James Crowley — grace under pressure *UPDATED*

Here’s a guy who was thrust, quite unexpectedly and in a very painful way, into the national limelight.  Throughout, he’s comported himself with completely dignity, something that continues to be clear in this post-beer statement and Q&A session:

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Crowley’s dignity and graciousness is especially appealing because, after the way the President of the United States insulted him before the world, he stated unequivocally that no one at the kegger apologized. Gates might be able to hold onto his high dudgeon because he was arrested, but Obama, who thrust himself into a matter as to which he admittedly knew nothing, has no excuse for failing to voice a simple apology. Just as Crowley comes across as a gentleman, Obama comes across as an arrogant boor — and that’s true no matter how charming a host he might have been.

Apologies are a big issue in my family. If you believe you’re in the right, you owe it to yourself to defend yourself. If you know you’re in the wrong, you owe it to the wronged party to deliver a heartfelt apology. By failing to apologize, Obama was either mentally clinging to his “stupid policeman” scenario, which is bad, or he was showing himself to be a selfish and unkind person, completely lacking in decency and empathy, which is equally bad. He also proved, as we know, that he is a very small man. Big men can apologize. The only teachable moment here is that Obama is not a nice human being.

UPDATE:  Just for fun, contrast Crowley’s low key dignity with Gates’ pompous, professorial bombast.  The latter isn’t mean, just stultifying and somewhat condescending — two traits encouraged in ivy-wrapped academia.

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  • Oldflyer

    Very impressive.

    I did not want him to go through the dog and pony show; but I was mistaken. He has done himself a lot of good. Interesting that he was the only one who faced the media. He didn’t flinch and he didn’t whine. Just a stand-up guy.

    I imagine the police world will want to use him as a “poster boy”. I am sure every department wishes they had more like him.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    Joe the Plumber, Sarah Palin, Trig Palin, Bristol Palin, the list goes on and on.

    To what extent will the Left stop? Must we make them stop?

    This is not the sin of an individual. This is not just the misuse and abuse of the office and dignity of the Presidency. This affects all of us. This is all of us, or it will be.

    And as I told Bush back in the day, you either use your power as it currently exists or you lose your power. And Bush lost his power. But the problem with using too much of your power, is that it tends to create people opposed to your program.

  • http://home.earthlink.net/~nooriginalthought/ Charles

    Police Sergeant James Crowley clearly earned his sergeant stripes; unlike others who got to where they are by some sort of affirmative action.

  • excathedra

    Crowley is very impressive, under really extraordinary pressure.

    It continues to gall me that Obama stuck his nose in this in the first place. He’s the head of the Federal executive branch, not the local police and community ombudsman for Cambridge. But then, empathy is the heart of the Constitution, isn’t it, bro?

  • Ruth H

    I just read Professor Gates statement on his website. It seems a nice, well reasoned statement. BTW I am now blogging as Rockport Conservative so I am no liberal.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    Most Leftists are bullies, Ex. That’s what they learned works in life. You can’t blame em. You just have to prevent them from hurting innocents.