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Beerestroika: Drinking to distraction

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By Doug Powers  •  July 30, 2009 10:27 AM

Today’s the big day. The Obama/Gates/Crowley “beer summit” will take place at about 6 p.m. on a picnic table on the South Lawn of the White House, where every belch will be filled with hope and each beer can pyramid supported by change.

Fortunately for Professor Gates, unless he has a horrible pilot, he won’t have to fly over North Carolina to get to DC.

President Obama will then sit down with Gates and Crowley to discuss in part how they can help get rid of all-too-common racial and ethnic stereotypes — as the three Irishmen drink the afternoon away in front of the entire world.

That brings up another troublesome item — did you notice that when things went bad on the public relations front for a proud “black scholar” and the country’s first African-American president, all of a sudden everybody was Irish? What gives? Are they essentially blaming their race-baiting knee-jerk statements on this one particular singled-out slice of ancestry? If so, this isn’t the kind of racial “healing” I was hoping for.

You might imagine that enterprising Cambridge burglars are now well aware that people in Gates’ neighborhood are going to be terrified to call the police and report crimes for fear of being branded “racist,” but that’s an issue for Gates’ neighbors to take up with the professor when he gets back to his home that hopefully still has all his stuff in it.

Enjoy your beers, fellas — and I sincerely hope that Officer Crowley invites Gates and Obama to his police station for coffee with his fellow officers. The offer probably wouldn’t be accepted (in the progressive ideology, there’s such a thing as “too much healing”), but it would be a nice gesture nonetheless.

Conan O’Brien put it best: “If this works out, the president is going to have Netanyahu and Ahmadinejad over for J├Ągerbombs.”

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