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White House Hopes Gates, Crowley Come For Beer This Week

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The White House says plans are under way for the police officer and professor at the center of a racial controversy to join President Barack Obama for a beer.

Spokesman Robert Gibbs says he hopes Sgt. James Crowley and Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. will have a drink with the president this week.

Crowley arrested Gates in his home earlier this month after receiving a report of a possible break-in. Obama initially said the police acted "stupidly." But the president called Crowley Friday and told him he regretted his choice of words. The two discussed getting a beer at the White House with Gates.

This program aired on July 27, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

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