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Historic beer summit probably not as influential as Yalta conference


(Read caption) Hey, where's Joe Biden? Although the vice president participated in the historic beer summit last night at the White House, he was not present in a photo showing President Obama, professor Gates, and Sgt. Crowley toasting each other at meeting on the South Lawn.

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You probably couldn't say President Obama's "beer summit" was as influential as FDR's "Yalta Conference," but that doesn't mean the meeting with the president, the professor, and the cop wasn't meaningful.

It is safe to say the picnic table sitdown was more influential than the many beer summits that Da Bears' Superfans had on Saturday Night Live. It just lines up somewhere between the two.

Now, because the press wasn't invited to the South Lawn meeting between President Obama, Vice President Biden, Harvard professor Henry Gates, and Cambridge police officer James Crowley, we'll just have to piece together what happened at the event.

It's just not that newsworthy!

The White House began downplaying the significance of the meeting shortly after announcing it would happen. Just hours before the meeting yesterday, President Obama said the summit shouldn't lead the news cycle, suggesting that his meeting with the president of The Philippines should get top billing.

It didn't. All the networks led with the beer summit.


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