I heartily agree with that "Oh, please." Our president's go-to restaurant in Chicago is Spiaggia. I tend to doubt that Bud Light is his beer of choice, even on a hot summer's day. I like the man a lot (and I apologize if he does indeed drink Bud Light), but this type of political posturing is cringe-inducing. Fallows's suggestion of Sam Adams or Dogfish Head was spot on, in my opinion.
Pres. Barack Obama: Bud Light. Oh, please.
Prof. Henry Louis Gates: Red Stripe. Bud Light with a more interesting label and pedigree. Without the label, not many people could tell this from the watery Tsingtaos and Yangjings that were until recently the bane of my existence. Truth of the modern age: lagers the world round whose brewers go easy on hops and malt have a certain je ne sais quoi nothingness.
The "Beer Summit"
Posted 31 July 2009 - 03:49 PM
"A vasectomy might cost as much as a year’s worth of ice cream, but that doesn’t mean it’s equally enjoyable." -Ezra Dyer, NY Times
Posted 31 July 2009 - 03:57 PM
At least there wasn't a plate of donuts on the table to complete the blue collar police officer profiling.
Posted 31 July 2009 - 04:10 PM
some details emerged:
¶Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden were in shirtsleeves; Sergeant Crowley and Professor Gates wore suits.
¶The four drank out of beer mugs. Mr. Obama had a Bud Lite, Sergeant Crowley had Blue Moon, Professor Gates drank Sam Adams Light and Mr. Biden, who does not drink, had a Buckler nonalcoholic beer. (Mr. Biden put a lime slice in his beer. Sergeant Crowley, for his part, kept with Blue Moon tradition and had a slice of orange in his drink.)
¶The four men munched peanuts and pretzels out of small silver bowls.
Edited by David A. Goldfarb, 31 July 2009 - 04:55 PM.
Posted 31 July 2009 - 04:10 PM
Personally, I'm looking forward to the Vodka Summit with the leader of Kyrgyzstan or wherever. That should be a good time.
Posted 31 July 2009 - 06:05 PM
At the All-Star Game, the POTUS was spotted with a Bud Light. Maybe he just likes it.
Posted 19 August 2009 - 10:51 PM
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Posted 22 August 2009 - 09:22 PM
People pooh-pooh light American lager. But it's absolutely the hardest beer to make. Considering the scrutiny, Bud Light is probably a safe bet.
1) There isn't much alcohol in it, so if the Bahamas decided to invade Florida that afternoon, he'd be good to go as Commander-In-Chief.
2) MillerCoors is run by conservatives. That probably wouldn't work for POTUS. (Yuengling is the same -- a great beer, oldest brewery in America, and Dick Yuengling is a staunch Republican.)
3) Although AB is now owned by a foreign company, it is still a staggeringly popular brand -- here and abroad. And AB employs at lot of Americans and has breweries scattered around the country. Probably a good political choice.
4) Picking a regional beer would invite scrutiny. If he drank Anchor, he'd be labeled as pandering to liberal Californians. If he drank Goose Island, he'd be accused of favoritism. Sam Adams doesn't really help because Massachusetts is going to vote for him anyway.
I would have picked Rolling Rock (if I were the presidential beer adviser). It's light. Most people don't know it's owned by AB. And Pennsylvania is always in play, politically.
Edited by ScoopKW, 22 August 2009 - 09:23 PM.