The past few weeks have kept mediamen from across the nation and the world at large, busy with the Prof. Gates v/s Sgt. Crowley episode.
Either side is justified in the way they reacted to the situation. Sgt. Crowley was justified in upholding Prof. Gates, while Prof. Gates was justified in raising protest. The only thing I found distasteful was the way race was dragged into the issue. So, much so that the usually composed and erudite President Obama, committed a faux pas in letting an inane comment give his tongue a slip, and make it audible to all and sundry who did or did not matter (read: media).
Media I think played its usual role of seizing the opportune and airing those comments over and over again. Come on guys, give the President some space, he is as human as you and me, why ostracize him over a comment thats part of all of ours daily lexicon.
I am not ashamed to admit that, President Obama with his conduct and diligent approach of last 7 months has not only managed to change my opinion about him, from skepticism to awe, but, his handling of this Race issue has had me idolize him like never before. I think President Obama has all the makings for being, the greatest the leader of all times.
I sincerely wish the leaders from around the world take a lesson or two from President Obama's book of resolving contentious issues like race and religion and employ them in their domain. Especially, our Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh can use this to get the disparate ideologues from within and outside his government to come together over tea/coffee (I dont propogate nor advise meeting over alcohol, as all sanity is lost) and chart out a course of action for the nations good.
I am sure President Obama's dealings and actions up untill today have enthralled and awed us all. Hope as he enters into the 48th year of his life, he will have more words of wisdom and act of faith to show and offer for the future generations to emulate.
HAPPY 48th BIRTHDAY DEAR PRESIDENT.
May the almighty lord up in the heavens, shower upon you the choicest of his blessings.