President Barack Obama said police acted stupidly when the arrested black Harvard scholar outside his own home.

Obama acknowledged at a prime-time White House news conference, that he did not know all the facts about the arrest last week of Henry Louis Gates at his residence in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

However reciting details from news reports, the president felt Gates had been wronged in the incident, which has created a media furor.

Obama Said: I think it's fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry.

Number two... the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home.