President Barack Obama today felt the need to butt into a situation that he admittedly does not know much about (no, I do not mean health care, which is a whole other mess).

Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. was arrested earlier this week in his home in Cambridge, Mass. Professor Gates, who is African American, is considered one of the nation’s foremost scholars in African American Studies. Police went to Gates’ home to investigate a possible break-in by a black man. Police claimed Gates was acting in a disorderly fashion during the incident. You can read more about the arrest here. The charges against Gates were later dropped.

When asked about Gates’ arrest at a news conference yesterday, Obama said, “I don’t know, not having been there and not seeing all the facts, what role race played.”

In short, he was not there, so he does not know what happened.

But then, he goes on to call the police “stupid.”

Obama went on to state:

But I think it’s fair to say, No. 1, any of us would be pretty angry; No. 2, that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home; and, No. 3 … that there’s a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately.

Mr. President, if you admit you were not there and did not know what happened, how can you claim that the police “acted stupidly”? How about getting all the facts before you make such a proclamation?