August 3, 2009
New York Times notes AT blog on Obama body language with Gates and Crowley (updated)
American Thinker: Thomas Lifson deconstructs a photo from the beer summit released by the White House: "I am stunned that the official White House Blog published this picture and that it is in the public domain. The body language is most revealing."
Sergeant Crowley, the sole class act in this trio, helps the handicapped Professor Gates down the stairs, while Barack Obama, heedless of the infirmities of his friend and fellow victim of self-defined racial profiling, strides ahead on his own. So who is compassionate? And who is so self-involved and arrogant that he is oblivious?In my own dealings with the wealthy and powerful, I have always found that the way to quickly capture the moral essence of a person is to watch how they treat those who are less powerful. Do they understand that the others are also human beings with feelings? Especially when they think nobody is looking.
I can only conclude that the Times recognizes the photo has now entered the public discussion widely. It has received over a quarter million views on AT so far, and traffic continues strong.
I have a minor wager with Kyle-Anne Shiver over whether Fox News Channel will broadcast the picture and mention the controversy it has engendered. As I recall, it required something like 4 days before they ran the Obama bow to the Saudi King. On that basis, I predict that sometime today the picture will breakthrough into the cable news domain. I bet Glenn Beck is the first to run it, followed by Hannity, Greta, and finally O'Reilly.
I win my bet! Glenn Beck showed the picture, captioned it "pic worth 1000 words" (the way I began my original blog). No credit to AT. That was a side bet with Kyle, which I also won.