The meeting was mainly to ease the Bush administration's growing fears over Gorbachev's plans. The Reagan administration was already convinced. Bush believed, however, that the Cold War wasn't quite over but the meeting helped ease tensions between the newly founded friendship. Bush would not meet again with Gorbachev until 1989 after the Berlin Wall was torn down and most of the Cold War was over.
Strangely although the meeting was fairly covert, a photo op was in store for the press on the island and a snapshot of the three meeting over the water was taken. The three then met for lunch in the Commander's House on the Island.