He wanted to show her his "appreciation".
This poor woman is one of two victims of Gates and the President's racial profiling. Flowers aren't necessary - admissions about their conduct and apologies are what is called for here.
Further, I'm less than enchanted with Gates new spin on the web:
“Sergeant Crowley and I, through an accident of time and place, have been cast together, inextricably, as characters - as metaphors, really - in a thousand narratives about race over which he and I have absolutely no control,” Gates wrote late Thursday on theroot.com, the Web site of which he is editor in chief. “It is incumbent upon. . . (us) . . .to utilize the great opportunity that fate has given us to foster greater sympathy among the American public for the daily perils of policing on the one hand, and for the genuine fears of racial profiling on the other hand.”
Gates added he thanks God that he lives “in a country in which police officers put their lives at risk to protect us every day, and, more than ever, I’ve come to understand and appreciate their daily sacrifices on our behalf.”
This is like a man who beats his wife, gets caught at it, blames it on his upbringing, a tough day on the job - claims that she provoked him and then sends flowers and wants sympathy without saying he's sorry and realizes the errors of his ways.
Of course Gates had control. All he had to do, when he was breaking into his own home, was show his identification, express his appreciation for the neighborhood watch and the 911 caller.
Until Gates and the President admit that police reacting to a beligerant, out of control individual, scaring neighbors into thinking they may be retaliated against and/or unjustly slandered as a bigot - and the arrest was righteous, his dog and pony show is worthless.
Out of control rage is an arrestable offense. Black, white, hispanic, asian - whatever. Own up to it dude.