Sunday, July 26, 2009

Did Obama Mean "Stupid-ly" or "Stoopid-ly"?"

Those who are criticizing President Obama's choice of the word "stupidly" in describing the behavior of Cambridge, MA police officer Sgt. James Crowley in the racially controversial arrest of black Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. at his home last week, clearly are not familiar with urban slang. It's quite possible the nation's first African American president was in fact paying the arresting officer a compliment.

For example, according to, "dope" doesn't mean "fool," it actually means "cool." "Fresh doesn't mean "sassy," it means cool, or "dope." "Def" doesn't mean hard of hearing, it also means "fresh" or "dope." "Phat" does not mean overweight, but "hot" (as in pretty/sexy) or, again, "dope." And similarly, "stoopid" is also used to describe something or someone cool, fresh and dope. Confusing for sure, but hey, I didn't make this stuff up.

Look, we are talking about a president who has rapper Jay-Z on his iPod.
Perhaps it's possible that Obama, in an attempt--however un-dope--was trying to grab some street cred and sound fresh, and therefore was commending Sgt. Crowley's mad-cool, or stoopid police work? A little far-fetched maybe, but everyone should just chillax and stop trippin' and get outta the Prez's grill. Fo' shizzle.


Anonymous said...


mw said...

Best explanation I've heard yet for that press conference.

Anonymous said...

Your roots are showing. CB