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POTUS Events: Meeting Gates and Crowley

President Obama disembarks from Marine One at the White House, July 29, 2009 upon his return from Bristol, Virginia. (Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images).

By Sarah Lovenheim
President Obama meets with his senior advisers at 10:30 a.m., following his routine briefings. At 3:00 p.m., he meets with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of the Phillipines in the Oval Office. An hour later, Obama sits down with Treasury secretary Timothy Geithner and Vice President Biden.

At 6:00 p.m., he meets with Sergeant James Crowley and Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. at the White House.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs holds the dailiy press briefing at 1:15 p.m.

Posted at 7:12 AM ET on Jul 30, 2009  | Category:  The Daybook
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PROTEST this Sunday August 2, 2009 at 12:00 noon on the public sidewalk in front of the Gates Residence; 17 Ware Street, Cambridge MA 02138


Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2009 12:38 PM

I was taught that as a child.

"You don't argue with a police officer," Powell said.

RE: so was I

Thank you, Mr. Colin Powell

You served are country, you have my thanks and gratitude

Posted by: cjg8426 | July 30, 2009 11:03 PM

concerned44: Your attitude is what frustrates dialog on race relations. None of these men -- Gates, Crowley, Obama -- will do a full retreat, and I would argue that none of them need to. They all were right in some respects, and wrong in some respects.

Obama for instance, was wrong to use the word "stupidly." But the essence of his concern -- that the arrest was unnecessary, was confirmed by the local prosecutor who had already dropped the charge against Gates and the Cambridge Police themselves, who called the arrest "unfortunate" and "regrettable."

The goal of dialog in race is not to convince the other side that your side is correct. That will never happen, because people's experiences in this country are partly determined by their race. Every study confirms this over and over.

The goal should be to respect the other side's opinion and understand that there are certain things you will not be able to understand.

Posted by: mypitts2 | July 30, 2009 12:05 PM

It would be better to picket Gates when he returns home: 17 Ware Street, Cambridge MA.

Posted by: JakeD | July 30, 2009 12:03 PM

Enough of this nonsense. It's time that the POTUS man up and admit completely that he made a mistake and that he should never have said anything. There are more important things to do right now than prolong this idiocy.

Posted by: concerned44 | July 30, 2009 11:51 AM

If the Harvard professor was white and the police officer black, the president would have served wine and caviar instead of beer and peanuts.

Posted by: JohnMcCormick | July 30, 2009 11:15 AM

Who is paying airfare and all related expenses for this Oprah Moment?

Posted by: George210 | July 30, 2009 10:59 AM

Mr. President on the "beer" moment, I wish you luck. Race irrespective of how you package it will never be an easy topic to talk about. The scars made over centuries have been deep... and cannot be 'healed' in days or years.

Posted by: Victoria5 | July 30, 2009 8:57 AM

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