Entries in Beer (3)


Obama Delivers White House Beer to Va. Firefighters

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(NORFOLK, Va.) -- President Obama pulled into Fire Station 14 in the city of Norfolk, Va. He was on his way home from his last pre-convention campaign rally Tuesday to hand-deliver a case of White House-brewed beer.

"I'm going to call you up and find out what you think," he told the firefighters on duty.

"Should we wait until tomorrow to drink it?" one asked.

"It needs to be chilled, it’s been sitting in my trunk," the president warned.

The White House revealed the recipe for the president's special homebrew over the holiday weekend. He's been downing beers at campaign stops over the summer, seeming to underscore his theme of supporting America's middle class.

The case of White House beer was placed on the rear bumper of a Norfolk fire truck, apparently 12 bottles each of the White House Honey Ale and Honey Porter brewed with honey from hives on the White House South Lawn.

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Obama Stops For ‘Just One’ More Beer

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(WATERLOO, Iowa) -- President Obama on Tuesday recounted how much he enjoyed his pork chop and beer at the Iowa State Fair on Monday night.

“It was good.  I might have another beer today.  You know, just one,” he jokingly told supporters in Marshalltown, Iowa.  “Just one.”

Sure enough, on the way to his final campaign event of the day, the president’s motorcade pulled into the Pump Haus in Cedar Falls for one more Bud.

“I’m thinking I should order my beer and come back and talk,” the president said, according to pool reports, shortly after entering the pub.

After ordering a draft Bud Light, Obama spent several minutes chatting with the bar owners and some of the other patrons.

The bartender told the president his beer was on the house, but the president was overheard protesting, “No, no, no.”

The pool was then ushered outside while the campaign film crew was allowed to remain behind.

Beer has been a popular topic on the trail lately.  In addition to inciting chants of “four more beers!” at the Bud tent at the fair Monday night, on Tuesday morning, Obama fielded questions about the home-brewed beer at the White House.

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Minnesota Governor Ready to End Shutdown

Hannah Foslien/Getty Images(SAINT PAUL, Minn.) -- Minnesota governor Mark Dayton on Thursday moved to end the state’s two week-old government shutdown by accepting a proposal Republicans first offered last month.

Under the plan, Minnesota would delay school funding and borrow against future revenues to close its $1.4 billion dollar budget shortfall.

In a letter to Republican leaders, the Democratic governor said he would accept the deal only if they dropped demands for a 15 percent cut in the state workforce and other policy changes, including restrictions on abortion and stem cell research: "This proposal bridges the between us without any more drastic cuts in essential services to the people of Minnesota."

Republican leaders have not yet made any formal response to Dayton's offer.  

The possible break in the impasse comes as the shutdown threatened to impact Minnesotans where it hurts: by taking away their beer. This week, state officials told MillerCoors to prepare for removing its products from store shelves and taverns because state employees responsible for licensing were laid off. The giant brewer supplies nearly 40 percent of Minnesota's beer.

Since the shutdown, more than 20,000 state employees have been off the job, resulting in significant cuts in services. A nursing home in the small town of Belview is unable to reopen after a storm damaged its roof because state inspectors are not working.  Twenty-five patients were transferred to other nursing homes.

Prospective new drivers have been unable to get licenses.  Anglers, too, have been unable to renew their fishing permits.

Food banks worry about re-stocking shelves, because state employees who help administer federal food programs have also been laid off.

But a special magistrate, appointed to sift through emergency requests, has ruled in favor of keeping other state services open, including an office that conducts background checks for programs that serve the children and elderly.

The shutdown is also costing Minnesota plenty: state officials estimate they are losing $1.25 million a day in lottery sales, $1 million a week in state park fees, and $50 million a month that state tax auditors collect.

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