White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said President Obama's meeting with Harvard Prof. Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Cambridge Police Sgt. James Crowley hit the right tone and tamped down the uproar over Obama's comments about the cops acting "stupidly."
Jarrett made her comments to Al Hunt in an interview on Bloomberg TV. Obama touched off a controversy when he answered my question to him at a press conference about his reaction to the July arrest of Gates by Crowley.
She said the president "hit it just right" in handling the controversy triggered by his original answer.
The two met with Obama and Vice President Biden for a beer at the White House Friday, agreed to disagree and move on.
"The press hyped it up a lot more than was probably warranted, but I think that all's well that ends well, and the two of them are committed to moving on," Jarrett said, referring to Gates and Crowley.