The Swagged-Out Moment: Calling for a "Beer Summit" at the White House with black Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and white Massachusetts police Sgt. James Crowley to discuss an incident that had occurred between them
When It Happened: July 2009
Why It Was So Great: It's not a new idea to sit two guys down to settle a disagreement over a beer. But, never before had a President openly called for it to take place at the White House. At the time, Obama said he was "fascinated by the fascination about this evening." Why, Mr. President? It was a pretty awesome evening, no?