Will the Real President Obama Please Stand Up.

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Will the Real President Obama Please Stand Up.

Will the real President Obama please stand up. Last week, the President voiced some carefully measured support for the black lives matter movement, saying, “There is a specific problem that is happening in African American communities that is not happening in other communities. And that is a legitimate issue that we’ve got to address.”

A day later, FBI Director James Comey argued in a speech in Chicago that one reason for a spike in violent crime in some cities was the “Ferguson effect,” in which police were reluctant to arrest people for fear of being filmed.

Then yesterday this speech in which Obama said, “Too often, law enforcement gets scapegoated for broader failures of our society and our criminal-justice system,” and he blamed the media for focusing on “the sensational and the controversial.” and that “the countless acts of effective police work rarely make it on the evening news.”

Among his remarks yesterday were, “I reject any narrative that seeks to divide police and the communities that they serve — I reject the story line that says, when it comes to public safety, there’s an ‘us’ and ‘them,’ ” Obama said.

He went on to say it’s a “narrative that too often gets served up to us by news stations seeking ratings, or tweets seeking retweets, or political candidates seeking some attention.” And “each fallen police officer is one too many”.

Here is a replay of his full speech presented to the IACP convention yesterday (10/27/15) in Chicago:

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