For the first time in history, the president of the United States promised Americans “free beer.”

This isn’t one of those “Free beer … tomorrow” signs that adorn a few Hoosier restaurants and taverns. It was President Biden seeking to lure hesitant Americans to get the COVID-19 vaccine after Anheuser Busch offered free brew to gin up vaccine rates. “Get a shot and have a beer,” Biden said on Wednesday as he sought to convince enough Americans to achieve what epidemiologists have termed “herd immunity” in an effort to put this pandemic behind us.

Brian A. Howey is publisher of Howey Politics Indiana at www.howeypolitics.com. Find him on Facebook or Twitter @hwypol.

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