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The Teachable Moment

2:04 PM, Jul 31, 2009 • By VICTORINO MATUS
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Four men, four different beers. (Really three different beers and one nonalcoholic beverage.) It remains unclear what Obama was hoping to have achieved with the summit. Would Professor Gates admit he lost his temper and said things to a law enforcement officer he shouldn't have? Would Officer Crowley admit he should not have handcuffed and taken the professor to the station on disorderly conduct charges? As Crowley later explained, the two men agreed to disagree and focused on the future. This suggests Crowley has a different recollection of that night and what was said. Same with Gates. Which ultimately led to a wasted PR opportunity for the White House. The cameramen were kept back and the resulting footage better resembled Roger Patterson's "Bigfoot" clip than what the president really wanted: the end of Volcano when the black cop is carrying the white kid, helping him look for his mother. But volcanic ash has turned everyone gray. The kid notices this and in his sweet innocence says, "Look at their faces. They all look the same." (Fast forward to the 2:30 mark and enjoy!)