[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/23/art.gibbs0223.gi.jpg caption=" White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs called some of the partisan tension before Thursday's summit 'locker room material.'"]
Washington (CNN)-With Republican criticism mounting over Thursday's health care summit, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs called the tensions as "a bit of pre-game chatter" and "locker room material."
The White House says it's still optimistic that progress can come from the bi-partisan effort to move health care reform forward.
In the wake of Monday's jobs bill vote, supported by a handful of Republican senators, including newly elected Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, Gibbs said it was a "good example, good lead in to Thursday."
The White House says the vote shows lawmakers were willing to put aside partisanship games and do what was important for the American people.