The beer summit does not get it.
Obama should apologize for rushing to judgment without the facts, and for insulting the Cambridge police in favor of his friend.
It is not the facts of this particular case that are really important here. It is the fact that the President of the United States made it a national incident and he didn’t have the facts. He even prefaced his statements saying he did not have the facts. He kept saying “from what I heard.” He heard it from Gates, so he only had one side and was quick to condemn the police. He is a lawyer and he knows you don’t make judgments on hearsay, not even to mention that he is a Harvard scholar, as is Gates.
Neither is it about the entire history of the country nor about every single thing that has ever been done wrong.
Every incident has to be judged on its own merits, which is what a court of law or a grievance committee is for if one believes they were wronged. Crowley is entitled, as a U. S. citizen, to the presumption of innocence. Gates is entitled to have his side heard as well. But not on the scene – in a proper proceeding.
I don’t think it does any good at all to have all this talk, talk, talk. We don’t need more dialogue. It only divides. If we could just get a clean slate and not drag up 200 years of what happened before we were born, we may be able to make some progress. But then we have made progress – tremendous progress. In this case alone, we have a president who is black, we have a governor of Massachusetts who is black, and we have a mayor of Cambridge who is black. It seems they have all done pretty good in America. In fact, Gates is an educated, well-heeled, man who returned to Martha’s Vinyard after the meeting. The president returned to the White House. So who is the little guy in this scenario?
It’s kind of like a troubled marriage. If every time there is an argument, you bring up every single thing that has happened throughout the marriage, all the things that have hurt your feelings or made you mad, this marriage is doomed. It divides and it will never save a marriage. For reconciliation, at some point there has to be forgiveness, a line drawn in the sand, and move on from there to build or rebuild the relationship.
So the beer summit was just that – B.S.
I did not think Sgt. Crowley should attend it, but he did the right thing, came out and answered questions, said they had agreed to disagree. Just heard somebody say to watch Crowley, he’ll probably be the next head of the FBI. 🙂
But President Obama is using this “beer around a picnic table” to avoid taking responsiblity for his mistake. He clearly hurt a lot of people by making this a national issue, from the citizen who made the 911 call, to the police department, to Crowley’s colleagues, the City of Cambridge, the families involved, the children involved.
Update: I am just watching an incident that happened in Florida where the cops “made up stuff.” Horrible. I did notice that it involved a white cop and a white woman. Just because you are white does not mean that you can’t be a victim in this country. But, again, every case on its own merits!
Posted: 07.31.09 Update: 07.31.09 @ 1:49.