The meeting at the White House yesterday between Barack Obama, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and James Crowley (with Joe Biden as the fourth wheel) has been dubbed the “Beer Summit.” Perhaps a better name would be the Thanksgiving Summit (emphasis mine):
- Pres. Obama: “I am thankful to Professor Gates and Sergeant Crowley for joining me at the White House this evening for a friendly, thoughtful conversation….”
- Prof. Gates: Let me say that I thank God that I live in a country in which police officers put their lives at risk to protect us every day …. I’m also grateful that we live in a country where freedom of speech is a sacrosanct value…. Thank God we live in a country where speech is protected ….. And thank God that we have a President who can rise above the fray …. President Obama is a man who understands tolerance and forgiveness, and our country is blessed to have such a leader.
- Sgt. Crowley: “First I’d like to thank the police officers from Cambridge…. Thank you.”
The rest of us? We’re thankful it’s almost over.