I've been late posting about this but now is as good a time as any.
Obama's attempt to smooth over HIS mistake with cheap American beer has to be one of the most transparent acts of ingratiation I've seen in the longest time.
Let's get things clear: Professor Henry Gates, whose tenure is due to his race and whose topic of interest is race, has the gall but the prerogative (given his lesson plans) to accuse a distinguished police officer of racism when he would not co-operate during a routine investigation. I don't know what people expect a police officer to do when he receives a call of a possible break-in but whatever.
Obama, desperate to get the American public's mind off his extremely expensive and unrealistic health-care plan, accuses the aforementioned police officer of racism and it has since blown up in his presidential face. So what does he do? He invites the parties concerned for a beer because that's what the little people do (ask a man who has never even smelled a ghetto but sure knows how to organise communities).
Man of the people.