Beer Salute: Obama Thanks Germans for ‘Very Important German Immigrants, Anheuser-Busch’

-By Warner Todd Huston

During his visit to Germany on Wednesday, President Obama extended the gratitude of the American people unto the citizens of Germany for giving us “Anheuser Busch,” some of our most important German-American citizens.

As the pool reports noted, the President thanked families like “Chrysler, Hershey, Heinz, Einstein, Steinway, Steinbeck, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig for prosperity and inspiration” and noted that young Americans “will always be grateful for Levi Strauss for their blue jeans.”

Obama went on to say, “Americans will also be grateful especially for some very important German immigrants Anheuser Busch.”

Eberhard Anheuser and his partner Adolphus Busch gave birth to the very first national beer brand when Adolphus brought the pilsner-styled Budweis beer to America in 1876 dubbing it Budweiser. Anheuser-Busch stayed a family owned brewery from 1860 until its sale to InBev in 2008.

Of course, one wonders if the President understands that Anheuser and Busch were two separate people?

Some have commented on how lackluster Obama’s latest speech in Berlin was saying it lacked the President’s “usual theatrical ‘oomph.'” But one commentator has an explanation for that low energy performance. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews blames the sun saying the firy orb “ruined” everything because it was so bright that the President couldn’t properly read his ever-present teleprompter.
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s,, and, as well as,,,,, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.

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