The Obama Beerorama Happens Thursday
At yesterday's daily press briefing, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced that President Obama's Beer Summit with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Sgt. James Crowley will take place this Thursday at the White House. (Above: Sec. Gibbs, at the briefing)
President Obama will drink Bud Light, Sgt. Crowley will drink Blue Moon, and Prof. Gates will drink Red Stripe or Beck’s. Secretary Gibbs had to defend the choices to pool reporters.
“What’s wrong with Budweiser?” Gibbs asked when a reporter questioned the President’s beer choice.
Sec. Gibbs also said the event will be outdoors, at the picnic table that's right next to the swing set on the South Lawn.
The White House recently announced that Budweiser is the President's favorite beer. The announcement came immediately following the President's appearance at the All Star Game; Budweiser was one of the major corporate sponsors. Coincidence? Nah. The Admin loves public-private partnerships, and both Anheuser Bush, Bud's producer, and Major League Baseball have big charitable foundations, and are terrific at fostering localized community service initiatives.
To the question “Pretzels or chips?” Gibbs responded: “We’re just going to go straight beer. No sense in diluting it.”
The beer choices are each from America, except for Red Stripe, which is produced in Jamaica. Red Stripe has perhaps the most intellectual slogan in the history of the universe: "it's BEER. HOORAY BEER!" Beck's and Budweiser are both produced in Missouri; Blue Moon is from Colorado.