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  •  On one level I can understand finding some of (0+ / 0-)

    President Obama's rhetoric "disappointing." If he were addressing only progressives the bland-sounding language would be unsatisfying.

    The fact is that here, as in many other areas Mr. Obama has done far more--and achieved far more--than he has gotten credit for.

    Those of us who needed no persuasion may wish the president would be blunter, or at least more direct. Still there can be little doubt that President Obama's baby steps are moving us forward better than a big stumble would.

    One of the smartest things the president has done, while discussing race (and other topics, as well) is to largely deprive the other side any opportunities to change the subject by committing any verbal gaffes.

    I don't think we should think of the president's statements as defining the boundaries, rather as re-enforcing what we are saying.

    It matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once well done is done forever. Henry David Thoreau, in Civil Disobedience

    by Had Enough Right Wing BS on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 07:42:47 AM PDT

    •  i have to disagree (0+ / 0-)

      fundamentally.

      forcing Skip Gates to have a beer on the White House lawn with the police officer who arrested him was not appropriate in the least and i cannot imagine anything positive came out of that encounter.

      •  At the time, President Obama said: (0+ / 0-)
        Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home and, number three, what I think we know separate and apart from this incident is that there is a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately. And that's just a fact.
        What more could he have said?

        As far as, "forcing Skip Gates to have a beer on the White House lawn with the police officer who arrested him," I don't think anybody forced Professor Gates to do anything.

        It is widely known that President Obama and Dr. Gates are friends, so it's hard for me to see much coercion here. Additionally, a joint press release by the authorities and Professor Gates said all parties had agreed that this [dropping all charges on the recommendation of the city] was "a just resolution to an unfortunate set of circumstances" and that the incident "should not be viewed as one that demeans the character and reputation of Professor Gates or the character of the Cambridge Police Department."

        Seeing President Obama through my own filter he looks like a peacemaker, here.

        It matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once well done is done forever. Henry David Thoreau, in Civil Disobedience

        by Had Enough Right Wing BS on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 08:52:36 AM PDT

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        •  friends? i'm not sure that is the correct (0+ / 0-)

          term, but i stand by my interpretation and the only reason he made this beer move was to walk back how he jumped in.

          gates didn't need resolution with that officer.  that officer needed some retraining.

          it wasn't gates responsibility to be his trainer in chief.

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