Washington, Jul 31: In effort to defuse the racial row, US President Barack Obama played bartender-in-chief at 'beer summit' on Thursday, Jul 31 with professor Henry Gates and police.
Sitting along a picnic table next to the White House's swing set, the three were seen drinking beer from clear glass mugs along munching peanuts and pretzels served in small silver bowls.
Obama also invited Vice President, Joe Biden, to what the US media has characterised as the beer summit.
"It's a clever term, but this is not a summit, guys," Obama said. Hours before the anticipated meeting, Obama said he is "fascinated with the fascination about this evening."
He also said, "It's three folks having a drink at the end of the day, and giving themselves a chance to listen to each other, adding, the goal is to lower the temperature on an even that has become so hyped and so symbolic. It is to reduce the anger and hyperbole, and promote self-reflection."
"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," said the US President.