Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama enjoyed a beer with Dakota Meyer on the patio outside the Oval Office Wednesday. The president will present Meyer with the Medal of Honor Thursday during a ceremony at the White House.
According to a series of tweets by White House spokesman Jay Carney, when a member of the president's staff called Meyer over the weekend to prepare, Meyer made a special request.
"On 9/8/09, Meyer, then a 21-year-old Marine corporal, repeatedly risked his own life to save the lives of 36 U.S. and Afghan troops," Carney tweeted. "Over the weekend, the president's staff called Meyer in preparation for Thursday's Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House."
"Meyer asked the staffer if he could have a beer with the President," Carney said.
"POTUS invited Dakota to come by the White House this afternoon."
And the malicious comments start 5...4...3...2...NOW!
I'm proud of a country where a Marine can have a beer with the President and it doesn't feel like a photo-op. President Obama is a good man who cares about America and the Marine is a true hero. This is what being an American is supposed to feel like...
Meyer earned his medal unlike the nobel winner sitting at the table with him.
obama should be greatful to have the privilege of being in the company of a brother Marine, OOH RAH to Cpl Meyer
Is he still active in the Marines? I hope so because of his courage is something that can inspire many to do better.
I'll drink to that!!!
I cannot thank both of you enough.
Obama is an excellent commander in chief. As an American, I am still proud of our president and our military.
That's what a good commander and chief does. Good job.
You deserve much more.we must tell you the world all need to give you a beer.you are the reason I can sleep at night.
I mean seriously, how can people hate this President so much? Let me guess, Teapublicans find something wrong with this, too.
That is all Obama can do. Drink beer and play golf. He should even be seen with this true hero. He is a disgrace to America.
Now thats cool!
Freakin awesome!!! The president is a good guy. It's sad that many Americans have been convinced by GOP wingnuts and Fox "news" that the president wants to destroy this country. It's simply not true. I don't understand how anyone could believe such garbage.
Having read a few briefs on Meyer's VERY courageous actions, I can't bring myself to berate him for his choice of beer partner.. He wholeheartedly deserves a lifelong message of gratitude from the nation.
I'm glad this marine could drink a beer with Obummie. He must be active duty and would go through a brick wall for the commander in chief. Other than that, I find it hard to explain. I wouldn't. Semper Fi
Now this is how I like to see my president. Good job President Obama and congratulationes to Dakota Meyer. I'm very happy that your survived your terrible ordeal. God Bless.
You better bring a beer bong with you, Marine! Semper Fi!
classy move by the President
Thank you, Mr. Meyer, for your service to our country – and thank you, Mr. President, for your continued service to our country and your commitment to our military personnel! Cheers!
God bless him!
that would be a sweet picture to have of yourself. this kid literally faced death and ran towards it to save others lives many times, heck yeah he deserves a beer with the president!!
Thank you for your extraordinary service to our country Corporal Dakota Meyer. I salute you and would love to give you a giant hug!
That's awesome. Glad the President took more time out of his schedule for a leather neck.