After being asked about the arrest of Harvard Professor Harvey Louis Gates by Sgt. James Crowley of Cambridge Massachusetts, the President admitted that he did not know all the details. Following that he needed to say “so I have no comment on the matter at least until I know all the facts and details surrounding the incident“.
He could of expanded and said something like………not knowing all the details, I will not comment on it other than to say that America is a diverse nation with an endless array of ethnicities, religions, looks, and opinions and in it, it is easy to take any single multifaceted incident and turn it into something that is based on any one of those differences. So I would advise everyone to avoid jumping to conclusions and avoid turning this incident between Sgt. Crowley and Prof. Gates into some national racial incident. Look, we are going through difficult times right now and rather than making them harder by trying to focus on that which makes us different, let’s keep our eye on the ball and deal with the problems and facts that we know about, are undeniable and that are effecting all of us.
Instead, the President said that Sgt. Crowley acted stupidly.
As the facts revealed themselves it became clear that the statement was a case of the pot calling the kettle black.
The results of the President’s stupidity was a slew of men in blue who on a national level, figuratively stood shoulder to shoulder with Sgt. Crowley and in Cambridge, they did so literally, as they officially refuted President Obama’s characterization of the incident.
And so out of this grew what was called “The Beer Summit”.
A day or so later, after screwing up the way the President did, it could have easily been corrected with an apology. It also could have been avoided in the first place with an experienced staff that would have advised the President to keep his nose out of this issue if it came up during his press conference. But neither were done.
Instead, after making a mountain out of a molehill and rather than the President make a humble apology, the situation was turned into a “summit”.
With all the importance given to the incident you’d think North Korea was firing missiles over Japan and the U.S. State Department was brokering some major meeting to resolve the problem.
Oh wait, that we are not so concerned about.
But back to the Rose Garden.
I am not sure if anything came out of this charade. If you are a black man and you believe that the police are out to get you, you probably feel the same way after Gates, Crowley and the President had a few beers together.
If you are a police officer you will most likely still be suspicious of people of any color that you meet at the scene of a crime regardless of the fact that a white man, a black man and a man of both a white and black backgrounds drank together in Washington, D.C..
After the beer bash, the President did remark that he “always believed that what brings us together is stronger than what pulls us apart”. He added “I am confident that has happened here tonight, and I am hopeful that all of us are able to draw this positive lesson from this episode.”
Still no apology though.
Gates got quite professorial in his post party statements and thanked God for the police who risk their lives every day, for living in a nation where speech is protected and for “a President who can rise above the fray, bridge age-old differences and transform events such as this into a moment in the evolution of our society’s attitudes about race and difference”.
As for Sgt. Crowley, he called the President and Gates “gentlemen” and stated “they agreed to disagree on a particular issue“. He also described the meeting as “an effort not just to move the city of Cambridge or two individuals past this event, but the whole country beyond this and toward some meaningful discussion in the future”.
That’s all nice. Very nice. But it doesn’t really change a single thing.
It merely demonstrates that Gates is an uppity liberal elitist, President Obama is an uppity arrogant liberal elitist politician who will not dare apologize for himself but will fly across the globe to apologize for America and Sgt. Crowley is actually awestruck or dumbfounded.
Unlike Prof. Gates, James Crowley is not a friend of the President and he probably never imagined being invited to White House for anything, let alone a beer. Having found himself in that position he was undoubtedly excited, humbled and quite honored. All of which probably allowed him to ignore the fact the President still neglected to apologize for calling his actions stupid. Of course Crowley could have expected an apology during the so-called summit but if that was anticpated, it was made clear that no such sentiment was offered by anyone to anyone during their meeting.
Personally, I believe that Crowley did “act stupidly”, but not for arresting Gates for his belligerence at the scene of a suspected crime but for not demanding an apology from the President.
Were I him, I would have only agreed to be a part of the White House damage control production if the President first released a public apology to him and his brothers in blue across America who were all slandered by the President’s admitted jump to conclusions.
The closest the President ever came to such a gesture was days after he initially made his very public and negative characterization of Crowley. In it Obama explained that he wished he “calibrated” his “words differently”.
Calibrated his words differently? Who speaks like that in lieu of an apology?
You may calibrate a scale or odometer but you don’t calibrate an expression of remorse. You simply apologize. You don’t pretend you are having some kind of top level diplomatic conference. You simply say that you were sorry.
The whole episode gives us all pause and helps us to understand why under President Obama government is expanding in leaps and bounds in an attempt to solve all of our problems.
If he is willing to go to the extent that he did over the Gates-Crowley incident, all to avoid apologizing, then we can easily see how the Obama federal bureaucracy will be busting out of its seams in no time at all.