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The President, The Professor and the Sergeant Go For a Beer…

Yup, it sounds like the beginning to a really bad joke.  But, nobody’s laughing.  Well, we are a little bit when you hear White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs (who I call the “Dufus”) react to a question about the eligibility of our president with this:      “…there are 10,000 more important issues for people in this country to discuss, rather than whether or not the president is a citizen.” Clearly, among those 10,000 is whether the president’s friend “Skip” Gates encountered a racist cop.  I watched the presidential news conference with great interest and broke down what the president said vs. the truth (http://blog.joepags.com/can-our-president-really-believe-what-hes-saying-more-importantly-can-we/).  Crazy me, I thought the push for health care (health insurance) reform, the bull about how the stimulus helped him “rescue” the economy he “inherited” and so on, was more important than the president’s racist friend Skippy.. clearly, I was wrong.      This story has worked to perfection.  It’s gotten the media off of the president’s case.  It’s given him a diversion — imagine that, slight of hand from the expert at it.  It all culminated — came to a head (pun intended) — over beers at the White House.  There was the scene, the professor who broke into his own house and racially profiled the responding police officer, said police officer Sgt Crowley, and the obviously racist president who admitted to not knowing the details of the case but assumed the police acted “stupidly” then gave a speech on how racial profiling is still a scourge in the country.      In the hours after the news conference, a lot happened.  Most, if not all, of which must have made the president say “ut oh.”       1. Sgt. James Crowley of the Cambridge police teaches racial sensitivity to other officers in an attempt to avoid racial profiling.  Ut Oh!      2. Sgt. James Crowley gave a dying NBA star, Reggie Lewis, mouth to mouth resucitation in an attempt to save his life after a heart attack.  Lewis was black.  Ut Oh!      3. Black and Hispanic officers responded to the scene and both are backing the Sgt.  Ut Oh!      4. Professor Henry Lewis Gates’ initial greeting to the Sgt at the scene was, “why, because I’m a black man in America?”  Ut Oh!      5. The president alluding to this being a case of racial profiling was absolutely correct.  The officer was profiled the moment the professor saw the color of his skin.  Ut Oh!      6. The president decided it would be best to solve the entire problem and make it go away since he was so wrong in his assessment of what went on, would be to have a beer at the White House.  Ut Oh!      What did he think was going to be accomplished?  He’d play down the foot-in-mouth moment he had at the news conference?  He’d somehow convince us all his friend “Skip” isn’t a racist?  He’d get the Sgt. to apologize?  None of that happened.  What happened was the president sat down with the two gentlemen.  He brought VP Biden along, one can assume, for comic relief.  They all grabbed some pretzels, nuts and beer for the cameras.  No one apologized and the country is not better off because of it.      Of the 10,000 things the Dufus finds more important to the American public, I’m guessing none was referenced that day at the table at the White House.  Was it a “teachable moment?”  Sure.  It’s my hope the president learned:      1. He should NEVER comment on local issues he knows nothing about in an attempt to defend his racist friends.      2. He should actually know the facts of  a specific case before saying the men and women putting their lives on the line to protect our communities have acted “stupidly.”      3. He cannot solve the worlds problems over a beer at the White House.       4. He should probably distance himself from his buddy “Skip” as he did with his racist reverend — at least until he’s out of office.      Bottom line?  The president is over confident about his ability to talk his way out of anything and found himself between a rock and a hard place attempting to thrust racism on a good cop in a case where the only racist involved was his buddy, “Skip.”   But, what do I know?   Pags