What Obama has learned from Skip Gates

President Obama gave his support to Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke last week, giving her a call last Friday to see if she was okay.  President Obama’s gesture reminds me of how he inserted himself in the Skip Gates incident where Cambridge police arrested the Harvard professor after he expressed his indignation for being harassed by the cops while in his own home.

The issue was local, but Mr. Obama learned from his rookie mistake; that as Head of State you have to give up that local community organizer hat.


The other thing he apparently learned was that you can insert yourself into an issue that has absolutely nothing to do with the executive branch.   Yes, Mr. Obama is correct that Mr. Limbaugh’s attitude and language toward Ms. Fluke has no place in the public discourse, but the only place the Fluke-Limbaugh debate belongs is in a state court where Ms. Fluke can collect damages in tort.

Mr. Limbaugh has given Mr. Obama a gift.  He has added fuel to the fire with his attack on an innocent woman expressing her right to free speech, and in the process may have handed more women voters to the Obama camp.   

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Alton Drew brings a straight forward and insightful brand of political market intelligence. Alton Drew graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in economics and political science (1984); a Master of Public Administration (1993); and a Juris Doctor (1999). You can also follow Alton Drew on Twitter @altondrew.
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2 Responses to What Obama has learned from Skip Gates

  1. Kenneth J. Ciszewski says:

    If Ms. Fluke sues for slander or defamation of charachter, she’ll probably have to prove that she’s not what Rush Limbaugh said she was. It’s a shame how the victim often ends up having to prove he or she is innocent.. The law can be really strange like that.

    I am not making any negative judgements here about Ms. Fluke. She seemed very intelligent and made a reasonable case for her point of view. I believe Rush was completely out of line. Frankly, for the most part, it’s nobody’s business what anyone’s sex life is like.

    If Rush didn’t like the policy, that’s fine, but stooping to name calling isn’t constructive and isn’t going to contribute anything to the discussion about changing the policy.

    I’m surprised he didn’t say Ms. Fluke’s testimony wasn’t a liberal plot–he usually blames everything on the liberals!!!

    If the President felt he should call about the situation, that’s his choice. We need more men to stand up for fair and reasonable treatment of women in this country and around the world, because there are too many times when women are treated in rude, disrepectful, and even worse ways than Ms. Fluke was.

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