President Obama made a historic and unannounced visit to the White House briefing room to quell the pubic upset over his statement about the arrest of his friend and scholar Henry Gates. At the most recent press conference this week Obama said, “the Cambridge police acted stupidly!” Now he contends, both Sgt. Crowley and Professor Gates “overreacted.” Obama made the statements after a phone call to Sgt. Crowley. President Obama has also extended an invitation to both men to have a beer with him at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. to put the issue to rest. Was it right for the presidents to dial back what he originally said? Or did he bow to pressure from police groups and Washington political figures?