Three very gracious guys behaving like grownups.
Crowley was also pleased by the call, according to a fellow officer who asked not to be identified because he is not authorized to speak publicly about the issue.
“Jimmy said, ‘I’d be happy to come to the White House and sit down with you and Gates and have a beer,’ ” the veteran Cambridge officer said. “The president said he was acceptable to that.”
Crowley also asked President Obama if he could use his influence to oust the news media from his front lawn in Natick. “The president said, ‘I can’t get them off my front lawn,’ and Jimmy said, ‘Well, your lawn is a lot bigger than my lawn,’ ” the officer’s colleague said.
Steve Killion, president of the Cambridge patrol officers association, praised the president for calling James Crowley only a couple of hours after the news conference where leaders from Cambridge and other area police unions demanded an apology from Obama.
Killion said the president has admitted he erred by discussing a case without knowing the details.
“He acknowledges he made a mistake,” Killion said. “He wasn’t there. None of us have the facts. He didn’t have the facts. We don’t have the facts. We don’t know what professor Gates said, what Sergeant Crowley said. I’m absolutely pleased with [Obama's call]. I think it was a good thing for the president to do. He’s the commander in chief, he’s in charge. Whether or not he should be involved in local politics, he runs the country. We all want to see this behind us.”
Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, who was arrested on suspicion of breaking into his own home, has accepted Barack Obama’s invitation to visit him at the White House to have a beer with the white police officer who detained him.
Gates told the Boston Globe last night that he had spoken to Obama and agreed to meet Cambridge police sergeant James Crowley. Gates, one of the country’s most prominent black academics, said he hoped his arrest would lead to greater sensitivity on racial profiling.
“My entire academic career has been based on improving race relations, not exacerbating them,” Gates said in an email, adding: “It is time for all of us to move on, and to assess what we can learn from this experience.”
Now if Congress can get off its high horse.