Lowering The Status Of The President

by Patrick Appel

Tyler Cowen's response to the Gates flap:

Presidents (and many others) make big mistakes when they "respond" to people with much lower status than themselves, in this case the policeman and his ilk.  The net effect is to lower the status of the Presidency and this will prove especially important when Obama is trying to pass a controversial health care plan.  Today he looks less "post-racial" than he did a week ago and although it was only one slip it won't be easy to reverse that.