During this entire episode between President Obama, Professor Gates, and Sgt. Crowley, there has been a cacophony, primarily from political conservatives, demanding that Obama apologize for telling the nation that the Cambridge Police acted “stupidly.” Ducking and weaving, the President has avoided such an apology and hopes to resolve the whole incident by sharing a beer with both parties at a picnic table at The White House. I suspect that is what will happen.
Others, who view the entire incident as silly and distracting, point to the issue of universal healthcare and say that our attention should be focused on this important piece of legislation. Interestingly. I disagree with them. I believe Beer-Gate is more important because it gives the American people insight into the President’s character, and the picture isn’t pretty.
Unfortunately, nobody from the press has asked this simple question: “Mr. President, why are you unwilling to admit you were wrong? Instead of hedging, why can’t you simply say, ‘I was wrong.’”
Come to think about it, I don’t believe I’ve ever heard Obama say he was wrong about anything. I doubt that he can. His pride will not allow it. Showing genuine humility is not part of Obama’s character, which Beer-Gate demonstrates vividly. The person who probably recognizes this character flaw best is the First lady, but she not talking—that’s for sure. It’s impossible to hide a flaw like this in a long-term marriage.
For me, this whole incident has been “a teachable moment,” and I’m very concerned that we have someone driving the ship of state that is absolutely certain he’s right about everything—even when it’s obvious he’s dead wrong. To recognize Obama for who he is has been very sobering for me—too sobering. I guess I need a Red Stripe or Blue Moon and hope it all goes away. On second thought, just pass me the Kool Aid.