SGT Crowley said that the summit was “productive and the two men plan to meet again.” In fact, the Czar hears, the two really hit it off, and thought they had something special going, what with all the eye contact. Both love campouts, apparently, and hope to straighten some things out on a camping trip to a highway rest stop.
Back to business. Check out this statement from Gates:
Let me say that I thank God that (I) live in a country in which police officers put their lives at risk to protect us every day, and, more than ever, I’ve come to understand and appreciate their daily sacrifices on our behalf. I’m also grateful that we live in a country where freedom of speech is a sacrosanct value and I hope that one day we can get to know each other better, as we began to do at the White House this afternoon over beers with President Obama
If you didn’t know better, you might think he was saying he kind of understands why a police officer could think that some crazy guy violently screaming incoherence at him might, you know, be a threat to people’s safety.
“After the incident, Obama himself quickly got involved, saying at a news conference that police in Cambridge, Massachusetts, ‘acted stupidly.’…His comment itself drew criticism and later he softened his stance, saying, ‘I could’ve calibrated those words differently.’” Yeah. You could have said Gates acted stupidly, but you didn’t.
The President apparently objects to the term Beer Summit, saying “”It’s a clever term, but this is not a summit, guys. This is three folks having a drink at the end of the day, and hopefully giving people an opportunity to listen to each other, and that’s really all it is.” Three folks? What about Joe Biden, who attended? “He ain’t like folk,” the President laughed.
“He said he would be surprised if the media makes the meeting out to be more important than his meeting Thursday with Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo,” who apparently will drink several San Miguels before hurling into the rose bushes.