So there wasn’t any beer that we know of, but after a three-hour convening of law enforcement, civil rights leaders, and Black Lives Matter activists that stretched to nearly four-and-a-half hours, President Obama declared the meeting a model of reaching out and finding common ground.

As Twitchy reported, DeRay Mckesson, fresh from his arrest at a protest in Baton Rouge, was on hand to share his wisdom.

In case you missed it, Mckesson is no stranger to the White House: he met with the president in February and attended briefings with Valerie Jarrett on the president’s criminal justice reform platform, one of his top priorities as he prepares to leave office. And speaking of Jarrett:

There’s a lengthy statement on the president’s Facebook page we won’t bother to reprint here, but his conclusion following more than four hours of talk was more talk: “That’s the path out of moments like these. Not to withdraw, or shout each other down, but to reach out to each other — even if it’s difficult — and find some common ground. I know it’s possible — I saw it happen this afternoon.”

Who wants to hear the president continue the lecture he started at the memorial service in Dallas?

About the activist sitting next to the president: some found her July 9 Dallas massacre tweet questioning “the story of who did it,” shall we say, problematic.

Al Sharpton, relegated by MSNBC to its crack of dawn slot on Sunday mornings, was also in attendance and didn’t seem quite so enthusiastic.

So, the path forward is:

  1. Commit to dialogue
  2. ???
  3. Enjoy universal peace and harmony

 

The talk continues Thursday, as President Obama pursues his effort to serve as some sort of marriage counselor, never judging, always insisting that everyone is kind of right no matter how vehemently they disagree.