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1 HappyWarrior  Wed, Aug 15, 2012 9:42:29am

Really? They're upset about this. This is probably one of the neatest additions to the White House since Nixon added a bowling alley.

2 Decatur Deb  Wed, Aug 15, 2012 9:46:39am

White House mows grass; wingnuts freak out.

3 Charleston Chew  Wed, Aug 15, 2012 9:52:39am
Remember when beer drinking was a sign of ‘Murican authenticity?

He's not a real Amurican because he's brewing his own!

Real Amuricans drink the tasteless swill manufactured by Belgian (Budweiser, Busch, Michelob, Natural Light) or British (Miller, Milwakee's Best) multinational corporations.

4 bubba zanetti  Wed, Aug 15, 2012 9:56:53am

And I'm sure they didn't actually install a brewery - they're just brewing it in the kitchen. The cost of a couple of carboys isn't going to crush the American taxpayer.

5 Gus  Wed, Aug 15, 2012 10:07:01am

re: #2 Decatur Deb

White House mows grass; wingnuts freak out.

FTFY

6 Destro  Wed, Aug 15, 2012 12:00:28pm

re: #2 Decatur Deb

White House mows grass; wingnuts freak out.

Remember the freak out over Michelle Obama's vegetable garden?

7 Destro  Wed, Aug 15, 2012 12:02:14pm

The party of the Great Depression reminds us that the Republicans were also the party that brought us Prohibition.

Though in reality the right wing nuts are probably more upset that a black man is 'living large' over the white man in this particular case.

8 dragonath  Wed, Aug 15, 2012 12:35:06pm

Well, not exactly... sadly, that was more of a bipartisan piece of stupid, although Hoover wouldn't really budge on the issue.

On August 1, 1917, the Senate passed a resolution containing the language of the amendment to be presented to the states for ratification. The vote was 65 to 20, with the Democrats' voting 36 in favor and 12 in opposition; and the Republicans' voting 29 in favor and 8 in opposition. The House of Representatives passed a revised resolution[2] on December 17, 1917.
In the House, the vote was 282 to 128, with the Democrats' voting 146 in favor and 64 in opposition; and the Republicans' voting 137 in favor and 62 in opposition.[3] It was officially proposed by the Congress to the states when the Senate passed the resolution, by a vote of 47 to 8, the next day, December 18.[4]

BTW, the first state to go dry was Maine. A couple of midwestern and southern states were the only ones to hang on to it at the end.

Prohibition coincided with the strengthening of the Democratic vote in the cities and the beginning of the slow move away from moralism...

9 dragonath  Wed, Aug 15, 2012 12:38:59pm

And of course, FDR signed repeal and Carter legalized home brewing!

10 Destro  Wed, Aug 15, 2012 1:10:55pm

re: #8 dragonath

Well, not exactly... sadly, that was more of a bipartisan piece of stupid, although Hoover wouldn't really budge on the issue.

BTW, the first state to go dry was Maine. A couple of midwestern and southern states were the only ones to hang on to it at the end.

Prohibition coincided with the strengthening of the Democratic vote in the cities and the beginning of the slow move away from moralism...

Prohibition had its impetus the decline of the Republican WASP Protestant rural base vs the rise of the German, Irish and Eastern European demographic in cities.

[Link: tucsoncitizen.com...]

Alcohol and marijuana: The xenophobic origins of prohibition by Pamela Powers Hannley


Prohibition of alcohol by adoption of the 18th Amendment to the US Constitution in 1920 was a xenophobic measure, as much as a temperance movement, according to Last Call, a book by Daniel Okrent.

In Prohibition Life: Politics, Loopholes, and Bathtub Gin, National Public Radio’s Terry Gross interviews Okrent. This is a fascinating story, and both the transcript and the audio are available on the link.

According to Okrent, xenophobic conservatives wanted to control the blacks and the Irish by stopping the flow of alcohol. At the same time, the prohibitionists pumped up anti-immigrant sentiments against the German beer brewers (eg, Pabst, Strohs, Schmidts) as the US entered World War I and used Prohibition as a wedge issue. (Does this sound familiar?)


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