Well, the President, the Vice President, and the nation's most famous "disturbing the peace" duo sat down for a frosty mug last night in the White House gardens. I saw some of the breathless coverage on CNN as it was happening, and it was pretty pathetic (the coverage, that is).
All in all, I think this was a smart move by the President and well-executed. Crowley continues to impress ("Two gentlemen agree to disagree on a particular issue") and I think the President has pretty much tamped this one down (until Gates decides to sue the police, at which point all bets are off).
I was enamored with the President's "cocktail party" receptions earlier in the Administration, but I haven't heard much of them lately. I'd hoped he would keep them up. It is a bit ironic that a guy who doesn't drink is so very much interested in a President's having a few drinks with his co-workers....but I have this "MadMen" inspired view of the world that the late 50's and early 60's were a civilized time, and that there was very little a late-afternoon martini wouldn't improve.