Friday, July 31, 2009

Let's Have that Beer

I did not bother to check out the standard media for results of the great talk Obama arranged with Officer Crowley and Mr Gates (oh sorry, Dr Gates).
Paul Mirengoff summarizes nicely:
I do have one more reflection on the matter (though not about myself). As "race men" go, Gates has always been viewed as relatively sensible, as opposed to, say, Cornel West. Indeed, as E.J. Dionne reminds us in a worthwhile column, Gates once criticized "race politics" as a "court of the imagination wherein blacks seek to punish whites for their misdeeds and whites seek to punish blacks for theirs, and an infinite regress of score settling ensues."
Barack Obama, for his part, was going to be a post-racial president. As such he would lead us out of the "race politics" Gates (and the rest of us) finds so sterile and counterproductive.
Yet when the rubber met the road, Gates didn't hesitate to level baseless charges of racism in an extremely aggressive manner. And Obama didn't hesitate to attack the white police officer before he had the facts.
This suggests to me that, as far as African-Americans are concerned, "race politics" will continue unabated, as if Obama had never been elected president.

And of course Steve Sailer cannot resist making very entertaining and intelligent (yes, please, shade for the Irish) comments (this latter channeling Rondi). And this correct summary:
When you are falsely accused, don't apologize.
Obama laid an egg.


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