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July 10, 2012

Obama Finally Has the Beer Thing Down

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On thing Team Obama seems to have a clear memory of is the primary hammering it took from Hillary in the Rust Belt. If you recall, the Clinton campaign had a field day pigeonholing Obama as an Ivy League, pointy-headed elitist while she was busy aligning herself with the hard hats. (Remember how she also made him pay for the comment he made (at a private event in California) about ‘bitter people in small towns clinging to guns or religion.’)

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What is probably still ringing in the ears of Axelrod and Plouffe is the litmus at the time: who would you rather have a beer with? The leafy characterization on the Newsweek cover took their man downtown on that one.

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You might also remember a photo-op in an Indiana bar in which Clinton one-upped Obama, still tentative around the brew, by joining locals in graduating to whiskey shots.

That said, what a difference four years (and a couple of blue collar routs) make.

Not that Romney is much of a threat when it comes to the Beer Olympics, but Obama 2012 (running through the Clinton playbook) is leaving nothing to chance. I mean, if you didn’t know he was the President of the United States and you saw these pics from the unannounced stop at Ziggy’s Pub in Amherst, Ohio, you would think he was just folks, right? Certainly, the way he shares a toast with his toasty-looking pal, then chats up the blonde like he’s putting on the moves, all trace of arugula is long gone.

(photo 1, 2 & 5: Jim Watson/AFP/GettyImages caption 1: US President Barack Obama (C) toast with a bar patron at Ziggy’s Pub and Restaurant Amherst, Ohio, July 5, 2012, during an unannounced visit while on a bus tour of Ohio and Pennslyvania. photo 3: AP.)

  • bks

     Who would you rather be trapped in an elevator with, Obama or Romney?

        –bks

  • black_dog_barking

    A glass of beer loses to a mug of beer in the top shot. Fancy looks a bit out of place in that joint.

    • TopCathy

      Which one is fancy? I don’t drink alcohol, but I’m fond of non-alcoholic beers. When we go to a bar, my ‘beer’ comes in a glass and my husband’s fancy-shmancy microbrew is served in a mug…

  • bystander

    Obama’s facial expression in that last photo (contrasted with the postures of two women) suggests Ziggy’s need to do a better job of cleaning out their tap lines.  Or, maybe Obama’s just having trouble getting that brew down.

  • Gerry Desrosiers

    You have to wonder: Would the U.S. ever elect a president who had never had a beer?

  • paulhobbs

    This “who would you drink with?” thing is beyond ridiculous. Do you really want a POTUS who looks comfortable pounding boilermakers in a bar? These people have work to do.

  • Scarabus

    Whom would you rather have in charge of the “football” containing launch codes?

  • gb

    pretty sure either Obama or Romney would stick you with the tab

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