Obama invited a cop and a professor to the Rose Garden for a beer.
1Give ear, shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock; you who sits on the cherubim, shine forth.
2Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh, show forth your strength and come and save us.
3Guide us again, mighty god, and cause your face to shine; and we will be saved.
4Yahvah, god of hosts, how long will you be angry against the prayer of your people?
5You feed them with the bread of tears; and give them tears to drink in great measure.
6You have made us a jest to our neighbors; and our enemies laugh among themselves.
7Guide us again, god of hosts, and cause your face to shine; and we will be saved.
8You have brought a vine out of Egypt; you have cast out the heathen and planted it.
9You prepared the ground and caused it to take deep root, and it filled the land.
10The mountains were covered with the shadow of it, and its vine shoots were on the cedars of god.
11It sent out its roots to the sea, and its branches to the rivers.
12Why have you then broken down its hedges, so that all who pass by the way tread over it?
13The boar of the forest devours it, and the wild animals of the field feed on it.
14Return, we beg you, god of hosts; look down from the skies, and look, and visit this vine
15and the vineyard which your right hand has planted, and the branch that you made strong for yourself.
16It is burned with fire; it is cut down; they perish at the rebuke of your countenance.
17Let your right hand be on the man and on the son of man, whom you made strong for yourself.
18So we will not go back from you; quicken us, and we will call on your name.
19Guide us again, Yahvah, god of hosts, cause your face to shine; and we will be saved.
As promised a few days previous, US President Barack Obama invited Professor Henry Louis Gates and Officer Jim Crowley to a beer in the Rose Garden. Vice President Biden was also there.
This was mockingly called a "Beer Summit" by some while Obama called it "three folks having a drink at the end of the day."
The Psalm mentions this type of meeting directly in verse 5, calling it tears to drink.
The lawyer for the neighbor that made the call that started it all was seen on network TV jesting over the failure of the President and his men to invite her to the White House. Maybe it was just a guy thing, the lawyer intoned. This jesting by the neighbor specifically is seen in verse 6.
The venue, the "Rose Garden" is seen in verse 8 and following. The Psalm is hinting that garden itself has been overrun. It is calling for Yahvah to come and make things right.