March 1, 2010

How many beers a day would Obama need to be drinking before his doctor would recommend "moderation of [in?] alcohol intake"?

Drudge picks out this bit from Obama's health report:


The link goes to this report — which stresses the advice to "continue smoking cessation efforts" (which means he's still smoking, apparently) — and ends:
The doctors also recommended "moderation of alcohol intake."
Considering that there is a great deal of research showing that it is a positive health benefit for a man to drink 1 or 2 beers a day, I would think that a 6 foot 1 1/2 inch man like Obama could easily drink 3 or 4 beers a day without there being an actual negative effect of concern to a doctor.

How much is Obama drinking?

(If you think we shouldn't be talking about the President this way, let's remember how people called Bush a "dry drunk." That is, he was criticized for being a drunk when he didn't drink at all!)

IN THE COMMENTS: madawaskan said...
Who was it that edited it like that? The Guardian?...

The actual wording is (PDF):
Continue smoking cessation efforts, a daily exercise program, healthy diet, moderation in alcohol intake, periodic dental care, and remain up to date with recommended immunizations. 
Why does The Guardian hate our President?!

Recommending "moderation of" is completely different from recommending continuation of "moderation in." Reading the original report, I'd say the doctor told Obama that the amount he was drinking was just fine.

116 comments:

HokiePundit said...

To be fair, if you were in Obama's shoes, wouldn't you be drinking a lot, too?

Superdad said...

Until he slurs his speech during a speech; I see no issue.

Henry said...

How much is Obama drinking?

Maybe not enough! He needs to moderate up to his weekly case.

Alex said...

This smacks of concern trolling. Try again Althouse.

AllenS said...

He's supposed to be 6'1" and only 175 lbs. He's a skinny man. He's skinny because he smokes. I'll bet he can't handle his liquor. The country is being run by a drunk smoker. Hey! Let's have a beer summit.

Henry said...

And enough with the beer. Real powerbrokers drink whiskey.

Here's a story about LBJ from a very entertaining page on his "Presidential vehicles":

In the early afternoon, the President, with me next to him in the front seat, took his white Lincoln convertible, top down, for a drive around the ranch. It was incredibly hot; the dust clouds made it hard to breathe. But there was relief. As we drove around we were followed by a car and a station wagon with Secret Service agents. The President drank Cutty Sark scotch and soda out of a large white plastic foam cup. Periodically, Johnson would slow down and hold his left arm outside the car, shaking the cup and ice. A Secret Service agent would run up to the car, take the cup and go back to the station wagon. There another agent would refill it with ice, scotch, and soda as the first agent trotted behind the wagon. Then the first agent would run the refilled cup up to LBJ’s outstretched and waiting hand, as the President’s car moved slowly along. (Special Assistant, Joseph A. Califano, Jr)

In Washington, LBJ often had his half-drunk glass refilled with soda so he wouldn't get drunk around the drunks he was manipulating.

Alex said...

Allen - hate much today? Most Americans love our dear President.

Lem said...

I think Pogo is a doctor.. I would like to read his medical opinion.

MadisonMan said...

Moderation goes both ways.

The doctor could be telling Obama to drink more.

Juba Doobai! said...

So, we got a former (?) coke-head, Wagyu beef eatin' drunk with poor judgment in the WH. I don't want to wail until he slurs his speech. If the docs say 'moderate' the alcohol intake, I'd bet they weren't talking about beer. This guy might be piping hard likker and lots of it, all on the taxpayer's dime. Livin' high off the hog, Barry H.

AllenS said...

I'll bet Obama smokes crack. Crack smokers are always skinny.

madawaskan said...

Some drunks are highly functional, they actually can speak better while blottoed.

Kevin said...

Hah! I always knew Bush was a drunk!

Oh, we're not talking about Bush? Then it's none of our business - nothing to see here, move along, move along...

AllenS said...

Obama probably gets drunk and then kicks his dog.

Joe said...

Allen - hate much today? Most Americans love our dear President. Uh that WAS sarcasm, right?

Or have you been asleep under a rock for the last few polling results?

Still it IS a silly topic...what is "moderate drinking" 1 or 2 drinks per day, ON AVERAGE? But what if the POTUS drinks a six-pack on Sat. night, is that OK or is that "binge drinking" and who the H3ll cares? Doctors need to just chill out about "moderate drinking."

And if a man wants to smoke or eat a waffle, no big deal...though it's ironic to see a man who wants to tell ME how to run my life, run afoul of the same sort of busy-bodies he supports.

Triangle Man said...

Smokes cigarettes, eats beef, drinks alcohol? Typical liberal pansy.

madawaskan said...

It's the arugula.

Gretchen said...

This doctor will have his medical license pulled soon.

edutcher said...

The mark of an empty suit finally come to realize it?

Lem said...

Is it reasonable to believe the doctor was making the recomendation solely on what Obama has reported to him?..

Or is this a republican doctor?

Most of the doctors who practiced at George Washington University Hospital had been attending a special meeting there that afternoon and were only an elevator ride away from the emergency room. Within a few minutes after I arrived, the room was full of specialists in virtually every medical field. When one of the doctors said they were going to operate on me, I said, "I hope you're a Republican." He looked at me and said, "Today, Mr. President, we're all Republicans." I also remember saying, after one of the nurses asked me how I felt, "All in all, I'd rather be in Philadelphia" - the old W. C. Fields line.

IMR said...

If you actually read the report (imagine that), it says "Continue...moderation of alcohol intake."

Sheesh! I am 0% behind Obama, but you look stupid when you go after him on something like this.

SteveR said...

Imprecise language, it could mean diffferent things and probably the doctor(s) told him in person exactly what they meant. I suspect they asked him about his level of drinking and they told him a drink or two was ok. Upon translation into the report, it becomes muddled

Glenn Howes said...

Just to be picky about things but you can inline a vulgar half symbol by using ½ (½) Much more readable then "6 1 1/2"

traditionalguy said...

Let's see. He shoots a bird at opponents. He wears a nicotine patch while also smoking ( very addicted now ). And he drinks immoderately. His only missing vice is ____?____. Call Tiger woods for a clue. The good news is that he is not now a good muslim. However he could be a good infantry soldier. Is he someone's soldier now? Soros has been annoyed at Obama lately...maybe he does not approve of his soldier's habits.

MayBee said...

I hate to see this.
It will end in a public campaign to teach us to moderate our alcohol intake. Michelle Obama will make a speech and start a website.
Maybe Chip Ahoy can design a name and logo for it.

David said...

Let's see.

This doc, knowing that his report would be published, tells O to moderate his drinking.

He probably thought about that one for a while.

Where there's smoke . . . .

AllenS said...

I'll bet Barack never lays a hand on Michelle when he gets drunk. She'd kick his skinny ass.

Robert said...

He's also taking nonsteroidal anti-infammatory drugs (NSAID.) It isn't good to mix the two, it can cause liver failure. I do want to know how much NSAID he's taking. I had been on ibuprofen (400 mg) for about 18 months. (hip problem) Over the last couple months I started nausea & vomiting. It wasn't until about 2 weeks ago when I picked up the new prescription and reread the directions that figured out what was happening. Mood change is another side effect, and I now recognized that it did alter my mood. I immediately stopped and am just trying to detoxify my body now. I also went from about 160 lbs to about 140 lbs.

NSAIDs can be bad on their own, combining them with booze can be real bad.

Hoosier Daddy said...

Its probably a Michelob Ultra that has less alcohol than my pee.

David said...

"I suspect they asked him about his level of drinking and they told him a drink or two was ok. Upon translation into the report, it becomes muddled"

Oh, I don't think so. This has got to be a carefully considered document.

Let's see the press follow up on this one.

k*thy said...

With IMR, here. Sheesh! is right.

madawaskan said...

Yep-see you can't trust the press-that's why you need to watch the Summit yourself and go directly to the source.

Who was it that edited it-like that? The Guardian?

Anyways here is the direct pdf of the report from Bethesda.

pdf

The actual wording is:

Continue smoking cessation efforts, a daily exercise program, healthy diet, moderation in alcohol intake, periodic dental care, and remain up to date with recommended immunizations.

[The military speak ungrammatically and in sentence fragments-this is a complete sentence in that environ.]

AllenS said...

He also uses a non-steroid anti-inflammatory medication because of a gimpy knee. I'll bet there's more to that story. In a one-on-one basketball matchup with Sarah Palin, she'd whip his scrawny ass. The man is a wreck. Putin is gonna kick sand in his face.

MayBee said...

In all seriousness, I'm kinda creeped out by the national attention to his medical exam.

madawaskan said...

By comparison this is how The Guardian "reports" it.

His health was described as excellent and he does not have to return for another medical until 2012. Obama, who is 48, has 20-20 vision, weighs 179 llbs in his shoes and clothes, and requires little medication. Apart from the nicotine replacement, he uses a non-steroid anti-inflammatory medication associated with physical activity: he regularly plays basketball at the White House.

The doctors also recommended "moderation of alcohol intake".


Yet Liberals believe almost everything the press tells them when the stakes and motivation for the press to stir up trouble is even larger;

like reporting on a President that they hate.

I always love how the Hollywood Elite claim the press lies about them yet believe every evil reported about those they hate.

Hoosier Daddy said...

I only have one beer per day which I enjoy from my 72oz custom beer mug.

AllenS said...

weighs 179 llbs in his shoes and clothes

He's scrawnier than I originally thought.

MadisonMan said...

I should say that I had a very nice gin martini Saturday night. Boy did that taste good.

Capt. Schmoe said...

Finally, I have something in common with BHO.

exhelodrvr1 said...

"The doctors also recommended "moderation of alcohol intake"."

"Continue smoking cessation efforts, a daily exercise program, healthy diet, moderation in alcohol intake, periodic dental care, and remain up to date with recommended immunizations."

Not an Obama fan, but those are two different things. It sounds to me like they are telling him to continue being moderate in his drinking, NOT that he needs to cut back.

Hoosier Daddy said...

weighs 179 llbs in his shoes and clothes

When I graduated highschool I was 6'1 and tipped the scales at 173lbs.

Scrawney isn't the word for it. Once when Mrs. Hoosier saw a picture of me after a cross country meet she asked what prison camp I was in and for how long.

scmtns66 said...

Can't everyone imagine the derailing of the entire political environment by the hacks in the MSM if this was GW Bush or any Republican?

Every speech, interview and newscast would be highjacked questioning the ability of the President to lead his agenda if he is a drunk.

Taking over healthcare of the nation but he can't even stop smoking.

The Obama's are ALWAYS do as I tell YOU not as I do.

Michael said...

I should hope he drinks. He is walking around 24/7 craving a smoke which must contribute to his prick-ness. I loved to smoke and managed two packs of Malboro reds daily until I decided to quit, applied the patches and gutted out the two weeks it took for the craving to subside. This is a man with a problem with the truth. He needs a drink or two a day. And he needs to either man up and smoke in public like a real Euro/intellectual or he needs to quit. This sneaking around puffing in the closet is not good for morale. He is a prick AND a pussy.

David said...

Hoosier Daddy--that's nothing:

My father in law was 6 foot 5 inches. He finished his three year stint as a prisoner of the Japanese at 115 pounds. He was one of the healthier ones.

Your wife might reconsider the effects of an actual prison camp.

ricpic said...

Obama drinks? Next thing they're gonna tell us he tackles the wookie once a week.

AllenS said...

Anybody remember that photo of Obama on the beach? It came out shortly after he decided to run. He looked all buff with the big muscular chest and arms. That must have been a photoshop creation.

Comrade X said...

"How many beers a day would Obama need to be drinking before his doctor would recommend "moderation of alcohol intake"?"

I suspect he would have to be a non-drinker for that not to be in there, and it still might be. sounds like boilerplate doc advice.

David said...

On further review . . .

The Guardian article is misleading.

Looking at the original document, it appears to be just a boilerplate recommendation to meet all the healthy criteria, not a response to an observed excess.

Unless there's a deliberate attempt to obscure.

It would be interesting to compare this language to that of previous reports on previous Presidents.

My guess is that O is a piker of a drinker compared to (say): Truman, FDR, Taft, Nixon, LBJ--to highlight a few who were known to enjoy their cups.

Hope so.

SteveR said...

Oh, I don't think so. This has got to be a carefully considered document.

Let's see the press follow up on this one.


I think Madawaskan made my point. The combination of military and doctors almost insures that poor language and incompltete informaion will lead to a unnecessary speculation.

AllenS said...

This whole conversation is making AllenS thirsty.

Shanna said...

It sounds to me like they are telling him to continue being moderate in his drinking

Yeah, to me too. There is no way something would come out saying he's some big drunk, even if he were (not that I think he is). I think that's standard doctor speak, "moderatation of alcohol intake". Some of the doc's are teetotlers at heart, anyway.

Shanna said...

Yes, it's probably just a template. Check the boxes, you know?

David said...

SteveR:

I think you are probably right, but the press should still follow up--and not just by asking the Press Secretary.

madawaskan said...

Ya Obama sneakin' around doin' the puffs -yuck!

The other thing he did that was sneaky is the way he cut the space shuttle program. Now I admit I have a bias towards that-and I loved how suddenly people were NASA budget experts-it really is a fractional part of the budget but a large part of our culture-but what do I know?

At least when Carter boycotted the Olympics he had the guts to strap on a cardigan and tell the American public why he was doing that- on television.

Obama not so much,more gutless than Carter.

Hoosier Daddy said...

Your wife might reconsider the effects of an actual prison camp.

Jesus it was a joke. Lighten up Francis.

SteveR said...

David, you're correct, nothing will be made clear or can be considered accurate when Mr. Gibbs is involved.

David said...

"Lighten up Francis."

Sorry, Daddy, but actual prison camps are not joking matters in our family. It's a quirk, I know, but there it is.

AllenS said...

Alex,

I'll bet Obama gets drunk and then pees all over the toilet seat.

Hoosier Daddy said...

I'll bet Obama gets drunk and then pees all over the toilet seat.

Can't do that when you're sitting down.

Hoosier Daddy said...

Sorry David. I'll have to add that to the list of items not to make innocuous comparisons about.

David said...

Daddy, I wasn't real big on Hogans Heroes either, but if I could survive that insidious crap without blowing the ears off my head, I sure can survive your innocent comment. Have a good day.

John Burgess said...

MadisonMan is right. I don't drink enough, in the eyes of my cardiologist. He keeps pushing me to drink more, to get my consumption up to the 'moderate' level rather than the 'rarely consume' level.

But let the WV have the last word on smoking: tarcrut.

Hoosier Daddy said...

Ok Dave. Peace.

chuck b. said...

His presidency makes me feel like drinking, every day.

Triangle Man said...

Peace.

Save it for the protest, hippie!

garage mahal said...

Peace. LOL

AJ Lynch said...

Triangle Man made me laugh!

inmypajamas said...

The way it was written in the report is typical boilerplate, covering topics that are supposed to be covered at a routine annual visit (the MD did miss the "continue seat belt usage" part, though).

What I find remarkable is how much the press protects Obama and his smoking habit. If Bush were a smoker, you can bet your sweet bippie there would have been video on YouTube by the end of his first week in office.

Scott M said...

At least it's just booze and smoking. Thankfully he's given up snorting blow. There...never say I've never been positive about an Obama achievement.

Hazy Dave said...

Six, seven, eight pints of beer a day, would be my guess.

Cheers!

(You can't tell me these word verifications are random: "bingene"!)

madawaskan said...

Wow I gotta tag and I didn't even work the thread -

Blue.

Wooohooo!

Heh, thanks.

[Last, and only time-I was really embarrassed..it was all about schwongs n' stuff.]

Fr Martin Fox said...

I don't really care to read the President's health report, and I think he should be able to keep that to himself.

Same with his tax returns.

Pogo said...

A Very Special Obama Town Hall Forum:

The Presidential Prostate exam and Colonoscopy.
Fully televised, now in 3 D HD.

(Follwed by the GOP Rebuttal)

Kensington said...

How soon before we're told we have to stop criticizing the president because it's making him smoke and drink too much?

exhelodrvr1 said...

BTW, for those of us with that type of physique, the preferred term is "wiry" NOT "scrawny". OK?! Everybody got that?!

McInerny said...

Although the doctor does not seem to be suggesting there's any problem, Obama's family history suggests that we should be concerned about his drinking.

"Obama comes from two long lines of alcoholics: His father died driving drunk. His half-brother David died driving drunk. His half-brother Roy was an alcoholic before discovering teetotaling Islam and changing his name to Abongo. His maternal grandfather Stan was a barfly."

http://tinyurl.com/yf2xe94

Steve said...

Calm presidential nerves are good for the country's stability and security. If smoking does the trick I'm all for it. He may die younger but the trade off seems worth it.

Cedarford said...

Drink in moderation, have regular dental chekups - standard medical advice.
Doesn't mean a person given that advice has bad teeth or drinks to excess. Indeed, a doctor's advice of NO drinking - would be a better sign of some medical condition where drinking would not be advisable (type II diabetes, gylceride blood problems, acoholism, etc,)

-----------------
David - "My guess is that O is a piker of a drinker compared to (say): Truman, FDR, Taft, Nixon, LBJ--to highlight a few who were known to enjoy their cups."

Actually, Truman and Nixon were light to non-drinkers most the time. Both had truly hateful critics that were always trying to cast the two as secret drunks. Their associates have all stepped up and said the accusations were unfair and untrue. For example, Nixon's aide Jack Brennan said the drunk Nixon part of "Frost/Nixon" was entirely false. Never happened.

Past Presidents who were hard drinkers were FDR, JFK, LBJ. Bubba had a few hard-partying episodes - but only one while President - his infamous fall and knee injury when staying with Greg Norman that violated a cardinal rule of drinking. (See note)
None of those guys was a true lush, even with drinking now and then.
For the real hardcore boozer - a leader who was drunk more than they were sober - you are in Winston Churchill and Boris Yeltsin territory..

Note - If you drink, never try to match an Australian drink for drink. They are the genetic fruit of England and Irelands deported alcoholics...who in a survival of the fittest...lasted long enough in Australia to reproduce before their livers failed and who had enough wits about them to be able to drink from sunup to sundown without getting bit by deadly snakes or trampled by sheep and cattle.
Clinton ignored that.
George Bush went out in his late 30s with tennis star John Newcomb and friend for "a few" and promptly got popped with a DWI.
Winston Churchill disliked Australians and never drank with them after they called him the Butcher of Gallipoli. Good thing too - or Churchill matching Aussies drink for drink - would have meant he would have been dead of liver failure long before WWII.

Kevin said...

Amusing that The Guardian has apparently joined the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy...

Kevin said...

Note - If you drink, never try to match an Australian drink for drink.

Amateurs. Try drinking with Russians.

AllenS said...

I've gotta agree with Cedarford on the drinking ability of Australians.

Meade said...

Hoosier Daddy said...
Its probably a Michelob Ultra that has less alcohol than my pee.

Note to self: Wisconsin beers only. Eschew any beer bottled in the Hoosier state.

LonewackoDotCom said...

Who said anything about beer? This is Obama's drink of choice (Pelosi's the one who taught him how to do it).

Mergz said...

Hey now! I'm 6'1", 174 lbs and far from "Scrawney".

And I'm a regular, daily beer drinker ('bout 2).

So, if I take up smoking ... President Me?

BLOC said...

By definition . . . a patient drinks too much if he drinks more than his physician.

Poshboy said...

I agree--given the state of the economy, the Administration's agenda, Obama's dreams, and the secret knowledge of where all this might lead to--I'd be hitting the sauce, too.

Remember, Churchill ran the first part of the Second World War buzzed throughout his day. A sherry in the morning, mild whiskeys during the day, and finishing it all off with wine or port at dinner or a nightcap--he found his maintenance level and stuck with it.

And we Westerners are better off because of his habit. I mean, I can't see Winnie in his condition ever losing to a weird German vegetarian teetotaler. It most likely made him more creative and able to take risks.

Heck, a couple of beers gives me otherworldly courage. I can only imagine what I could do if I was sauced up for THREE years at work, running a war...

Jim O said...

Doctors always CYA when it comes to drinking.

When I was interviewed by an internist in preparation for surgery 2 years ago, she went semi-apoplectic when I answered her truthfully that I drank 3 beers a day (I'm 6'2", 210). She was actually worried that I might suffer ETOH withdrawal if hospitalized for 3 or 4 day.

Without more, I don't think this is that big a deal.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

I don't really care to read the President's health report, and I think he should be able to keep that to himself.

Same with his tax returns.


Seriously? I hope you were joking.

We don't need to see the inside of his colon, but it is important for the public to know that the President of the United States is in good physical AND mental health. Debilitating diseases or degenerative diseases can cause anyone to do less than a good job performance. I would think it to be of prime importance that the President be at his best state of fitness so that he can make the best decisions.

Second. Some physical conditions, if they were hidden, could lead to possible blackmail situations.

We should also know that the President, and ALL Congress people, are paying their fair share of taxes and not gaming the system.

After all, THEY are the ones who make the onerous and ridiculous tax laws that all of us "little people" have to abide by. We need to know that they are not above the law......even though it sure seems that way lately.

Joe said...

Doctors always recommend crap like this so they can sound like they're actually doing something.

spindok said...

So he is fighting a smoking habit. He drinks a few beers to chill, no major medication or health problem we know about. He plays basketball with some buds and works out on a pretty regular basis. I hear not a bad player but no star.

He can't bowl or shoot worth a damn. Never caught a fish so far as I can discern.

I like those sports but he could kick my butt in basketball, so whatever.

What is the problem here?

I have a hard enough time doing some of that without being President of the United States.

I think there is no fault from the POTUS, a man I disagree with on many issues, concerning his ability to keep up his health in the most demanding job in the USA.

Spin

Fr Martin Fox said...

Dust Bunny:

No, I'm not joking.

I'll be sorry if the president gets cancer, or has a heart condition, but I don't see how I need to know that. We have a clear line of succession, that is what is for. God forbid he keels over, but if he does, we know what to do.

As far as blackmail, like what? "The President has HIV!" "No, I don't--here are my test results" (doctored, pardon the pun).

And as far as his taxes; first, I don't really care all that much if he pays them--I mean, I do, but I care a lot more about the way this or any president taxes us, spends our money and distorts our republic. Whether he chips in his share is penny-ante by comparison.

And in any case, you can have a special tax-inspector appointed just to review the president's taxes to make sure he's in compliance. If your response is, "he'll muscle that person," then he can just as easily make sure sanitized returns are published, too, right?

I think we need to downside the presidency from being soooo important that these things matter so much.

c3 said...

Are we talking Colt 45 malt liquors or Miller lites?

Peter V. Bella said...
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Peter V. Bella said...

First there was the Tea Party Movement. Then some woman started the Coffee Party Movement through Facebook(coffeepartyusa.com) They are to be the kinder, gentler, diversity, pro instead of anti, yada, yada, yada kumbayah everything the Tea Party was not.

They are all missing the boat. If you want to bring people together for in a party change, change you can believe in, real, effective hope and change, we need a Beer Party Movement.

Beer makes people friendly. They talk about things, argue, debate, and whatever if a much better frame of mind with beer. Beer has a uniting force rather than a divisive one. Beer brings people together under one tent- a true party.

Because if we don't start a beer party there will be hell to pay. There is a secret group right now getting ready for the next Whiskey Rebellion.

jim said...

Drudge rules your world.

John said...

Once again, Ann leaves us wondering how she got through law school with the reading comprehension of a first-grader. Ignorance is bad, but stubborn ignorance is simply inexcusable.

Ann Althouse said...

"Once again, Ann leaves us wondering how she got through law school..."

I didn't just get through law school. I graduated first in my class. Fathom that, loser!

John said...

"I didn't just get through law school. I graduated first in my class. Fathom that, loser!"

And yet still so insecure that you feel you have to reply personally to every negative post? And without even addressing the substance of my comment. The "loser" bit is a really classy touch, too, Ann. Feelin' small today?

Maguro said...

I didn't just get through law school. I graduated first in my class. Fathom that, loser!

Oh, snap!

T4TN said...

Well, my first thought was ..someone might have to be Drudge, Rush or a little drunk to make an issue about such a non-story.

Small deal, but it was just a little odd.

LoafingOaf said...

I don't see why the long-term health consequences of anything Obama does to himself is very important, given the fact he cannot be President for more than 8years.

Furthermore, it would be pretty stupid to suggest that someone cannot be a good President while drinking more than what a doctor would advise, given the fact that Churchill and FDR both have martinis named after them, and given the fact that the advice from the doctors in the newspapers tries to have us believe that if you drink enough to get a decent buzz you are a "heavy drinker" with a "problem."

What would concern me is if the President is drinking so much that he is not always of sound mind. Obama is only President for 4-8 years. He asked for the job. If he is ever too drunk to function, he cannot properly function as President until he sobers up. I have no problem with Obama getting a bit of a buzz on. But he should wait till he is done with his term or two terms beforfe he gets all-out hammered again.

If he got the call at 3AM that the shit had hit the fan and he was wasted, what would happen?

Fr Martin Fox said...

Loafing Oaf asks:

If he got the call at 3AM that the shit had hit the fan and he was wasted, what would happen?

Probably what happens now, when he (or any president) answers, and he's sober -- people around him tell him what to do.

What 3 AM call comes in for which there is no contingency plan?

"Um, Mr. President, the law of gravity, um...well, it failed at the south pole...yes, Antartica just floated away.

"No Sir, we...we didn't have a plan for that, I'm sorry Sir.

"Thank you Sir, I'll have a double Wild Turkey."

Fred4Pres said...

Most doctors would caution moderation beyond 1-2 drinks a day (and you are not allowed to save up for 6 to 12 on the weekend). I agree 3-4 no big deal. Especially if it is not every day.

Placeholder said...

This isn't surprising, coming from wingnut hacks like Drudge and Althouse.

Dhalgren said...

Ann, everyone knows you drink alone, which is not good. So Ms. Pot, I have a Mr. Kettle for you on line one.

Dhalgren said...

You've been disgusting, Ann, since at least 2004. What can we pay you to go away forever?

Colgan San said...

Grasping at straws, Prof. Althouse? This is pretty pathetic. I thought law professors were supposed to be smart. This makes you look like a jackass.

Guess there's nothing legitimate to criticize about Obama's policies - why else would you perpetuate this groundless masturbatory fantasy for all the Obama Derangement sufferers on this site?

Drew said...
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Ann Althouse said...

"What can we pay you to go away forever?"

$10 million.

Meade said...

apiece

gs said...

"What can we pay you to go away forever?"

$10 million.


How much did Malkin get?

Fr Martin Fox said...

Re: these folks who show up to take shots at Professor Althouse...

Really? You really take all this stuff this seriously?

No offense, Professor, but I read this blog for enjoyment, and along the way, some news or commentary that is thought-provoking.

But it's entertainment...

Carl said...

No offense, Professor, but I read this blog for enjoyment, and along the way, some news or commentary that is thought-provoking.

Boy, are YOU on the wrong blog!

Carl said...

"What can we pay you to go away forever?"

$10 million.


So five would just make you a part-time nuisance?

I've got four...could you go to once a year?

Will said...

Ann, the term "dry drunk" was not used by anyone to imply that W was drinking, but only to suggest that he brought the addictive impulses of an alcoholic to other interests. Specifically, when W got "saved," like an alcoholic, he went in fully. The point behind the criticism "dry drunk" is simply that addictive impulses are transferable to other areas. When W 'looked into Putin's heart,' he was criticized for relying too strongly on religion as a basis for understanding the Russians. A dry drunk has substituted one addiction for another, in this case, religion.

Ann Althouse said...

@Will. I understand and understood the term.