Obama beer summit provides gold mine for comedians
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Not surprisingly, Bill Maher was more pointed in his remarks: "So, I don't know if this is a case of racism. The police in Cambridge say it had nothing to do with Gates being black. They said they would have given the same treatment to any minority."Skip to next paragraph
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A good comedian doesn't just stop with one joke. Maher produced a combo-meal with: "But it's all coming out okay, because Obama today spoke to Officer Crowley on the phone. He said he was a good man, a good policeman, and they could find common ground. Although he did find it strange at the end of their conversation that Crowley demanded to see his birth certificate."
Fallon said the meeting was one of just many to come: "Obama wants to make this a regular thing. He's already invited Ahmadinejad over for Appletinis."
The ever-jolly Conan O'Brien noted, "Of course, President Obama has invited Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates and the policeman who arrested him to the White House. Reportedly, Obama is going to serve them Budweiser. And in the spirit of racial harmony, Budweiser is changing its nickname from the 'King of Beers' to the 'Martin Luther King of Beers.'"
O'Brien proved he could combo-meal it too with: "President Obama, of course, everyone knows, has invited Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates and the police officer who arrested him to the White House for a beer. Of course, this could be trouble, because the last time Obama got a few beers in him, he bought General Motors."
Everyone's got their favorite joke. Ours was this gem from Conan: "They had the big beer summit earlier tonight at the White House. President Obama had a beer with Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates and the policeman who arrested him. The meeting got off to a rough start when a neighbor called the police to say Gates was breaking into the White House."
By the way, it wasn't just the comedians who had fun with the story. The mainstream news media had a blast with it too. On the night of the summit, Hardball's Chris Matthews compared Joe Biden to Ed McMahon (we included the video below).