I’ve held off on posting about the Gates vs Crowley incident because quite frankly, I wasn’t there, and it annoys me that we are so quick to rush to judgment about "hot button" issues. I’m sure it’s normal though. What I will say is, both a Harvard professor, and a police officer, are supposed to set good examples for our youth. That’s the lesson our young people need to take away from this incident.
I did, however, have a different reaction when the president offered a peace treaty, over beers. Ewwwww, I initially thought — why not lemonade? Kids will be watching and they already think the president is super cool. So having a beer made me a little uneasy. And, I wasn’t the only one raising an eyebrow at the toast and make-up meeting.
Charisse Van Horn has a more positive way of analyzing the situation, and I am in full agreement with her.
Here’s a brief blurb from Van Horn’s astute observation over at The Examiner.com
Maybe those who are looking at the negative could use the experience in a positive manner. Instead of focusing on the fact that alcohol will be served and that America has an underage drinking problem, look at the situation and focus on the positive. Three adults (well over the legal drinking age, I might add) are going to the White House to discuss their problems, over a beer. The situation could be used to show that there is a ‘responsible’ or ‘right’ way to drink, versus the ‘wrong’ way.
Now, if President Obama, Henry Gates and Sergeant Crowley get plastered, and a brawl breaks out with the three going at it on the White House lawn, well, that would be a different story.
I’ll toast to that, Charisse!
*delicious lemonade photo, and recipe –> here at the Matador Records blog*