Every now again, politicians get a gimme, an opportunity to show just how noble and broad-minded they are, how they can stand up to bigotry and narrow-mindedness without fear of hurting themselves politically. Bill Clinton had that in 1992 when he condemned the race-baiting lyrics of Sister Souljah.
President Obama had just such an opportunity yesterday when Louisiana’s Republican Governor joined him at a town hall in New Orleans yesterday. As this video from Politico shows, some people in the audience booed that good man and the President took them to task. Well done, Mr. President, classy.
Perhaps, the President learned from his failure on Inauguration Day to quiet the boos against his predecessor, the then-outgoing President of the United States. That was also a gimme. He might on his first day in office have really inaugurated a new era of civility had he taken to task those who would so rudely register their disagreement with a hard-working civil servant.
Had he given that good man credit, he would have taken a huge step to fostering a new spirit of comity in our nation’s capital.
All that said, he did act with grace yesterday and defended the efforts of a member of the opposing party. And such classy acts, even if easily performed, should not go unnoticed. Kudos, Mr. President.