It appears that the final act of the Henry Louis Gates Jr. imbroglio will take place at the White House, with the police officer, the professor and the President having a drink together. The President made a surprise appearance in the White House press room this afternoon to apologize for his remarks about the case–he said that they were “unfortunate,” in that they ratcheted up the heat over the incident. He also said that he spoke, and joked, with the officer involved–and that while he still believed it was wrong to arrest Gates, it seemed obvious that his friend had overreated as well. He noted that these sorts of incidents touched a raw nerve in the black and Latino communities. And then he said he’d invited both men over for a drink, though the date for it hadn’t been set yet. And so, pace Gatesgate.