From NBC's Scott Foster
In an off-camera gaggle, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says today's meeting between the president, Sgt. Crowley and Prof. Gates is "not an after action report," and he reiterated there will be "no formal agenda."
"We are not here to mediate apologies," Gibbs added.
Gibbs says the president believes the meeting will help "foster a dialogue" on race, but Gibbs added, "It's not something that's just going to involve him or the actions of the presidency. ... It has to continue to happen at all levels."
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Don't expect any comments from the photo spray, Gibbs said.
"I don't anticipate any sound at the meeting, whether or not they talk afterwards is completely up to them," Gibbs said.
The families of Crowley and Gates who are coming to the White House will also get a tour of the White House, according to Gates.
Also, Gibbs said there was never a discussion of inviting the 9-1-1 caller, Lucia Whalen, to tonight's meeting.
"I only saw some comments by her lawyer, but the best I can say is it was never something that was discussed, " Gibbs said.