WH: Obama sit-down with Gates, Crowley is “about having a beer,” not formal meeting

By Caitlin Taylor

Jul 28, 2009 10:48am

ABC News’ Karen Travers reports: White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters this morning that President Obama’s highly anticipated beer diplomacy session on Thursday with Prof. Gates and Sgt. Crowley will be outside with the three men sitting at the picnic table by the new swing set (weather permitting). Gibbs said the session will not have a formal agenda, but will offer the opportunity to “step back a bit” and have a dialogue. “This is about having a beer,” he said. Gibbs said that Crowley is expected to bring his family with him for the White House visit. At a tele-town hall meeting with AARP this afternoon, President Obama will reiterate his case directly to the American people for acting against the status quo and the need for health care reform, Gibbs said. Obama is expected to take questions from the audience in Washington and there will be 100,000 members across the country on the phone, able to chime in with questions. Asked how long the president was going to continue to make the same case about health care, Gibbs said he’ll do it until he gets a bill. Gibbs had no more info on what members the president has reached out to on the Hill but said he is speaking to both Democrats and Republicans. –Karen Travers

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