I think this image of solidarity, in which two men, Officer James Crowley and Professor Henry Louis Gates, once quarreling, are now holding onto one another, one helping the other down steps, is moving. All men are brothers, yes?
I notice, however, that some conservatives appear to be reading this picture malignantly, as Obama not paying attention to one in need of help, but drifting breezily forward in his characteristically smug narcissism. Okay, fine. But it was, afterall, Obama who invited the two men to the White House for a civil encounter. And the warmth between the two men is one of the products of that meeting. In other words, their solidarity was born of Obama making something happen. The solidarity gesture came from the two men’s hearts, and from their hearts alone, but it was Obama who called for the meeting that set those hearts to kindle to one another. A man helps, and a man has to accept help. And Obama brought the two men together. Amen?