Posted by DrJohn on 20 August, 2014 at 7:39 am. 10 comments already!


At Politico Todd Purdum takes a stab at why Obama can’t go to Ferguson:

It’s a paradox of Barack Obama’s presidency: The first African-American to run the country finds himself in the tensest racial confrontation of his tenure but is constrained from addressing the nation’s original sin in anything but the loftiest, most dispassionate terms.

“We’ve made extraordinary progress” in race relations, Obama said on Monday, addressing the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, over the police shooting of Michael Brown, “but we have not made enough progress.”

That observation is so obvious as to be anodyne, but Obama has good reason to confine himself to Joe Friday generalities in the face of the discordant street demonstrations, belligerent police tactics and unfinished official investigation in Ferguson.

Ever since he first judged that the Cambridge, Massachusetts, police had “acted stupidly” in 2009 by arresting Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. in his own doorway, Obama’s most candid comments on race have been just as likely to inflame a significant segment of public opinion as to soothe it.

Last year, when Obama made the indisputable observation that Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black Florida teenager shot in 2012 by a neighborhood watch volunteer “could have been me 35 years ago,” many conservatives reacted with outrage (whether real or politically inspired). So there is now little practical percentage for Obama in doing anything but balancing his assertion that “in many communities, too many young men of color are left behind and seen only as objects of fear,” as he did Monday with an even-handed warning that giving in to anger “by looting or carrying guns and even attacking the police only serves to raise tension and stir chaos.”

Nice story, but it misses the target. There are two reasons Obama won’t go to Ferguson:

1. There are no good local private golf courses
2. No one there can afford $30,000 a plate for Obama

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