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OBAMA’S BEER CHOICE BLASTED BY GOP
July 30 2009
Washington, DC – Many a conflict has been resolved over a friendly drink. Whether it be spirits, wine, or a beer the breaking of bread between rivals symbolizes a commonality of the human condition that often leads to a new understanding. That is something President Obama is attempting to do by bringing Massachusetts Police
Sergeant James Crowley and Harvard Professor Henry Gates to the White House. The two have been in conflict since last week’s arrest after which the ensuing publicity brought to a boil simmering racial tensions across the country, something the President hopes to douse in cold brews.
Already a new controversy is brewing for the President as his choice of beverage for the summit is being questioned by beer enthusiasts and Republican critics alike. At issue is Obama’s choice of Bud Light, once the quintessential American beer, now a product of a Belgian/Brazilian-owned consortium. Many are calling into question
the President’s choice – though Gates will drink the Jamaican brewed Red Stripe and Crowley the Canadian brewed Blue Moon – as being only superficially patriotic. Though Budweiser is still the most popular beer in the United States the image of the President sipping on a foreign owned beverage at the height of the economic crisis is leaving a bad taste in the mouths of many.
“Some 20-something staffer must have said, 'How about Bud Light? It's the best seller in the country. Sadly, Budweiser was purchased last year by a Belgian/Brazilian consortium for $52 billion,” said Tom Dalldorf, publisher of Celebrator Beer News to Fox News. “Almost enough to get the president's health care reform bill paid for. If you want foreign beer, how about Tsingtao from China? Since they hold the note on the majority of our national debt, can you think of a better choice? What a glorious moment for politics. Not a good day for beer.”
Republican critics are also chiming in hoping to keep the controversy, which was exacerbated by Obama’s less than reasoned response to the arrest, bubbling. Many are showing their patriotism by throwing support behind purely American brands such as Pabst Blue Ribbon and Miller Genuine Draft.
“President Obama has once again shown his disassociation with the American people. He has responded in a totally ineffective way to this arrest and is now reacting with a pandering and shallow attempt at speaking to blue collar America. This is exactly what we have come to expect from this President and shows his casual indifference to the state of mind of the American people,” said a senator who preferred not to be named. “Yes it is the most popular beer in the country but that is the exact reason he should not have chosen it. It
speaks to his pandering ways and his shallow attempts to associate with the American people as something other than what he is. This beer choice is totally unacceptable.”
It’s not clear exactly what beer would have satiated the thirsts of critics. Obama had a similar controversy earlier in the year when making a stop at a restaurant and ordering a burger without Ketchup and with Dijon mustard.
“It’s a difficult spot for him to be in but that of course is the perils of being the President. People are always there to judge your every move and nit-pick every little action. Obama is in tough in this arena because if he goes too mainstream the knives come out and if he goes too
obscure they are just as sharp. It’s really an unenviable position but one he knew he was taking on when he decided to run for President,” said Scrape TV Political analyst Gabriel Kinsey. “I can’t remember a President that has had these kinds of questions surrounding him. True Clinton had sex scandals and things like Kosovo and Bush had the weapons of mass destruction and Iraq war but neither of them had this kind of intense focus on their eating habits. Either people are just out to get Obama or we’ve entered a new phase of political responsibility. Either way things have changed.”
After the conference it is believed that Obama will dine with his wife. It is believed he will have a light pasta dish with tomato sauce and a medium size garden salad. It’s not clear what type of dressing the President will use though he reportedly favours Italian and Raspberry Vinaigrette.