Video: The Hannity-Obama Beerfest?

posted at 11:02 am on February 10, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Would Barack Obama meet Sean Hannity for a beer? The invitation came at an awkward moment, in the middle of Obama’s town-hall meeting in Elkhart yesterday, and not from Hannity himself. Obama seemed at least open to the idea, which led to this light-hearted exchange on Fox & Friends this morning with Robert Gibbs (via Joe Gandelman):

OBAMA: Now, with respect to Sean Hannity, I didn’t know that he had invited me for a beer.

(LAUGHTER)

You know, but — I will take that under advisement.

(LAUGHTER)

Generally, his opinion of me does not seem to be very high, but — but I’m always good for a beer. So…

Gibbs thinks that a beer might be in the future.  Obama did meet with some center-right and conservative opinionmakers during the transition, but has, in Obama’s own construct, offered a clenched fist to Hannity and Rush Limbaugh.  I wouldn’t expect that to change in the future.  Although it would make a great story if Obama sat down with Hannity and Rush over a cold Sam Adams, or even a cool Guinness, what would Obama really gain from such a meeting?  He’d do better to force to force Nancy Pelosi into allowing Republicans to have a voice in crafting legislation.  At least that would keep Obama from having to use up his political capital to get his agenda through Congress.

But if they do, let’s hope they can find a better beer than Meister Brau.


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Always good for a beer when SOMEONE else is paying.

carbon_footprint on February 10, 2009 at 11:04 AM

Belgian Beer Fest this weekend in Baltimore.

Make it happen.

Angry Dumbo on February 10, 2009 at 11:04 AM

Obama’s overtures are completely insincere. I wish members of the GOP would stop taking him up on this nonsense.

It’s all show. He’s not listening to a word they say. Send him a memo. Stop giving him photo ops. Make him offer up somethings that make sense to the GOP and Americans.

BuckeyeSam on February 10, 2009 at 11:07 AM

Shiner Bock

tommylotto on February 10, 2009 at 11:08 AM

Without preconditions?

db on February 10, 2009 at 11:08 AM

The perfect beer for Obama and the stimulus.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on February 10, 2009 at 11:08 AM

Nice to see a light-hearted moment in the midst of all this gloom. Thanks for posting, Ed.

nickj116 on February 10, 2009 at 11:12 AM

the only beer I’d serve Soetoro is Iron City or Old Frothingslosh.

MNDavenotPC on February 10, 2009 at 11:13 AM

It would probably be a Sam Adams Triple Bock. At $500 a bottle, it’s almost expensive enough for Bambi’e tastes.

loudmouth883 on February 10, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Hannity better not.

artist on February 10, 2009 at 11:14 AM

Geithner is puking all over us right now in his address to the proletariat.

pugwriter on February 10, 2009 at 11:14 AM

Is there any Billy Beer left over from the 70s?

BigD on February 10, 2009 at 11:15 AM

They should drink Pabst Blue Ribbon, not only is it fun for the whole family, hipster liberals would really adore him.

Lay-Z on February 10, 2009 at 11:15 AM

If Hannity can get him drunk, maybe Obama would make sense…

right2bright on February 10, 2009 at 11:15 AM

How bout Schmitz..or PBR? Not sure if they make Schmitz any more.?

becki51758 on February 10, 2009 at 11:15 AM

The ale that is Frail.

TheSitRep on February 10, 2009 at 11:16 AM

Not sure if they make Schmitz any more.?

becki51758 on February 10, 2009 at 11:15 AM

It was Schlitz, and I don’t think so.

Do they still make Goebbel’s? That sounds about right.

BigD on February 10, 2009 at 11:17 AM

Mead made of greed.

TheSitRep on February 10, 2009 at 11:17 AM

The perfect beer for Obama and the stimulus.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on February 10, 2009 at 11:08 AM

For a moment it looked like Hamas beer…to much news lately.

right2bright on February 10, 2009 at 11:17 AM

The hootch that screwed the pooch.

TheSitRep on February 10, 2009 at 11:17 AM

Obama = Thunderbird or Night Train. Probably not a beer guy.

MDWNJ on February 10, 2009 at 11:17 AM

OT?

The market is tanking as Geitner speaks.

Cody1991 on February 10, 2009 at 11:18 AM

It was Schlitz, and I don’t think so.

Its still made and I can get that and PBR here in Louisiana. Not too many stores carry it though.

Lay-Z on February 10, 2009 at 11:19 AM

BigD on February 10, 2009 at 11:17 AM

No..there is a Schmitz beer too. My dad drank it….and it was nasty.

becki51758 on February 10, 2009 at 11:19 AM

So, Ed, on top of your other elitist proclivities you are also a beer snob?

SKYFOX on February 10, 2009 at 11:19 AM

The market is tanking as Geitner speaks.

Cody1991 on February 10, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Yeah, cuz Geithner said “We’re going to try things we’ve never tried before.”

Nice, huh?

BigD on February 10, 2009 at 11:20 AM

Finally, beer has returned to the White House. Our long, national dry nightmare is over.

YYZ on February 10, 2009 at 11:21 AM

ruh…roh…

“We will have to try things we’ve never tried before”

Geithner

artist on February 10, 2009 at 11:21 AM

Nice, huh?

BigD on February 10, 2009 at 11:20 AM

Markets don’t lie. Oh, boy….

Cody1991 on February 10, 2009 at 11:21 AM

Steel Reserve baby!

*gag*

catmman on February 10, 2009 at 11:21 AM

No..there is a Schmitz beer too. My dad drank it….and it was nasty.

Can’t be any worse than Schaffer. Man that stuff was bad. Used to get it when I was in the Army because it was so cheap. You’d drink about six or eight and end up with the schlitz the next day.

Lay-Z on February 10, 2009 at 11:22 AM

Whatever happened to the white label “Beer”?

catmman on February 10, 2009 at 11:23 AM

In the 60’s a case of Schmitz went for $4.00..and it caused the schlitz too. haha

becki51758 on February 10, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Is that a Court Jester reference I read in this post’s subtitle (“The pellet with the poison’s in the vessel with the pestle; the chalice from the palace has the brew that is true!”)? If so, awesome, Ed. ^_~ Just awesome.

Jockolantern on February 10, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Colt 45, Schlitz, King Cobra or St. Ide’s?

/heavy sarc

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on February 10, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Colt 45 or Schlitz?

P.S. Love Lionel Richie in the second link.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on February 10, 2009 at 11:26 AM

King Cobra or St. Ides?

Fred Williamson and Biggie approve.

/sarc

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on February 10, 2009 at 11:27 AM

Is that a Court Jester reference I read in this post’s subtitle (”The pellet with the poison’s in the vessel with the pestle; the chalice from the palace has the brew that is true!”)? If so, awesome, Ed. ^_~ Just awesome.

Jockolantern on February 10, 2009 at 11:23 AM

I LOVE that movie!

tikvah on February 10, 2009 at 11:28 AM

How about nice, cold Rocket Fuel?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on February 10, 2009 at 11:29 AM

The nicest thing I can say about Sean Hannity is that he’s the ultimate “Graet American”, the meanest thing I can say is he’s NEVER going to shut up about this.

anniekc on February 10, 2009 at 11:37 AM

Sorry for the double posts. My bad.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on February 10, 2009 at 11:39 AM

I prefer Gostling’s Black Seal rum and ginger ale. Called a Dark-n-Stormy.

Mazztek on February 10, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Maybe Hannity and the President could share this beverage. At least it would get both of them to be quiet for a little while.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on February 10, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Yes! Bierfest mit Hannity und Obama!
Good thing I just ordered my Kniebundlederhosen.

Glenn Jericho on February 10, 2009 at 11:43 AM

How about a nice FORTY of ColdCock?

carbon_footprint on February 10, 2009 at 11:43 AM

Sorry, how about a nice FORTY of ColdCock?

carbon_footprint on February 10, 2009 at 11:44 AM

All Foam – No Beer

Kini on February 10, 2009 at 11:47 AM

He must have meant root beer, Muslims aren’t permitted alcohol.

Root beer – it’s good for your root.

NoDonkey on February 10, 2009 at 11:47 AM

See, this is what stinks about political correctness. An Irishman, a black man, liquor–and current societal norms prevent me from making any of a thousand obvious jokes!

radjah shelduck on February 10, 2009 at 11:49 AM

I LOVE that movie!

tikvah on February 10, 2009 at 11:28 AM

It’s a great movie. One of my favorite all-time comedies and a great deal better than the embarrassments which pass for comedy today.

Jockolantern on February 10, 2009 at 11:51 AM

carbon_footprint on February 10, 2009 at 11:44 AM

Great minds, dude.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on February 10, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on February 10, 2009 at 11:53 AM

so many jokes, so little desire to be banned

superdave on February 10, 2009 at 12:00 PM

It’s a great movie. One of my favorite all-time comedies and a great deal better than the embarrassments which pass for comedy today.

Jockolantern

+1

SKYFOX on February 10, 2009 at 12:01 PM

spaten optimator if it were me, oohh, spaten also has a Salvator for His Holy Barackness.

superdave on February 10, 2009 at 12:02 PM

Budweiser for Obama, hemlock for us.

Western_Civ on February 10, 2009 at 12:03 PM

carbon_footprint on February 10, 2009 at 11:44 AM

Great minds, dude.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on February 10, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on February 10, 2009 at 11:53 AM

Ha, sorry, you beat me.

carbon_footprint on February 10, 2009 at 12:04 PM

Sorry, how about a nice FORTY of ColdCock?

carbon_footprint on February 10, 2009 at 11:44 AM

No, that’s Ray Nagin’s favorite malt liquor.

Lay-Z on February 10, 2009 at 12:06 PM

OBAMA: So, uhh… look.

HANNITY: You’ve got Bill Ayers, you’ve got Franklin Raines, Barney Frank.

OBAMA: I think that, uhh… here’s what we have to do.

HANNITY: You’ve got Bill Ayers, you’ve got Franklin Raines, Barney Frank.

YYZ on February 10, 2009 at 12:12 PM

Anyone ever heard of Knickerbocker beer? Now thats some cheap stuff too. Give me a Yuengling every time. :)

becki51758 on February 10, 2009 at 12:25 PM

Cap’n…with great respect, Sir, Guiness is NOT supposed to be served cold, but at room temp.

Go to Oirland (the land of my ancestors) and ask for a cold Guiness. If you do, Paddy McGuigan the publican will crack you over the head with a hurling stick.

If you want an Irish beer brewed to be served ICE cold, try a Harp, which to my mind is nothing less than the God’s nectar.

Slainte

Mike D. on February 10, 2009 at 12:34 PM

But if they do, let’s hope they can find a better beer than Meister Brau.

Oly?
Keystone?

Nah, Duff.
I can’t get enough, of that wonderful Duff!

juanito on February 10, 2009 at 12:40 PM

So Obama says “Don’t listen to Rush” but will personally sit down with Hannity?

Rush is better. Maybe Obama would rather have people listening to Hannity than Rush.

If I were Obama, that’d be my preference too. Rush is good, Hannity just seems to reiterate the same talking points to the point of nails screeching on a chalkboard.

cs89 on February 10, 2009 at 12:48 PM

I think Gibbs forgot that Bud is no longer officially “American”. I would much rather see Obama go for a New Belgium…

scotthenning on February 10, 2009 at 12:56 PM

Hannity is a total sellout and has been for more than a year.He puts more libs on his new tv show than his old show.He,s to damm close to McCain ,Huckabee,Gerald Rivers,Bob Beckel,.He also trys to be little Gov.Palin and Gov.Jendil.Also on his last weeks T.V. show he devoted 2 days interviewing Woopi Goldberg what a trill.Even Mark Levin has become worried about him.

thmcbb on February 10, 2009 at 1:13 PM

It is all relative; I can remember in Viet Nam all we could get was Black Label or BaumneBaum (I may have mispelled this. It was a Vietnamese beer that wasn’t my first choice). After these, Meister Brau looks good….

DL13 on February 10, 2009 at 1:26 PM

How about Blatz beer?

Wicked.

ladyingray on February 10, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Is there any Billy Beer left over from the 70s?

BigD on February 10, 2009 at 11:15 AM

I have one well aged unopened can they can have.

Texyank on February 10, 2009 at 1:56 PM

Can Budweiser be considered domestic anymore?

It was Schlitz, and I don’t think so.

Its still made and I can get that and PBR here in Louisiana. Not too many stores carry it though.

Lay-Z on February 10, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Schlitz is now in bottles (still Milwaukee only?) and I have had PBR in draft, pretty good! The bar I “lived” at (heh) used to sell so many cans (a buck each) that they just started getting it in half barrels.

geckomon on February 10, 2009 at 1:57 PM

Give me a Yuengling every time. :)

becki51758 on February 10, 2009 at 12:25 PM

Nice, Becki. There’s a girl (presumably) who knows her beer. Stella Artois is another good one if you want something a little more high brow than Bud. I’ll never understand so many people’s fascination with Guinness though. I’ve tried to choke it down but can’t do it. If I wanted a warm beer after mowing the lawn, I’d just slit my wrists. There’s a reason refrigeration was invented.

slug on February 10, 2009 at 3:31 PM

Anyone ever heard of Knickerbocker beer? Now thats some cheap stuff too. Give me a Yuengling every time. :)

becki51758 on February 10, 2009 at 12:25 PM

You just won over my husbands heart! That’s one of his all time FAVES!! He’s from Lebanon, PA and says Yuengling makes him think of home. We can’t get it here, so he has a client outside of Philly that ships him a case every 6 months or so. He’s like a kid in a candy store when that thing shows up.
Otherwise I’d suggest Arrogant Bastard
. However I’ve got the feeling Ogabe is more of a Rolling Rock drinker. That crap taste like horse pi$$.

mauioriginal on February 10, 2009 at 3:32 PM

BO dodged the point of her question, unless this is edited. Did she finish her question? It sounded, to me, like she was asking why he would not sit with Hannity when he’s so open to communications with enemies of this country.
hhmmm

Elektra on February 10, 2009 at 7:17 PM

Yeah, cuz Geithner said “We’re going to try things we’ve never tried before.”

Nice, huh?

BigD on February 10, 2009 at 11:20 AM

That line never works with Mrs. Red State either….

Red State State of Mind on February 10, 2009 at 8:45 PM

I like Hannity, but he’s missing the point here, intentionally, so he can be a glory-hound.

The clip Sean plays (at the top of every hour of his show) features Obama saying, “Hardcore Sean Hannity fans, who probably wouldn’t want to have a beer with me…”

Obama did not talk about having a beer with Hannity, but said it about Hannity fans. As a Hannity fan, I’d love to have a beer with the President, so I could respectfully discuss some of my concerns over his policies. However, Obama would not have a beer with someone like me because he has nothing to gain from it.

Obama has something to gain by having a beer with a well-known conservative like Hannity, so of course there is a reasonable chance he would. Hannity is proving nothing aside from the fact that he is able to blow a major opportunity to show Obama is full of crap in exchange for more media attention.

ynot4tony2 on February 11, 2009 at 6:23 AM