Thanks to loyal reader Geoffrey for sending this article by Thomas Lifson of The image was published on the official White House blog following the pointless "beer summit" photo op last week at the White House. It depicts a narcissist so wrapped up in himself that he is totally oblivious to the needs of others around him.

Obama's revealing body language
By Thomas Lifson
This picture truly is worth at least a thousand words.

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.

Update from Thomas Lifson after the break:

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A Boston cop might lose his job after he vented his frustration toward Harvard professor Henry Louis "Skip" Gates, Jr, in an email.

Gates created a national firestorm of controversy when he was arrested after hurling racist accusations at a white police officer who was investigating a possible break-in at Gates's Harvard-owned residence in Boston.

Both Gates and Sergeant James Crowley have threatened to file lawsuits against each other.


A Boston police officer was placed on administrative leave after he allegedly used a racial slur when referring to Henry Louis Gates Jr.

In a mass e-mail, Officer Justin Barrett, 36, called Gates a "jungle monkey," according to Elaine Driscoll, a spokeswoman for the Boston Police Department.
Gates, a black Harvard scholar, was arrested at his home earlier this month on a disorderly conduct charge after he tried to budge open the door of his Cambridge home.
Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis found out about the e-mail on Tuesday and immediately stripped Barrett of his gun and badge, Driscoll said. The e-mail was sent anonymously to his Barrett's fellow guard members and the Boston Globe.

Loyal reader Sarah wrote:

Hi. Ms. Rose,

I came across a great article about what a fraud Skip Gates's kind of lengthy but I thought you may be interested in it.

Also I don't know if you are familiar with the blog Whataboutourdaughters but she has a great critique of Gates on her blog too.

I was on the side of Gates, but after reading your blog and both articles it is clear to me that Gates is an opportunist to put it lightly. I have no doubt that he escalated the situation with the officer in order to make a point and get some attention.

He'll probably turn this into a money making opportunity in the form of a book or some racial profiling documentary.

Anyway thanks again for putting a different perspective out there.



Yesterday, Cambridge police released the tapes of the 911 call that set up the confrontation between a Harvard professor and a cop that made national headlines.

Contrary to media reports, the caller did not mention the race of the two men that a neighbor thought she saw breaking into professor Henry Louis "Skip" Gates' Harvard-owned house on July 16. She also didn't mention the word "backpacks" during the call.

Most of you probably never would have heard about this local matter if Barack Obama had not decided to make a racial issue out of it without knowing any of the facts.

The police reports posted on clearly shows a belligerent, pompous Skip Gates verbally abusing Sgt. James Crowley for doing his job. "Do You know who I am?" Gates shouted when Crowley asked to see his ID to prove he resided at that address.

When Sgt. Crowley informed Gates that he was investigating a possible break-in at that address, Gates asked, "Why, because I'm a black man in America?" Gates also demanded to know if Sgt. Crowley knew who he was messing with. Witnesses would later say it was almost as if Gates wanted to be arrested.

Gates heaped verbal abuse on Sgt. Crowley, calling him a racist for doing his job. Gates even hurled an insult at Sgt. Crowley's mother as he followed the officer outside and onto the porch. If anyone was exhibiting racist behavior it was Gates.

Obama didn't know any of these facts before sticking his foot in his mouth by referring to the Cambridge police as "acting stupidly."

Maybe Gates prefers that police not investigate any more calls of possible break-ins at at his home.


Barack Obama addressed the controversy surrounding his remarks about the Cambridge police force in an impromptu press conference today.

In his usual stuttering, hesitating speech -- and without the aid of his teleprompter -- Obama explained why he felt the need to stick his nose into a local case -- and turn it into a national maelstrom.

The fallout continues: Comedian Bill Cosby has weighed in on the remarks made by Barack Obama at the conclusion of last night's televised presser from the White House.

"I’ve heard about five different reports [on the details of the arrest]. If I'm the president of the United States, I don't care how much pressure people want to put on it about race, I'm keeping my mouth shut," said Cosby in an interview on Boston’s WZLX.

Obama deliberately waited to call on Chicago Sun Times' Washington bureau chief Lynn Sweet last because he obviously knew she would ask him a question about the arrest of his friend Henry Louis Gates, Jr., a distinguished Harvard University professor.

Prior to that question, most of the reporters' questions focused on Obama's disastrous health care reform bill.

Sgt. James Crowley arrested professor Gates last week for disorderly conduct. Obama said the Cambridge police reacted "stupidly" in arresting his friend who refused the officer's request for ID to prove he owned the home he couldn't unlock the front door to.

Gates, who was returning from a trip to China, couldn't unlock his front door because he'd jammed his key in the lock.

Sgt. Crowley -- the police academy expert on racial profiling -- responded to Gates' home to investigate a report of a break-in.


Sgt. James Crowley, the Cambridge police officer who arrested distinguished Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. for disorderly conduct, slammed Barack Obama for saying the Cambridge police acted "stupidly" in arresting Gates.

Obama made the insulting remark during his televised press conference on health care reform last night from the White House. Obama prefaced his remarks by admitting bias because Gates was a close friend of his.

Both Crowley and his attorney Alan McDonald spoke with ABC News today. McDonald said Obama "was dead wrong to malign this police officer specifically and the department in general."

Crowley added, "I think he's way off base wading into a local issue without knowing all the facts, as he himself stated before he made that comment.

Crowley was called to professor Gates' home last week to investigate a report of a break-in. Crowley said Gates, who was returning from a trip to China, at first refused to provide ID to the officer.

Gates then began hurling racial insults at Crowley. "Mr. Gates was given plenty of opportunities to stop what he was doing. He didn't. He acted very irrational. He controlled the outcome of that event," Crowley told WBZ. "There was a lot of yelling, there was references to my mother," he added, "something you wouldn't expect from anybody that should be grateful that you were there investigating a report of a crime in progress, let alone a Harvard University professor."

The charges against professor Gates were later dropped.