Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               July 30, 2009

Statement from the President following his conversation with the Vice President, Professor Gates and Sergeant Crowley

"I am thankful to Professor Gates and Sergeant Crowley for joining me at the White House this evening for a friendly, thoughtful conversation.  Even before we sat down for the beer, I learned that the two gentlemen spent some time together listening to one another, which is a testament to them.   I have always believed that what brings us together is stronger than what pulls us apart. I am confident that has happened here tonight, and I am hopeful that all of us are able to draw this positive lesson from this episode."

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