I want to propose a….yikes!
Blog Guy, I have a question about politicians and alcohol. It seems like officials in other countries have a lot more freedom to drink than ours in the U.S. do.
Yes, it’s just an odd fact of life. Citizens elsewhere seem to be more comfortable seeing their leaders drink.
You take Germany. Above, there’s Chancellor Angela Merkel drinking wine, and the German Agriculture Minister not only drinking beer, but seeming to enjoy it.
By contrast, look at this photo on the right, of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton just holding a glass of wine at a state dinner.
As a typical American, let’s see how you react.
WHOA! That’s just WRONG!
There, see, your judgmental nature is running away with you.
So now I have another question. What happens to a photographer who takes a photo like that? I mean, when Clinton sees it.
He’s been moved to a safe house and given a whole new identity. He’ll be taking yearbook photos at some high school in Utah or someplace, at least until a Government Death Panel tracks him down.
Top left: German chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and Julia Kloeckner, top candidate for her conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU), drink wine during a new year reception marking the opening of the election campaign for the upcoming state elections for Rhineland- Palatinate in Mainz January 14, 2011. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Top right: German Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner drinks beer at the Bavarian pavilion as she tours the Internationale Gruene Woche IGW (International Green Week) agriculture and food fair on its opening day in Berlin, January 21, 2011. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Right: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton raises her glass for a toast during a State Dinner in honor of China’s President Hu Jintao at the White House in Washington, January 19, 2011. REUTERS/Jim Young