Obama Names Thursday "Drink A Beer With Someone Who Arrested You Day"

07/28/2009 09:38 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

In an effort to foster better understanding between police and the people they have recently handcuffed in their own homes, President Barack Obama today named this Thursday "Drink a Beer With Someone Who Arrested You Day."

Explaining his decision, the President told reporters, "When tempers run a little high, there's one thing that always helps people think a little more rationally: beer."

The President said he hoped that his proclamation would result in thousands of get-togethers around the country between police officers and the innocent people they recently arrested.

For members of minority communities who have not been arrested recently, Mr. Obama had reassuring words: "The week's still young." More here.