Beer Diplomacy Scheduled for Thursday

By Lee Speigel

Jul 27, 2009 10:13pm

A White House official tells ABC News that Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Cambridge Police Sgt. James Crowley will have beers with President Obama Thursday at 6 pm ET.

"The president sees this as an opportunity to get dialogue going on an issue that's been historically troubling," senior adviser David Axelrod told CBS Sunday.

After saying the Cambridge police acted "stupidly, the president felt a responsibility to step forward and kind of cool the situation down," Axelrod said.

- jpt

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