This just posted on CBS’ web site:
President Obama said Friday that he “could have calibrated [his] words differently” when he suggested Wednesday that the Cambridge police acted “stupidly” in arresting Harvard professor Henry Lewis Gates, Jr.
“To the extent that my choice of words didn’t illuminate but rather contributed to more media frenzy, I think that was unfortunate,” Mr. Obama said in a surprise appearance at the White House press briefing.
The president told reporters he had just spoken to Sergeant James M. Crowley, the arresting officer in the case. He said his words “unfortunately, I think, gave an impression that I was maligning the Cambridge police department or Sergeant Crowley specifically.”
There’s word on Twitter that Obama will bring Gates to the White House for a beer.
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