It's Beer Time at White House

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 30, 2009 5:02 PM CDT

(Newser) – It's happy hour at the White House. President Obama, Joe Biden, Henry Louis Gates Jr., and James Crowley are clinking beer glasses in the White House Rose Garden, but alas, the media isn't invited to listen in. Earlier, the president sought to tamp down expectations, noting that he's "fascinated with the fascination with this evening." (CNN has no fewer than five cameras in place.) He even objected to the term Beer Summit.

"This is not a summit," Obama said. “It’s a clever term, but this is not a summit, guys. It’s three folks having a drink at the end of the day and hopefully giving people an opportunity to listen to each other. And that’s really all it is."