Thursday, July 30, 2009

Beers at the White House

What is with the beer at the White House deal?

President Obama makes a foolish statement characterizing the behavior of a police officer as "stupid," before he has all the information about the incident.  Then, instead of apologizing for speaking so rashly and unfairly, he invites the two men to the White House for a beer.

Oh, that will solve everything, Mr. President.  Never mind that you're the President of the United States and ought to have more important things to concern yourself with.  

This is, in my opinion, a silly, foolish publicity stunt.  Sure, to many liberals it may make him look like the touchy-feely peacemaker he likes to present himself as.  But others can see how it takes the focus off of him and his foolish, impulsive statement.

I think it's almost an embarrassment.  It's a very unpresidential move, beneath the dignity of the office.

Why should the President have anything to do with a local law enforcement issue?  I have to admit that I kind of hope that Officer Crowley and Professor Gates get in an argument about what happened.  There is a right and a wrong way to behave in every situation.  If they both think the other was out of line they ought to go at it.  Then maybe President Obama will see that local issues really have nothing to do with him and that everything cannot be solved by sitting down and having a beer together.


Suzanne said...

You and me...two peas in a pod on this one for sure! absolutley ridiculous and yes, indeed it is a most embarrassing publicity stunt.
I hope and pray with all my heart that the policeman behaves just as he should..say exactly what is on his mind and not be afraid JUST because he is the White House with the O. I believe the other guy probably has been spoken with...something like..keep yourself calm here..lets not make yourself look bad..then we'll calm this all down..(personal conversation between O and what's his face) Am I making sense? Its a deviant doubt about it in my mind either, Rosemary. PS I think the police officer ought to ask for a public apology right then and there. I pray he has the courage to do so.

Rosemary Bogdan said...

Suzanne, I think he should too. (although I don't know all the details of the case. For example, I would really like to know if Prof. Gates showed some ID. If he did not, then clearly he should have been arrested. If he did? Well, then maybe the officer overreacted a little and should apologize too. Still, Gates should apologize for being belligerent. If I had broken into my own home and police showed up at the door to make sure I wasn't breaking and entering I wouldn't mind, would you? I'd gladly show them ID and thank them for checking and trying to keep my home safe. I find Obama's comment about this being a "teachable moment" very patronizing. Obama should apologize for prejudging the police officer. Police have a very difficult and dangerous job. He insulted them all.

Gail said...

I agree with both of you ladies. The police were doing the job to which they have been sworn to do.
President Obama should remain out of this, and any apologies should have been done privately, but the president did insult police officers with his comments.
I thought it was interesting that Vice President Biden also attended. As an aside, if Biden keeps putting foot in mouth, it wouldn't surprise me if Obama finds some way to cast him off as his running mate in 2012.

Suzanne said...

Rosemary..someone told me that this particular police officer is actually in charge of teaching new officers how not to act or react wrongly with regards to being prejudice..he has had no bad past record..I am sure from all I heard, he did everything right..several reports by other officers have stated he followed the right path.
I think there is a dark story behind why the Prof. reacted his way and why O supported him immediately. I feel O is prejudice against other races himself. I also feel he is using liberal Catholics deliberately and sticking them into places in government to try to stir up a huge stink within the Church..I know many who agree with this..there are so many deviant plans in the making that it could make one's head spin and does!
He is patronizing...I'll forward something to you in an email that I received today from a very good and smart Christian conservative man I know sent me.
Oh and to Gail..I've often felt the same thing about Biden getting the axe eventually, but he is too stup-- to see that he really isn't respected by anyone..liberal or conservative..or Catholic ...he's just too egotistical to notice...busy listening to his own mouth run. Sorry..getting carried away here....