More on Dakota Meyer’s beer summit with Obama


UPDATED: A White House spokesman tells Marine Corps Times that the beer shared by Obama and Meyer was home-brewed there. It’s called White House Honey Blonde Ale. That’s pretty sweet.

President Obama enjoys a beer Wednesday outside the Oval Office with Dakota Meyer. The president will present Meyer, a sergeant in the Individual Ready Reserve, with the Medal of Honor on Thursday. (White House photo by Pete Souza)

By now, you’ve seen the photo above. It’s President Obama having a beer yesterday with Dakota Meyer, who will become today the first living Marine in 38 years to receive the Medal of Honor.

The idea was reportedly Dakota’s. When the president’s staff called Meyer over the weekend in advance of today’s ceremony, the Marine asked if he could have a beer with Obama, White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a tweet last night. The president invited Meyer yesterday.

During the Beer Summit in 2009, the guests drank Red Stripe and Blue Moon, while the president had Bud Lite. Based on the photograph, it appears they may have had Bud Lite yesterday, too. I’ve inquired with a few sources to see if we can clear that up. Inquiring minds want to know, and all.


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  1. Any president worth his stripes should know that you’ve got to go with a local brew of some kind…not some cheap, corporate sell-out crap like Bud Lite.

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