The Real Scandal of the Obama Heckler

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Political scandal of the moment: Rep. Joe Wilson, the congressman who yelled "You lie" during President Obama's health care speech this week, admitted to taking caffeine pills two years ago.

The scandal isn't about morals, as stories about pill-popping politicians usually are, but about taste: With all the wonderful ways to ingest caffeine, why pick pills?

Wilson blamed it on his schedule: "I love coffee, but I don't have time to drink it and I don't have access to it," The Hill reports.

We'd like to help you out, Congressman. Our curator, Corby Kummer, wrote The Joy of Coffee, a comprehensive guide to buying and brewing. Our coffee expert Jerry Baldwin has plenty of advice for how to make irresistible coffee at home; he even has a guide for how to get good beans at the supermarket. And if you lose your taste for coffee, there's always tea: here are recommendations for varieties from China and Ireland.

Whatever you do, please, lay off the pills--if not for the sake of your political career, then for your taste buds.

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Eleanor Barkhorn is a former senior editor at The Atlantic.

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