This picture speaks a thousand words:
My first thought when I saw this photograph was that it was typical Barack Obama. He smelled some cameras and is rushing ahead to get first dibs while leaving behind the old guy about whom he was so allegedly concerned.
I think this photo constitutes another major Obama blunder.
As some AT commentators point out, this picture becomes a metaphor for ObamaCare. The elderly are left in the back, with only the kindness of the Crowleys of the world, the stand up guys, to depend on. The government has other priorities.
That is indeed a perfect metaphor for ObamaCare: throwing the elderly under the bus when they stand in the way of the priorities of younger people. But what does it specifically say about the false-compassion of Barack Obama?
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.
That is so true. I found long ago that watching how a highly successful person treats waiters or other service industry people tells you a lot about that person and their true sense of self-importance. POTUS’ self-importance is unprecedented because of the combination of his immense preexisting hubris and the fact that he began to believe in his own creepy personality cult.