'Do you want to hit this?'6:15 AM, Jul 9, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama was asked whether he wanted to smoke marijuana by a fellow patron of a Denver bar last night. The offer came from Instagram user manton89, who posted video of the ask on his Instagram account. "Asked him if he wanted a hit of pot...he laughed!" writes manton89 .
A voice can be heard asking President Obama, as he glad hands his way through the establishment: "Do you want to hit this?"
The president does not appear to answer the question, but he does acknowledge it by flashing his signature smile.
Somewhere along the way, President Obama shook hands with someone wearing a horse-mask:
And on his way to dinner last night, President Obama encountered pro-pot protesters. Via the pool report: "The motorcade traveled empty highways and roads for 30 minutes before arriving in the LoDo section of Denver at 6:42 p.m. Along the way, a smattering of onlookers lined the streets, with one group holding a 'Free weed for Obama' sign."
It was after dinner when Obama went to the bar with Colorado governor John Hickenlooper. Again, here's the pool report:
The motorcade drove just a few blocks before arriving at Wynkoop Brewing Company in Denver. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper was one of the founders of the Wynkoop, and as luck would have it, Hickenlooper was here and was in the mood to play a little pool.
President Obama was greeted enthusiastically as he walked in. "How's it going?" he asked the patrons. He spent several minutes on the first floor of the bar, meeting people and shaking hands. The pool was kept at it distance and could not hear most of the conversations.
Among the first people POTUS greeted in Wynkoop Brewing Co. was Kalynne May Arrick, who actually is from Tyler, Texas. She was leaving the scrum of bar customers with husband Allen Arrick with teary eyes, showing him the challenge coin that Obama had just given her, when your pooler interrupted. She said that after telling POTUS her name at his request, she told him that her older brother, Marine Sgt. Kenneth May, had been killed in Afghanistan in 2010. POTUS asked about her parents, got a challenge coin from an aide and gave it to her, she said, telling her that he usually gives them to vets, who collect them. "So, this is for your brother," Obama told her.
Eventually, Obama and Hickenlooper headed up to the second floor and made their way to the bar. Both ordered beers -- possibly IPAs based on the appearance, but the pool could not hear their order.
After chatting with a few folks, the governor and the president walked over to a pool table. They set their beers down on a nearby table and geared up for a game. Obama and Hickenlooper got off to a slow start, pushing the balls around without much success. Obama played solids and Hickenlooper was stripes.
"You didn't leave me a thing," Obama said after a Hickenlooper shot. Obama missed another shot and said, "All right. It helped you more than it helped me."
Hickenlooper, in a blue button-down shirt and gray pants, joked, "Let's get the press out of here."
But soon, Obama built some momentum, sinking a couple shots. Another patron offered to buy him a beer. "It's too late man. I just got one," Obama said. "I'll come shake your hand."
Obama took only a couple sips of beer in the presence of the pool, and an appetizer delivered by a waiter sat untouched.
As the pool started to leave, Obama suddenly got hot, sinking multiple shots and winning the game. "Did you record that?" Obama asked the pool.
"I take a little longer to warm up," Hickenlooper said.
Obama asked the pool to take note of how many balls Hickenlooper still had on the table. "Five," he said. "Five."
10:05 AM, Jun 27, 2014 • By ADAM J. WHITE
Two and a half years ago, President Obama tired of the Senate's refusal to confirm several of his nominations. Dissatisfied with the Constitution's general requirement that the president make appointments only after receiving the Senate's "advice and consent," he chose a more direct route.
Plus a $1 million car rental tab.11:20 AM, Jun 11, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
In late March of this year, President Obama stayed in Brussels, Belgium for about 24 hours on a weeklong trip through Europe. Lodging at The Hotel in Brussels cost $1.5 million, as we reported in April, including rooms for the president and his entourage, as well as for the advance team in the weeks preceding the visit.
5:29 PM, Feb 10, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama "quipped" today during a visit to Monticello with the French president, "That's the good thing about being president, I can do whatever I want."
Via the pool report:
Hosted by Michael Graham.5:00 PM, Dec 16, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with staff writer Michael Warren on his recent piece Schweitzer Takes Aim, and how the populist former Democratic governor of Montana might challenge Hillary Clinton in 2016.
A progressive populist has Hillary in his sightsDec 23, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 15 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Brian Schweitzer sounds content with being a “former” pol. As we chat on the phone, he is looking out the window of his home on Georgetown Lake in western Montana. By mid-November, the lake is frozen, and the Pintler Mountains to the south are covered with snow. Schweitzer’s home sits at the end of a dirt road more than a mile long. “I’m 25 miles from groceries,” he says.
Bring the ‘clerkship’ back to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Nov 11, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 09 • By JAY COST
At the start of last month’s government shutdown, a mostly overlooked message emanated from the Twitter account of Michelle Obama, informing her followers: “Due to Congress’s failure to pass legislation to fund the government, updates to this account will be limited.” The conventions of American governance typically exclude the first lady from the rough-and-tumble of politics, yet it does raise an important question: Why is America paying a staffer good money to publish Tweets under Michelle Obama’s name?
3:54 PM, Sep 27, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama announced today that he talked on the phone with Iranian president Rouhani:
"Just now I spoke on the phone with President Rouhani of the Islamic Republic of Iran," he said. "The two of us discussed our ongoing efforts to reach an agreement over Iran's nuclear program."
The Texas governor’s new national campaign.Oct 7, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 05 • By FRED BARNES
Texas governor Rick Perry goes where governors have never gone before. He’s been descending on blue states for months now, infuriating their Democratic governors with his pitch to CEOs to relocate their companies in business-friendly Texas. Now he’s going national. He aims to stir a debate over whose economic policies are better for jobs and growth, red states’ or blue states’.
1:43 PM, Sep 18, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
NBC's Ann Curry donned a head scarf to interview Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, according to a picture released by the Iranian leader:
Not the qualities one looks for in a war president.Sep 16, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 02 • By FRED BARNES
War presidents don’t quibble. They don’t leak. They don’t go AWOL. They aren’t dispirited or downbeat. They aren’t ambivalent about the mission. And most important of all, war presidents are never irresolute.
These are a few of the rules for presidents before, during, and after the country goes to war. On Syria, President Obama disregards all of them. This should mean one of two things. Either Obama is a poor war president, at least in the current pre-war stage, or he’s an altogether different kind of war president.
11:10 AM, Aug 15, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In an interview with Parade magazine, First Lady Michelle Obama says "No" when asked whether she'll "ever run" for president of the United States.
But the first lady is confident she'll see a female president in her lifetime. "Yes, I think the country is ready for it. It’s just a question of who’s the best person out there," says Michelle Obama.
9:02 AM, Jul 23, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Barack Obama knows how much time he has left as president of the United States. He said so last night at an Organizing For Action event in Washington, D.C.
9:54 AM, Jul 5, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama is spending today, the day after the Fourth of July holiday, hitting the links. Via the pool reporter, he's with his buddies Martin Nesbitt and Dr. Eric Whitaker: