With the news confirmed that President Obama, Henry Louis Gates and Sgt. James Crowley will get together at the White House to have a beer, Ed Schultz invited noted presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin on his show to discuss the history behind presidents mixing drinks with politics.
As it turns out, that history is rich with examples. According to Goodwin:
FDR during World War II had a cocktail party every single night... He would make these crazy martinis for the guests.
Lyndon Johnson was another president adept at mixing political negotiations with bourbon and Scotch. According to Goodwin, he was "the best."