The so-called "Beer Summit" was more than just a photo-op for President Barack Obama, and it may even be the catalyst for a change in racial profiling by police officers.
While President Obama sipped on Bud Light in a glass mug his guests preferred Blue Moon and Sam Adams. It was only Vice President Joe Biden who opted for a non-alcoholic Bucker at the first ever White House Beer Summit…if you can call it that.
“I noticed this has been called a ‘Beer Summit.’ It’s a clever term, but this is not a summit, guys,” Obama said in the Oval Office before meeting with a police sergeant and a black professor who have recently sparked the conversation of racial profiling yet again.
Almost two weeks after police Sgt. Joseph Crowley arrested Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., Obama had the two join him near the White House Rose Garden for fun and fellowship as they divvied out their differences. Only if you’ve been living under a rock you wouldn’t know that Obama agreed to be the facilitator for this event because of his “acted stupidly” remark, a statement that fueled the already hot topic.
While munching on pretzels and peanuts, not one of the three involved in the debacle apologized; rather, they agreed to disagree according to the Associated Press. Much of the conversation was secret, with no press allowed within earshot of the conversation, but Obama did offer this statement to the nation after their pub time:
“I am thankful to Professor Gates and Sergeant Crowley for joining me at the White House this evening for a friendly, thoughtful conversation. Even before we sat down for the beer, I learned that the two gentlemen spent some time together listening to one another, which is a testament to them. I have always believed that what brings us together is stronger than what pulls us apart. 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.”
Joseph and Henry told the press that the three agreed to move forward, and much of the discussion was not wasted on mulling over the incident (which involved Joseph investigating a potential burglary and Henry being arrested for disorderly conduct at his home) but fostering awareness about racial profiling and dangers facing police officers.
Of course the press blew the whole meeting out of proportion, overshadowing the president’s meeting with the president of the Philippines, but surprisingly Obama said that he would be surprised if the beer summit trumped the meeting.
Let’s just say we won’t be shocked if you’re just learning about the president of the Philippines visiting. We’re talking about the media here, President Obama! We for one are not surprised about the coverage. A pure “smh” incident.
– Christina Coleman