"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
What a classy and lovely thing to do.Wendy Murphy, attorney and spokeswoman for Lucia Whalen, said today that Gates had sent her client a bouquet of flowers as an "expression of gratitude.'' Murphy, who is not a gardener, said she believed it was a bouquet of tulips. The flowers came with a note from Gates, the contents of which Murphy would not disclose.
Can we draw a line under this episode now?
After reading the posts here Gates has succeeded in the goal behind this empty gesture.
What goal you say? Simple lets review the facts. Gates was yelling and screaming discrimination even after he was released and the charges dropped what was he saying? He said if he received the right apology he'd forgive Sgt. Crowley. Obama had stuck his foot in his mouth and the whole race angle was in his favor.But only in his and Obama's minds.
The 9-11 tapes were released and a black officer on the scene came out and said there was nothing racist about the arrest.
Obama was exposed as a racist Gates was well know for his racist comments that were coming back to haunt him and the whole poor me I'm a picked on black man thing fell apart.
Next Obama came out and did his no apology, apology and invited Sgt. Crowley and Gates to have a beer hoping to end the whole controversy. So they held the photo op and Sgt. Crowley turned out to be the only class act there when he helped gates on some stairs.
I believe that Gates realized upon reflection that he had done himself, Obama and his racist cause more harm than good and took a page out of Obama's play book and figured he divert attention away from the central facts and make himself into be something he's never up to now been know for. That being a magnanimous nice old guy.
I will go one step farther and speculate that it is possible this whole look contrite gesture by sending flowers idea came from Obama's handlers because it will help to soften the whole ugly story.
You may disagree but I smell politics all over this.
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Gestures, in love, are incomparably more attractive, effective and valuable than words.
~ Francois Rabelais
I'm sorry I have been in and around politics and the spin media business too long not to look behind the curtain on all such stories and issues. It's not about a conspiracy it's about damage control and covering your ass any way possible and playing on peoples emotions and wanting to see the best in everyone is part of the game. I know I've seen it for more than 40 years.
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Bub, ain't none of us privy to the "truth" of what happened--not even Gates and Crowley, and they were there.
I know what I believe to be the case....but I'm also smart enough to know that what I believe about this is opinion only, and not fact--it damn sure is not "the truth".
Gates made a nice gesture towards a caring neighbor. That's a good thing. No need in analyzing it further.
Having done hundreds of witness interviews myself, such contradictions are not at all unusual. And who among us after the fact remembers everything we said and/or exactly how we said in in an excitable moment. The police report would have been written shortly after the incident when the memories were fresher, and I tend to think the police officers' recollection was probably better than Whalen's. In either case that really doesn't have much bearing on the case.
Whalen subsequently was upset that media accounts seemed to portray her as accusing two black guys, when she does not recall that being an issue for her.
I'm not sure what all Gates accused anybody of during his more excitable period during all this. But it was classy of him to send her flowers as an apology for any distress she suffered when all she was doing was being a responsible citizen on his behalf.
"I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it." --Benjamin Franklin 1776