTW, folks of conservative bent should note that Sgt. Crowley’s press conference took place at the AFL-CIO headquarters, which was arranged by his labor union.
rokemronnie on July 30, 2009 at 8:21 PM

Link please. I find no evidence of this and as a matter of fact the ACLU has had cases against the Cambridge police in the past so I highly doubt what you say is true.

Obama and his media savvy crew didn’t want it to appear to be a gang up on the white officer. It’s that simple. I’m sure that’s the ony scenario in which Obama would risk having Biden there.
Amy Proctor on July 30, 2009 at 9:57 PM

Exactly. And who would think to have Biden come in so that there is another white person present except for someone who is so race conscious?

Yikes…..did he say they were going to meet for a kool-aid next time?
njpat on July 30, 2009 at 11:32 PM

Don’t you think he said that on purpose? Kool-Aid?? I thought that was just too good.

mph on July 30, 2009 at 11:41 PM

I’m thrilled that Crowley bent his knee to Obama. No one gets away with being disrespectful to my President and walks away alive. No one.

dcwvu on July 30, 2009 at 10:06 PM

Hey, the King of Saudi Arabia seemed to come out just fine after Barry bent his knee.

a capella on July 30, 2009 at 11:47 PM

I have felt that President Obama feels/perceives that he experienced an injury of some sort during his development. I cannot understand it – he went to a posh prep school in Hawaii, Harvard undergrad, and Harvard Law School. He was given a teaching position at the University of Chicago and was elected as a state senator in Illinois.

From where does his deep seeded need to correct America stem from? Why does he assume that Officer Crowley was in the wrong before he had all of the facts?

Based on his CV, he has not had an oppressive upbringing. Rather, he has enjoyed the best of what the United States offers its citizens.

What a shame and what a waste of four years.

bbh on July 30, 2009 at 11:55 PM

Also, the post racial description of the President is betrayed by his “stupidly” assessment of the Cambridge Police Department, and Sgt. Crowley’s actions.

Reverend Wright must be proud of his protege.

bbh on July 31, 2009 at 12:03 AM

I’m thrilled that Crowley bent his knee to Obama. No one gets away with being disrespectful to my President and walks away alive. No one.

dcwvu on July 30, 2009 at 10:06 PM

There’s a reason the Founders ensured the office of President was not viewed as royalty. For some reason, you apparently think it should be viewed that way. I’m guessing when Bush was in the White House and he invited you, you would have “bent your knee”?

Fed45 on July 31, 2009 at 12:06 AM

Sgt Crowley is the kind of a guy who I know would have my back if I needed him in that kind of situation.

The guy is solid. You want him on your team.

PC14 on July 31, 2009 at 12:19 AM

There’s a reason the Founders ensured the office of President was not viewed as royalty. For some reason, you apparently think it should be viewed that way. I’m guessing when Bush was in the White House and he invited you, you would have “bent your knee”?

Fed45 on July 31, 2009 at 12:06 AM

More like bent over with Cheney’s boot up his ass.

The problem with folks like dcwvu is, even though the man that liberated two nations and turned al-qaeda into cave dwellers was never dcwvu’s president—most here understand that Obama is our president despite his utter failings to date.

Rovin on July 31, 2009 at 12:33 AM

If I was a betting man, I would say that DCWVU is totally against capital punishment and yet he says no one would walk away alive without bowing to his lord. What a contradiction, someday he/she will bow and confess that Jesus is Lord whether he is a believer or not. DCWVU is now receiving his earthly reward.

garydt on July 31, 2009 at 12:34 AM

Hey Bossman obama,

While you’re having your cheesy beer forums, we’re stacked like cordwood here in Kandahar with your freaking stupid surge wanna-be. We have people living in tents in outer FOBs with very little water to bath or clean their clothes.

How about you pick up on the f@cking CinC part of your job and pay attention to whats going on over here.

hawkdriver on July 31, 2009 at 12:36 AM

Our neighbors had an argument the other night, I was hoping Obama was going to show up and mediate.
What was great is that when Crowley got up he threw a couple of bucks on the table for the waiter…and Obama picked it up, habit I guess…

right2bright on July 31, 2009 at 12:41 AM

How about you pick up on the f@cking CinC part of your job and pay attention to whats going on over here.

hawkdriver on July 31, 2009 at 12:36 AM

Call one of your MP’s a racist, and he will be right over…

right2bright on July 31, 2009 at 12:42 AM

dcwvu on July 30, 2009 at 10:06 PM

Oh really? Well, screw you and screw obama. He’s a racist jerk. Uh, now how’s that?

long_cat on July 31, 2009 at 1:06 AM

I’m thrilled that Crowley bent his knee to Obama. No one gets away with being disrespectful to my President and walks away alive. No one.

dcwvu on July 30, 2009 at 10:06 PM

So you’re issuing fatwas against 99% of HA readership? LOL!

Fighton03 on July 31, 2009 at 1:09 AM

dcwvu on July 30, 2009 at 10:06 PM

Your president, my (so-called) CinC can bent both knees and kiss my butt. So now. Do I get to live?

hawkdriver on July 31, 2009 at 1:20 AM

can “bend”…

hawkdriver on July 31, 2009 at 1:21 AM

For one you hate so much, you sure don’t have many principals if you still want to leech of of him and his success.

Scrappy on July 30, 2009 at 8:24 PM

I don’t hate Crowley, though I am troubled by any public employee that expects deferential treatment, as Crowley does, according to his friends.

rokemronnie on July 31, 2009 at 1:24 AM

You mean like the right to have police come and protect your property when there might be a break-in? Those kind of property rights?

Scrappy on July 30, 2009 at 8:26 PM

Actually, that’s not a right. See South v. Maryland. Citizens have no legal expectation that police will come and protect them and their property.

Police also violate property rights. A large number of SCOTUS cases relating to property rights have had Fourth and Fifth Amendment issues that arose out of search and seizure of private property by the police. PDs have been big advocates of drug seizure and other property seizure statutes that often put the property or its cash equivalent right in the hands of the PD in terms of budgets.

When a cop is corrupt or even just a little bit abusive, it’s anecdotal, but we’re supposed to believe that they’re all heroes. Sorry, they’re just doing a job and the majority are no more noble than anyone else, and it seems that a large fraction are jerks, more so than on other jobs.

Withholding police protection from people like Prof. Gates or other “cop haters” at least as bad as having to pay the mob protection money. It’s actually worse because the mob would be the government.

rokemronnie on July 31, 2009 at 1:37 AM

Your president, my (so-called) CinC can bent both knees and kiss my butt. So now. Do I get to live?

hawkdriver on July 31, 2009 at 1:20 AM

See I think that in America you should have as much right to tell a cop to kiss your ass as you do telling off the President.

rokemronnie on July 31, 2009 at 1:40 AM

Withholding police protection from people like Prof. Gates or other “cop haters” at least as bad as having to pay the mob protection money. It’s actually worse because the mob would be the government.

rokemronnie on July 31, 2009 at 1:37 AM

While we may express it as a “withholding”…it has more to do with the sheer idiocy of abusing the people you expect to protect you. Generally, that doesn’t do good things for their morale or reinforce their diligence in completing their tasks.

Fighton03 on July 31, 2009 at 1:56 AM

See I think that in America you should have as much right to tell a cop to kiss your ass as you do telling off the President.

rokemronnie on July 31, 2009 at 1:40 AM

You certainly have the right. I just suggest you don’t break the law while doing it.

Fighton03 on July 31, 2009 at 1:57 AM

Your president, my (so-called) CinC can bent both knees and kiss my butt. So now. Do I get to live?

hawkdriver on July 31, 2009 at 1:20 AM

I didn’t want to speak for ya, but Why did I think this would be your response.

Keep it real Hawk and get home safe.

Fighton03 on July 31, 2009 at 2:17 AM

Crowley dreaming. . . I could leap over the table
rip his tonsils out, Give him red pill and loop him out.

Texyank on July 31, 2009 at 2:17 AM

I’m inept at linkage. Half of the above post was links. Help?

Sincerely,

Fly-over country

Cornhusker on July 31, 2009 at 2:39 AM

See I think that in America you should have as much right to tell a cop to kiss your ass as you do telling off the President.

rokemronnie on July 31, 2009 at 1:40 AM

You most certainly have the right. Doesn’t mean it won’t result in consequences. Particulary if you are breaking the law in the process.

Fed45 on July 31, 2009 at 2:55 AM

Beer Summit” is an awesome name for this debacle.

Too bad it was created by Obama the race baiter, not to mention that sad sack Gates.

scotash on July 31, 2009 at 3:13 AM

I’m thrilled that Crowley bent his knee to Obama. No one gets away with being disrespectful to my President and walks away alive. No one.

dcwvu on July 30, 2009 at 10:06 PM

I wasn’t aware that Officer Crowley was “disrespectful” to NObama nor that the Gates incident had anything to do with him, so that makes you way out of line.
That being said, being disrespectful to any President doesn’t merit death or even bending one’s knee to him.
George Washington himself said that we (Americans) bow to no one except for Jesus…except for “your president,” who bows his knee to the King of Saudi Arabia.

Jenfidel on July 31, 2009 at 4:22 AM

Biden was obviously brought in to lower the white IQ at the table.

Lonetown on July 31, 2009 at 5:17 AM

They brought Biden for color balance.

If this was a photographic site, I’d say it was for “white balance.”

drjohn on July 31, 2009 at 6:02 AM

Crowley is the only one among the 3 (4) who acted like a pro for 100% of this whole episode

Dpet on July 31, 2009 at 6:44 AM

VP Biden was brought in for one reason only: to make it 2 white men and 2 black men.

Amy Proctor on July 30, 2009 at 9:57 PM

No. Joe thought there would be hamburgers with the beer. Hence the silent disappointment.

In fact, Biden reminds me of Wimpy, from the Popeye comics, in certain ways.

Shy Guy on July 31, 2009 at 7:07 AM

Joe was there so that if a fistfight broke out, Obama could blame it all on Joe and the cop.

RandyChandler on July 31, 2009 at 7:30 AM

Aww. Guess I missed it.

Mommypundit on July 31, 2009 at 7:35 AM

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