Obama Moves to Dampen Uproar Over Comment on Race - ABC News
I too thought that Obama's words were ill-chosen as he commented on the Gates incident, and God knows I am an Obama fan. Really, he should not have commented at all, as it was only an incident and not worth making it a political issue at that level.
I also fail to see why race was an issue in the case. I have seen many videos of police behaving in a dis-proportioned way towards people of all races...
Really, it is not the place of a President to take side in such matters and give it national and international attention, as well as fomenting debates and conflict on such a sensible subject.
Obama did make a mistake. This is good in the way it reminds us that, he too, is just human. Maybe a real apology would have been better.