July 30th, 2010
09:00 AM ET
12 years ago

This day in Ticker history: 'Beer Summit' convenes

Editor's Note: The following story appeared on the CNN Political Ticker on July 30, 2009.


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(CNN) - The much anticipated "Beer Summit" took place in the White House Rose Garden Thursday evening.

The participants - President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Sergeant James Crowley, and Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. did not speak to reporters during the event.

After much discussion about which beer would be served, Obama chose a Bud Light, Biden went with Buckler, Gates had a Sam Adams Light, and Crowley chose a Blue Moon.

soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Tom

    Just an example of Obama's concluding without all the facts.

    July 30, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  2. doug

    He deserves to have a beer with Glen Beck and thank him for making Obama come to his senses in apologizing to Mrs. Sharrod.

    Obama may have never admitted he was wrong to Mrs. Sharrod if Glen Beck never demanded on his show that he apologize to her.

    While other networks ran that tape all day, Fox News waited till the White House fired her, then they couldn't ignore the story any longer. This type of professional journalism from Fox is a bright spot in an ever increasingly partisan, dishonest, and sensationalist media that is getting trounced by a network with a commitment to being fair and ballanced. You can see why unballenced libs who are full of rage and hate, despise the professionalism on FOX.

    July 30, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  3. thor

    And to this day Obama supporters try to use the racist charge to stir up their base in order to get out the vote in Nov. It seems as though we are going to be drinking a lot of beer between now and then. !!

    July 30, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  4. Paul from Phoenix

    Memories of some great "teaching moments" that have clearly helped the White House make better decisions, right Shirley Sherrod?

    July 30, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  5. Evan

    I frown on the President's poor taste in beer.

    July 30, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  6. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Another great momemt in the history of the most embarassing, corrupt, inept president this country has ever had. Next year we will be able to talk about his "summer of prosperity." Just check out the latest GDP figures. What an Obozo. But the Joy Behar adores him as does SEIU and its wholly owned subsidiaries, AARP and ACORN.

    July 30, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  7. lovable liberal

    Now beer gives the media flashbacks. I guess August is going to be full of rehashed old stories so that all of CNN except some lowly techie can go on vacation.

    July 30, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  8. Oy Vey Az

    They might as well enjoy the beer. There were too many cameras around for a friendly choke hold, or a little touch of cattle prod.

    July 30, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  9. Nelson, Colorado Springs Co

    This picture is priceless. "Go on Mr President Of The United States Of America Barack Obama". From the "VIEW" to a "Beer Summit" in the White House Rose Garden Thursday evening. Keep up the good work for AMERICA. God Bless You

    July 30, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  10. G

    President Obama has done a lousy job addressing race issues so far as president with this Boston case, the Black Panther voter intimidation scandal, Reverend Wright and most recently with the Sherrod case. But I think that we aren't being fair to President Obama. Just because he is african american does not mean that we can expect him to magically find solutions to what has been decades of race relation problems. This is going to take time.

    July 30, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  11. gt

    this is the stuff this country must out up with as we bury service man after service man... get out of afganistan now.. wake up america,, we need new leaders....

    July 30, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  12. Carl

    Bud Light????? With all the beers to choose from you pick one that I don't even classify as a beer? Oh President Obama... I'm disappointed in you. However, I'm sure the public would be in an uproar over how out of touch he is if he chose a more exotic beer.

    July 30, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  13. Angus McDugan

    How embarrassing. Why do we have to bring back this painful example of our President's disgraceful incompetence?

    July 30, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  14. Orlando Patriot

    This was one of the most embarassing showings by this incompetent president. He REACTED and called people racist without even looking at the facts? Why should that be any different from what he does now (and he JUST did it again with Sharron Sherod).

    This president is immoral, incompetent, and corrupt and how 45% still APPROVE of this president is beyond me. EVERYTHING he has done has made this country worse and NOBODY can dispute that. He has added 3 million more unemployed since he took office, added 3 TRILLION dollars of debt, passed a health care bill that NOW we are finding out will price most people out of their current health care plan (those with intelligence KNEW that was going to happen BEFORE it was passed but now you unintelligent people who bought his lies are NOW finding out the truth), and many many other examples.

    There is at least ONE person who is very happy with Obama and that is Jimmy Carter. At least now he can say he is no longer the WORSE president ever. Our fearless leader Barack Hussein Obama (Mmmm, Mmmm, Mmmm) has taken the spot at the WORSE president ever.

    July 30, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  15. Steve (the real one)

    Careful CNN with these "this day in history tickers"! The left will continue to blame you for embarassing them with the truth! Maybe not this story but it has happened in the past and will happen in the future! Maybe you could only select the flattering stories for them! Whadda you say?

    July 30, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  16. Liz the First

    And people actually voted for Bush because they wanted to sit down and have a beer with him. well how did that work out for ya? it's OUR president who actually sits down with average people for a beer. bush shared his beer with sheiks and billionaires.

    July 30, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  17. Peter

    It seems like a very cynical move to keep bringing up these controversies which were not even particularly newsworthy the first time around. If CNN wants to do a 'this day in history' feature, perhaps they should dig a little deeper for some truly meaningful events that happened on this date. I would like to see news organizations help people gain a deeper understanding of history rather than try to fire them back up over insignificant squabbles. A quick internet search reveals that July 30 is the day President Johnson signed medicare into law, and the day "In God We Trust" was adopted as the national motto in 1956! Many people just assume the phrase has always been on our money. Why was it added? Why in 1956? We have a lot of history behind this great nation. Why not dig a little deeper?

    July 30, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  18. T'SAH from Virginia

    If this "DAY IN TICKER" continues – maybe it will remind the American people of how many 'accomplishments' our President made and how we were on the BRINK OF A DEPRESSION when he took office!!!


    July 30, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  19. Baby Boomer

    Why keep rehashing these events that are in the past? What is CNN trying to accomplish by doing this?

    July 30, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |