Not the happiest bunch of beer buddies.
The media was intensely interested in what was brewing at the Whitehouse last week. One newscast I watched referred to it as Ale to the Chief! Dubbed the "Beer Summit", the meeting over a few cold ones was the brainchild of President Obama who thought getting maligned Harvard Professor Henry Gates, mistakenly arrested for breaking into his own house, and arresting officer James Crowley together might be a good idea - not to mention a good photo-op. It might also help put the President's knee-jerk, misspeaking "bad" behind him. Obama had referred to the Cambridge police and Officer Crowley in particular as "acting stupidly".
According to the White House, the drinks of choice were Bud Light for Mr Obama, Blue Moon for Sgt Crowley and Boston local brew Sam Adams Light for Prof Gates. It was originally reported Professor Gates had chosen Red Stripe, moving Doonesbury cartoonist Garry Trudeau to tweet under his Twitter personae @Roland_ Hedley that the suds summit was very patriotic considering it was Red, Light and Blue.
Vice President Biden drank a low-alcohol Buckler - 'nuff said.
Editorial cartoonists had great fun both with the original incident and the fallout...