A few more details are dribbling out about the beer at the White House Thursday among President Obama and the two protagonists in the Cambridge drama -- Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., and police Sergeant James Crowely.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs confirmed this afternoon that the president will drink Bud Light at the get-together, planned for 6 p.m. at a picnic table outside the Oval Office, if the weather cooperates.
Asked for more details, Gibbs told reporters on Air Force One that he believes the travel arrangements for Gates and Crowley are being made privately, that Crowley is bringing some family members, and that he wasn't sure about Gates bringing guests.
The meeting itself will be private, but there will be a press availability either at the beginning or the end, the spokesman said.
Lucia Whalen, the woman who called 911 to report the possible break-in at Gates's home that led to his arrest, gave her account in a news conference today.
Her attorney, Wendy Murphy, said Gates and Crowley, then Obama, all overreacted, while Whalen was the only one who remained cool.
"The three highly trained guys who reacted badly are getting together for a beer," Murphy told reporters. "The one person whose actions have been exemplary will be at work tomorrow in Cambridge. I don't know -- maybe it's a guy thing. She doesn't like beer anyway."
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