And it's being met with some media disappointment as well. That's because the press isn't invited to the conversation and the president doesn't have plans to talk to the press after the event. This despite the fact that Obama has called the incident and the upcoming conversation as a "teachable moment."
"Well, I think that many people would have hardly imagined something like this happening this time last week," Gibbs explained. "Having them get together to talk ... about what's going on in this country is a positive thing even if you're not able to hear each and every word."
"I think that that kind of dialogue has to happen in every level of society ... if we're going to make progress on issues that we've been dealing with for quite some time."
Gibbs did say that Crowley and Gates could meet with the press following the meeting if they choose.
Some organizations are against the summit altogether because beer will be served. A group called "Pray at the pump" is staging a protest outside the White House because beer sends the "wrong message to our nation's youth who are becoming alcoholics at young ages," said the founder of the group.
While we all await the much-discussed summit, it's fun to look at the Twitter traffic out there and see what people are saying about it.
The conspiracy-theorists want a part of the action too:
billhobbs: Birthers should invite Obama over for a beer - then ask to see his birth certificate to prove he's old enough to drink!
The up and coming comedians (or criminals) are taking advantage of the situation:
badbanana With professor Gates off to have a beer with Obama, now would be the perfect time to break into his house. (hahahahah)
What's the veep's involvement going to be?
Some Tweeters don't like the president's choice of beverage (which Gibbs said would be "Bud Light"). Another doesn't approve of the media's interest in the whole thing:
Speaking of the wacky press, what "meaningless" issue will they cover next?
Another Tweeter thinks that the summit will turn the White House into the Animal House:
If Obama's summit does turn into a toga party, we'll let you know about it on Twitter! So follow us.