Sunday, May 13, 2012

Bad omen for Romney? Drinkers make better presidents

Perhaps there is some wisdom to the idea of electing a president you would like to "have a beer with."  

Teetotaler American presidents — including George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, William Howard Taft, and Herbert Hoover — all turned out to be terrible.

By contrast, consider the accomplishments of moderate drinkers, including Franklin D. Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams.

According to an article in the New York Times:

“Sobriety, laudable in many respects, does imply rigidity of thought. The best presidents were open-minded, and generally open to a drink.”

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