"I got beer from the White House!" says thrilled Wisconsin brewery owner after closed-press economic discussion...
After President Obama had a closed-press meeting with about fifteen small business owners on Tuesday to discuss the impact of the fiscal cliff, his guests left the West Wing carrying gift bags embossed with the Presidential seal. Deborah Carey, co-founder of Wisconsin's New Glarus Brewing Co., was pretty excited to discover that her bag contained bottles of the President's special White House homebrewed beer. (Above: The White House released this photo of Carey shaking hands with the President in the Roosevelt Room)
"I got beer!" Carey exclaimed to reporters as she left the meeting, Politico reported. "I got beer from the White House!"
Well, that's one way to convince small business owners that you're right. Vice President Joe Biden was also at the meeting, and the other citizen guests included the CEO of a Louisiana
construction company and the founder of a Michigan trucking company. Carey's craft brewery produces six beers year 'round, as well as 'seasonals' and a selection of 'surprises,' but the company only sells in Wisconsin, according to the website.
On Wednesday, the President will continue his fiscal cliff talks, but his guests will be fifteen CEOs of giant corporations. Food and Ag behemoths will be represented by Patricia Woertz, President and CEO, Archer Midlands Daniel; Douglas Oberhelman, Chairman and CEO, Caterpillar; and Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO, Coca Cola. In 2009, Kent suggested President Obama was tantamount to a Communist after Mr. Obama said in an interview that he'd be interested in taxing soda.
Perhaps some White House beer will get Kent on board with the President's efforts to avoid a swan dive off the fiscal cliff. Mr. Obama takes his economic plan on the road on Friday, when he will visit the Hatfield, Pennsylvania manufacturing facility for Rodon Group, a toy company that makes Tinkertoys, K’NEX Building Sets and Angry Bird Building Sets, among other products.
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*White House photo by Pete Souza