President pauses for beer with future Medal of Honor recipient
September 14th, 2011
08:34 PM ET
10 years ago

President pauses for beer with future Medal of Honor recipient

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."

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soundoff (115 Responses)
  1. MarineDad05

    You deserve all the honor and more. I am glad your wish to have a beer with the President has been realized.

    The Nation is proud of you, son.

    Semper Fi, Marine.

    September 15, 2011 12:07 am at 12:07 am |

    Nothing wrong with that...

    September 15, 2011 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  3. AZDesertRider

    Impressed... Glad to see the effort put forth by the White House.

    September 15, 2011 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  4. Anonymous

    Medal of Honor recipients definitely receive and deserve "special" privilages. Generals and Admirals salute them first I believe. I just want them all home, politics aside.

    September 15, 2011 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  5. Mike in SA

    Good for the POTUS for honoring this request. Doesn't look like very good beer, though, maybe a better choice would be a small craft beer with some actual flavor.

    September 15, 2011 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  6. Cole


    September 15, 2011 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  7. CoolBreeze303

    If the president sits down with MOH reipient, how can anyone think that he isn't for the people and that he truly cares for the troops.

    September 15, 2011 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  8. bear0402

    Being someone who served in the military, I don't think it is unreasonable for every MoH recipient to have this request honored. Especially since it is the White House who is requesting the honor of their presence.

    September 15, 2011 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  9. Paul

    I really don't approve of this president or his policies, but it says a lot that he will take time out of his day to meet with this American hero.

    September 15, 2011 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  10. Name. Jerry Sarkovics

    Congradulations and Gods Blessings to Dakota Meyer. A true American hero. Thank you for your service to our country. Semper Fidelis.

    September 15, 2011 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  11. hawaiiduude

    I'll drink to world peace and the end of us world occupation... cheers!

    September 15, 2011 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  12. Name. Jerry Sarkovics

    Thank you for your service to our country. May God Bless you each and every day of your life for the bravery that you displayed. Semper Fidelis

    September 15, 2011 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  13. Jim

    Pretty cool, two great Americans enjoying a cold adult beverage...

    September 15, 2011 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  14. Reno-Now

    And American HERO.

    September 15, 2011 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  15. Jeremy Westenn

    Totally cool!!

    September 15, 2011 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  16. WOah Buddy

    Every tax payer in america contributed to 2 beers.

    September 15, 2011 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  17. TheBuckStopsHere

    Perhaps he wanted a opportunity to ask POTUS directly if the Army Captain who he fought with that day was denied a similar MoH award because he challenged higher ups for the lack of fire support he received on the day of the battle which resulted in multiple service members' deaths? And no, this isn't an Army vs. Marine thing. The Marine has been advocating for the Captain's award publicly for quite some time now. It's a question of why the armed forces can ignore the gallant actions of its service member when that service member challenges the leadership for failing to lead and support fellow service members.

    September 15, 2011 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  18. Rick

    Oooh Rah!
    Semper Fi brother.

    September 15, 2011 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  19. kat

    go ahead, a beer and a cigarette! what harm can it do...... Right, sounds like the beer summit....... what a joke for the clown in chief

    September 15, 2011 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  20. Vanessa

    Very nice of our president to spare some time of his very busy schedule to grant him that request!
    . We need more 4 years of president Obama in office! Please people don't fall for the lies & misinformation that are being spread.. don't loose the hope & change! Yes we can!! Obama/Biden

    September 15, 2011 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  21. roger watson

    even a canadian such as myself has to admit thats kind of cool

    September 15, 2011 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  22. Alex

    Both Bro's of the week

    September 15, 2011 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  23. Drogo, who bit the dust


    September 15, 2011 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  24. Jack Spears

    The President seriously needs one (beer I mean)!

    September 15, 2011 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  25. Nelson

    I'm not a fan of President Obama's policies, but I do think that he sets a sterling example of how the President should conduct himself. This is, by far, the most under-reported story of his presidency. Thank you for recognizing the sacrifice of Corporal Meyer and fulfilling his simple request. It's the least he deserves for his service to the country. Very cool Mr. President.

    September 15, 2011 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
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