In Boston, obviously. But the president's response to Lyyn Sweet's question about the weekend's arrest of Skip Gates was given celebrity-death-match treatment by the cable news networks (and probably, though not as of this writing) by the network morning new shows. Race. Class. Crime. Harvard. Now Obama -- the story hits all the trigger points. Obama officials last night conceded that the President might have to clarify his remarks about the "stupidity" of the Cantabrigian police corps. Obama is within his rights to critiize the officer in question, but cops who know little about the story will wonder why he decided to label an entire police department.
Marc Ambinder is a senior fellow at the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy.