President Obama has invited Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates and Cambridge Police Sgt. James Crowley to the White House Thursday evening for a beer to help bury the hatchet on the arrest incident last week at Gates’ home.....UPDATE: “I think this will be a very casual affair. … I think as the President discussed last Friday, an effort and an opportunity to have greater communication, get to know each other and step back from the circumstances that brought everybody together over the past many days. But there’s no formal agenda, other than cold beer,” said Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs.--- News release on July 28, 2009
Unless one is stone deaf and blind as the proverbial bat, the news of the furor over the arrest of a Harvard professor by a police sergeant in Cambridge, Massachusetts most recently was played on a 24/7 schedule and everyone was hearing about it! This was mainly due to the fact that President Obama jumped into issue and made a statement about the police acting “stupidly.”
One could have practically predicted such a response from the president since he and the professor in question are not strangers. The Harvard bond reflects the old saying, “Blood runs thicker than water!”
So, how is this thing going to be resolved? The above tid-bit news item tells it all – the trio will dialog about it over a beer or beers if time drags a bit! Time is set for 6:00 PM on Thursday, July 30th, at a picnic table outside the White House.
This will set a new precedent – a “role model” president is broadcasting to the young – don’t get into conflicts, even race issues – just sit down and have some beer and settle it peaceably! Although more than a tad of tavern owners might tell you that beer consumption has contributed to some pretty ugly stuff in the past – even murder in some cases!
But not only in the establishments that sell beverage alcohol have some violent “differences” taken place, but in homes in which families were torn apart because someone or more than one someone had consumed some beer or another type of alcoholic beverage! The media, of course, are reluctant to give us all the facts when it comes to the death, destruction, shattered lives of all ages, and financial loss that is a direct result of the consumption of beverage alcohol -- beer included!
But since the president seems to have to publicize his “strategy” of bringing opposing parties together over beer, maybe this will be just the beginning of the resolving of conflicts in other areas as well.
How about inviting those members of Congress who are at each others’ throats over health care and other issues to just sit down together with the president and have some beer?
How about getting the opposing parties in Afghanistan and Iraq to come to the White House, have a few beers, talk, laugh and come to a mutually agreed statement that says, “We all acted stupidly – now we are going to work together, and if there is any more disagreement, we will sit down with President Obama and have a beer or more with him, and get our differences resolved!”
And since Iran seems to be a thorn in the flesh of many nations, our own included, how about B. O. inviting the head honcho of that nation over to the White House for some beer – even a keg if necessary!
The list is almost endless as to the possibilities of resolving conflicts on issues – pro-abortion and anti-abortion people, anti-Second Amendment people and pro-Second Amendment people, pro-national health care people and anti-national health care people, those afflicted with a racism spirit – yes, let’s do it – have them come and sit down with the president with a beer in their hand and get their differences resolved in a spirit of civility and good will. Then leave the party saying, “We no longer have our differences, thanks to our president and the beer party he threw for us!”
Perhaps all who benefit from this new approach to conflict resolution will also be able to say, “The best part about it was when those Clydesdales hauled the loaded wagon right up to the front door of the White House, making sure we didn’t run out when we were at the peak of our dialog!”
For the leaders of this people cause them to err, and those who are led by them are destroyed. --- Isaiah 9:16
If a man should walk in a false spirit and speak a lie, saying, 'I will prophesy to you of wine and drink,' even he would be the prattler of this people. --- Micah 2:11