There’s no denying it, President Obama likes his beer. Whether it’s while sitting courtside at a basketball game or surprising college students in a dive bar, our president has never been coy when it comes to popping open a cold one.
Some of the president’s most memorable beer moments include when he sat down for a beer with Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Sgt. James Crowley and Vice President Joe Biden to talk about race in America after the professor, who is African American, had been falsely arrested by the sergeant. The occasion was coined “The Beer Summit.” Another one was when the president popped into an Irish bar to drink a Guinness and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
And then there was today, when the president attended the Iowa State Fair for a campaign rally and shouted out, “Everyone who’s over 21, you’ve got to buy a beer!” When the president was asked if he would be buying, Obama opened his wallet and said, “Let’s see what I’ve got.” The crowd started cheering, “Four more beers!” (instead of the typical “four more years!”), and the president finally caved. “I’ll tell you what,” Obama said. “I’ll buy beers for 10 people.”
With all this beer loving on the Obama team, it may be no surprise that the White House revealed last year that they have their very own microbrewery. Back in the fall of 2011 after former Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer asked if he might have a beer with the president, it was revealed that the beer would be produced by the presidents own microbrewery. The beer was called the White House Honey Ale.
What may come as a surprise is that Obama’s three-day Iowa campaign bus tour on “Ground Force One” is fully stocked with — you guessed it — White House–brewed beer. According to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, the beer comes in a light and a dark variety, the president drinks it, and the taste is “superb.”
We’ll toast to that!
Tonight we’ll be diving into what is happening on the campaign front with Democratic strategists Donnie Fowler and David Saunders. Obama cracks beers with potential voters while Romney, whose Mormon faith does not allow him to drink any kind of alcohol, may try to look for other ways to connect with people — through sharing “chocolate goodies” with people, perhaps? With bus trips on both sides of the aisle, beer drinking, heckling and attending state fairs, there’s a lot happening. Also, we’ll give you the latest on GOP polling with pollster John Whaley; we’ll discuss with author James Mann why no one is talking about foreign policy on the campaign front; and Jennifer Granholm has something to say about the new “Toxic Avenger.”