I'm referring, of course, to the incident with the Cambridge police and Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Well, this was indeed a "teachable moment" for me, but I suspect what I learned was not what Obama intended:
- I learned who Robert Louis Gates, Jr. is. I had never heard of him before.
- I learned that he has a big, fat chip on his shoulder, has racist attitudes about white police (possibly black police too), and is a perpetual victim, even though he lives a privileged life.
- It became painfully obvious that not knowing the facts never stops Obama from making a decision and taking a stand on something.
- I re-learned a lesson from childhood: when you're wrong, be strong enough to admit it and apologize, especially if you've insulted an individual or a group, as Obama did. Don't merely "calibrate" your language more carefully.
- Our supreme leader is an expert at diverting attention away from his failing policies and falling poll numbers.
I suspect that Obama is so arrogant that he doesn't believe he has anything to learn. I beg to differ. Obama should learn that he should know the truth, the whole truth, before shooting off his mouth. It makes me wonder how much thought he gives to important domestic and foreign policy decisions before making pronouncements. And, with his automatically siding with the professor against the police, he unwittingly revealed more of his attitudes than he likely intended.