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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-23-11 04:46 PM
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34. Actually, the Irish are proudly making much of him "downing" it...
"He's the first president I've seen drink the black stuff like he's not ashamed of something."

DUBLIN Downing a Guinness is a rite of passage for any visitor to Ireland, but too often the VIPs, including some U.S. presidents, disappoint the Emerald Isle. Not President Barack Obama... he didn't hesitate Monday when offered a pint of the dark brew. Obama downed it in four slurps and won cheers across Ireland for it.

"The president actually killed his pint! He gets my vote," said Christy O'Sullivan, a government clerical worker who was taking a long lunch break to watch live TV coverage of Obama's visit to Moneygall, the tiny village where his maternal great-great-great grandfather lived and worked. "He's the first president I've actually seen drink the black stuff like he's not ashamed of something."

Previous American presidents didn't fare as well as Obama. In 1984, Ronald Reagan rejected the Guinness and instead posed for photographers with a pint of Smithwicks, a locally brewed red ale. He didn't finish it. In 2006, George W. Bush, a recovering alcoholic who drinks non-alcoholic beer, wasn't asked to pose with a pint of Guinness at all. Many expected more from Bill Clinton, but ended up deeply disappointed. In 1995, Clinton stopped at a Dublin pub bearing his family's Irish name of Cassidy but barely sipped his stout. Aides said he didn't want to be photographed drinking anything alcoholic, but the resultant image was hardly an endorsement of the product. Clinton had abandoned his almost full half-pint.

But on Monday, an American president finally savored his pint the way a local expects. Audiences watching the moment deliciously drawn out by Obama for close to a minute shouted encouragement at their TVs and cheered as he took a hearty swallow and polished it off. Mrs. Obama drank her half-pint, then got behind the bar herself and pulled two pints.
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  -Fox News: Obama drunk!!!!!!!! nmbluesky  May-23-11 10:10 AM   #0 
  - Oh boy...  butterfly77   May-23-11 10:14 AM   #1 
  - Getting us back no doubt  Proud Liberal Dem   May-23-11 10:16 AM   #2 
  - Well, Guinness is one heck of a lot stronger than most American beer  hlthe2b   May-23-11 10:23 AM   #3 
  - No - quite the reverse  dmallind   May-23-11 10:50 AM   #10 
  - Right, also in the UK they are taxed by alcohol content, so their beers tend to be weaker.  apnu   May-23-11 12:22 PM   #22 
  - Guinness is an Irish stout. Try an Imperial Stout.  backscatter712   May-23-11 06:37 PM   #36 
     - More times than I should have  dmallind   May-24-11 10:18 AM   #46 
  - I didn't see him gulp it down. In the video posted here on DU, it looks like he  CTyankee   May-23-11 02:18 PM   #25 
  - Actually, the Irish are proudly making much of him "downing" it...  hlthe2b   May-23-11 04:46 PM   #34 
     - that's nice. I like that!  CTyankee   May-23-11 06:36 PM   #35 
  - hlthe2b  Diclotican   May-23-11 08:04 PM   #41 
     - I said I might be on one beer--no that Obama would... n/t  hlthe2b   May-23-11 10:01 PM   #42 
        - hlthe2b  Diclotican   May-24-11 07:03 AM   #44 
  - More projection.  Zoeisright   May-23-11 10:25 AM   #4 
  - Bush doesn't know how drink..  nmbluesky   May-23-11 10:32 AM   #8 
  - Oops...there it goes... Exhibit A!  jefferson_dem   May-23-11 10:25 AM   #5 
  - the irish always drink Guinness  nmbluesky   May-23-11 10:31 AM   #7 
     - Well, except when they drink Murphy's...  Maeve   May-23-11 12:44 PM   #23 
  - one more reason to like him...  Maine-ah   May-23-11 10:29 AM   #6 
  - before OBAMA visits Moneygall,, no sunny... rain.... but Obama comes  nmbluesky   May-23-11 10:33 AM   #9 
  - Pres O can imbibe unlike dry drunk George W. Douche.  AtomicKitten   May-23-11 10:56 AM   #11 
  - When in Rome, do as the Romans do !!  Mr. Sparkle   May-23-11 10:58 AM   #12 
  - WAIT!! I thought Muslims  RoadRage   May-23-11 11:03 AM   #13 
  - DUzy  treestar   May-23-11 12:14 PM   #19 
  - I did not see a reference of FOX in the article or a statement that Obama was drunk.  LiberalFighter   May-23-11 11:06 AM   #14 
  - it's a joke..  nmbluesky   May-23-11 11:16 AM   #16 
  - for the best stew you'll ever make...  nenagh   May-23-11 11:07 AM   #15 
  - if you like your corned beef braised instead of boiled  mopinko   May-23-11 11:29 AM   #18 
  - Thanks, I'll have to try that!  Flying Dream Blues   May-23-11 07:39 PM   #39 
  - If he starts watching Fox News, THEN we'll know he's drunk!  AndiMer   May-23-11 11:17 AM   #17 
  - But he's a Mooslim and they don't drink!  jberryhill   May-23-11 12:17 PM   #20 
  - I think you mean Muslin! :) nt  Flying Dream Blues   May-23-11 07:40 PM   #40 
  - Sweet, sweet, mother's milk in a delicate nonic glass....  msanthrope   May-23-11 12:19 PM   #21 
  - People voted for Bush because they wanted to drink a beer with him.  Liberal_Stalwart71   May-23-11 12:49 PM   #24 
  - I know, their party logo is in the dictionary by the word hypocrite  treestar   May-23-11 02:22 PM   #26 
     - He and I would have the geekiest, nerdiest conversation in the history of ever.  Commie Pinko Dirtbag   May-23-11 02:28 PM   #28 
     - I thought Dumbya was a "dry alcoholic"? Whatever, we all know that he's still a drunk...  Liberal_Stalwart71   May-23-11 02:57 PM   #29 
  - I know you're joking, but right-wingers did precisely that to President Lula years ago.  Commie Pinko Dirtbag   May-23-11 02:25 PM   #27 
  - This is what drunk looks like  kskiska   May-23-11 03:33 PM   #30 
  - ha ha ha ha  nmbluesky   May-23-11 04:16 PM   #32 
  - Love this Pic  Thrill   May-23-11 03:36 PM   #31 
  - Obama knows how be act as Irish!!!!  nmbluesky   May-23-11 04:17 PM   #33 
  - Here's another  Amerigo Vespucci   May-23-11 07:04 PM   #37 
  - He looks kinda fucked up  Vattel   May-23-11 10:06 PM   #43 
  - The President can have a beer (AND kill Bin Laden). "Beer summit" -anyone? pretzel? - anyone  underpants   May-23-11 07:32 PM   #38 
  - So what does it mean, that nobody has yet sent.  RandomThoughts   May-24-11 07:12 AM   #45 

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