Why Did Obama Invite Crowley and Gates to the White House for a Beer?

What did the president accomplish by inviting the two to talk over beers?

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The "beer summit" between Sergeant James Crowley and Henry Louis Gates is just "an opportunity to listen to each other," explained President Obama. "This is not a university seminar. It is not a summit. It's an attempt to have some personal interaction when an issue has become so hyped and so symbolic." Should Obama have invited Crowley and Gates to the White House for beer? Was it a waste of time? Did it help or hurt President Obama's handling of the controversy? Post your thoughts.

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