July 27th, 2009
12:11 PM ET
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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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  1. Samantha P.

    When will Obama learn that he isn't allowed to play by the same rules as his white counterparts. EVERYTHING he says and does will be used to chip away at his popularity. Whites in this country invented the race card, yet are always ready to accuse everyone else of using it.

    This incident was nothing more than whites telling minorities to "stay in your place". Crowley didn't start teaching sensitivity training because he wanted to...it was assigned to him. Just because you teach it, doesn't mean you live it.

    I'm sure Gates was mouthing off (like thousands of other people everyday), but it's not illegal and cops are trained to deal with that. As a Sargeant, it was his job to diffuse the situation, not escalate it.
    Don't be misled, Crowley has a REPUTATION in that Cambridge are among minorities period.

    So over this country....

    July 27, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  2. John

    There has been a lot of discussion about this being a "teachable moment", Gates and Crowley "working out their differences", etc. I fail to see what differences there are to "work out". Crowley did his job as he saw it, filed the proper paperwork, and went home. Even if he did do something wrong, he has no "differences" with Gates that need to be worked out. And what is the teachable moment about it other than to confirm that if you are important enough, have important enough friends, and sream loud enough, you recive preferential treatment.

    July 27, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. Ken

    This guy needs impeached, now it thinks it's part of his job to get involved in local police situations. What if they both were BLACK.
    Officer Crowley should tell Obama do your JOB and I'll do mine

    July 27, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. 5th Grader

    I hope they kiss and make up!!

    July 27, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. cmkc

    Wake up. The police were CALLED to this residence. No profiling involved.

    July 27, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  6. Donald Watkins II

    I thinks it's a great gesture on the part of President Obama to meet with these two men. Maybe he can smooth things over between Professor Gates and Officer Crowley. I really like the idea of the President asking them to sit down and have a beer with him.

    July 27, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. John in AZ

    This whole story is ridiculous. Police officers should be trained to diffuse situations. Why would this officer not understand the professor's distress at being reported as a thief at his own home? And why are people overlooking this aspect of the story in favor of looking at Obama's comments? The real story is the neighbors.

    July 27, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  8. Paula

    Next agenda, take over all police departments, nationalize them, kick the whites out, only black officers so none can act stupidly.

    July 27, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  9. Dan Holiday

    And Carnac the Magnificent says, "A cop, a flop and a fop."

    The question is, "Who will be drinking beers at the White House?"

    July 27, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  10. Peoples Voice

    Anybody notice CNN did not report the news that the initial police report was falsified. The woman who made the 911 call did not say anything about seeing black men.

    The cops were wrong, and in their usual manner when wrong, they lied through their teeth. Then they all got together for a news conference and acted like a bunch of insulted cry babies.

    Cop worshiping in this country has reached a dangerous level.

    July 27, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  11. Jake J

    Does anyone doubt Obama is stupid after his racist comment (and not knowing one fact re the issue) and his accusing Drs of taking kids tonsils out to make more money, even though the primary Dr does not take Drs out, nor the Pediatrictian. He's stupid.
    Jake J
    Nevada

    July 27, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  12. Matthew

    I am sure Officer Crowley will have to sit through some kind of racially incendiary remarks. Unfortunately as an American if the President calls you must be present. At least Gates would be too embarrassed to yell in front of Obama so it should be civil.

    July 27, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  13. dominican mama 4 Obama

    I guess this is one of those moments that you Obama-haters have been pissing your thongs waiting for. You have the nerve to call this President racist while making references to his lip size and color, his childrens' hair texture etc. Got a lot of nerve, I must admit....but he's STILL OUR President.

    The officer may have acted correctly, may not have. The reality doesn't change. The President knew what he was talkiing about when he answered the question at the press conference. Too bad he had to clean it up.

    July 27, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  14. JIM GRAHAM

    Who said you could'nt make a Federal case out of anything...Pres Obama this issue is none of your business..Pls move on to more important things like hte rest of the country

    July 27, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  15. BJD55

    Just hate to see MSM turning this into a photo op and "it's all about B.O." Very unpresidential to comment without any facts! The penny-pincher in me asks and why can't they meet when B.O. visits Martha's Vineyard VS the taxpayers footing the cost of yet another expensive photo op??

    July 27, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  16. RNC = DNC = politics as usual

    Obama: Hey look – how about this white vs. black issue again? Cool, huh?

    Stop looking at my health reform mess. Stop counting my broken promises. Stop checking up on me.

    July 27, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  17. Tim

    I'm impressed that Sgt. Crowley is being a bigger man than the other two. I don't know if I would want to meet with a man that called me a racist outright and a President who implied that I was a racist. Crowley is a class act!! Can't say that about the other two.

    July 27, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  18. Rob

    Let's see, the 911 call didn't indicate the color of the 'alleged' person breaking in. The arresting officer has shown in the past that he is anything but racist. Yet the professor is obviously a race-baiting reverse-racist himself, and the president obviously has a grudge against any white person that has made a name for themself thru hard work. Yeah, I'm sure there's a lot that will get done at this meeting.

    Just waiting to hear Gates accuse the police officer of selecting a 'white' beer.

    July 27, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  19. John

    I really think allowing such venomous comments to your news articles really cheapens the validity of your journalism. All of your news stories become perceived to be nothing more than political rants and no one can discern real news anymore. Are you a news organization or just a forum for political commentary.

    July 27, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  20. Ray ray

    RELEASE THE TAPES!!

    Officer Crowley deserves an APOLOGY – not a beer.

    July 27, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  21. Tammy

    Imagine if the roles were reversed and the cop was black and the professor was white??? OMG, whites would be demanding his immediate resignation.

    Same rules don't apply to whites in this country.

    July 27, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  22. Steve

    While it is a nice gesture to try and get a better understanding between the two men I'm sure this is at taxpayer expense and not needed. The President gaffed. Get over it and move on.

    July 27, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  23. Janice J

    Obama has leadership re little matters – like a 16 yr old Community Organizer – however when it comes to major issues he is going around the world diminishing the Country he is Pres of. He's a sorry mess.
    Janice J
    Nevada

    July 27, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  24. kj

    Yeah, that's it. Trash the President, because you are all so much brighter and diplomatic. What's wrong with cutting to the chase and getting these guys together to better understand what really happened? I agree he shouldn't have commented one way or other before doing this, but then, WE never make even small mistakes do we? I think Obama is doing a great job and so do the majority of Americans! I'm tired of all the sore loser who tear him down constantly for the stupidest reasons. I'd like to see you do a better job!

    July 27, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  25. Someone

    This is a very positive step– to try to ease the antagonism that exists on all sides by bringing the relevant parties together. Obama is being respectful of both of them now, which is as it should be.

    As for the president being involved at all– well, it's become a national media issue whether it should be or not. And it touches on a lot of issues that do come up frequently all over the country (the attitude of citizens toward the police, the attitude of police towards the citizen) so they are worth addressing this way I think.

    July 27, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
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