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Family, Friends and Beer

Filed under: Obama,Race — DRJ @ 2:37 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

The White House is preparing for Barack Obama’s meeting tomorrow with William Henry Gates, Jr., and Police Sgt. James Crowley. The beers have been ordered and the location set:

“Q Can I follow-up real quickly on the beer? All my folks are asking this. Any choices made on what beer the President —

MR. GIBBS: The President will drink Bud Light. As I understand it — I have not heard this, I’ve read this, so I’ll just repeat what I’ve read, that Professor Gates said he liked Red Stripe, and I believe Sergeant Crowley mentioned to the President that he liked Blue Moon. So we’ll have the gamut covered tomorrow afternoon. I think we’re still thinking, weather permitting, the picnic table out back.”

Sgt. Crowley is said to be bringing family members so this may be part family reunion since ABC reports Crowley and Gates have a common Irish ancestor, Niall of the Nine Hostages.

But not everyone is happy. The attorney for the 911 caller is miffed her client hasn’t been invited, but the caller herself didn’t seem to mind missing out on more media attention.


46 Responses to “Family, Friends and Beer”

  1. Nothing happened here, let us move on.

    HeavenSent (01a566)

  2. Nice catch in that last paragraph DRJ.

    Bob Loblaw (6d485c)

  3. […] over at Patterico’s says the beer fest is a go.  I can’t wait for the post event […]

    Gazzer’s Gabfest » A word from someone who probably won’t be having a beer with Bambi any time soon (b98ad6)

  4. Political choices of beers?

    Obama goes with the safe bet, Bud Light. Who can criticize that as being elitist? It is very American and it is low alcohol to boot.

    Skip Gates goes with Red Stripe, a Jamaican brew. But in reality Red Stripe is owned by Diageo PLC (who owns Baileys, J&B, Guiness, Captain Morgan, Tanguray, etc.). A faux “Afro centric” corporate beer.

    And Crowley goes with Blue Moon, which is a faux microbrew* of Molson Coors. Everyone knows Adolph Coors is a holcaust denying racist.

    *I would have guessed Sam Adams for Crowley.

    Joe (a32cff)

  5. Tangueray. My bad.

    Joe (a32cff)

  6. I just hope Crowley’s family is ready to repell boarders when the “teaching momnent” arrives. I wouldn’t do this for love or money.

    Mike K (2cf494)

  7. Blue Moon is awesome – I like Sgt. Crowley even more. And as for their common ancestry, it’d be awesome if Sgt. Crowley told both of them to pug mahone.

    Dmac (e6d1c2)

  8. Obama drinking Bud Lite and no one makes a “Real Men of Genius” joke?

    I’m disappointed.

    Techie (482700)

  9. What, no Tusker for Obama?

    Joe (a32cff)

  10. This has the same kind of off feel as when Mike Brady would bring guys home from work.

    Mike was sorta gay is why.

    happyfeet (71f55e)

  11. Obama should have invited Glenn Beck too. The fact that he didn’t PROVES he’s a racist.

    David Ehrenstein (2550d9)

  12. Blue Moon tastes kind of like beer mixed with heavy-pulp orange juice, citrusy and cloudy. I guess if they were serving BL, RS, and BM, I’d choose four bottles of each, so as not to offend any particular class or race.

    gp (2502a8)

  13. Techie, I think Michelle malkin did the “Men of Genius” thing yesterday.

    Gazzer (409de8)

  14. Dare I say, Gates is one of the Black Irish?!?

    I know…I denounce myself…

    But it’s even more amusing that he may be related to Crowley! In which case, the good Sergeant should recieve even greater laud; you see, many might be tempted to give their relatives a break…

    And so it is that, if the Corrigan brothers can be believed, then this coming Thursday at the White House “Suds Summit” we’ll see an old cultural sterotype on display for all to see…

    That is, three Irishmen sitting around, swilling beer, in order to get beyond a past transgression…

    I just wonder what the PC police will think of all this?


    Bob (99fc1b)

  15. Over names of beers, let fools contest, since it all comes from the same horse, whichever is coldest is best.

    Ropelight (bb3af5)

  16. the caller herself didn’t seem to mind missing out on more media attention.

    Yeah, she seemed most uncomfortable.

    Lucia Whalen denies ever telling Sgt. Crowley about “two black males with backpacks” on the porch.

    steve (09b562)

  17. Definitely very very sitcom. Cheesy and dorky and demeaning to our little country also is what it is. Here’s a bit of what this nonsense occasioned in the Canadian press.

    Progress on racial issues necessitates time, patience, understanding and good judgment. America has changed but it is still in need of perfecting its union. Through the years, change has taken place through sound political judgment, courageous political action, and enlightened judicial decisions. Unfortunately, a beer at the White House will not solve the contentious issues related to race. But it is a powerful symbol that the first African-American president is sitting down with two individuals who confronted each other, one white and one black, to talk about an incident with racial implications in a presidential mansion built by African-American slaves. This is indeed a teachable moment.

    Stupid Canadian. These goobers aren’t going to the White House because of contentious issues related to race. They’re going to the White House because Barack Obama popped his mouth off at a press conference and now we all have to pretend there are Valuable Lessons.

    People really need to stop indulging this Barack Obama person.

    happyfeet (71f55e)

  18. Of course she did not tell Officer Crowley, steve. Unless she has his cell phone number and just skipped right past the 911 call center. How mendoucheous do you plan on being?

    JD (fecec9)

  19. I don’t understand what it matters if Whalen said anything about black people with backpacks. It makes no difference to the story at all.

    happyfeet (71f55e)

  20. I wonder which one of the three has the besy “Yo Mama” jokes, since Gates brought the subject up slurring Crowley’s mother.

    daleyrocks (718861)

  21. FWIW, my guess is there will be a private White House tour for the Crowleys and Gates, followed by photos of the Crowley (and possibly the Obama) kids playing on the playground equipment while the adults talk at the picnic table. It’s scheduled for 6PM so they may also have burgers, hot dogs and ice cream. It should be a good moment for the White House but I’m interested in what Gates and the Crowleys say to the media after-the-fact regarding those “teachable moments.”

    DRJ (6f3f43)

  22. i can’t wait until i get to the White House for beers with Ear Leader: i can’t wait for them to announce i’m drinking Arrogant Bastard Ale….

    (the entry page is pretty funnt too. %-)

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  23. #8: for Gates, it’s: “….we salute you, Mr. Dumb Enough To Mouth Off To The Man man.”

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  24. Anheuser-Busch will soon regret Obama’s choice of beers. More people will switch from Bud Light to Miller Lite than will switch from Steel Reserve to Bud Light.

    Official Internet Data Office (c3f6f4)

  25. It will, first and foremost, be a golden photo op. Law enforcement, noted scholar on African-Americans, the President himself, and children to lend that extra bit of credibility and genuineness. Lots of photos…don’t let the crisis go to waste, eh?

    I would be less cynical if this were strictly a private event, no p.r., and only the president, the officer and the professor present..better yet, if the president had simply made a gracious and humble apology to the public.

    As it stands though, just another dog and pony show. It’s always about politics.

    Dana (57e332)

  26. Barack’s media will genuinely fool themselves I think but for everybody else the cognitive dissonance of something what doesn’t rise to the presidential level rising to the presidential level will underscore the Barack Obama’s haplessness I think. Tens of thousands of African-Americans are losing their jobs every week and Barack Obama wants to have warm fuzzies with the pompous and tenured douchebag from Harvard? That’s just plainly and simply a very jagoff thing for the president to do.

    happyfeet (42470c)

  27. Yo momma is ….

    HeavenSent (01a566)

  28. Joe loved the Tusker joke.

    Thomas Jackson (8ffd46)

  29. Naill of Nine Hostages? You have to be kidding me. Really. Does anyone in the world of journalism bother to do any research anymore? ABC says Gates is half Irish? Ok, riddle me this, Batman, how is a man with a black mother and a black father half white?

    Even Ireland, with its extensive historical research department, can’t prove old Naill ever existed. He is basically legand, not fact, and if Gates can trace his history back to the 5th century, hell, he could become King of England.

    Saying his DNA goes back to the ancestors of Naill of Nine Hostages (since there may be an estimated million descendants) is like saying I have the same DNA as Adam and Eve.

    Can the damn press get anymore “stupid”?

    retire05 (9fbf5f)

  30. Well it is obvious that Obama is STUPID!

    Uh, wait – Perhaps I could have “calibrated” my words differently. I invite the people I denegrated to come to my house for a photo opportunity to show that I am educating them on this “teachable moment.” God, I love me. wait – did I say that last part out loud?

    Californio (d36ca8)

  31. That is assuming the toast goes beyond “Good Luck” and TOTUS’ presence is required.

    PC14 (82e46c)

  32. Someone tell me why Crowley accepted.

    All I know is that if it had been me Obama slimed in public, I would have demanded a public apology before agreeing to this crap.

    Dr. K (f86018)

  33. this will accomplish nothing – just 3 regular joes sitting down for a drink.

    what utter nonsense. sgt crowley is the only real joe of the bunch. shame on obama for trying to brush this over with his supposed largesse. when do you think he’s ever shared a beer with a police officer? jerk.

    ktr (2273a6)

  34. Better make mine a shot of thorazine. That’s what it would take to get me to have a beer with these two, especially after both assholes had accused me of being a white racist cop and on national tv no less.

    peedoffamerican (83dc9b)

  35. Yo momma is so stupid she thinks TuPac Shakur is a Jewish holiday.
    Yo momma is so hairy she speaks wookie.

    eaglewingz08 (e40a12)

  36. I wonder if they’ll have a side order or Arugula – I hear Obama likes that. Dana’s right, of course – if Obama truly felt any remorse for his actions, he’d have done this in private, without any cameras whirring. This will not make what actually happened go away, not ever. Obama proved what a farce his “post – racial” nonsense always was, and always will be. The MSM may have dragged his carcass across the finish line last November, but the mask has slipped off, at last.

    Dmac (e6d1c2)

  37. Hey, I got arugula in my box of vegetables this week from the local farmer guy. I had no idea that means I’m some sort of elitist! Bully for me. I can’t wait to tell my wife that when we eat at Applebee’s that it’s upscale because they have arugula!

    Maybe, you should eat a few more veggies, dmac. It might give one less reason to disdain the President.

    timb (449046)

  38. This is ridiculous. Why is the president involved in this? The local government should be
    handling this matter. He is trying to take on too much, and is spreading himself too thin.And we, the taxpayers are having to pay for this ridiculous picnic.

    jbigham (93bc32)

  39. timb, you can laugh all day, but yeah, people who make a big deal out of eating arugula are indeed pretty elitist.

    You can deny it, but you know I’m right.

    Juan (bd4b30)

  40. This is Obambi’s level. Inconsequentional photo-ops while he is a failure on everything that matters.

    nk (01b1e5)

  41. Salad – it’s what FOOD eats.

    Dr. K (f86018)

  42. Real men eat quiche and arugula.

    JD (848a9f)

  43. When did you meet one, JD?

    Yeah, Juan, I’m terribly upscale with my <40000 annual income. Elitism must be in the eye of the beholder, eh, Juan? And, the answer seems to be anyone who eats healthy food. Wow.

    Let's not get into mustard choices or Andover/Yale legacies or Grandfather/father admirals…no, it's the party of rich white guys which is non-elitist.

    I shall now laugh as hard at you as I usually laugh at dj

    [note: fished from spam filter]

    timb (8f04c0)

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