By Amy Robach, NBC News Anchor
It was a surprise showing at this afternoon's White House briefing, President Obama walked in without warning to address the growing controversy surrounding his comments over the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Junior.
Earlier in the week, the president had said the Cambridge Police department had "acted stupidly" arresting Gates, and now we're hearing t expressing regret over the words he chose. He stopped short of apologizing as the Cambridge police unions had asked for, but he did make a personal phone call to the police sergeant involved. It's a story that has exploded in the media and has overshadowed the president's agenda on health care reform.
Tonight we'll have a full report from Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd, as well as analysis from "Meet the Press" moderator David Gregory. We hope you'll join us for the broadcast this evening.