Suds Summit – What a Great Idea!

President Barack Obama (R) sits down for a beer with Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates (2nd L), Cambridge, Massachusetts, police Sergeant James Crowley (2nd R) and Vice President Joe Biden to try to start a dialogue on better race relations in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, July 30, 2009. REUTERS/Jim Young  When President Barack Obama said the arrest of Professor Henry Louis Gates was stupid, he was right.   It doesn’t mean Sargeant Crowley is stupid. It means that, in that moment, he made a stupid choice.   It also brought to light that the election of President Barack Obama last November did not end racism.   I read today that President Obama’s approval rating slipped almost 10 points because of the way he handled this situation.  I wanted to write this today, because his approval with me went up, on the way he handled this.

Barack Obama suggested the two men sit down and chat over a beer.  Great Idea.  This incident between Professor Gates and Sargeant James Crowley has captured the nation.   Everyone has jumped on the racism band-wagon and President Obama is trying ease the tension surrounding this incident.   I think sitting down for a cold one has helped cool a lot of hot tempers.



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