Obama likes Bud Light!? What are YOU Drinking Tonight?

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obama-beer.jpgPresident Obama is going to help mend the rift between African-Americans who have experienced a life of racial-profiling and misunderstood policemen with an early evening White House therapy session involving beer consumption.
According to this report, Henry Louis Gates has ordered “Red Stripe”. Cambride, Massachusetts police sergeant James Crowley will have “Blue Moon”. Barack Obama wants a “Bud Light”.
Bud Light?
After reading Richard Wolffe’s interesting, Obama-instigated and approved book Renegade: The Making of an American President, Obama really comes off as someone preferring a fine pinot noir.
Wolffe quotes political commentator and analyst Ronald Brownstein, now with National Journal and the Atlantic Monthly, on his observation that during the campaign slugfest between Obama and Hillary Clinton, Obama was following a “wine track” strategy to attract supporters and Clinton was on a “beer track”.
While they are swilling beer this evening and patching things up between cops and those on the fickle edge of police enforcement, I have a complicated evening involving wine, beer, and perhaps some fruity cocktails.
I’ll be at the National Geographic Society event featuring Philippines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo speaking about conservation and preservation efforts in the Coral Triangle. I plan to have Diet Coke there.
Then I will be dropping by the Singapore Embassy to pay respects to Singapore Ambassador Chan Heng Chee at a party celebrating the 44th Anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Singapore. I’ll have a fruity something there. Maybe a Singapore sling.
Then, I am going to the home of Australia Ambassador to the US Dennis Richardson who is throwing what probably will be the best party in DC tonight for the members of the Australian-American Leadership Dialogue. No question — Dennis will make sure I am having a great Australian beer.
And then, I am going to the home of Yemen Ambassador to the US Abdulwahab Abdulla Al-Hajjri, an excellent host and friend, for a dinner honoring Martin Indyk who is now acting Vice President and Director of Foreign Studies at the Brookings Institution and former Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs. I assume the “acting” part of Martin’s title will be retired fairly quickly.
I never know what I’m going to have at Abdulwahab’s home. It’s always something of Yemeni origin and has a cultural significance that the Ambassador explicates during the dinner. What I drink there will be the most memorable — no matter what I have before.
But best of luck to Skip Gates and to Sgt. Crowley in teaching all of us how to be a bit better to each other than we normally are.
— Steve Clemons

Comments

15 comments on “Obama likes Bud Light!? What are YOU Drinking Tonight?

  1. David says:

    Come on, baby, Light my Bud.

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  2. jon says:

    Is there no good microbrew in DC or able to be shipped in from
    Chicago? I find it hard to believe that a Chi-town pol would ever
    do anything to benefit St. Louis.
    Personally, I think that Harpoon’s UFO (unfiltered offering), with a
    slice of lemon would have said a great deal.

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  3. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Oh goodie, a thread that Sarah The Dumber and Joe The Plumber would relate to.
    Burp.
    Towards the end of my drinking, in Idaho, I resorted to cases of “Rheinlander” (SP? The fact that I can’t remember how to spell it is a testament to the thousands of gallons I consumed) I do remember it was the cheepest stuff on the rack. I’m pretty sure that it was produced by a small brewery in downtown El Centro that shared a wall with the men’s room of Nasty Jack’s Bar and Grill.

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  4. Outraged American says:

    Erik, I went to school in MA for year, in Northampton. We used to
    have to go down to the “package store” or something like that, to
    buy beer. I thought that it was absurd because in Arizona you can
    get beer on almost every city street corner. There are DRIVE-THRU
    LIQUOR STORES HERE, which I’m sure Sheriff Joe loves because they
    give him even more prisoners to abuse.
    I can’t remember what the Trader Joe’s beer is called (because I’m
    drunk 😉 but it’s something like Simple something. Look it up on
    the TJ website if you’re interested, and stock up next time you go
    into a barbarian state 😉 Although it gave me a vicious hang-over,
    but that’s because I drank ten of them in one sitting. By myself.
    JUST KIDDING.

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  5. SAMUELBURKE says:

    BECKS….THE CAPITALIST BEER.

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  6. Erik says:

    I had no idea TJ’s had canned beer. That’s the
    problem with living in MA, none of the grocery
    stores can carry any type of alcohol here…

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  7. Outraged American says:

    Geez Steve, do you have a teletransporter? How do you manage to
    fit all this stuff in? I am overwhelmed with my own simple life, so
    have to applaud you for doing so much with such aplomb.
    I’m all for Trader Joe’s canned beer. It’s got something like 6.2
    percent alcohol in one can, so for those who are weight conscious
    but want to get wasted, this (non) Bud’s for you.

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  8. Surly Duck says:

    I’m cooking Chicken and Dumplings tonight for some friends. They’ll have the Cab, I’m having a Sierra Nevada.
    Cheers!

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  9. Linda says:

    ABC’s The Note this a.m. referred to the meeting this evening as “the audacity of hops.” Add Skip and jump for joy at this teachable moment!

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  10. Linda says:

    ABC’s The Note this a.m. referred to the meeting this evening as “the audacity of hops.” Add Skip and jump for joy at this teachable moment!

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  11. David says:

    Diet Coke? Artificial sweetener? I never really got diet sodas. The energy boost was the only reason for a soda pop, that and the glory days of Coca-Cola, which was, I guess unfortunately, before my time (or maybe not).
    Caffeine free Diet Coke is the ultimate Huh?
    But glad you are making all those rounds. There is no way that doesn’t help inform your commentary even if you cannot relate directly off-the-record discussions.
    So cheers, and drink one for the TWN crowd.

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  12. Josh Meah says:

    Hey Steve,
    Would it be possible to request that Mr. al-Hajiri provide a post for TWN on the actual threat of al-Qaeda in Yemen?
    Just a thought…
    Have fun!
    – Josh

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