President Obama teaches us to address "race-based" disputes by seating the parties involved -- along with Vice President Joe Biden -- at his table over mugs of beer. We hereby offer candidates for 10 long-overdue presidential "Race Beer Summits":
10) Rep. Diane Watson, D-Calif., and Ward Connerly.
Prominent black businessman Connerly led California's successful grass-roots effort to repeal race- and gender-based preferences. Then-state Sen. Watson, a black woman and staunch affirmative action supporter, attacked Connerly: "He's married to a white woman. He wants to be white. He wants a colorless society. He has no ethnic pride. He doesn't want to be black."
9) The Rev. Al Sharpton and former prosecutor Steven Pagones.
In 1987, 15-year-old Tawana Brawley claimed that white racists abducted, raped and sodomized her -- scrawling the initials "KKK" on her with human feces. A grand jury later determined the entire incident a complete hoax. Sharpton, however, accused then-Assistant District Attorney Pagones of committing the crime! "We stated openly that Steven Pagones did it. If we're lying, sue us." Pagones did. A jury unanimously concluded that Sharpton defamed Pagones. Sharpton never apologized.
8) Jesse Jackson and Washington Post deputy managing editor Milton Coleman.
When Jesse Jackson, in 1984, called Jews "hymies" and New York City "Hymietown," then-reporter Coleman exposed Jackson's use of the epithets. Jackson initially challenged Coleman's credibility by denying he said those words. Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan called the black reporter a "traitor" worthy of death: "We're going to make an example of Milton Coleman. ... One day soon we will punish you with death." Jackson publicly apologized to the "Jewish community," but not to Coleman. Farrakhan apologized to neither. (The minister doesn't drink -- so no invitation.)
7) Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and former President George W. Bush.
Then-Senate candidate McCaskill said, "George Bush let people die on rooftops in New Orleans (during Hurricane Katrina) because they were poor and because they were black."
6) Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and the New York branch of the NAACP.