Foreign Beer at the White House?!

by James Matthew Wilson on July 27, 2009 · 6 comments <span>Print this article</span> Print this article

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Devon, PA.  The Wall Street Journal reports one angle on what I just knew would become a controversy.  If it were the New York Times reporting, one could safely expect the article would be an adoring contemplation of what beer we should all drink now that we’ve heard the pallette preference of the President.

Ignoring the many other amusing thoughts that froth up from this story, I would just like to observe how racist and classist it is of our President to invite a white Boston cop over for a beer.  Why?!  Because he’s a blue collar in Cambridge, rather than a white collar meritocrat?  Is our President so blinded by bigotry that he cannot understand police officers are capable of taking pleasure in the same deracinated delectations as the Starbucks and Soy chomping, Thai basil sniffing, California roll chop-sticking, rissotto-insty-pack boiling,  advanced-degree holders of our technocracy?

Now, had old George W. Bush made the invitation, we’d know it was sincere.  He once asked reporters gathered outside his Crawford ranch if they’d be more comfortable back in air conditioning, savouring their “brie and cheese.”  Pleonasms are the soul of authenticity.

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avatar D.W. Sabin July 30, 2009 at 11:56 am

I myself thought it was a very inauthentic cocktail hour with no Colt 45, Mad Dog 20/20 nor even the eternal favorites of Thunderbird and Grenadine or the ulcerists favorite concoction: The White Cadillac, Scotch and Milk…an unholy violation of the finer sensibilities of anyone who might love the poetry of Robert Burns.

another day, another White House Kabuki

avatar Weasly Pilgrim July 30, 2009 at 11:56 am

Reason #103 to hang out on the Front Porch: It will improve your vocabulary.

And to boot, I am peeved, simply peeved, that The Great Man did not consider my own humble offering of Weasly Pilgrim Pale Ale. It must be because it comes in unlabeled bottles with a layer of yeast stuck to the bottom.

avatar Thomas G. August 3, 2009 at 10:35 am

Sigh… A true Patriot would have had the boys over for some Corn Whiskey from his own still. Guvmint agents be damned!

avatar djr August 11, 2009 at 10:30 am

You didn’t mention that he also invited the black university professor over for a beer, too. Why not imagine that Obama just likes to drink beer? Because he’s black, or because he’s “an elite”? I have the distinct impression that you’d be complaining about this *whatever* Obama said. It isn’t at all clear to me how you could construe the invitation as *racist* — as though black people don’t drink beer? Perhaps you don’t know many black people, but I can assure you that beer transcends both race and class boundaries. The fact that you somehow believe that Bush would have been sincere if he had done the same thing, as though his whole Texan cowboy persona weren’t an incredible facade (you know *he’s* one of those white northeastern elites, right? You remember that his daddy was president of the United States?), suggests that you’re just being partisan.

avatar James Matthew Wilson August 11, 2009 at 11:48 am

It is always a cynical pleasure to rediscover that, in a society entirely dependent on ironic and figurative expression, there are still people incapable of reading in any other way than the literal. In a word, DJR, it was a joke. Thank God you are at least equipped to read a Stop sign.

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