View Poll Results: Which president for a quiet beer?
Jimmy Carter 16 10.32%
George H. W. Bush 4 2.58%
Bill Clinton 71 45.81%
George W. Bush 13 8.39%
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Old 09-09-2010, 04:05 PM
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Which President would you have a beer with?


It's often said that Americans judge their president on whether they would want to have a beer with. So, of the presidents currently alive, who would you most like to have a beer with?
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Would the Secret Service be hanging around? What kind of beer do they drink?
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Old 09-09-2010, 04:09 PM
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He wasn't a president, but I'd choose Benjamin Franklin.
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I've had one with Clinton, and he was pretty interesting to just shoot the shit with. I would probably pick Obama.
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Would the Secret Service be hanging around? What kind of beer do they drink?
I think you can assume that they will be quietly in the background, but won't take part in the chat.
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So, of the presidents currently alive,
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He wasn't a president, but I'd choose Benjamin Franklin.
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This is presidents currently alive? Clinton, I guess. I bet he has some awesome stories.

In a more formal setting than a bar, I'd say Carter, whom I admire greatly, but can't picture in a bar.

ETA: I would like to meet Obama, but right now I don't want to waste his time with my blathering.

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W

So I can bash the bottle over his head.
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Old 09-09-2010, 04:17 PM
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Probably Clinton.

Bush I and Carter are decrepitly old, which I'd imagine wouldn't make them much fun to hang out with, and I don't think I'd want to chat with W or O. Hmm, maybe I'd have a beer with Bush I. Is he buying?
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Old 09-09-2010, 04:24 PM
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I'm a hard right-winger, but when it comes to sitting down for a beer, it's gotta be Clinton. I'd even take up golf just to be his golf buddy. I bet he's a trip.
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Clinton, of course. If I could pick any one, dead or alive, Lincoln.
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Old 09-09-2010, 04:30 PM
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I have dreams about hanging out with the Obamas. It's kind of unnerving.
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Old 09-09-2010, 04:31 PM
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He wasn't a president, but I'd choose Benjamin Franklin.
I picked Clinton, and Shrub would be my next choice. I didn't think much of Shrub as a president, but he'd probably be great to have a beer with.

If I could have my druthers, though...I'd like to have Ben Franklin as my drinking buddy. He was an amazing person, and he's also the one who said "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." I'm an atheist, but I can see the point of that argument.
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Old 09-09-2010, 04:34 PM
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Why is it a quiet beer? We can't be rowdy?
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Old 09-09-2010, 04:38 PM
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Carter, then.

I still have some Billy Beer somewhere around here ... maybe in the garage fridge ... the boat's cooler? ... well, I'm sure I'll find it by then.
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Old 09-09-2010, 04:39 PM
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Why is this a single-choice poll?

My first choice would be Clinton, but really, I'd share a pint or three with all of them apart from Carter.
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It's a close call between Clinton and Obama for me -- Barack is after all my contemporary, but Clinton's surely very interesting to listen to.
Bush I, though quite older, probably could be a quite enjoyable person to socialize with at the lounge over fine cognac and to hear what he has to say -- Pacific War pilot, longtime public official, throwback to the NE old school. Similarly Carter as one of the Navy's original nukes, and someone who's been everywhere, but I dunno, can't place him at the bar either.

Shrub Jr. , heck, the entire conversation would be: "What the hell were you thinking?"
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Obama, no question. I think he's a profoundly interesting person, and I'd love to have a chance to shoot the breeze with him.

Second would be Carter, because I think he'd have a lot of interesting things to say about the way politics have changed. Ditto Bush I.

Clinton would be interesting to talk you, I'm sure, if you could get through his celebrity status and narcissism.

Bush II is a either a total moron or living in complete denial of reality. Either way, he's a Yale pretty-boy preppy with a very inauthentic Southern good-ol'-boy affection that is just repulsive to me.

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I can't believe you left out Abe Lincoln, you... modernist.

Anyway, from the choices you gave I went with Jimmy.
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Bush I and Carter are decrepitly old, which I'd imagine wouldn't make them much fun to hang out with, and I don't think I'd want to chat with W or O. Hmm, maybe I'd have a beer with Bush I. Is he buying?
Carter is currently on a book tour, so he's sufficiently robust to sit upright on a chair for long enough to down a lager.
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I would assume they all have powerful personalities and would to some extent control the conversation. I can't help but thinking Bush the Lesser would spend the whole time trying to justify his presidency and using very shallow logic and lots of inconsistencies.

I think any of the others would be interesting, but Clinton probably the most so.
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Old 09-09-2010, 05:21 PM
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I'll be Clinton's wingman - and he can teach me a thing or two.
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I can't believe you left out Abe Lincoln, you... modernist.
The last I heard, Abe hadn't recovered from his visit to the theatre. If anyone wants to start a poll with dead presidents, please go ahead: I'd probably vote for Tom Jefferson in that one.
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Sorry, I missed the part about them being living, at first. To me, the very idea is fantasy. So if it's fantasy, why not time travel as well? Anyway.

Jimmy is still up and kicking. He just went to North Korea and negotiated the release of an American who was held captive there. I wouldn't count him out just yet.

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Carter is currently on a book tour, so he's sufficiently robust to sit upright on a chair for long enough to down a lager.
I'm sure. I've never worked with him personality with Habitat for Humanity, but the rumor is when he's on a job site, he gets straight to work, so the old guy isn't in the grave just yet. Still, given the choices, my first would not be the one who's 85 years old.
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Well, I'd be willing to have a beer with any of them, so I didn't vote in the poll. I guess for the purposes of the poll, I'd choose Barry because he's the current president, but I suspect I'd have a lot more fun with either Bill or W.
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Clinton might be more fun, but I liked the idea of Obama hosting a "Beer Summit" in the garden of the White House. So I chose Obama--a couple of cold ones in the White House garden, and what would be certain to be an interesting conversation about current affairs, sounds good to me.
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Old 09-09-2010, 06:37 PM
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Old 09-09-2010, 07:16 PM
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I hate everything his administration stood for and did, but I voted for W in this poll. Come on, you know he was a fun guy to party with before his life got serious. I blame Cheney and Rumsfeld for all the shit that went on anyway.
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I hate everything his administration stood for and did, but I voted for W in this poll. Come on, you know he was a fun guy to party with before his life got serious.
1) You're talking about before his life got serious, and 2) more fun than Clinton? If we were talking about how you'd drink with in their party dies, I think I'd say W, but if you ask me about who I would like to, right now, in 2010, have a martini with, Billy C all the way.

Then Bush I, Carter, Obama, W. In that order.
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Everybody talked about how they're rather have a beer with W than Kerry. Nobody seemed to remember it would have to be a non-alcoholic beer though.
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Not beer but some more cultured drink with George HW Bush a classic Boston Brahmin-a type of person I always wanted to talk to.
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This was a little tough for me between Clinton and Obama,but from everything I've read, Obama has a rather reticent personality. Not a jerk, by any means. Very cordial and respectful, but also very guarded. From what I've read, he doesn't really open up to anyone but his wife and kids.

Clinton, on the other hand, is reportedly very warm and amiable, very open, the kind of guy who'll tell great stories about being President -- not political stories, necessarily, but just little anecdotes and details about what it's like to be the President.

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I voted for four of them, and against four of them.

But I'd have a beer with any of them.
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I would pick Bill if I could only choose one. However, except for W, I think they are all pretty interesting, and it would be pretty cool to have a beer with any one of them.
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I think Carter is a Baptist, and Bush the Younger is a recovering alcoholic, so they aren't really eligible.

Bush the Elder doesn't strike me as being much fun.

That leaves Clinton or Obama. Hmmmm. Clinton's more of a party guy, but he might have to bring his wife, so I'll go with Obama.

If we open it up to historical figures, I think I'd like to do bong hits with Jefferson.
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Hmmm...the next time I visit a presidential grave site, I'll have to have a beer at the dead president's grave. Is it proper to pour a little on the grave stone or marker itself? People like Kennedy get millions of visitors, but I've had some "alone time" with many of them already, from Teddy Roosevelt to James Madison.
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Not beer but some more cultured drink with George HW Bush a classic Boston Brahmin-a type of person I always wanted to talk to.
He's not at all like he is on TV - extremely personable, very approachable, VERY tall.

ETA - I'm not kidding, the man is a giant. Huge!

ETAA - And I was expecting to hate him, came away his biggest fan. Any man who makes it to the Oval Office, I suspect, must be possessed of a certain magnetism. With some of them it's completely absent on TV.

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My dad was career State Department and once spent a few days driving Poppy Bush around in Brazil while he was still Vice President. My dad said he was a very personable, intelligent and courteous guy. Not exactly a party guy though. Dad said he slept in the back of the car a lot.
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I don't drink beer, but I'd have one with Obama, just for the opportunity to knock some freaking sense into him...yes, figuratively. His constant pandering to conservatives has become annoying as all Hell.

Republicans will never support you no matter what you do, man. Give it up already and run the freaking country like you promised. Sheesh.
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Bush II is a either a total moron or living in complete denial of reality. Either way, he's a Yale pretty-boy preppy with a very inauthentic Southern good-ol'-boy affection that is just repulsive to me.
I think that's the first time I've heard GWB described as a pretty-boy.

Anyway, I voted for Carter. I greatly admire his intelligence and decency.

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Clinton.

I have great respect for Jimmy Carter and might have a glass of tea with him, but I just can't picture us having a beer together.

Bush41 appears to be intelligent but standoffish.

Bush43 is supposedly a recovering alcoholic (but he showed some signs of having fallen off the wagon during his second term) and I don't want to go there.

I would probably be too dumbstruck to be (wisely) drinking with Obama.

Clinton is smart as hell, charming, witty and plays a mean sax...PARTY!

If I had to choose an historical president, it would have to be either Thomas Jefferson (a renaissance man, probably brewed it himself) or Andrew Jackson (it would be interesting to get a first person perspective of the Nashville of his era).
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I think Carter is a Baptist ... so they aren't really eligible.
Presumably, Billy would have been a baptist too, right? (And actually that linked article indicates that Jimmy was a beer drinker.)
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My dad was career State Department and once spent a few days driving Poppy Bush around in Brazil while he was still Vice President. My dad said he was a very personable, intelligent and courteous guy. Not exactly a party guy though. Dad said he slept in the back of the car a lot.
Did he mention how tall the dude is?
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If I could have my druthers, though...I'd like to have Ben Franklin as my drinking buddy. He was an amazing person, and he's also the one who said "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." I'm an atheist, but I can see the point of that argument.
That quote is probably misattributed to Franklin. He wrote, "Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards; there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy." Still an amazing guy, though.
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George Clinton.
You might want to save that for the which-Vice-President thread. If someone starts that, I'd still go with Tom Jefferson, though Al Gore would be very tempting.
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I'm getting in the line to have a drink with Clinton. It was a tough choice though, because I'd also really enjoy talking to Carter about Middle East policy.

And I couldn't pick just one historical president. I'd have to have a huge party and invite all of them. Or else use my time machine and just go through a year partying with a different president each weekend. Obviously, some would get two weekends or more.
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