Flashback: Barack Obama, On Getting Locked Out Of The White House
You may recall that, back in 2009, President Barack Obama commented on the controversy surrounding the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates. Quick recap: Gates had been attempting, with the help of a driver, to unlock his jammed front door. Someone passing by called the police, apparently afraid that Gates was attempting to break in. Police arrived on the scene, words were exchanged, and Gates was eventually arrested for disorderly conduct, although the charges were later dropped. The case set off a media fury, with many wondering whether racism had anything to do with how the incident unfolded.
Speaking out about the issue, the President opined that the arresting officers has “acted stupidly.” He also ventured to guess what would happen were he ever locked out of his – rather famous – house:
I mean, if I was trying to jigger into… Well. I guess this is my house now. It probably won’t happen. But let’s say my old house in Chicago…
Here, I’d get shot.
Fortunately, no such thing happened when Obama recently found himself locked out of the Oval Office. Always carry a spare key, Mr. President.
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