UPDATE: It does appear to be a near beer. But as there is some controversy over whether near beers should be drunk at all by alcoholics – they can still contain 1/6 the alcohol of a “real” American beer – I’m not sure why our commander in chief shouldn’t be erring on the side of caution. Reportedly, Alocholics Anonymous recommends against alcoholics drinking near beers. I’d like to confirm this.
Bush is an alcoholic. We have the right to know if he’s fallen off the wagon, as this would be incredibly serious in any job, let alone the leader of the free world, and the commander in chief during war time. It is irrelevant whether you love Bush or hate him, whether you think this is a private matter or not. If Bush were running a major corporation and were an alcoholic who had fallen off the wagon, he’d likely be removed from his job by the board. If he were a general, he’d be fired. He clearly drank from either a beer or a near beer in Germany. Which one was it? And in any case, near beer contains alcohol (0.5% or less), something is verbotten to alcoholics. And keep in mind that American beer is between 2.8% and 3.8% (or so) alcohol content, so 0.5% is actually larger than it seems. That’s potentially 1/6 of a beer, or, rather, if you drink 3 of them, that’s half a beer – something that, in my lightweight case, still gives me a small buzz. For an alcoholic, that small buzz is everything. And in any case, what would an alcoholic be doing touching alcohol at all? I thought even a sip was off limits?
Come on media, this is serious this time. What was he drinking? Andy Towle, over at TowleRoad, tells me he thinks this might be a Buckler brand beer. Anyone know?