Pepsi Likes Obama; Obama Staff Likes Coke

By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Mar 1, 2009 1:29 PM CST
A can of the new drink "Obama Soda" made by French businessman Jean Jacques Attisso is displayed in La Courneuve, outside Paris, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008.    (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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(Newser) – Pepsi may love President Obama—witness its Hope campaign—but the feeling doesn’t appear to be mutual, writes Michael Scherer in Time. In the White House, Diet Coke looks to be the drink of choice, with staffers such as Larry Summers and Robert Gibbs just two notable examples. For more proof, check out office fridges and stocked coolers during meetings.

One official, when asked if the administration had a pro-Coke bias, said, “I think that's true. Don't most Americans?” Ouch. As for the president himself, it's neither Coke nor Pepsi. He's a fan of Honest Tea. Coca-Cola, incidentally, has a 40% stake in the maker of the drink.