Historic beer summit probably not as influential as Yalta conference
You probably couldn't say President Obama's "beer summit" was as influential as FDR's "Yalta Conference," but that doesn't mean the meeting with the president, the professor, and the cop wasn't meaningful.Skip to next paragraph
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Now, because the press wasn't invited to the South Lawn meeting between President Obama, Vice President Biden, Harvard professor Henry Gates, and Cambridge police officer James Crowley, we'll just have to piece together what happened at the event.
It's just not that newsworthy!
The White House began downplaying the significance of the meeting shortly after announcing it would happen. Just hours before the meeting yesterday, President Obama said the summit shouldn't lead the news cycle, suggesting that his meeting with the president of The Philippines should get top billing.
It didn't. All the networks led with the beer summit.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs today lampooned the national media interest, saying, "My favorite was the 'Ale to the Chief' icon complete with a countdown clock [to the time the meeting began]," on NBC.
He marveled that the network played b-roll footage of President Carter's historic meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat while promoting the upcoming beer summit.
"I think the president's reaction to the hoopla was much justified," Gibbs said to laughter.
So what happened?