Photo Credit: “Beer Summit” Official White House Photo by Pete Souza, President Barack Obama, right, have a beer with Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr.,left, and Cambridge, Mass. , police Sgt. James Crowley in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington Thursday, July 30, 2009.
This is such a bizarre turn of events to me. We go from a Black man getting arrested to clockwise from left Buckler, Sam Adams Light, Blue Moon, Bud Light at the White House. Henry Louis Gates Jr. has some ideas about young African Americans that I don’t like so I wasn’t a fan of his anyway.
His PBS television miniseries “African American Lives” was cool but the whole “call me Skip” thing was irritating. This is by no means a Rosa Parks moment nor is it a moment that should have garnered so much attention. What this should show America is that there are some bourgeois Black folks that think they’re above the treatment many other Black folks get everyday with no fanfare.
Having his pants pulled up on his waist and 50 honorary degrees couldn’t save him. Rev. Calvin Butts pulled the same thing in 2006 after this . There was no way I was going to get outraged then or now because of who this happened to, their orientation, their responses when this happens to them and when this happens to others.
“There’s only one beer left/ rappers screaming all in our ears like we’re deaf”
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Surely President Obama regrets having chimed in in the first place. According to the polls, for those who believe in those things, his popularity is sliding downhill and there’s a segment of the population that former opponent Senator John McCain represented that wasn’t above saying he should be dead that never liked him anyway.
While trying to push a health care bill more popular with the people than congress or special interests our president seems to be wasting his considerable capital and likability with the people. None of his cabinet members are as good with explaining and talking to the people as he is so his voice is so necessary to sell anything he’d like to push for. And all this for “dad beer” drinking Skip Gates? Look at him. In the picture above he’s probably insisting on being called Skip.
There was a time when President Obama had so much juice he had beer named after him. Now the former professor who made a daring speech about race to America passes on a teachable moment when it comes to Black people regularly. I think he knows it. Maybe it’s getting to him. Maybe that’s why he’s been on so many burger runs lately.
FUN FACT: “Obama says his favorite food is a thin-crust pizza from a small restaurant in Chicago. But he also likes shrimp and grits, and he cooks a mean pot of chili.” ~msn.com
Least favorite: “Mayonnaise, salt and vinegar potato chips, asparagus (“if no other vegetables are available, he’ll eat it”), soft drinks (he prefers water).~ nytimes.com