As for Gates, "I don't know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played in that. But I think it's fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry; number two, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home, and, number three, what I think we know separate and apart from this incident is that there's a long history in this country of African Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately."
This of course has created reaction, Crowley's union predicts Obama will regret remarks with it being stated as a clarification from the White House that the President didn't call the officer "stupid" -- which is word games, if you say "the Cambridge police acted stupidly" you are basically calling the officer "stupid" -- at least from what I understand of the word "stupidly":
1. lacking ordinary quickness and keenness of mind; dull.
2. characterized by or proceeding from mental dullness; foolish; senseless: a stupid question.
3. tediously dull, esp. due to lack of meaning or sense; inane; pointless: a stupid party.
4. annoying or irritating; troublesome: Turn off that stupid radio.
5. in a state of stupor; stupefied: stupid from fatigue.
6. Slang. excellent; terrific.
7. Informal. a stupid person.
1535–45; < L stupidus = stup(ēre) to be numb or stunned + -idus -id 4