Sad but true. The mere fact that a US President has a beer in public creates the possibility of a policy argument. The AP's photo published in the UK's Daily Mail grabs the moment, shows something that happens millions of times a day yet when the relaxed figure is the new POTUS the moment is about more than the beer but also about just him having that beer, too. There's even more than one angle on the moment. When policy makers and movers and shakers want to increase the tax, place lock restrictions in cars, bar winemakers from brewing and keep beer out of entertainment centres, having a portrait like this on the side of good ale and lager is gold.
But is it good beer? At least he seems to have been given a proper glass and not some plastic thing. And there is a comforting sheeting to the foam. It looks fairly light. Little chance that this is a moment where power meets extreme. Where did the beer come from? His neighbour seems to have one, too. Does this represent good value in these times? Apparently a beer at a game is eight bucks. Odd that he did not stop at the Center's Maui Wowi Hawaiian - or would that have been one policy statement too far.