Some folks are pretty teed off about President Obama’s response to the race relations question that a reporter posed during last night’s presidential conference.Lynn Sweet asked Obama what he thought about the arrest of the very distinguished Professor Henry Louis Gates at his home & race relations in America.
After a very lengthy reply,President Obama said that even though he didn’t know the facts “the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home.”
The word “stupidly” is causing a lot of controversy & it is the topic of many discussions today.But,that is not all people are talking about.There are many who feel that the question should never have been asked in the first place.Now,both Lynn Sweet & President Obama are the subject of ire.
Here’s some interesting comments to the transcript that Lynn Sweet posted on Chicago Sun-Times:
“By Sandra Kay on July 22, 2009 9:46 PM :What an absolutely stupid question you asked. Of all the issues swirling around this administration, you ask the softball of the night.You’ve just demonstrated exactly what is wrong with the obama-media and why true journalism died for good in 2008.Your publication should be ashamed they sent you.
By John O’Holleran on July 22, 2009 10:20 PMMs: Sweet I had more respect for you than you demonstrated this evening. You went to a news conference on the future of health care in this country and apparently slept through it. Your question at this evenings news conference was intended to divert the spot light from the important issues of the topic of the conference and gain you a brief moment on the national stage. Your question was not relevant to the discussion of the future of health care in this nation. It was obviously self serving, intended to hijack and misdirect the discussion, thus was an obvious effort to make you the focal point of the news conference by playing to a ‘race card’ issue which was not the intent of the news conference. You proved you are not a journalist interested in contributing to the national dialog on important issues, but rather just another hack who looks for the deception and distractions that effectively undermines the intelligent discussion of critical issues and promotes your career.The issue of race relations in this country is an ongoing concern and worthy of deep education and discussion. It was not, however, the issue of the news conference and most journalists understood that point. Keep your focus on the topic at hand and not on what will give YOU the best byline.
By Nancy Millman on July 22, 2009 11:49 PM: Great question, Lynn!!! AND, you look fabulous! He spoke the truth to you, and the country is SO fortunate!!! Your old pal and colleague, N.M.
By jimmy rock on July 23, 2009 12:08 AMI:watched & I’m wondering y was it so important for to ask that question it had nothing to do with healthcare, if your going to ask a question that has nothing to do with the subject being discussed than don’t you think it should have been about OUR soldiers in Afghanian & how were doing their.”(End of Excerpt) Read the transcript & more comments on it here.
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