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

Obama to meet this week with professor, officer

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/US/07/22/harvard.gates.interview/art.gates.demotix.jpg caption=" 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. Joe

    Hopefully Professor Gates will thank Sgt. Crowley for showing up to protect his home, given that Sgt. Crowley had received a call about a burglary in progress and had no reason to act differently than he did.

    July 27, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  2. katiec

    Good, now maybe the media can move on to important issues.
    Like health care reform (both sides presented unbiased, ha),
    fact checking etc.
    Have an idea CNN. You are always posting statements from
    "influential, noted, prominent, head of party" sources as God
    given truths. Why don't you daily conduct polls with us bloggers,
    posting outcomes. Think you just might get better results on
    what is happening and what the people think.

    July 27, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. Expat American

    He shouldn't have made any comment. He is not the President of African-American issues. He is the President of the United States. Someone else should have publicly addressed that situation, not President Obama.

    But 'National Embarrassment'?- Obama Victim, take a drive through red state America and find yourself some of your like-minded Palin Slack Jaw brethren and ask them to find Zimbabwe on a map if you are looking for a 'National Embarrassment'.

    July 27, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. Carlos

    I hope Crowley declines this public relations show.

    July 27, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. Independent in IA

    Right!!!!....The Great Mediator....why doesn't he just keep that long 'stick it in your face' nose out of where it does NOT belong. That jerk-off can't even bring together his own party.

    July 27, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  6. JGB

    What is the point of this Meeting? Obama needs to stay out of this, this is NOT a presidential matter. All Obama needs to do is apologize for making a STUPID comment without knowing anything about the situation. Too bad Obama CANNOT apoligize for his wrong doings, but he sure can apologize for the wrong doings of the AMERICAN people to other countries.

    July 27, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  7. Jack C

    Gates had one goal in mind and that was "to find a way to sue"......he knows that is lost now. He should of thanked the officers and KINDLY gave his identification and acted like an intellligent person.
    Jack C

    July 27, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  8. DJ

    Great opportunity for Obama to lead on race. Good for him. Does this guy ever sleep??

    July 27, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  9. JT from MO

    As an 18 year old, I want my country to be successful and prosperous in the future,and that cannot happen if bickering between Americans keeps on happening. As Americans we cannot wish for any president, democrat or republican, to fail because our country will fail with the president. I do not want my children to see what I have seen so far. Again, that takes effort from ALL Americans to bring Amerca to her feet again. My mom always has and always will repeat this phrase; Work hard and make sacrifices now to ensure a prosperous futrure or bicker, complain, and do nothing now and make our children pay for OUR mistakes. I love my country, and I would love to see it succeed, so please people, get over your sweet selves and put your backs into it by helping AMERICA'S president.

    July 27, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. daniel

    For every story that appears with the name Obama in it, no matter how innocuous, the haters are instantly out in force. Not even a neutral comment has appeared on this board as of the time of this writing. You have to wonder who these people are that they have so much time to devote to vomiting up their venom day in, day out.

    July 27, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  11. Randy

    I voted for Obama but this is absurd. He's the President of the United States and this is something he should have stayed out of. He ran his mouth before he had all the facts. Mr. President don't you have more pressing matters?

    July 27, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. Dems love to play Identity Politics

    Obama's mask is slowly coming off.

    July 27, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  13. No Obama = No Hillary

    Think so Neutralizer. Go back and check the Rush Bambi script again for more tips.

    July 27, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  14. twitwits are the new nitwits

    Gates is an overeducated nitwit and the cop is nothing more than a crook with a badge,like most cops that have to compensate for their lack of manhood with a big gun and a big mouth.

    July 27, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  15. John James

    When Obama does not have his teleprompter he sounds like the unintelligent person that he truly is...not to speak of a narcissium is his primary attribute.
    John J

    July 27, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  16. CA Conservative

    And just who is paying for their transportation, etc. to attend this crow eating event ?

    July 27, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  17. Polly

    Good opportunity for Crowley to apologize for his STUPID BEHAVIOR

    July 27, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  18. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    the media needs to let this go
    both the man and the officer were wrong in how it went down
    and the president was defending his freind
    who cares about it . the only good thing was no one got hurt .
    and the officer had control of the situation and MADE BAD CHOICES
    and so did MR GATES .

    July 27, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  19. McAdoo

    Why is this becoming a federal issue? It appears to me that Prof. Gates aggravated the situation by demonstrating the same behavior he accused the police of conducting. I do not believe he would have been arrested had he not over reacted. He is a Professor of African – American Studies. We all have our prejudices to over come.

    July 27, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  20. GOP = 21st century dodo

    The reason this doesn't make sense to the GOP base is because Republicans do not understand the concepts of "accepting responsibility" or "admitting an error". That's why perpetual victim and serial blamer Sarah Palin is so popular among them

    July 27, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  21. Allentown teacher

    When i read the "venom" spread by the haters of Obama, I feel sorry for this nation. We have certainly become a country of idiot opinionators who believe "they" are so right and everyone else is so wrong. It is disheartening that people cannot see the logic of events, the importance of context, and the importance of moderation.

    We are so better off with this President, who can think, reflect, accept when he has made a mistake, and moves quickly to bring people together.

    I do think that it is a teachable moment. Gates and Crowley overreacted. Both are at fault. I see these types of standoffs all the time, and they have to end.

    July 27, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  22. Galileo813

    Excellent opportunity to cover ground that doesn't otherwise get covered, and to show leadership.

    July 27, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  23. LaTanya

    These posts are ridiculous. Obama is being a leader. We had an issue that can be seen as racial to anyone and he is taking a lead by saying, lets sit down and talk about this and show the rest of America and the world that we can talk about our issues and clear them up. Which is the way every issue or problem should be handled. The President, being African American and very popular is using that to help solve an issue. Guess what? He is SMART enough to have this meeting, make it productive and work on solving all the mess George Bush and the Republicans left us in. He is working, which is more than I can say for Bush and his cronies. They just got rich off the American people and didn't tackle any issues we had in this country besides lining their pockets.

    July 27, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  24. jake1963

    Geesh, you all are soooo over-reacting to this. I find it interesting that conservatives are always the ones who say "don't be so PC and jump over every word people say". Now they look weak and offended and can't stop crying over this one.

    Give me a break, and, Neutralizer, sorry, Obama is far from finished. Still has ratings far higher than Bush had at anytime in his last 4 years.

    This isn't even a news story. Police are security services and should not engage in petty politicking and certainly shouldn't be so easily offended.

    July 27, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  25. 9corona

    Who cares, in the words of Cindy Lauper, "True Colors, shining through".... This from a white 44 yr old educated male who was laid off in Jan...

    I'm not looking for energy bills, healthcare reform – I AM LOOKING FOR WORK! My last vote for Obama was just that -My last.

    July 27, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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