The beer summit and the Obama magic

It may be just a slip of the tongue

Or an off the cuff remark,

A momentary ego clash

Or an untimely eruption of ethnic rivalry

Despite being armed to the hilt

With proverbial advices such as

Mind your words, look before you leap,

Forget and forgive and so on.

You fail to use these arms

And let things slip out of your hands.

Everything will fizzle out soon

If you are ordinary folks

But not so when one of you is a Harvard scholar

And the other a police sergeant.

It spreads like wild fire

Soon the television crew is at your gates

The whole world watches you

And if the color of your skin differs

Then it assumes racial tone

Even Obama’s casual utterance takes a new turn


The ego clash between Mr. Gates and the police officer

Would’ve snowballed into a major crisis

Hadn’t Mr. Obama interfered.

But Obama being Obama

What followed was not a serious official talk

A friendly chat. A beer summit.

And to quote a reporter, “they came, they met,

They drank, they did not apologize

They just agreed to disagree”

The beer summit and the Obama magic

Worked well and we folks can sing,

“All is well that ends well”.

Author: P U Krishnan

First things first. I am one of those retired chaps who are young at heart. I watch cricket matches and jump for joy when Tendulkar scores yet another century. I read newspapers and books too, though I am not crazy about them. I think I have a mind free from hatred and I owe it to the wonders of nature and music. I scribble something now and then and call myself a writer! Though I have settled in Ooty, a lovely hill station in Tamil Nadu—I must emphasize the fact that I was born and brought up in Tellicherry in North Kerala and studied in the good old Government Brennen College. Of and on, my mind goes back to my ancestral house at Tiruvangad in Tellicherry in front of an ancient Sri Ram temple. I am indebted to this wonderful place which inculcated in me a love for cricket and literature. But all said and done, I am an Indian first.

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