According to the New York Times today, "President Obama said Friday that he 'could have calibrated' his words more carefully in the controversy over the arrest of a Harvard professor, but added that he believed there was an 'overreaction' by both sides in a case that has inflamed racial tensions across the country.
“'I continue to believe, based on what I have heard, that there was an overreaction in pulling Professor Gates out of his home to the station,' Mr. Obama added. 'I also continue to believe, based on what I heard, that Professor Gates probably overreacted as well. My sense is you’ve got two good people in a circumstance in which neither of them were able to resolve the incident in the way that it should have been resolved and the way they would have liked it to be resolved.'”