Friday, July 31, 2009
the Beer Summit
President Obama hosted the "Beer Summit" yesterday. President Obama shared one of the oldest known beverages with Professor Gates and Officer Crowley. I made this quick illustration to symbolize people from different backgrounds coming together for something as common and universal as beer.
Beer has been around for thousands and thousands of years, as far as history has been recorded. It's an ancient beverage that has brought together kings, Gods and common men from all over the globe. Perhaps things would be better if all common misunderstandings and bias opinions were discussed over a beer at a neutral watering hole, instead of yelled from a podium swaying others to look past our similarities to only notice our differences.
I don't know where I fall on the Gates/Crowley incident, and maybe they where both at fault. What I do know is that I love the idea of Obama bringing them together to discuss it over a beer. I wish that other people with much stronger differences could be brought together to discuss their problems with each other over this ancient beverage.