Amidst a flooding crisis in Louisiana that has left thousands seeking help in emergency shelters and thousands more lined up seeking necessities, and in the midst of the longest period of sustained unemployment since World War II, with an administration that recently claimed the President has “a lot on his plate”, so much so that he can’t meet with his jobs council that hasn’t convened since January, the over-worked President had time to release this – his recipe for making home-brewed beer.

From the official White House website:

Ed. Note: There’s been a lot of buzz online recently about the recipe for the White House Honey Ale and White House Honey Porter, including a popular petition on We the People, the White House’s online petition platform.

With public excitement about White House beer fermenting such a buzz, we decided we better hop right to it.

Inspired by home brewers from across the country, last year President Obama bought a home brewing kit for the kitchen. After the few first drafts we landed on some great recipes that came from a local brew shop. We received some tips from a couple of home brewers who work in the White House who helped us amend it and make it our own. To be honest, we were surprised that the beer turned out so well since none of us had brewed beer before.

As far as we know the White House Honey Brown Ale is the first alcohol brewed or distilled on the White House grounds. George Washington brewed beer and distilled whiskey at Mount Vernon and Thomas Jefferson made wine but there’s no evidence that any beer has been brewed in the White House.

And here’s a recipe for the White House Honey Ale.

They’ve even been so kind as to release this Inside the White House Beer Brewing video that would make Martha Stewart proud.

Is this serious?  Since Barack Obama has no desire to actually be President, can we please grant him his wish in November?