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Letters to the President: #656 'Slurpees: The presidential beverage?'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: President Obama, rather unexpectedly, has weighed in with his opinion of a frozen treat sold in convenience stores. So I am weighing in with yet another letter to the White House.

Dear Mr. President,

I realize that you were just making a joke with that crack about a Slurpee summit with Republicans, but the more I think about it, the better it sounds. I mean, the beer summit didn’t look so good, so why not give another beverage a shot? (Although I’m not really sure if a Slurpee qualifies as a “drink.” Hmm…maybe you better get the FDA on that before things get messy.) Anyway, here are the advantages as I see them.

First, Slurpees come in a nice variety of thoroughly unnatural colors, fitting in with the Alice-in-Wonderland motif of DC. You can give the Republicans neon red, Fanta Wild Cherry ones, and your Dems can suck up the Blue Woo Hoo Vanilla. (And yes, I am led to believe that those are real flavors from a website dedicated to helping people track down their favorites through interactive Slurpee maps. Amazing.) Not sure what you should do about the independents, although Peach Mango might work for them.