“The spokesman expressly said they are not asking for or demanding an apology, from anybody. Whether or not Gates or Obama want to comment further on their statements is up to them, said the spokesman.”
That isn’t how I heard it.
I think there will be a transcript. The several spokesmen were highly critical of Obama, and defended Crowley's actions. When asked directly if there was any seeking of an apology, the answer was explicit, "We are not asking for an apology ..."