Thursday, January 29, 2009

Obama raises the bar: a brief history of presidential drinking.

Barack Obama hada drinks party at the White House on Wednesday night. He invited congressional leaders of both parties for cocktails at 7:30. In his relentless push for his stimulus plan, he's apparently not going to let them out of his sight. He was with the same people on Tuesday, just a few days after he'd met with them at the White House. The cocktail invitation could be a polite gesturethey hosted him Tuesday on the Hill, and he wants to return the favor; or it could be a stratagemafter being with them so much, Obama realizes that everyone could use a good drink. Or it could be a philosophical statement: Sobering times do not necessarily require everyone to be sober.

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