Demonstrators Want Lemonade at Obama Beer Summit

By Jacqueline L. Salmon Representatives of Pray at the Pump (more about them shortly) and the pastor of Rising Sun … Continued

By Jacqueline L. Salmon

Representatives of Pray at the Pump (more about them shortly) and the pastor of Rising Sun Baptist Church of Baltimore plan to picket the White House today, asking President Barack Obama to change his choice of beverage when he meets today with Sgt. James Crowley of the Cambridge, Mass., police department and Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. over a beer.

The demonstrators want the White House to serve lemonade instead.

Beer sends the “wrong message to our nation’s youth who are becoming alcoholics at young ages,” said Rocky Twyman, founder of Pray at the Pump, in a statement this morning. “Whether or not he likes it, President Obama is a role model for all the youth in America. His actions count.”

Obama has arranged the beer summit in an effort to mediate the the racially charged controversy caused by the arrest of Gates by Crowley near Harvard University earlier this month.

The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union also isn’t happy. “There are so many other beverages he could have chosen that would have served just as well,” said president Rita K. Wert, suggesting lemonade or iced tea.

Twyman is concerned about booze as a “gateway” drug.

“Studies show that alcoholism leads our previous youth to use harder drugs like cocaine that is responsible for vicious youth crimes, especially in inner-city America that gave Obama large electoral margins,” said Twyman.

That point is debatable, but Twyman, a public relations consultant, is experienced at getting publicity and has staged campaigns over the years for various causes, from tsunami relief to bone marrow donations for minorities. Last year, he formed Pray at the Pump, where Twyman and company prayed at gas pumps in the Washington area for relief from high gas prices. Well, prices did come down, so maybe it worked.

I get the feeling, though, that Twyman won’t have as much luck this time around.
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  • stupidaa

    grow some balls already, it is just beer. What about all the stupid wars over religion and all the deaths that are caused by you crazy god lovers. I think the president can handle is beer. Get a life and go pray to god and ask him to forgive you for being a big cry baby

  • start_loving

    Yes, and “Pastors” like this picked Jesus to DEATH TOO, Crucified him. Shame on you. Get along side this man; stop driving nails into Pres. Obama.

  • ThomasBaum

    In the post, “Beer sends the “wrong message to our nation’s youth who are becoming alcoholics at young ages,” said Rocky Twyman, founder of Pray at the Pump, in a statement this morning. “Whether or not he likes it, President Obama is a role model for all the youth in America. His actions count.”"I suppose in Rocky Twyman’s eyes that Jesus also sends a wrong message considering that Jesus drank wine and was also a wine maker, He even by-passed the grapes.Another in the post, “The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union also isn’t happy. “There are so many other beverages he could have chosen that would have served just as well,” said president Rita K. Wert, suggesting lemonade or iced tea.”Why doesn’t Rita K. Wert invite these men over to her place for lemonade or iced tea?Retorical question: Why do so many think that it is their duty to run other people’s lives rather than living their own?I really don’t know too much about this “beer summit” but is President Obama making these people drink beer or is he offering them the choice of drinking a beer or so?God gave us free will and there doesn’t seem to be a shortage of people that think it is their job given by God to curtail that free will.Take care, be ready.Sincerely, Thomas Paul Moses Baum.

  • norriehoyt

    Is Pray at the Pump aware that Communion Wine has been for many a gateway drug?

  • ambyguity

    I’m sure if the men didn’t want the beer, that there will be other choices offered. They are adults and of the legal age. If grown men drinking beer scares these people so much, maybe they should talk to their kids, not autonomous adults. And if booze is a “gateway” drug, what’s the drug of choice that leads you to beer? A hamburger?

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