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Today is the day, the Day of the Beer. President Obama will meet with Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates and the officer who arrested him, Sgt. James Crowley, for a boozy bro-down. Will it erase racism? No, don't be silly, this is a photo op. Even more tragically, they are all likely to imbibe responsibly so a Falstaffian revelry will probably not occur.
One of the more interesting (read: irrelevant) facts of the day would be the beers each of the gentlemen have selected. Gates chose Red Stripe, a nice Jamaican lager favored by hipsters who can afford something better than PBR. Officer Crowley selected Blue Moon, a Belgian-style white beer. Will orange slices be available? It's racist if they're not. Obama, belatedly attempting to earn some populist cred, has bizarrely chosen Bud Light. I thought this man ate arugula!
Drew Mischke, general manager/beer slinger at the Mercy Lounge, had his own opinion. "Politically, they all made wise choices." That aside, he would have selected Chimay for all three: Crowley gets blue "to protect the shield," Gates should order white to "prove he's
not racist," and Obama would have to go with red because it "reaches across the aisle." Wise words, sir!
Hypothetical afterthought - If I do something vaguely anti-Semitic, does that mean I'll get to share a candlelight glass of Chardonnay with Rahm Emanuel?