From what I read, the beer summit between President Obama, Henry Gates Jr., and Sgt. James Crowley went very smoothly. According to the Huffington Post, Obama thought it was a "friendly, thoughtful conversation," and praised both Gates and Crowley for taking the time to listen to one another. If this works out, then maybe this approach can be used for future summits. For example, North Korea:
OBAMA: "Hello, Kim? Hey, it's me, Barry. How are you? Listen, I need to talk to you about something . . ."
KIM JONG IL: "Forget it!"
OBAMA: "I'm sorry?"
KIM JONG IL: "Don't play dumb with me, I know that this is about my nuclear weapons. Well you can forget it! There is nothing you can do or say that will make me change my mind. We will consider all challenges to be a declaration of war."
OBAMA: "That's a shame, Kimmy. 'Cause I was just think that, since I've got some Courvoisier on ice . . ."
KIM JONG IL: "Courvoisier? Well, uh, in that case, how's Friday at nine sound? I would do it earlier, but we just arrested some Christians distributing Bibles and . . . well, you know how it is here."
Of course with Islamic nations it might be a little bit harder, so Obama might have to find some sort of compromise before discussing anything:
OBAMA: "Listen, Mahmoud, I was thinking we can meet-up sometime over beer and discuss your nuclear program."
AHMADINEJAD: "Alcohol is a disgrace in the eyes of Allah!"
OBAMA: "Okay, that's fine. We have plenty of Cokes if you want."
AHMADINEJAD: "We will not be corrupted by your Western carbonated drinks."
OBAMA: "Alright then. Umm . . . my wife just bought an espresso machine the other day."
AHMADINEJAD: "Now you're talking! Can you make mine with soy milk? Lactose intolerant, you know."
So who knows, maybe all the world leaders need to do is just sit down and have a few drinks, and then the world will be a much more peaceful place. That is, unless certain world leaders tend to get violent when they're drunk, then we might want to rethink things!
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