Obama’s Beer-Run: Firehouse-Call

Photograph by Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo

President Barack Obama delivers a case of White House brewed beer to the fire fighters at Fire Station No. 14, during an unscheduled stop, on Sept. 4, 2012, in Norfolk, Va.

Among the many areas in which President Barack Obama attempts to draw contrasts with Mitt Romney is spending priorities.

Today, it was a matter of beer.

The president routinely charges that Romney would cut funding for state and local workers such as teachers and firefighters in order to protect tax cuts for upper income earners.

Yet today, after a campaign rally in Norfolk, Virginia, Obama stopped at Norfolk fire and rescue station No. 14 bearing an extra special gift: White House-brewed beer —  a case with a mix of Honey Ale, Regular Ale and Dark Ale.

The president shook hands and told the crew about the White House’s brew.

He picked up a bottle and said: “The White House has been brewing it’s own beer. Have you heard about this?”

It appeared to be news to them.

The recipes were released online just this week.

The president set the case on the back of a firetruck. Asked by one firefighter whether they should wait to drink it until tomorrow, Obama said, “I don’t want you to get in trouble with the chief” and warned that it needed to be chilled since it had been sitting in his car.

If the ale was honey-colored, the pitch for the working class couldn’t be clearer.

Mitt Romney, a Mormon, does not consume alcohol.

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