Today’s Q’s for O’s WH

Jul 24, 2009 4:14pm

ABC News' Yunji de Nies reports: DE NIES:  Robert, do you anticipate that there will, in fact, be a meeting here at the White House?  I mean, I know that… GIBBS:  I think the president hopes so.  I think the president hopes that, again, that this is a moment that can be used to discuss these issues.
DE NIES:  And when do you expect him to reach out to Mr. Gates?
GIBBS:  I said I'd check on that, so I don't know the answer to that.
…. DE NIES:  Robert, what's the lesson ? If this is a teachable moment — what does the president want the country to take away from this?
GIBBS:  Well, I think, as he said yesterday, and I think as he said today, we — and I think as even he said at the news conference — you had a call come in, and you had an officer respond to a call about a potential break-in.
And as I said yesterday, as well, there was a — there was clearly a point sometime after that where both sides could have stepped back a little bit and maybe we wouldn't have had all of this play out the way it has.
I think he understands the enormity of the job that law enforcement has, and I think he spoke today about the tension that has been — that has been there with, in some African-American communities, with law enforcement, and that working together, in having that dialogue and in communicating, we can make things better for both involved.

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