When President Obama said last week that the whole incident involving Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Sgt. James Crowley of the Cambridge police department could be worked out over a beer at the White House, he wasn't speaking figuratively. CNN is reporting today that the White House has confirmed that the president is to meet with the two men this week to do just that.
As Press Secretary Robert Gibbs explained on "Fox News Sunday," "the president believes this can be a teachable moment." And what better way to begin putting things in perspective in the dog days of summer than to serve a cold beer.
As for drink orders, CNN says Obama will be having a Bud and Crowley a Blue Moon. No word yet on Gates' beverage of choice.
Okay, Crowley has kind of annoyed me......but he likes Blue Moon. Now I'm torn. Fuck. O_o
It's a good thing he didn't want a pint of Magners. The conflict might have given me a brain aneurysm.
ETA: While appearing on the Rachel Maddow show on Friday, guest Melissa Harris-Lacewell (who is acquainted with Gates) believes Professor Gates might prefer a nice Pino Noir. LOL!
In this segment, it was also mentioned that the Cambridge Patrol Officers' Association representative who had earlier called upon President Obama for an apology, did a 180 after the call between the President and Crowley, and after Obama clarified his remarks during his appearance at the White House Press Conference.
In response to Obama’s remarks, the Cambridge Police Superior Officers Association, Cambridge Police Patrol Officers Association and the Massachusetts Municipal Police Coalition issued a statement saying Crowley was “profoundly grateful” that Obama took time out of his busy schedule to attempt to resolve the situation.
“It is clear to us from this conversation, that the President respects police officers and the often difficult and dangerous situations we face on a daily basis. We appreciate his sincere interest and willingness to reconsider his remarks about the Cambridge Police Department,” the statement said.