President Obama called the Gates affair a “teachable moment.” But as Jennifer Rubin points out, what it teaches us is not at all what Obama intended.
It was, to put it mildly, exactly what Obama didn’t need. A polarizing event — confirming the worst fears that he is arrogant, not at all post-racial, and prone to play last-and-loose with the facts — is not what he needed in the midst of the biggest political challenge of his young presidency.
His media synchophants are holding their noses and pretending this is not significant, but a majority of Americans are finally learning who this man really is. And they’re not liking what they see.