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Presidents love beer and running


Abraham Lincoln trusted the American people to prevail over any national crisis.

Running for office

“The great point is to bring them the real facts,” he said. “And beer.”

This quote is from a new Politico piece about how president’s bond with the electorate over beer, from Washington to Obama.

“When trying to connect with voters, candidates don’t sip a martini,” the article states. “Beer represents America.”

I completely agree, but I think that’s only half the equation. Running, exercise and engaging in an active lifestyle is the other way that presidents show that “politicians, they’re just like us!”

Is it any coincidence that it’s called running for office?

“Jogging has come to symbolise an American politician’s resolve,” wrote one U.K. commentary. “His jaw is pugnaciously set and his eyes are focused on the bumpy road ahead.”

To name just a few examples, President Bush talked with Runner’s World about his running regiment, and before he went down with his knee injury, Clinton led his daughter and others on his famous group jogs.

Jimmy Carter declared a national jogging day, but when he collapsed in the arms of the secret service at the end of a run, it symbolized the end of his presidency.

Today, Obama is a runner himself, and the mix tape of his basketball highlights probably didn’t hurt his election chances.

The reverse may also be true for the losing candidates. Can you see yourself running with or sharing a beer with John McCain, Bob Dole or Michael Dukakis?

So to paraphrase a political truism, American elect the candidate they want to share a post-run beer with.


Tim Cigelske is DRAFT's Beer Runner. (Beer Run•ner [noun]: Someone equally devoted to fine beer appreciation and an active, healthy lifestyle. Ex. "John downed four microbrews at the triathlon finish line. He's a total beer runner.”) Follow Tim on Twitter @TheBeerRunner, and email him at beerrunner [at]

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  • William Storm says:

    Can anyone see themselves having a beer with Rick Santorum? I see him as a Zima drinker.

  • Marcus says:

    A post run beer is what I would have, so why not have one with the commander and chief. Because in the end he is suppose to be one of us right? A regular Joe.

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