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By Emily Miller
Obama is losing the debate on gun ownership, concealed-carry permits
Topic - Henry Louis Gates Jr.
President Obama is facing a perfect storm of scandals, cover-ups and criminality that threatens to sweep him from power. This week marks the 40th anniversary of the first Watergate hearings.
"Teachable moments" can be good, but only if the class is listening. It helps if there's a teacher on hand to exploit the moment.
White Houses rarely apologize, but for the second time the Obama administration was forced to issue a mea culpa for its hasty handling of a racially charged incident, this time involving an Agriculture Department employee.
With the recently issued findings of a committee that found both men at fault, the highly publicized incident involving Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Sgt. James Crowley of the Cambridge Police Department has been turned into one of pure mollycoddling and political appeasement ("Report faults Harvard teacher and cop," Web, News, Wednesday).
A year after prominent black Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. was arrested at his Camrbidge, Mass., home by Sgt. James Crowley, an independent committee concluded that both men were at fault and missed their chances to avoid the dispute that eventually made national headlines and led to a White House "beer summit."
I have never said this about any of the 100 or so books I have reviewed until now: Go out and buy this book immediately. If you have any interest in where this nation has been or where it is headed, this tiny pamphlet is the most clearly written, thoughtful and ultimately hopeful exposition about the American paradox about equality and race that you can find.
President Obama hoisted beers in the Rose Garden Thursday evening with the black professor and white police officer at the heart of a racially charged incident that has roiled the nation and damaged the president's standing at a critical moment in his first year in office.
As Mr. Gates tells it, the questioning of Phillis about her literary gifts was another such tremor that shook the moralistic justification for slavery.
"It's such a rare gift," he said of the public's access to census records, "especially for people who believe that establishing their family trees is important for understanding their relationship to American democracy, the history of our country, and to a larger sense of themselves."