Editor's Note: The arrest last week of Harvard Professor H.L. Gates, Jr., remained at the forefront for American Morning’s Monday audience. Most debated the significance of the event; others asked for an end to the discussions. Still, some wanted more in-depth coverage of the dash cam tapes and any audio available from the arrest, suggesting that the full story has not yet been disclosed.
- Mr. John: Race is still definitely a problem in this country in a big way. If there was not still a problem the current discussion would not be taking place. Until we get RATIONAL instead EMOTIONAL about race this problem will remain with us.
- Doug: If you would check Prof. Gates' background and speeches he has given, you would see he is an angry racist. Please give blacks and Dumbocrats the same treatment you give Sarah. it is about the content of their character, not politics and or color of the skin. I know this will not be seen by your viewers, but I believe this is the way most Americans believe (not feel).
- Psdgwd: PLEASE let the Gates arrest issue drop.
- Linda R.: I turned on my TV, tuned to your show, as I do every day, and what do we see?? MORE of this junk about "Gatesgate"! With all our other problems (rogue Democrats undermining health care reform, N. Korea, 2 wars, A supreme court vote on the way, the economy, pending investigations of former Bush officials by Conyers, adventures of the "C street boys" and many, many, more things that REALLY matter), and you guys want to emulate the "fake" news channel FOX, by pounding this non-story to death!! Please stop this nonsense, or eventually you'll lose ALL your viewers to the internet.
- Dan: What possible reason would you have to ask what Lucia Whalen thinks of Obama's comments on the Gates/Crowley incident? Or, even worse, what her lawyer thinks? No reason, except to further fan the flames of this story. You people are the worst.
- Michael: Why can't you guys let the Henry Louis Gates-"Gate" go? Anybody that has taken the time to look beyond corporate news, already knows that Off. Crowley's arrest of Gates had no basis in Mass. law. But CNN is going to suck on this bone until it's burping marrow! Obama was right when he suggested that cable news is nothing but the WWF of punditry! You guys are as much the part of the problem within the body politic as anything else, where conflict has been reduced to a commodity.
- W72street: It really simple. Just invert Gates and the police officers race. Would Obama had called a black officer arresting a white professor stupid? If a white professor was insulting the black officer and was disturbing the peace, would Obama call the black officer doing his job a racist? Too many black people keep telling the rest of the country that we just don't understand being black. About the history etc. No, we do. We've heard it enough, we've seen it too. But maybe we expect too much from black people. There are many wealth black people. There are many famous black people. There are movie stars, rock stars, athletes, etc. There are CEO's and now a Black President. So when is enough. I'm jewfish. We were slaves too at one point. We were put to death by the millions in many wars. We move on, we just don't forget. Its time you do the same and stop hiding behind what was bad and focus on what is good
- Eric: Concerning the Gates arrest, what happened to the training from the much viewed dash cam tape of the irate motorist in a traffic stop swearing at the officer and tearing up the ticket in front of the officer? Is that tape still used for training and has the Cambridge police department viewed the tape?
What do you think of the continuing debate regarding the incident with Professor Gates? Is it time to move to another topic, or is this still relevant, as the first viewer states, remarking that “Until we get RATIONAL instead EMOTIONAL about race this problem will remain with us”? Is there more to this story than has been disclosed, as some viewers feel who are asking for release of the audio and video of the arrest? Is there a cover-up?
Most urged Congress, especially the GOP, to take action on the health care bill from the Obama Administration, remarking “that if health care and retirement were taken away from the House and Senate, they would get on the ball and get something done.”
- Jerry: Health Care. I bet that if health care and retirement were taken away from the house and senate, they would get on the ball and get something done. I feel that they are thinking that if they give something to the people, there will no be enough left over for themselves. Why not take a poll of the people and ask what they want.
- Larry: Why is it that the media are not putting a "full court press" on the Republicans who have not come forth with their plan for Health Care Reform? They are full of negative remarks, but offer the people nothing.
- Ramon: Before we there is a vote on healthcare there needs to be a national conversation about how much money each senator and congressman has received from the healthcare industry. I just bet you do not have the guts to start this conversation.
- Edna: I am sincerely surprised at the lack of sensibility of the Republicans and other affluent folks towards Americans who are losing their homes and jobs and can't receive healthcare. My son's cousin was denied a medical plan because she was 20 lbs. overweight. This is totally ridiculous. There is a big FOR PROFIT mindset in the healthcare business. In this U.S. Territory where I live, the same private medical plans provide coverage for people under the health reform plan instituted by former Gov. Rossello, who is a doctor. I hope President Obama is successful in attaining his goal. I also hope that those loud mouths who combat this law that have coverage today have it when they get older and sick. Life is a wheel, sometimes you're on the top and sometimes you hit the bottom!
As health care continues to be batted between the two parties, what questions remain for you? Do you believe, as the first viewer states, that if Congress had its heath care taken away, they would act sooner? How do you feel about the delay in the debate? Is it better to wait than to choose something that may be wrong for the country? Who will be blamed for the failure of health care, if it doesn’t get passed?
With Governor Sarah Palin’s resignation from the Alaska office on Sunday, many speculated on her next steps, from a talk show on a rival network to beginning her 2012 campaign for president.
- Linda R.: It would seem that "private citizen" Sarah, is a perfect candidate for a new show on FOX. What a great team Sean Hannity and Sarah Palin could be, on their own "unreality" show. Don't be surprised if they don't make her an offer! They could call it "Parallel Universe".
- Halfpint: you guys do not get it, Sarah Palin did not quit as governor to help Alaska, she wants to be president. she is officially on the campaign trail now...lol
What do you think is next for former Alaska Governor Palin? What role would you like to see her play in the GOP, if any? Do you think she would make a good television host for a talk show? What would that look like to you?