For the record, I am sick of the hearing about “The Beer Summit.” Great googly-moogly, could anything have been blown more out of proportion? As if the whole situation wasn’t bad enough, racially, the spin-off that came from the choice of beverages leveraged the whole thing over the wall of insanity. Look, I agree, the beer was shite. But the backlash that occurred from the craft beer community was a little much. In a great wave of social networking, the craft beer world managed to “organize” a 6 p.m. Craft Beer Toast at the same time of the Summit. We don’t know if this was first a “yay” to the POTUS choosing beer as a mediating factor or a “nay” against the crappy beer on the menu. We are big proponents of craft, of course, so don’t misunderstand me. I like a good rally, but this whole thing was so way over the top. And are we so utterly stupid as Americans, that every writer, blogger, commentator, had to focus on this thing for an entire week? Even Obama tried to calm the madness.
And my personal favorite, coming straight from the Fair & Balanced Network… “Group: Beer Summit Should Be Lemonade”
The protest is being organized by Pray at the Pump, an organization that held group prayers for divine intervention to lower fuel prices.
Beer sends the “wrong message to our nation’s youth who are becoming alcoholics at young ages,” Rocky Twyman, founder of Pray at the Pump, said in a statement. “Whether or not he likes it, President Obama is a role model for all the youth in America. His actions count.”
The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union also has objected to the beer summit. “There are so many other beverages he could have chosen that would have served just as well,” said president Rita K. Wert, suggesting lemonade or iced tea.
Holy hell, our country loves to wrap itself up in fake crisis while avoiding the real ones and preach “sin.” Ah, hell, I guess I’ll go have a beer. And we hope Obama does, too, because if any job will make you crave a relaxing brew, it’s probably being President of the United States.