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The Long History of Politics and Beer -- VIDEO

The Long History of Politics and Beer

The recent surge in debate drinking games may seem like an unholy union, but politics and beer have had a long and storied history.


George Washington is said to have brewed it. And when he was president, James Madison wanted to appoint a Secretary of Beer.  Franklin Roosevelt even had a signature beer glass made to mark the end of Prohibition.

Today, beer and politics go hand in hand.  The Obama White House recently started making its own home brews; after an online petition requesting the recipes got more than 12,000 signatures, the White House obliged, releasing a video and the recipes for its White House Honey Ale and Honey Porter.

And let's not forget the White House beer summit in 2009, which brought together Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Sgt. James Crowley, a police officer who mistakenly arrested Gates outside his own Cambridge home.


When it comes to elections, and not just debates, the question of "Which candidate would you rather have a beer with?" is a mainstay after George W. Bush bested John Kerry in a 2004 Zogby/Williams poll with 57 percent of repondents preferring to have a beer with Bush.

So, for tonight's debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Romney running mate Paul Ryan, let the drinking begin and check out National Journal's own VP Debate drinking game. After all, no one ever said that sobriety was a requirement for voting.

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