Saturday, July 25, 2009

A Response Intended to Resolve A Conflict: Obama on the Gate's Arrest

The President stated that Gate's was a friend of his and that based on the information that he had concerning the circumstances surrounding the arrest, the police arrest was a stupid action to take. The Cambridge police department criticized the president for that remark and upheld the arrest of Harvard Professor Gates.

The President's response to the criticism was to clarify what he meant and proceed with resolving the conflict. His response and actions to the criticism are highly commendable because he does not respond in a defensive or accusatory manner to the criticism but in a manner that is geared toward resolution. This is an example that all involved would do well to follow.

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