Beer Summit Explained to MSNBC’s Chris Hayes

I have the fuller interview of Chris Hayes here — BUT I wanted to isolate the Henry Louis “Skip” Gates Jr. indecent a bit, as, many do not know the happenings of this incident too well. As Larry Elder pointed out to Chris Hayes.

President Obama tried to portray the beer moment as a great step forward in race relations:

✦ I have always believed that what brings us together is stronger than what pulls us apart. I am confident that has happened here tonight, and I am hopeful that all of us are able to draw this positive lesson from this episode.

Whatever happy spin he tries to put on it, the President is trying to put this behind him as a lot of Americans reacted negatively to his reflexive attack on the police without knowing the facts.


Officer Crowley called the meeting productive and said all parties are looking forward (a relief to the President, I’m sure), but according to him he and Gates “agree to disagree” about the confrontation. Doesn’t that leave us back at square one? I’m all for people of all colors sitting down together, particularly for a nice cold one, and I’m all in favor of a frank, candid, and civil discussion on race.

But let’s be honest – this moment wasn’t about that. When you have news agencies breathlessly reporting each man’s beer of choice, you know it’s less about substance and more about style. This “beer summit” was only about a photo op and providing damage control for the President. The honest discussion on race will have to wait for another day.

(Red State)

I would love to be ‘the victim’ of a beer summit! Van Jones, Obama `victim` of the Beer Summit

Via Gateway Pundit:

Commie radical Van Jones spoke with the Jew-hating [socialist] America-bashing Democracy Now channel this week. During the interview he suggested that Barack Obama was the victim of the beer summit.

Van Jones: The right wing and the law enforcement establishment brought the wrath of God down on the White House, I was there, and suddenly he’s forced to do a beer summit to sit eye to eye with a racist police officer… as a black man, even the most powerful man in the world, can not speak about race and if he does he’s then forced to sit humbly across the table from a racist police officer.

Beer Summit Is Official

I have a few thoughts on this story from Politico that was the headline at Drudge. One, I think the resolution was passed because  the pressure was getting to be too much for the good folks in Washington and they are looking to get a discount on their increasing bar tab. And/or, if you can think to most governments that were large, or, largely in control of most aspects of society… drinking was very prominent in those types or forms of government — state backed in fact. I’m just sayin’. Don’t misunderstand my thoughts about this now. If I were a junior senator or representative in D.C., This would have been my first lone bill I would try and get passed. I am just surprised it took so long!

While most of Washington was focused on Tuesday’s election results, the House was busy doing something else: Passing a resolution about beer.

House Resolution 1297, sponsored by Rep. Betsy Markey, supports “the goals and ideals of American Craft Beer Week.”

“We’ve got quite a number of microbreweries and entrepreneurs that are creating jobs, and we wanted to celebrate that this is a craft,” Markey told POLITICO.

“I think beer has been a tradition since this country was founded,” said Markey. “We wanted to celebrate entrepeneurship — and good beer!”

Markey is obviously partial to brews from her home state of Colorado, but she won’t claim a favorite.

“You can’t just have one,” said Markey. “It really depends on what mood you’re in. Sometimes, I like a light beer — I might want a Skinny Dip — or otherwise prefer a heavier brew.”

The real question is: Why would anyone vote against this?

“It does seem like a no brainer,” said Markey.