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Since 1958, Ben's Chili Bowl has served chili smokes, burgers and shakes to Washingtonians and famous black figures like Martin Luther King Jr., Bill Cosby and President Obama.
President Obama tried to calm the racial furor surrounding the arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr. by calling on Gates and Sgt. James Crowley to have a beer together at the White House. Gates, editor-in-chief of The Root, says he will happily show up.
Henry Louis Gates Jr. was arrested at his home in Cambridge, Mass. after a white female passerby thought he was breaking into his own house and called police.