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Colin Powell weighs in on opportunity to teach and learn. Your thoughts?

“I would say, the first teaching point is when you’re faced with an officer trying to do his job and get to the bottom of something. This is not the time to get in an argument with him. I was taught that as a child. You don’t argue with a police officer. In fact, in our schools today, in order to make sure that we don’t have things escalate out of control and lead to very unfortunate situations, we tell our kids, when you’re being asked something by a police officer, being detained by a police officer, cooperate. If you don’t like what happened, or if you think that you have been exposed to something that’s racist or prejudicial or something that’s wrong, then you make a complaint afterwards and you sue him.”
~Colin Powell

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Asked by grlygrlz2 at 8:42 AM on Jul. 29, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • clappingI agree 100% What he said was true. I also watched his interview on Larry King.


    Answer by 2princesnaKing at 8:45 AM on Jul. 29, 2009

  • Isn't that common sense? And you can't teach it at school if daddy's at home calling police officers names and generally behaving like a moron.

    It's not just the death of common sense, grly, it's the death of respect. You don't treat someone in a position of authority rudely. What happened to basic social skills and manners?

    Answer by lovinangels at 9:04 AM on Jul. 29, 2009

  • Well said lovinangels. TOTAL lack of respect. And by Obama giving remarks on this ordeal and making it a Federal case, he could have heightened negative feelings against law enforcement officers in the eyes of the public. All because he spoke to soon and should at least apologize for getting involved in a municipal matter without all the facts... Apparently it is ok to apologize for the previous administration's actions, but not his own misspoken words.


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:13 AM on Jul. 29, 2009

  • Obama was upset over the ordeal because he had 17 tickets by the Cambridge police department while he was there and he NEVER PAID THEM TILL HE RAN FOR OFFICE. The only reason he cared about anyone in his past was because he still carried contempt for the people who gave him some negative attention. Poor baby, he got 17 tickets and felt like he was being targetted also, BS, he's a racist too.Who in the hell gets 17 tickets and pays none of them in that short of a time span? The Azzhole in Charge Obama.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:21 AM on Jul. 29, 2009

  • Obama felt like he was higher than the law even back then

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:23 AM on Jul. 29, 2009

  • Its just an example of Obama's incompetence. And people trust him to be talking to foreign leaders?? No wonder my friends in Europe laugh at him.

    Answer by Carpy at 9:24 AM on Jul. 29, 2009

  • I agree with Colin Powell. However, we are ALL human. Gates just arrived home from a long plane trip from China, only to find out he didn't have his keys! He has to break into his OWN house, then has to explain to Officer Crowley. Did he really have to be arrested? It was a BAD day. We all have them and handle stress differently. If President Obama was NOT bi racial.. would this case be in the media. Would President Bush have been asked about his thoughts at a news conference on health care. Is the media making more of it than it is! A BAD DAY in two peoples lives.

    Answer by Grandmarga at 9:45 AM on Jul. 29, 2009

  • Colin Powell is right on. We all KNOW how to behave, the professor didn't.

    Obama's remarks are demeaning, disrespectful, and out of line.

    Answer by mancosmomma at 9:46 AM on Jul. 29, 2009

  • grandmarga: ...then has to explain to Officer Crowley

    Too bad Gates didn't TRY to explain anything other than accuse Crowley of being a racist...


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:48 AM on Jul. 29, 2009

  • As I said... everyone approaches stress differently. I believe Gates was wrong, but still don't believe he should have been arrested.

    Answer by Grandmarga at 9:50 AM on Jul. 29, 2009

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