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A toast to the 911 caller

Politico's Roger Simon noted the snub of Lucia Whalen, the woman who called 911 to report a possible break-in at Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates' home. She alone "acted responsibly from beginning to end in this whole affair," Simon wrote. "And she doesn't even get a free drink out of it. Instead, she has been reviled. She has been scorned. She was pilloried in the mainstream media and abused in the blogosphere" — without regard to the facts of what she said and did, he noted. Yet when asked Wednesday whether she'd make the call again, Whalen said: "I have had much reflection on that, and, yes, I would make the call."