Obama at G7: Hardball and German Steins

ESSEX, VT --- President Barack Obama flew into Germany for the G7 conference. He immediately went to a pub and lifted up a German stein full of foamy lager.

Shortly thereafter internet news sites were a gasp with, "Why is Barack Obama drinking a beer at 11 am?!"

Hardly news, one would think.

As a libertarian in the tradition of Dr. Milton Friedman (not the anarchist, fruit loopers), I have cheerfully heaped criticism on this president with the best of them. But I have to scratch my head on this. Frankly, it would seem Barack Obama actually did something that makes sense here.

If I were privileged to be in Germany, finding a nice pub and hoisting a stein full of something dark and eventful would on the short list.

Just saying.

But it would seem the spirit of the criticism points to something deeply wrong about the multifarious classical liberal opposition to Barack Obama. There are many oasis'  of thoughtful Obama criticism. Sure. But there's also (frankly) a lot of garbage. More whiny than substantive. Too much of it to be exact.

But it would seem the spirit of the criticism points to something deeply wrong about the multifarious classical liberal opposition to Barack Obama. There are many oasis'  of thoughtful Obama criticism. Sure. But there's also (frankly) a lot of garbage. More whiny than substantive. Too much of it to be exact. 

So much of it is shallow. So much of it superficial. Just surfing on the gentle swells of what Dr. Milton Friedman gave to us the last 40 years of his life are enough to question much of the Obama agenda.

Therefore, we would not have to write garbage about the time of day Barack Obama likes to tip his stein. Instead, we could be discussing real world ways to continue to better our society rather than be the wrecking ball Barack Obama has turned out to be.

But to show my American spirit: I do hope the President enjoyed that German lager.

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David "Daniel" Beilstein, spent the better part of a decade in Central Florida, in New Smyrna Beach as a reporter for the former daily community newspaper, the New Smyrna Beach Observer, in 2008, and later attended Full Sail University. A kidney issue forced him to return to Essex, Vt., in November 2014, but he has agreed to continue writing his community column, the "Lion's Den" for HeadlineSurfer.com, owned and operated by award-winning journalist and Online News Publisher Henry Frederick. Beilstein currently lives in Waverly, Ohio, and is awaiting a kidney transplant.