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Monday, September 07, 2015

When police really acted stupidly

Hey, remember who police officers backed for president in 2008?

Barack Obama.

From a September 22, 2008, press release:
The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO), representing 238,000 rank-and-file law enforcement officers from across the United States, is pleased to formally announce its endorsement of Senators Barack Obama and Joe Biden for President and Vice President of the United States.
"Senators Barack Obama and Joe Biden have a proven record of standing with the law enforcement community, from giving our officers on the front lines the resources and tools they need in the fight against drugs and crime in our communities to supporting law enforcement officers' right to work place protections", stated Tom Nee. "NAPO believes that Senators Obama and Biden will make giving our nation's law enforcement officers every protection they need a top priority of their administration."
"I am extremely pleased to accept the endorsement of the National Association of Police Organizations. Day and night, America’s police work tirelessly to make sure that our families are safe and our communities are strong. It’s a basic responsibility to make sure that our officers have the support they need to fight crime and bring criminals to justice. Too often under the Bush Administration, we’ve failed to live up to that obligation. I’m proud to be running alongside the author of the landmark 1994 crime bill, and when I’m President I’ll support law enforcement by fully funding the COPS program, facilitating better information-sharing between agencies, toughening enforcement and prevention measures to fight gang violence, and doubling funding for afterschool programs that let kids stay off the streets. NAPO's position as the leader of America's national law enforcement organizations makes their endorsement particularly welcome to Joe Biden and me and I look forward to fighting for them and all of America’s police officers as President," said Senator Barack Obama.
NAPO is proud to endorse Senators Obama and Biden. We look forward to working with their administration over the next four years to support the interests of America’s law enforcement officers and the communities they serve.
NAPO is a coalition of police unions and associations from across the United States that serves to advance the interests of America’s law enforcement through legislative and legal advocacy, political action and education. Founded in 1978, NAPO now represents more than 2,000 police units and associations, 238,000 sworn law enforcement officers, 11,000 retired officers and more than 100,000 citizens who share a common dedication to fair and effective crime control and law enforcement.
This is an endorsement too painful to mock.

But it is another example this Labor Day of whom unions really serve.


  1. Dems and Unions, unions and Dems...when will union members wise up?

    1. The union "leaders" make the decision. Most of the members probably oppose them but have no say.

  2. The first sentence of the second paragraph of the endorsement drips with irony. The unions have yet to learn the rule: keep a Democrat politician in sight and in front of you, never let him get behind your back.

  3. Would have been interesting to see a poll back then of the rank and file officers to see if the union was really representing them.

    I'd like to think the police unions would be different than most unions and not just base their support on whatever largesse they want from the feds but I'm not that naive.

  4. So, F the popo?
    Doubt they have learned a thing. Their leadership will get rich, support Biden and say whoever the R is their enemy.
    America, you get what you deserve. Cops, you too.

  5. Off topic, yet somehow, appropriate:

  6. I have a fb friend who is union member but complains about jobs leaving the country. His last post was about how Jeff Immelt sent away union jobs and makes umpteen millions more than union members. I asked him if this was the same guy Obama appointed to his jobs council and didn't his union endorse Obama? The irony, it burns...

  7. Sadly, this is typical. I'd be willing to bet at least 75-80% of the rank and file despise both Obama and Doofus Joe Biden. Unions are unions...always backing whoever promises the most cash, and it's always Dems.