Tuesday, July 15, 2008

This Bud's for You, Mrs. McCain

The impending sale of Anheuser-Busch, brewer of Budweiser, to a Belgian conglomerate will make Cindy McCain much richer than she already is from her inherited distributorship, and the Wall Street Journal is busy toting up how much.

If her husband makes it to the White House, he won't be the first president with family money from the booze business. JFK's father, son of a Boston saloon keeper who went into politics, built his fortune on importing Scotch after Prohibition and, according to rumors, even during the period it was illegal.

Bluenoses who find such alcoholic connections objectionable may want to remember that all our current problems come from the fact that George W. Bush gave up drinking, found God and became intoxicated with presidential power.

In January, whether or not the McCains move into the White House, we can all raise a toast to his departure.

1 comment:

GiromiDe said...

Unlike Anheuser-Busch, the Belgians know how to make palatable beer. Large American biermeisters have forgotten their European heritage. Beer is both a means and an end.

I like your extension of the theory that addictive personalities always find a way to fill a void. I'd rather the guy was on the sauce than drunk with power.