Disaster strikes beer summit: Biden decides to attend; Update: Obama issues statement; Update: “Toast” photo added; Update: Gates issues statement; Update: Obama played only a small part, says Crowley

posted at 7:18 pm on July 30, 2009 by Allahpundit

Video via Greg Hengler. I wonder how long it took Greasy Joe to tell his first “two blacks and an Irishman walk into a bar” joke. Over/under is 11 seconds.

Tapper, live on the scene, relays the excruciating details:

In the less than two minutes that we were out there, Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Sgt. Jim Crowley did almost all of the talking. It didn’t appear chummy, but then again Gates has said Crowley racially profiled him, falsified a police report about him, and owes him an apology. Crowley says he did nothing wrong, resents being portrayed as a racist, and has said he came here with the understanding that he and Gates had agreed to disagree…

Both Gates and Crowley brought their families to the White House and they toured the East Wing together before the sit-down. Gates brought his kids, fiancé and father. Crowley brought his wife and kids.

Exit question: How many beers did Biden have before he brought up the birth certificate? I’m guessing one and a half.

Update: Crowley’s holding a press conference right now but it looks like The One won’t have much more to say tonight beyond this:

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.

Update: Healing.

Update: Looks like Gates will pass on the presser but he’s got a statement of his own out now. Excerpt:

Sergeant Crowley and I, through an accident of time and place, have been cast together, inextricably, as characters – as metaphors, really – in a thousand narratives about race over which he and I have absolutely no control. Narratives about race are as old as the founding of this great Republic itself, but these new ones have unfolded precisely when Americans signaled to the world our country’s great progress by overcoming centuries of habit and fear, and electing an African American as President. It is incumbent upon Sergeant Crowley and me to utilize the great opportunity that fate has given us to foster greater sympathy among the American public for the daily perils of policing on the one hand, and for the genuine fears of racial profiling on the other hand.

Let me say that I thank God that live in a country in which police officers put their lives at risk to protect us every day, and, more than ever, I’ve come to understand and appreciate their daily sacrifices on our behalf. I’m also grateful that we live in a country where freedom of speech is a sacrosanct value and I hope that one day we can get to know each other better, as we began to do at the White House this afternoon over beers with President Obama.

Update: Here’s the video of Crowley’s presser, in which he describes The One’s role as not much more than providing the beer. He and Gates are going to meet again privately but as far as the arrest goes, they “agree to disagree.”

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SilverStar830 on July 30, 2009 at 7:20 PM

Stupidest. Administration. Evah.

Good Lt on July 30, 2009 at 7:21 PM

I guess Biden was there so Crowley did not feel uncomfortable sitting down with two black guys.

izoneguy on July 30, 2009 at 7:21 PM

time well spent

rob verdi on July 30, 2009 at 7:21 PM

That still shot alone shows you this entire meeting is a charade.

fourstringfuror on July 30, 2009 at 7:21 PM

CNN edited the footage which showed Ogabe ordering his Secret Service detail to hold Crowley down while Gates kicked him.

Bishop on July 30, 2009 at 7:21 PM

So Crowley is giving a press conference in about 5-6 minutes or so???

Abby Adams on July 30, 2009 at 7:22 PM

Biden would get drunk off his NA’s.

sluhser589 on July 30, 2009 at 7:22 PM

How many beers did Biden have before he brought up the birth certificate?

I thought he could do that without drinking? Isn’t his brain stuck in stupid?

Cr4sh Dummy on July 30, 2009 at 7:22 PM

I think Biden’s a teetotaler. He was pounding Bucklers.

Oh my God.


That means he says all that crazy stuff sober.

Proud Rino on July 30, 2009 at 7:22 PM

Wow that sucked so bad I can’t push my chair back from my desk.

400lb Gorilla on July 30, 2009 at 7:22 PM

I guess Biden was there so Crowley did not feel uncomfortable sitting down with two black guys.

izoneguy on July 30, 2009 at 7:21 PM

I would, too, if they both accused me of racism when I was just doing my job.

fourstringfuror on July 30, 2009 at 7:22 PM

Biden hid Gates’ cane under the table and then said, “Stand up, Henry!”

Mark1971 on July 30, 2009 at 7:22 PM

Crowley should clock all three of them.

Greatest. Coverage. Evah.

MadisonConservative on July 30, 2009 at 7:23 PM

I wouldn’t have met with Gates until he apologized.

TXMomof3 on July 30, 2009 at 7:23 PM

How come Hillary didn’t go? We all know how much she likes beer.

jimmy the notable on July 30, 2009 at 7:23 PM

I knew this was happening and yet, seeing it… I cant believe it’s happening.

Dash on July 30, 2009 at 7:23 PM

I’m just hoping someone had the good sense to rob Henry Gates’s house today.

Proud Rino on July 30, 2009 at 7:23 PM

A big fat Oreo cookie.

Knucklehead on July 30, 2009 at 7:24 PM

I’m just hoping someone had the good sense to rob Henry Gates’s house today.

Priceless! LOL

JamesLee on July 30, 2009 at 7:24 PM

In the less than two minutes that we were out there, Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Sgt. Jim Crowley did almost all of the talking. It didn’t appear chummy, but then again Gates has said Crowley racially profiled him, falsified a police report about him, and owes him an apology. Crowley says he did nothing wrong, resents being portrayed as a racist, and has said he came here with the understanding that he and Gates had agreed to disagree…

OK, someone please help me. If this is true, then what was the point?

(rhetorical question, of course)

VelvetElvis on July 30, 2009 at 7:25 PM

1. Spending way too much
2. Bowing to our enemies
3. Raising taxes on middle class America
4. Drinking on the job

Now you have really done it…you are fired Mr Obama

CWforFreedom on July 30, 2009 at 7:25 PM

I’m just hoping someone had the good sense to rob Henry Gates’s house today.

Proud Rino on July 30, 2009 at 7:23 PM

Heh, heh, I am on my way….I am sure nobody will call now.

izoneguy on July 30, 2009 at 7:25 PM

Heh, heh, I am on my way….I am sure nobody will call now.

izoneguy on July 30, 2009 at 7:25 PM

Only if you’re black. Automatic immunity.

fourstringfuror on July 30, 2009 at 7:26 PM

I’m just hoping someone had the good sense to rob Henry Gates’s house today.

Proud Rino on July 30, 2009 at 7:23 PM

*doffs hat*

MadisonConservative on July 30, 2009 at 7:26 PM

How long until Biden gets hammered and jumps on the girls play set?

skree on July 30, 2009 at 7:26 PM

I would have liked Crowley to bring his mother, just so he could introduce his mama to Gates.

Wethal on July 30, 2009 at 7:26 PM

Biden, was quoted as saying, “you know you folks are alright, it’s those damn Indians that keep popping up everywhere.”

tomas on July 30, 2009 at 7:26 PM

Talk about acting stupidly! Thanks Mr. POTUS.

dont taze me bro on July 30, 2009 at 7:27 PM

I guess Biden was there so Crowley did not feel uncomfortable sitting down with two black guys.

izoneguy on July 30, 2009 at 7:21 PM

Sort of, but it’s a photo op, first and foremost. I’m sure adding Biden was a political calculation to prevent the appearance of two elitist blacks ganging up on a blue collar white.

Unfortunately, they forgot to factor in the stupidity imbalance, in which Crowley is outnumbered 3-to-1.

Terrie on July 30, 2009 at 7:27 PM

I wonder how long it took Greasy Joe to tell his first “two blacks and an Irishman walk into a bar” joke.

So, have you heard the one about the two black guys who were “jiggering” the door then got arrested by the mick cop?

farright on July 30, 2009 at 7:27 PM

I’m just hoping someone had the good sense to rob Henry Gates’s house today.

Proud Rino on July 30, 2009 at 7:23 PM
.
FTW!!

dont taze me bro on July 30, 2009 at 7:28 PM

Is Crowley a dem? I heard he voted for obama – anyone know if that is true?

Ris4victory on July 30, 2009 at 7:28 PM

I’m guessing Biden probably asked Gates if he started drinking Red Stripe after that “Helping White Guys Dance” commercial.

jon1979 on July 30, 2009 at 7:28 PM

Dang, it’s Gates that has the Sam Adams Light. That’s one of my favorites. Heartache.

Spirit of 1776 on July 30, 2009 at 7:28 PM

Hilarious post header, AP.

The Ugly American on July 30, 2009 at 7:28 PM

This whole photo-op moment managed to be even more stupid than I imagined.

And I agree with whomever said Crowley looked uncomfortable. He did.

LiquidH2O on July 30, 2009 at 7:28 PM

Dignity of the office.

Of course Ogabe had to invite 4,000 MSM jerkwads to publicize the event.

Bishop on July 30, 2009 at 7:29 PM

Oreo jokes were avoided…I think it was a good decision.

tomas on July 30, 2009 at 7:29 PM

Slo Joe must be trying to get his picture back into the federal office buildings.

tarpon on July 30, 2009 at 7:30 PM

I guess Biden was there so Crowley did not feel uncomfortable sitting down with two black guys.

izoneguy on July 30, 2009 at 7:21 PM

Yeah, afterall he is a “typical white person”, which means he gets all nervous and stuff around “black people.”

Obama is an IDIOT!

JAM on July 30, 2009 at 7:30 PM

I guess Obama is trying to stop acting like a race peddler and is now aspiring to act like a President you’d want to sit down and have a beer with.

Cr4sh Dummy on July 30, 2009 at 7:30 PM

I’m feeling so post-racial now.

dont taze me bro on July 30, 2009 at 7:30 PM

I’m thinking of that M*A*S*H episode where the guy who eventually played Col. Potter guest starred as a lunatic general and he tries to have Hawkeye court martialed, but at the trial he asks a black pilot to first do “a number.” Everyone in the room stares at him, aghast, and when the pilot says “what?” the nutty general says something like “It’s in your blood, son,” and then starts pounding his knee and singing “Camp Town Girls.” THAT right there, is Joe Biden in a room filled with black men!

Rational Thought on July 30, 2009 at 7:31 PM

Did I hear some of the photogs or reporters back there clapping over they came and tried to wrap up the shoot?

p0s3r on July 30, 2009 at 7:31 PM

I feel sorry for the cop. I would rather attend an ole regular baptist service. It would probably have less preaching.

DFCtomm on July 30, 2009 at 7:31 PM

That means he says all that crazy stuff sober.

Proud Rino on July 30, 2009 at 7:22 PM

Says who? I’ve known a lot of CEO’s that have gone out and made key note speeches while impaired.

Who cares, I get my CEU’s…

Key West Reader on July 30, 2009 at 7:31 PM

I saw they had a plate of snacks on the table.

What are the odds it was a pile of crackers?

Bishop on July 30, 2009 at 7:32 PM

Biden was only there to give the impression that blackey wasn’t piling on whitey. That’s it. Well, and in case someone had to make a beer run.

Sugar Land on July 30, 2009 at 7:32 PM

Snacks were pretzels and peanuts according to the breathless press.

sandee on July 30, 2009 at 7:33 PM

What are the odds it was a pile of crackers?

Bishop on July 30, 2009 at 7:32 PM

……and gubermint cheese

Knucklehead on July 30, 2009 at 7:33 PM

All that was missing was Crowley’s dunking chair.

Limerick on July 30, 2009 at 7:33 PM

I’m just hoping someone had the good sense to rob Henry Gates’s house today.

Proud Rino on July 30, 2009 at 7:23 PM

My favorite comment of the day. Perfect.

sherry on July 30, 2009 at 7:33 PM

Were there two summits? Near the end of the video the camera roatates to the right(passing a possible babe):) and ends up behind the bushes with the same view of the meeting…was that a 360 turn?

Did you see the part where Obama leans WAY back in his chair while looking at Gates? I wonder what was said. I guess O’Reilly will “body language that!

Looking forward to Crawley’s presser….

Nelsa on July 30, 2009 at 7:33 PM

I guess Biden was there so Crowley did not feel uncomfortable sitting down with two black guys.

izoneguy on July 30, 2009 at 7:21 PM

How is two black guys and a moron better?

ROCnPhilly on July 30, 2009 at 7:33 PM

A big fat Oreo cookie.

Knucklehead on July 30, 2009 at 7:24 PM

Racist! They’re not fat. Michelle Obama is fat though.

Key West Reader on July 30, 2009 at 7:34 PM

I’m just hoping someone had the good sense to rob Henry Gates’s house today.

Proud Rino on July 30, 2009 at 7:23 PM

Monitor cleaning services’ phones are ringing off the hook!

Too funny PR……..

Rovin on July 30, 2009 at 7:34 PM

Biden must have picked the lock on his room again…

JetBoy on July 30, 2009 at 7:34 PM

Why would Crowley feel “uncomfortable” sitting down with two black men? What a bunch of pandering tripe.

Limerick on July 30, 2009 at 7:35 PM

Hm. Close enough to take pictures, but far enough that nothing could be heard. (Or taped.)

commenter on July 30, 2009 at 7:35 PM

Gates has a fiance? Or is she just for show? Because I truly thought he was gay; almost 60 and never married… I guess I’m engaging in profiling and I need to stop. I’ll go have a beer now.

yogi41 on July 30, 2009 at 7:35 PM

Even the CNN camera guy realized that the media hordes clicking away with their telephotos was the real story. Too funny.

ElectricPhase on July 30, 2009 at 7:35 PM

You know, if this meeting really had been about resolving misunderstandings and narrowing the racial divide, the press wouldn’t have known it was happening. That’s the way a Man, as opposed to a Pol, would have set it up.

Socratease on July 30, 2009 at 7:35 PM

Jimmah just moved up a few more notches.

I am so embarrassed that this immature racist is our president.

fogw on July 30, 2009 at 7:36 PM

Is Crowley a dem? I heard he voted for obama – anyone know if that is true?

Ris4victory on July 30, 2009 at 7:28 PM

My guess is it’s true. Early on, he said that he “supported the President 110%”

IrishEi on July 30, 2009 at 7:36 PM

I saw they had a plate of snacks on the table.

What are the odds it was a pile of crackers?

Bishop on July 30, 2009 at 7:32 PM

You are so bad. LMAO!

Key West Reader on July 30, 2009 at 7:37 PM

Why would Crowley feel “uncomfortable” sitting down with two black men? What a bunch of pandering tripe.

Limerick on July 30, 2009 at 7:35 PM

Uh . . . maybe because one called him a racist and a liar and the other called him stupid?

AZCoyote on July 30, 2009 at 7:37 PM

I don’t think Crowley should have gone. Just politely told him no thanks.

Yeah, why is Biden there? Try to balance out the 2 racists and the white cop?

cjs1943 on July 30, 2009 at 7:37 PM

About Crowley, I read he voted for Obama and I also read he voted against Obama. Acorn must be involved.

sandee on July 30, 2009 at 7:38 PM

Biden was just there to be the token white guy to call Crowley a racist pig so Gates would appear a tiny bit rational, civil and sane instead of the biggoted loud mouth he is.

cadams on July 30, 2009 at 7:38 PM

He had better say happy things about this historic meeting or Minitru will sift through his life until they find out he never paid Columbia House that penny for those albums in 1978.

Veeshir on July 30, 2009 at 7:39 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmRXH7RkCZQ

Biden doing OK!

the_nile on July 30, 2009 at 7:39 PM

There are a few photo floating around but thought you might appreciate this caption from an AP photo. That’s right. Even though Crowley’s in the photo, he’s not important enough to gain mention in the caption with the “Harvard scholar.”

AP – President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have a beer with Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates …

IndieDogg on July 30, 2009 at 7:40 PM

Uh . . . maybe because one called him a racist and a liar and the other called him stupid?

AZCoyote on July 30, 2009 at 7:37 PM

That is why I don’t understand Sgt. Crowley’s decision to attend. I would have told them to pound sand.

farright on July 30, 2009 at 7:40 PM

I can’t make myself click the link. In the still Crowley looks like a Sargent stuck in the room with an officer he despises; upright eyes straight, “yes sir”, “no sir”. Poor guy, all that’s missing from this court is the kangaroo.

Fighton03 on July 30, 2009 at 7:41 PM

Obama is a racist.

I think that the racist industry was basically bankrupt and needed a bailout, so Obama came to the rescue.

Key West Reader on July 30, 2009 at 7:41 PM

Crowley’s was a NON-statement. Ughhh!

petefrt on July 30, 2009 at 7:41 PM

AZCoyote on July 30, 2009 at 7:37 PM

So bringing in Sesame Street Joe makes him more comfortable?
That is horsepotatos. The man is a cop. If he is insecure talking to two black men over a beer then he has no business being a cop.

Limerick on July 30, 2009 at 7:41 PM

Crowley has been had. Crowley has been bullied or snookered…… unless, of course, his union comes out now to fight.

petefrt on July 30, 2009 at 7:42 PM

You know what? I find this whole “summit” offensive. The fact that Obama insults our intelligence by thinking a photo-op somehow erases countless racial comments both he and his entire campaign/administration have made, seems reprehensible to me. I continue to ask…why does he think we’re stupid?

You can drink as many beers as you want buddy, but in the morning, that woman’s still fugly as hell.

LiquidH2O on July 30, 2009 at 7:42 PM

Were those camera shutters going off or was there a popcorn machine nearby? I bet later on in the Beer Summit, ol Joe decided to let his hair down (ha ha, made a funny. He’s losing his hair.)

mizflame98 on July 30, 2009 at 7:42 PM

And I noticed they didn’t “cheers” each other….

JetBoy on July 30, 2009 at 7:42 PM

Obama and Biden showing no respect to their guests and left their suit coats inside. I can’t recall any other President that would have done that.

Mallard T. Drake on July 30, 2009 at 7:43 PM

Such a shame comedians can’t find anything funny about the Obama Administration. Hot Air doesn’t seem to have any problems.

SAZMD on July 30, 2009 at 7:43 PM

Biden “My favorite beer is Chardonay.”

MaiDee on July 30, 2009 at 7:43 PM

Meow…..? Sorry the asshatery of this whole thing has left me with nothing to say. As such I’m going to ignore it. Any one plan on going to see GJ Joe when that comes out? I’m going to see it but I fear its going to suck terribly. I’m going more for morbid curiosity.

Optimus Prime on July 30, 2009 at 7:43 PM

“So they sat boy, girl, boy, girl.” – Mark Levin

I lol’d

rollthedice on July 30, 2009 at 7:43 PM

And I noticed they didn’t “cheers” each other….
JetBoy on July 30, 2009 at 7:42 PM

Ogabe tried; he lifted his glass and said “Here’s to me.”

Bishop on July 30, 2009 at 7:44 PM

God would it be funny if Crowley was wearing a wire?

Fighton03 on July 30, 2009 at 7:44 PM

Crowley should have politely declined. This summit is not about Crowley or Gates—it’s all about Obama.

Should have let him twist in the wind.

IrishEi on July 30, 2009 at 7:44 PM

It’s obvious the President acted stupidly at this meeting… even though I wasn’t there.

IndieDogg on July 30, 2009 at 7:45 PM

why does he think we’re stupid?

LiquidH2O on July 30, 2009 at 7:42 PM

Because the people that voted for him are.

Cr4sh Dummy on July 30, 2009 at 7:45 PM

I’m sure officer Crowley is used to being surrounded by liars, criminals and loud-mouth jerks with alcohol on their breath. I just bet he never thought he’d be doing it at the White House.

Claypigeon on July 30, 2009 at 7:45 PM

Biden “My favorite beer is Chardonay.”

MaiDee on July 30, 2009 at 7:43 PM

Biden, maybe. Obama, definitely.

petefrt on July 30, 2009 at 7:45 PM

You can drink as many beers as you want buddy, but in the morning, that woman’s still fugly as hell.

LiquidH2O on July 30, 2009 at 7:42 PM

and now it’s morning in America, and people are waking up to the date they brought home on election night.

Fighton03 on July 30, 2009 at 7:45 PM

I am thankful to Professor Gates and Sergeant Crowley for joining me at the White House this evening

Why’d he put the black guy first? RACIST!

SouthernGent on July 30, 2009 at 7:46 PM

I’m just hoping someone had the good sense to rob Henry Gates’s house today.

Proud Rino on July 30, 2009 at 7:23 PM

Damn near snorted my beer over my keyboard.Thanks for the quote of the day!

raceroh on July 30, 2009 at 7:46 PM

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