What We Learned from the Beer Summit


The Beer Summit was supposed to be a “teaching moment.” Now that the last bubble has popped, what have we learned? Several things, although they’re probably not what President Obama had hoped.

1. We learned that Obama’s first instinct is to blame the police.

2. We learned that the president is prone to making snap judgments without having all the facts.

3. We learned that Obama is easily provoked into making unwise public statements.

4. We learned that Obama is too small a man to apologize, even when he is obviously wrong.

5. We learned that, to cover his derriere, the president is not above organizing an elaborate, money-wasting, time-consuming photo-op that accomplishes nothing. It certainly didn’t advance race relations in this country.

6. We learned that Obama is not much of a negotiator. He who would charm dictators and induce terrorists to lay down their weapons was unable to get one of his friends and a police officer who teaches others about racial profiling to agree on the facts of this case. Instead, we hear bromides such as “we agreed to disagree” and “what unites us is more important than what divides us.” I can’t wait to see how he does in the Middle East.

7. We learned that our president’s first summit was a failure, but it’s the rest of us who should be crying in our beer.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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