In a surprising turn of events during a White House press briefing on August 28, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre found herself stifling laughter as Fox News journalist Peter Doocy posed an unexpected question. Here’s the full story.
Limit Americans to Two Beers a Week?
“Does President Biden want to limit Americans to two beers a week?” asked the Fox News journalist.
Jean-Pierre broke into laughter and replied, “Where is this – where is this coming from?”
Following Canada’s Lead?
Doocy elaborated on the question by citing Dr. George Koob, the director of the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, who had suggested that the United States might consider following Canada’s lead and recommending a limit of two beers per week.
How Is It Going to Go Over?
Sensing the audience’s amusement, he playfully asked, “How do you guys think that’s going to go over?”
She Steered Clear
In response, Jean-Pierre remained amused but steered clear of taking a definitive stance on the matter.
She Is Not Getting Involved
She expressed her confusion regarding the peculiar question and said, “Let me tell you what I’m not going to get involved in — in that question right there.”
Leave It to the Experts
She said, “I — I have no idea. I’ve not seen the data. I cannot speak to this. I will leave it to the experts and not weigh in.”
The Beer Limit
Doocy, however, persisted, pressing Jean-Pierre on whether President Biden would be okay with the proposed two-beer-per-week limit.
She Replied Again
Maintaining her stance, Jean-Pierre once again said, “I will leave it to the experts. I’m just not going to comment on that.”
There’s No Statement
Despite the unclear answer, President Biden imposing a two-beer-per-week limit on Americans is highly unlikely and was not substantiated by official statements or policy proposals.
Dr. George Koob’s comments about a potential reduction in suggested alcohol consumption were not as cut-and-dried as implied.
Lower Consumption Level
Dr. Koob merely indicated that he didn’t anticipate the suggested consumption level to increase in number, and he hinted that any guideline changes might align more closely with Canada’s standards.
It Doesn’t Mean Two Beers per Week
However, this does not translate to an enforced limit of two beers per week.
Quite Different From the Humorous Notion
In reality, the suggested consumption of beer is currently set at two beers per day, which is quite different from the humorous notion of two beers per week posed in the press briefing.
Responsible Alcohol Use
Furthermore, even the suggested consumption of two beers per day is not an enforced legal limit but rather a guideline for responsible alcohol use.
Merely a Recommendation
Several social media users expressed their thoughts on the incident. One user wrote, “It seems a certain group of individuals does not know the definition of “recommend.” I don’t know if this is a limitation or intentional.”
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Another user added, “Her day is coming and her time as the press secretary is short and she knows it soon Biden will be gone then she is out of a job.”
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