Beer fans happy to know Obama enjoys the drink

Beer fans happy to know Obama enjoys the drinkWashington, Apr. 8: President George W. Bush didn''t drink beer, but President Barack Obama does, which means that Craig Purser, the president of the National Beer Wholesalers Association, is a happy man.

"We''re definitely pleased to see him enjoying a cold one," Purser said told Politico.

"It''s great to have someone who understands and enjoys the product," he added.

Purser admits that lobbying on behalf of alcohol can be a sweet gig.

"I''ve got a very good job. I enjoy working and representing America''s beer distributors. ... We do represent a product that is one of celebration, that brings people together and that makes it fun." Still, "there are days, however, when it truly does feel like work," Purser said.

The NBWA held its annual legislative conference last week, and Reps. Chris Van Hollen and Kevin O. McCarthy delivered keynote addresses.

"We have 127 members of Congress that have been sworn in in the last 26 months," Purser said, and the NBWA has focused on catching them all up to speed on the group''s issues. (ANI)