Mr. President, You're Not in Chicago Anymore
Perhaps it was just the Chicago politician coming out. What to Chicago politicians do? Take care of your friends. So Obama's friend, the Professor Gates, got himself in a scrap with a local cop. What would a Chicago Alderman do? You intercede on behalf of your friend and put the hammer to the cop, with whatever tool might be lying around. In this case, Obama pulled the ol' reliable race-bludgeon out of the tool box. The thing with race is that, unlike other enforcement devices which can be used behind the scenes, you have to proclaim it from the rooftops otherwise (except in the very rare case when it's an actually valid complaint) there are sufficient defenses (as in union appeals) to stave it off. The result is that Obama ended up showing the whole world the true man behind the mask - the race hustler in post-racial clothing. How big of you to defend your wealthy friend against that bully cop, Barack. I'm sure all the police in the country are now well aware of who they're dealing with. Good job.