Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks then you know that Henry Louis Gates, Jr., a prominent black Harvard law professor, was arrested for the crime of trying to enter his own home by a white Cambridge police officer. A situation made slightly worse by Obama when he criticized the police officer publicly. To try to smooth things over between all three parties the President invited both men to the White House for a beer.
How frickin’ cool is that? The President of the United States is going to have a beer with a couple of ordinary citizens involved in a heated dispute in a small gesture at improving race relations. That’s a man of the people in my book. You don’t get much cooler than that.
Naturally I expected someone to have a problem with this. Perhaps someone would bitch that Obama is wasting time chillin’ with some brewskis when there are pressing matters he should be attending to. Or perhaps someone would complain that it was nothing more than an overblown PR stunt. What I didn’t expect was that someone would raise a fuss over which beers are being served:
Earlier this week the White House indicated each man would drink the beer of their choice — Bud Light for President Obama, Blue Moon for the police officer, and perhaps Red Stripe or Beck’s for Gates.
But one Massachusetts congressman thinks another beer entirely should be served: Boston’s own Sam Adams.
In a letter to Obama dated Wednesday, Massachusetts Rep. Richard Neal strongly urges the president not to drink Budweiser, now owned by a Belgian company. Nor should the White House consider serving Miller or Coors, Neal writes, both owned by a United Kingdom conglomerate.
Instead, the White House should serve the three men — all with ties to Massachusetts — the local favorite, not only because of its popularity in the region but also because it remains the largest American-owned and brewed beer, Neal says.
Are you fucking kidding me? Are we really going to criticize the President because he wants to drink a beer produced by a foreign owned company? Why can’t we just let these guys drink whatever the fuck beer they want to drink without trying to politicize the hell out of the decision? Maybe none of the three of them likes Sam Adams beer. I wouldn’t know if Sam Adams is better than Bud Light because all beer tastes like chilled horse urine to me. Well, what I imagine chilled horse urine would taste like, not having actually tasted it.
I get so sick of these idiots in Washington who have to take the smallest gesture of goodwill on the part of anyone and find some stupid way of turning it into a test of patriotism. If the President were to personally rush into a burning building to save a baby by wrapping it in a blanket there would be someone who would complain that blanket was made in China and that the President wasn’t patriotic enough to use a blanket made in the USA to wrap the infant in. He used/consumed a foreign company’s product!? Why does he hate America??
Grow the fuck up. Let the man drink his choice of beer without having a fucking fit about it.