Tuesday, March 10, 2009


It’s a tough job being president of the United States. At any one time, you have about half the country mad at you. It comes with the job.

Everything the president does is scrutinized. Everything.

So, when President Obama took in an NBA game this week and ordered a beer, the outrage began.

More than a few folks complained that he shouldn’t be having fun while so many people are having a tough time of things in this economy. Others complained that his job is 24/7, and he shouldn’t drink on the job.

Most folks are still able to catch sporting events, pay their mortgages and generally live their lives. Some even enjoy a beer or a cocktail once in a while.

So, why begrudge the POTUS for having a cold one? He does have a designated driver.

Franklin Roosevelt enjoyed a Martini (or two) during the Depression. Harry Truman was known to enjoy a Bourbon and Branch while we fought in Korea. John F. Kennedy partied with Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra during the Cold War. President Reagan was known to have a “Weak Orange Blossom” on rare occasions, and he won the Cold War.

Yes, we’re in the middle of some tough times. Having a beer won’t change that. But, it certainly won’t make it any worse

If I had any advice for the president, however, it would be to make sure that beer was a domestic brand!

Of course, always, everything in moderation.

John W. Scherer
John is CEO & Founder of Video Professor, Inc.
You can reach him at ceo@videoprofessor.com.