The man billed as the harbinger of a "post racial" America couldn't resist an Al Sharpton moment this week when he branded a Cambridge MA police sergeant as "stupid" for his handling of a burglary call at the home of a Harvard professor who is black.
After some backtracking...some hemming and hawing, President Obama found his footing Friday and with a couple phone calls and some humor had won back the press which momentarily had turned nasty on him.
This President couldn't leave well enough alone......After involving himself in a local dispute not worthy of Presidential intervention, Mr. Obama now has arranged for Professor Henry Gates and Sergeant James Crowley to come to the White House for a reconcilliation.
Everything is about race these days, and the election of Mr. Obama has not changed that.
The President does not need to turn the Oval Office into a soundstage for the Oprah-sizing of the office.
It was a dispute resulting from the chaffing that occurs when cops bring authority to bear on people who haven't done anything all that terrible.
It happens all the time and when cooler heads prevail everybody gets over it.
Mr. Obama needs to get over it. I suspect the other two participants already have.