July 27th, 2009
12:11 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama to meet this week with professor, officer

 Professor Gates was arrested at his home in Massachusetts on a charge of disorderly conduct.
Professor Gates was arrested at his home in Massachusetts on a charge of disorderly conduct.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama will meet this week with Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and the Cambridge, Massachusetts, police officer who arrested him for disorderly conduct, James Crowley, the White House said Monday.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs did not say which day the three men will get together at the White House.

UPDATE: The White House has revealed what beer will be served at the much-anticipated meeting later this week: Bud for the president and Blue Moon for Crowley. The Boston Globe reports Gates likes Red Stripe and Beck's.

–CNN White House Correspondent Suzanne Malveaux contributed to this report.

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soundoff (313 Responses)
  1. Neutralizer

    Obambi is finish!

    July 27, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  2. Neutralizer

    Everytime the KNOW NOTHING-IN-CHIEF open his mouth, he spread VENOM.

    July 27, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  3. RealityKing

    We obvioulsy have a stupid acting cop, professor and president..

    July 27, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    That was quick. I wonder will this "teachable" moment be televised. I think this is something the nation needs to see.

    July 27, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  5. Artemisios

    This is just as I had predicted. CNN would continue with nonstop Michael Jackson stories until the next runaway bride came along. This one is a professor.

    July 27, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  6. Shawn - GA

    President Obama and Gates have shown they are racist, the officer did not.

    I am sure in many cases the officer may have acted badly and given Obama all thefuil he needed, however this time it did not happen and Obama spoke WAY too soon. He looks like a fool now, I say release the tape of the proffessor ranting and make it clear that this was handled correctly by the officer.

    God Bless America, her People and her President.

    July 27, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. demwit

    Millions of black men in prison for minor crimes and heres Obama defending his friend who screamed curses at a cop clearly doing his job correctly..

    July 27, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. Willy Brown

    Any bets on Obama and Gates offering an apology to the white police officer?

    July 27, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. RepubliKLANs Are Plain Stupid

    GOOD! Now can we move on to something much more important like passing healthcare?!...and let the race-baiters and partisan hack on both side of the isle take a hard look at themselves and see if they are not only fanning the flames of racial discord for their own personal political agrandisement?!!!

    July 27, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. Obama Victim

    Obama is becoming a national embarassment

    July 27, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  11. Scott, Tucson

    What a meeting!... Obama, the cop and the racist professor.

    July 27, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  12. demwit

    Is Obama going to invite me to the White House the next time I curse a stupid acting cop's mother?

    July 27, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  13. lowdown

    well, it's nice to know that our POTUS is now involved in the operation of the Cambridge police department.

    July 27, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  14. Right Leaning Independent

    I hope Obama uses the occasion to APOLOGIZE to officer Crowley!!! I hope that officer Crowley can convince Obama to seek help for his Racist attitude!! Lots of unruly white men are arrested every day for the same reasons as Gates!

    July 27, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  15. Halina

    Obama , the most useless President we have ever had and at a time when this country needs leadership and guidance the most.
    We can now see the reason for his 22 year attendance at a racial and radical church , Obama has fooled a lot of people...!!!

    July 27, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  16. NC

    First off, the president goofs up – by commenting on a very much local incident and to cover it up he is inviting the parties to the White house. Now what 'the invicible' Mr. Obama is also going to take over the Police system and their work under his purvue and act as a mediator/negotiator – Stupidity at its best!

    July 27, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  17. LIP

    This is good, but only as long as the President and Gates apologize to the officer for the "stupid" remarks and the idea that this was racial profiling.
    Yesterday two highway patrolmen lost their lives in an incident that looked just like this at the beginning. In that officers eyes the situation probably didn't look dangerous once he had secured the area and started listening to Professor Gates, but once Gates started slandering him and accusing him of racial profiling and insulting his family, that is where every officer has the right to draw the line in the sand and make an arrest. These people lay their lives on the line daily and deserve our respect when they are called to do their duty.

    July 27, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  18. Dont blame me

    Obama is starting to get as bad a Joe Biden.

    Foot-In-Mouth desease.

    What a joke.

    If Obama weren't so bent on screwing up the country, whatching him fall all over himself might be funny.

    July 27, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  19. Steph

    I hateful comments on this site make me sick. You should all go to church immediately and ask for forgiveness!

    These three men are behaving like adults. I think it is a great example of how real grown-ups solve problems.

    July 27, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  20. RepubliKLANs Are Plain Stupid

    the Obama hate-fest continues....as you would expect from folks who have nothing better to do than continue to bash the president, while he is trying to make amends and meet with the two people involved!!!!

    can you guys really llok in the mirror and see how sad & lonely hate-filled lives you nut jobs are living?!

    c'omon haters, getalife and move on!!!!

    July 27, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  21. ch

    Wake Up:

    African Amercians are profiled and disrespected and abused by the police every day. Prof. Gates has every right to his anger.

    STOP racial profiling!

    July 27, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  22. Terry

    Set all of the comments aside – lets have the police officer take a lie detector test. Anyone who believes that Boston and Cambridge Police do not profile Blacks, Latinos, and Hispanics, has not spent time in Boston.

    July 27, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  23. infidel

    Unfortunate event that happen but do you think this can be turned into a positive lesson for us all?
    I hope they will be drinking a domestic beer!

    July 27, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  24. makesUwonder

    The Professor and Obama showed their true colors. Two out of three of these men are racist and it's not the police officer. If I were this Sgt. the last thing I would do is sit down and have a beer with these guys. Having a beer and talking this over will not change the way Obama and the Prefessor think or feel. Call me silly, but why waste your time.

    Hey....Willy Brown........I'm betting Obama will not be offering an apology.

    July 27, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  25. Larry

    Absolutely pathetic!

    July 27, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
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