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   For presidents, beer is great leveler

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2/19/2012 8:30 pm

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Joe McClain

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Opinion

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Entered 2/20/2012, Updated 2/20/2012

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When Sgt. Dakota Meyer won a Medal of Honor in Afghanistan for saving the lives of 36 Afghan and U.S. servicemembers, he had one request — he wanted to have a beer with President Barack Obama. So the day before the awards ceremony, Meyer sat down with Obama on the White House patio and described his dangerous mission over a cold beer. Beer has come to symbolize the unique connection between presidents and the people they serve. Presidents are charged with bridging divides and finding common ground with citizens from all ideologies and backgrounds. There’s no common denominator like beer. As we celebrate Presidents Day, we realize that beer’s role in presidential politics extends all the way back to the beginnings of our nation. After the Revolutionary War, George Washington, a beer lover himself, established a “Buy American” policy — and set the tone with beer. “I use no porter or cheese in my family,” Washington wrote, “but such as is made in America.”


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