As we have reviewed, Canadian politicians have no need to consider themselves second best when it comes to love of beer... or at least they have to admit their inferiority to beer in the great Canadian cultural pecking ladder. Sure it would help if we could get the whole beer betting thing right when put to it but we are generally led by those who know beer's place.
So, it comes with some amusement when we read about the President's little brewery. It's run by others who make his honey brown ale. See, it is not so much a home brewing set up Obama has as a staff brewing gig - and not a very sophisticated one at that given that it is brewing from syrup. How many people have others brewing for them and, then, those others don't even have to mash? Is this what wealth and power buys these days? Now, it is not my country and I am not one to point fingers so maybe this is the start of something, just an early stage in setting up a campaign story where home brewing takes it proper place at the highest level, part of a culinary and self-sufficiency narrative that will be used later in Election 2012. Could be. Maybe. Err... maybe not.Not sure I buy it myself. But you know who needs none of it? Who needs no stinking tiny brewery? Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, that's who. Look at her up there. Click at take a good look at here draining that honking bucket of beer, the moment captured perfectly by the AP photographer today. She even keeps a gentle pinkie high as she looks well past the mug at those watching on in amazement or with pride. That's how you use beer as a political instrument, the moment as political theatre. Suddenly, I have an urge to invest in Euro-based government bonds.