Obama Beer Staff: Good Use of Taxpayer Money?

Julie Ryan Evans

home brewWhen President Obama threw a Super Bowl party at the White House last month, it wasn't just any old beer that was served. It was White House Honey Ale, brewed right there in the White House by their trained chefs, using real honey from their honey bees. Special, but it wasn't just a one-time special occasion type of thing, it seems more homebrew is coming from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

According to Obama Foodorama, the Obamas are the first residents of the famous address to take up the art of homebrewing. And for good reason -- it's a bad idea. I'm typically the first to offer a big cheer for beer, but this just isn't right. Can you imagine the bar fights these bottles could bring? All we need is a bunch of drunks fueled with presidential brew.

While beer in moderation is fine, it's also the source of many awful problems for people around the world, and it doesn't seem like our president should contribute to those problems. It would kind of be like Michelle Obama marketing her own line of junk food. It's not that no one should make those tempting products, it's just that those in the White House shouldn't.

What's next, papal wine? Actually, come to think of it, that might not be a bad idea. Catholics go through plenty of the vino each weekend at masses around the world. If the Pope started stomping his own grapes, think of the savings!

But back to the White House beer ...

Sure it likely will just be used for special occasions and won't be marketed to the masses, but is it really necessary? What about supporting American breweries?

Also, it's not the Obamas doing the brewing themselves as some stress reliever or fun hobby, it's their gang of chefs -- about 12 in all -- who are doing the brewing. Don't they have anything better to do? Do we really want our taxpayer dollars handed over for homebrewing? I hate to be a party pooper, but no thanks.

What do you think of White House Honey Ale -- cheers or cut them off?

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