Presidential Leadership and Conflict Resolution

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President Obama brought the policeman and the professor together for some "conflict resolution" last night. What did the "beer summit" accomplish?  Is a similar strategy working with Congress?  Will it help to achieve the goals of foreign policy? Also, good news in the worst recession since the Great Depression, and a rush of new car buyers burned up a billion dollars in cash for clunkers in less than a week. Congress has extended the program in just one day.

Banner image: Police Sergeant James Crowley (2nd R), shares a beer and speaks with Professor Henry Louis Gates, (2nd L), alongside President Obama (R) and Vice President Biden (L) on the South Lawn of the White House. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images