John F. Kerry didn’t have a great shot at beating incumbent President George W. Bush in 2004. But his fate was sealed when a poll found that 57 percent of undecided voters would rather have a beer with Bush than Kerry (the irony that Bush was, and is, a teetotaler was probably lost on the loser Kerry).
There’s something about this crazy notion of “likability,” as if we should like our presidents as people more than we should elect leaders who will steer the state towards good governance. But, like it or not, the concept of likability remains a major factor in our national political discourse, and Barack Obama either has a ton of it or none of it, depending on what cable news channel you’re watching.
But the president also turned up the likability meter in Ireland by showing up at a pub in Moneygall, the home of his his great-great-great grandfather, Falmouth Kearney. There, the president showed off his drinking skills, downing a pint of Guinness in four gulps, according to witnesses. AOL reports:
He then took a long sip and said “That’s good stuff there.”
He looked around a bit, put his hand in his pocket, pulled out some money and stated: “I just want to show that the President pays for his beer.”
Obama downed the thick beer in only four slurps. Christy O’Sullivan, a government clerical worker who took a long lunch break to watch the Obama’s trip to Moneygall, told the AP: “The president actually killed his pint! He gets my vote. He’s the first president I’ve actually seen drink the black stuff like he’s not ashamed of something.”
Watch him drink some beer right here:
Any bets that he’ll be ripped by the right-wing echo chamber for not drinking Amurrican beer?