Now that beers have been had by Henry Louis Gates Jr, James Crowley and President Obama, now we've entered the post-beer summit phase. Such as brewery Sam Adams being thrilled that the Harvard academic chose its beer (founder Jim Koch said, "After all, Boston is our home and home to both of the president’s guests. I’m honored that the president chose to serve Professor Gates an American craft beer"), funny headlines (“TOUCH OF GLASS” — New York Daily News) and an expert analyzing the body language of the three men plus Vice President Biden (Crowley: defense; Gates: conciliatory; Obama: relaxed; Biden: odd man out).
And then there's Rudy Giuliani, giving his two cents to Sean Hannity: "He's actually right. It is teachable. Here's the lesson: Shut up."
The Caucus spoke to Gates after the drink. The Harvard scholar, whose anger over being arrested for disorderly conduct on his property seemed to have been tempered, said he appreciated the police more, "The most important thing I learned, I learned about police officers the stresses and realities of the excellent job the police do every day. At the same time, racial profiling is a very dangerous thing with a long history, and we have to make Americans more sensitive to the realities of racial profiling." And Crowley, after the beer summit, told reporters, "What you had today was two gentlemen who agreed to disagree on a particular issue. We didn’t spend too much time dwelling on the past, and we decided to look forward."
Gates said he and Crowley will meet for lunch in Boston in the near future. And, no, the men didn't apologize to each other; Gates surmised, "We didn’t go there. The president didn’t ask us to apologize. I think probably as we get to know each other, sooner or later we will revisit his perceptions of what happened that day and my perceptions. This wasn’t the time or place to do that. We’ll do it one on one."