The Moment Is Beer

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Sometimes the Associated Press pulls out one of those leads that just says it all. From Ben Feller’s story just moved on the wire about the Obama/Gates/Crowley Bud Light/Red Stripe/Blue Moon moment:

Offering cold beer and careful words, President Barack Obama is trying to bury a political distraction and show the nation how conversation can help ease racial conflict. Just don’t expect to hear much Thursday evening: The moment billed as teachable won’t be that reachable for the masses.

It’s still too early to say what will happen, but the whole orchestration calls to mind the wise observation of Stephen Colbert at the 2006 White House Correspondent’s Association Dinner: “No matter what happens to America, she will always rebound—with the most powerfully staged photo ops in the world.”

More to come after 6 p.m.