Blitzer’s Beverage Speculation

Wolf Blitzer narrating the Obamas’ arrival at the White House just now:

They’re supposed to spend 40 minutes inside for this coffee, as it’s called, David [Gergen]. They call it a coffee. I don’t know if they’re drinking coffee or what they’re drinking. Maybe hot chocolate. Maybe tea. But it’s called a coffee. And they’ll just sit around and have a conversation. One family moving out of the house, another family getting ready to move in.

Could be cocoa. Sanka. Maybe with some Splenda. I don’t know …

Luckily, CNN’s on-screen fact-box knows:

FACT: The Obamas and Bidens are having coffee with the Bushes at the White House.

David Gergen then provided some historical context:

Well, coffee has been a long tradition. There was a time when there was brandy. But that was early on, and we had a vice president back in 1865, Andrew Johnson who woke up feeling sick, got heavily into brandy and got totally drunk, gave an acceptance speech and they almost had to kick him out of the whole thing…

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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.