President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have a beer with Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Cambridge, Mass., police Sgt. James Crowley in the Rose Garden of the White House on July 30, 2009
(Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
In this July 30, 2009, file photo, President Obama, right, and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., left, have a beer with Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., second from left, and Cambridge, Mass., police Sgt. James Crowley in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. A review of the case released Wednesday, June 30, 2010, said both Mr. Gates and Sgt. Crowley missed opportunities to "ratchet down" the situation and end things more calmly during a confrontation when Gates was arrested outside his Cambridge home in July 2009. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
President Obama made time for a 2009 beer summit with Sgt. James Crowley and Henry Louis Gates Jr. — but not for the funeral of a slain Chicago girl who'd played with her high school band at the president's 2013 inauguration.