It was a historical event.. At least to CNN, Fox News, and all the other news agencies the "Beer Summit" something I am sure Obama surely did not plan to be covered the way it was. To me our new prez is kind of the man that is not used to making such a big deal over much of anything so trivial as having a beer with a few guys in the afternoon and discussing various issues they might or might not have in common with each other. This kind of thing is why I really support Obama, while I am not going to get into the political spectrum otherwise of health care, etc. the willingness of a president in office to sit down with two other somewhat public figures to discuss a dispute is something I think the world could take a hint from. In this government by the people, for the people, and all that other yada yada yada our govermental figures no matter what political party are for the most part too; well, stuffy and about their own agendas to the point that I would never expect them to sit with us commoners to have a drink so to see our president do it tells me that we do have someone who at least thinks a little differently about things..
After reading article after article about this little "meeting of the minds" (Biden even showed up!) I came across a few that were a little bit different than all of the others. Seems like craft brewers across America, and even more so the beer press, writers, and bloggers, have a lot to say about the beer choices during the "Beer Summit". Most of these folks who have been writing articles, blogs, and editorials being part of the craft beer industry had the most crucial opinions of Obama's choice of Bud Light as his beer of choice for the evening. Bud Light? I know, I know when you think of the finer things in life Bud Light is not even flowing through the toilets in the bathrooms in your fantasies believe me, I would not use the stuff to put out a fire but that isn't the point here..
One writer in his weekly column mentioned how Obama had drank craft beer on campaign stops (there was also a PBR in there if I remember), and enjoyed it but now his choice of the most unholiest brews available in the USA to the nation's craft brewers is almost a kin to treason. I mean come on as this writer stated in the course of his article that Obama's choice told craft brewers he did not care about them. Seriously?
Yes, I understand that a big reason for this is that technically AB is now not an American company but Bud Light IS the best selling beer in the US, and while in terms of taste, flavor, or (again for a different reason) taste it was not a good choice; it was one that the majority of beer drinkers could identify with. The beer itself of course was not nearly as important as the subject at hand, but if you think about, the president drinking the most popular beer in America might have been doing it to show the public that he was just a regular guy too.
Let's face it, maybe the man didn't even specify what he wanted he is, after all pretty busy. I wonder what kind of beer the White House does keep on hand and if they would accept beer from breweries directly for the president should he ever be in the mood for a real beer? Would be worth a try, but for now:
Hey Obama! Hows about an invite to the White House sometime to have a chat and a brew? I'll bring the beers! It will be a blast..
That should fix it.. Bring your own, and some for him then you won't have to worry about him drinking that swill!