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Professor Gates, Police Sgt. Crowley set for Obama's 'beer summit'

When President Obama hosts Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Police Sgt. James Crowley on Thursday, they are expected to discuss their differences over three different beers.

July 30, 2009|Mark Silva

WASHINGTON — To each his own.

It could be the theme of that get-together over a cold beer that the president, the professor and the police officer have planned at the White House today to discuss the dust-up that was stirred up when President Obama accused the Cambridge, Mass., police of acting "stupidly" in the arrest of Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. at his own home.

The president is planning to crack a Bud Light at the meeting with Gates and Police Sgt. James Crowley.

"As I understand it -- I have not heard this, I've read this, so I'll just repeat what I've read -- that professor Gates said he liked Red Stripe, and I believe Sgt. Crowley mentioned to the president that he liked Blue Moon," said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

Red Stripe is a Jamaican standard, Blue Moon from Golden, Colo.

As for Bud Light, well, the owners live in Belgium these days, but the president was drinking one of their products at the Major League Baseball All-Star game, where he tossed out the opening pitch recently in St. Louis, home of Budweiser.

"So we'll have the gamut covered tomorrow afternoon," said Gibbs, noting that they won't be cracking any cold ones inside the Oval Office. "I think we're still thinking, weather permitting, the picnic table out back."

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mdsilva@latimes.com

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