President Obama just hosted the now famous Beer Summit at the White House, where he invited African American Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates and Sergeant Crowley, the two guys at the heart of a controversial misunderstanding, to the White House to hash out their differences over a couple of beers. Crowley arrested Gates for disorderly conduct on July 16 after a confrontation at the professor’s home, sparking a media frenzy as Gates accused the policeman of racial profiling. The Prez was upbeat about how things went.
“I am confident that has happened here tonight, and I am hopeful that all of us are able to draw this positive lesson from this episode.”
After reading Sgt. Crowley’s quote, I’m not so sure they totally cleared up their issues:
“I think what you had today was two gentlemen who agreed to disagree on a particular issue,” Crowley told reporters. “I don’t think that we spent too much time dwelling on the past. We spent a lot of time discussing the future.”
I guess that’s OK for the first of such summit. I wonder if President Obama busted out a smoke during the summit. The president has been famously trying to kick the habit since his campaign. “I only smoke when I drink,” I think I overheard the president say.
I guess the President has found a way to tackle all of the issues – global warming, the economy and the crisis in the Middle East - all could be hashed out over a few beers. Since this Beer Summit was such a success, I suggest President Obama get on Air Force One and point that puppy toward Bourbonnais, IL, where the Chicago Bears open training camp today.
Obama could hold a “Bear Summit” with Brian Urlacher and Jay Cutler to get to the bottom of this latest controversy between the Bears linebacker and quarterback. Former Bears receiver Bobby Wade created quite a stir when he went on the radio and said that Urlacher called Cutler a “pussy” when discussing the new Bears signal caller. Heck, Obama might even invite the instigator, Bobby Wade, to participate. I think it could go well, unless the Commander in Chief offers Urlacher a wine cooler. “Wine coolers are for pussies, Mr. President,” Urlacher would probably say.
These Beer Summits could be a regular thing. A few other suggestions off the top of my head…
Carlos Zambrano and the Gatorade machine. The Cubs’ idea of a solution was to take the machine out of the locker room. Obama could do better.
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