"I have to say I am surprised by the controversy surrounding my statement," Obama said in an interview with ABC News, "because I think it was a pretty straightforward comment that you probably don't need to handcuff a guy, a middle-aged man who uses a cane, who's in his own home."
Really? I think it's also pretty straightforward that the President of the United States would not be so dumbass to make a statement that the cop acted "stupidly" after:
(a) admitting he does not know all of the facts;
(b) mentioning that he might have soem bias as Professor Gates is a personal friend;
(c) making a sweeping, generalized statement unsupported by facts about race in America;
(d) realizing, as a lawyer, that such statements coming from a public figure could taint a case;
(e) and playing dumb - or actually being that naive - to think there would be no reaction to your statement since you are, after all, the President of the United States.
Update: Amy makes an excellent point in comments to this post when she says, "Funny how Obama never said anything about Notre Dame police handcuffing a peacefully-protesting ELDERLY priest back when he gave an address there... "