FROM John Marks
The Beer Summit: Race and Reconciliation Civil rights leaders applauded Barack Obama for saying the Cambridge police " acted stupidly ." The police union demanded an apology. President Obama invited Professor Gates and Sergeant Crowley to have "a drink at the end of the day…for a friendly, thoughtful conversation." Crowley says there were no apologies, but no tension either and that "two gentlemen agreed to disagree on a particular issue." A spokesman for Gates says, "The differences are not that far apart… we learned some things and we can make important changes." Did last night's " Beer Summit " start to clear the air about racial profiling? Did it quell the media firestorm over the President's comment? What did it reveal about the leadership style of a former community organizer facing Congressional partisanship and intractable conflicts all over the world?