More evidence, as if we needed it, that Crowley is a gentleman *UPDATED*

I noted in my post yesterday that James Crowley has behaved impeccably from start to finish when it came to this whole sordid affair.  Yes, he may have let an obstreperous Gates press his buttons on that night in Cambridge, but since then he has epitomized grace under fire.  As if we need more evidence of that fact, here’s a picture that the White House released showing Crowley helping his foe down the stairs, while Obama strides on, utterly oblivious to his friend’s difficulties:

I acquit Obama of being intentionally insensitive — I think he’s just too self-involved to think of someone else’s infirmities — but I give highest marks to Crowley’s manifestly intentional kindness and thoughtfulness.

Hat tip:  American Thinker, with a thank you to Melissa Clouthier, for bringing to my attention.

UPDATEThe Radio Patriot adds a few more pictures, giving a nice perspective.

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  • 11B40


    As un-Christian as this may seem, I have doubts about whether Professor Gates’ cane is more a medical necessity or a fashion accessory. From what I have seen on the TV, there is a certain casualness to his use of the device. I’ve seen him on his tricycle and getting into his SUV and his apparent dependance seems much less than other people I know who use canes.

    When I factor in his use of his “foundations” resources in legally improper ways, I think that this is just another one of his “get-overs” and a hallmark of a very ethically-challenged person.

  • Ymarsakar

    Which means Obama knows and that’s why he doesn’t care.

  • Ymarsakar

    Btw, the most likely of people to use their authority to teach people a lesson are the exact same people who accuse Crowley of having done so with Gates, whether the motivation was racist or not.

    They are the ones that has the highest chance of doing what they accuse others of doing.

    This is just how the world is. With each new phase in civilization, every society has slightly different standards of normal and abnormal. Our standard of normality is projection, denial, and self-deception. Perhaps it used to be abnormal, but now it is normal.

  • socratease

    A Real Man, as opposed to a Pol, would have set up the meeting in private, without the press even knowing about it until after the fact, or the attendance of a phalanx of photographers and reporters turning the “private” meeting into a publicity stunt.

  • Ymarsakar


    Let me join him in celebrating a friend and teacher, surely the best I ever had, who was a man of the Left. He was, in fact, a self-described Socialist. Yet he taught me much about economics and war — he was my first introduction to Clausewitz — and I loved him for it.

    Agreement is not the main thing. It is not, in fact, particularly important. What matters is the life of inquiry, more than the conclusions drawn. Break lances gladly, with a joyous heart:

    While I don’t go as far as Grim in actual employment of such a thing, at the same time I do not deny its efficacy either. I just don’t use it all the time or even most of the time, but most of the people I deal with or confront would be enemies whether we were in agreement or not. It just so happens that they are open enemies and not just sticky allies. In real life, such opportunities manifest themselves in greater abundance. But we’re getting to the point where the people we don’t know, will control our lives more than the people that we do know face to face.

    The reason why agreement isn’t particularly important because agreement is both superficial and transitory. Unless a person is your slave, their behavior will probably change in the future. And even for slaves, their mental opinions will also change. People will draw conclusions from the same set of facts, but not in the same fashion as those that have drawn the same conclusions from the same set of facts. A difference in experience is one factor. A difference in intelligence levels, is another. There is also the aspect of a difference in thinking. Some people just think differently, which means they can use one set of facts and arrive at a conclusion in a completely disparate fashion than others would have done with those same facts and those same conclusions.

    What matters is judgment. The ability to choose, not what choice you have chosen. That’s an integral part of the First Amendment. The ability to speak, not necessarily what you will end up saying.

    Diversity is only useful when you have a diversity of thinking, not a diversity of views. A diversity of views just means we have the Islamic faction against everybody else, the unbelievers and kaffers. A diversity of thinking means cosmopolitan beliefs and cultural ideas of tolerance is diffused throughout a population and not just segregated or aggregated to an elite few.

  • Ymarsakar

    Btw, what Grim said is also a weapon. Because in war, when fighting enemies, the better you understand your enemy and empathize with him or her, the better you can kill them.

    So, yes, most people would see this as kind of lovey, dovey, so to speak, about turning the other cheek or the ability to empathize, but there is the flip side to it as well.

    Don’t forget the flip side.

  • Helen Losse

    Way to go, Bookworm. And the highest marks go to the White Man!

  • suek

    Would you apportion the marks differently, Helen?

  • Ymarsakar

    The black men don’t deserve any high marks. And no amount of philosophical over-thinking will change that.

  • Ariel

    Who knows, but like Flynt and Falwell, they may become good friends. As for Obama, he blew that photo-op.

  • Charles Martel

    At least Helen capitalized White Man, meaning she’s not yet totally a self-hating honkette.

  • David Foster

    A fair number of liberals/”progressives” seem to believe that if one holds the correct opinions, his personal behavior doesn’t really matter.

    Regarding political differences of opinion, here’s a nice passage from Antoine de St-Exupery, reflecting on his experiences in Spain during the Civil War:

    “One man finds that his essential manhood comes alive at the sight of self-sacrifice, cooperative effort, a rigorous vision of justice, manifested in an anarchists’ cellar in Barcelona. For that man there will henceforth be but one truth–the truth of the anarchists. Another, having once mounted guard over a flock of terrified little nuns kneeling in a Spanish nunnary, willthereafter know a different truth–that it is sweet to die for the Church.”

    A person’s life experiences have a great deal to do with how he perceives the world, and effective political argument must take this into account.

  • suek

    >>A fair number of liberals/”progressives” seem to believe that if one holds the correct opinions, his personal behavior doesn’t really matter.>>

    I wouldn’t say that…it seems that personal behavior _does_ matter – if it falls into the politically incorrect territory…

  • suek
  • Ymarsakar

    The Democrat party members that also happen to be black will never accept criticism.

    Keep telling the Palestinians that women should be liberated or that Jews should have power and dignity and they’ll blow you and your family up rather than admit the truth.

    The same inchoate rage is with blacks. As it was designed to be. Such is the power of propaganda decades in the making. You couldn’t do this with nukes or bombs. But you can get it with propaganda.



    Your very snarky comment was so uncalled for.
    High marks always go to the person that takes the high road.

    socratease got it right!

    It reminded me of the highest level of giving (charity/help)

    When the donor and recipient are unknown to each other.

    Of course, this does require a sense of doing the right thing w/o taking a bow, which excludes a photo op to CYA.

  • Deana

    That picture IS worth a thousand words.

    And it did make me think of that picture of President Bush helping the elderly Senator Byrd walk. Senator Byrd has a shameful past and one could be forgiven for not feeling charitable toward him. But President Bush was kind.

    He always was.

  • Charles Martel

    I’m Helen Losse and I approved this message:

    Crowley is obviously trying to distract us from his hatred of African American scholars by pretending to help the gimpy Prof. Gates down the stairs.

    This is typical white racism where a privileged white man “lords it over” a less fortunate black man in order to assert both psychic and physical control. That Crowley’s body language seems to indicate compassion and kindness is the kind of subterfuge that all white children are carefully taught as they grow up, unaware in most cases of what an evil, demeaning thing it really is.

    Speaking a a Recovering White Woman (we’re never fully recovered from the being racist by virtue of our skin color), I can tell you that the best way to treat an infirm African American is to head immediately to the nearest government office and seek a credentialed social worker or Black Studies graduate who is versed in assisting disabilities of color.

  • Mike Devx

    Helen L #7:
    > Way to go, Bookworm. And the highest marks go to the White Man!

    Sadie #16:
    > Helen: Your very snarky comment was so uncalled for.

    I agree completely with Sadie. I used to have a type of respect Helen L, based on my perception of her as a lover of poetry and prose as a reflection of beauty, no matter how much I might disagree over politics.

    But over the last few months the comments she’s been leaving are utterly typical of the worst of the drones. She pops in, drops her little droppings, and leaves. For someone whose web site reflects a poetic nature and love of beauty, this change is rather startling.

    What is so objectionable about this latest dropping from Helen? The inference in her comment is that the White Man can be assumed to never deserve the highest marks when in a disagreement with a man who is Not White.

    That is patently ridiculous. In a perfect world, such disagreements would go 50/50, and each would be right half the time. Even assuming you wanted to categorize them as white vs non-white, which is a racist approach in and of itself.

    And note Helen’s capitalization of the White Man. Speaks volumes.

  • Tiresias

    The only question in my mind would be: why did Crowley bother to show up?

  • Ymarsakar

    Black mayor, of a state with a black governor, of a nation with a black president.

    The system is against him. So does what Martin Luther King would have done. To fight slavery once more, to raise up the banners of peace and law abiding harmony once more. In hopes that this time it will take.

  • Zhombre

    From Ann Althouse’s blog: perhaps we can conclude that Gates and his daughter Elizabeth are the actual racists in this matter, and patrician snobs on top of that:

    The whole Gates contretemps and the so-called beer summit are ludicrous. This is farce. A pompous Harvard prof gets hysterical with a white cop, a working guy who probably does not earn per annum one third what the prof pulls down, and when the prof cries racism he’s defended by the black mayor of Cambridge, the black governor of Massachusetts and the black President of the United States, and by various well paid bourgeoisie black intellectuals such as Michael Eric Dyson, who describes said hysterical prof as the Rosa Parks of Racial Profiling. So who’s the victim here? And media such as CCN treat the beer summit as something momentous. I’d be laughing if I wasn’t appalled. This is a bad Monty Python sketch played deadpan.

  • Ymarsakar

    This is the Age of Obama, Zhombre. Like the Age of Aquarius

  • Zhombre


    I’m surprised Dyson — who I think also is a buffoon — didn’t compare Skip Gates to Emmit Till:

  • Zhombre

    The Age of Obama! Ha! Call me Timon of Tampa.

  • Ymarsakar

    I think this incident is a very useful lesson about propaganda and how the rich exploit the poor and those without influence.

    It is not that they want to rise up the poor or the disadvantaged. It is that by taking up the cause of the disenfranchised, it prevents the disenfranchised from seeking alternatives. This becomes a monopoly, where a black man who seeks redress for wrongs must go to the foot of those like Gates. If you do otherwise, you become a black Uncle Tom. Written by a Whitey, yes, but then again, that’s another way for the plutocrats of the Democrat party to demonstrate that it really isn’t about race. It’s about power, race is just one way to get there.

    As a result of all of these machinations, what you get is a powerful elite sitting at the top, exploiting and oppressing everybody beneath them. And the poor and the disenfranchised have no other options but to take it. If they speak out and seek to organize, they will be selected and labeled traitors to their race, to the poor, to etc.

    The more people understand how the rich become richer off the likes of Crowley, the more people will get it. And the more people get it, the better they will be armed in the final struggle.

  • Ymarsakar

    Come the Revolution, everybody will be equal. For Death has no favorites.

  • Zhombre

    Oh I don’t know, Y. I think Death is kind of partial to middle-aged men at risk for heart attacks.


    How appropriate that Gates daughter’s remarks found their way to The Daily Beast – she certainly typifies what a beast is.

    Why drag Crowley’s daughter into the mix. The rotten apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.