Gary Aldrich

I am angry and I am offended.

As a former law enforcement officer who spent 26 years carrying a badge and a gun, when the President of the United States talks about law enforcement, believe me, I listen.

So when the president says something really ignorant – when he should know better - I am doubly disappointed. If the country wanted to elect Jessie Jackson or Al Sharpton as president we already had that chance. Many thought Obama was an educated, reasonable, objective man.

Instead, I think we have just had confirmed what some feared and suspected: we have elected the Race Baiter in Chief.

What other conclusion can one make when the facts of the incident in Cambridge, Massachusetts are closely examined and weighed against training, experience, common sense, and logic? And yet when the president was asked his opinion of the arrest by a member of the media, he used the occasion to reveal his true heart, thus lending us a preview of what the next four years will probably bring.

This is a man who has an agenda, and I would suggest the driving force is revenge.

Which makes Obama no different than the agenda driven college professor, who having broken into his home, is apparently astonished that a well meaning neighbor, trying to protect his home, called the police – thinking he was, “Trying to jigger his way” into his own home. These are the president's words, not mine.

The police arrived and adopted the only posture they are trained to take – to be on guard, perhaps catching a thief in the act who could turn out to be very dangerous. After all, they would like to end their shift safely and return to their families – to their homes – alive.

The college professor knows who they are by their uniforms, and thus he has the advantage. But they don't know who he is – yet. He protests that he is the owner of the home, but the police see the jimmied door and they are not convinced by his words alone. They ask for identification so that they may compare the man's face with his photo ID, and confirm the address. Instead of quickly sizing up the situation and seeing the humor in the misunderstanding, the college professor resorts to form and accuses the police of treating him differently because he is black.

He misses an opportunity to build good relations between himself and the police, and maybe that's because he has no interest in building good relations. Maybe his entire career is built on highlighting the bad relations that he can find – or manufacture – between whites and blacks.