Saturday, July 20, 2024

Bros Love Vaping And Icing Each Other In Trump White House

You’ve probably heard of the drinking game called “icing,” but in case you don’t, here’s a quick recap. Often played at house parties or similar events, someone will usually hide a bottle of Smirnoff Ice. Whomever finds that Smirnoff Ice must immediately drop to one knee and chug the drink’s contents. Usually someone nearby, a friend of some sort, records the proceeding to post on social media and everyone has a good laugh.

According to the Washington Post, members of an obscure White House office are big fans of the game. The Presidential Personnel Office (PPO) is responsible for recruiting and vetting appointed officials in key positions across government. It isn’t well-known outside political circles, though the Post write it has “far-reaching influence as a gateway for the appointed officials who carry out the president’s policies and run federal agencies.”

To celebrate the 30th birthday of the PPO’s deputy directory, the staff decided to play the only reasonable game they knew—icing.

Via Washington Post:

PPO leaders hosted happy hours last year in their offices that included beer, wine and snacks for dozens of PPO employees and White House liaisons who work in federal agencies, White House officials confirmed. In January, they played a drinking game in the office called “Icing” to celebrate the deputy director’s 30th birthday. Icing involves hiding a bottle of Smirnoff Ice, a flavored malt liquor, and demanding that the person who discovers it, in this case the deputy director, guzzle it.

The White House confirmed that PPO officials played the Icing game but said it and the happy hours are not unique to the PPO and are a way to network and let off steam.

Don’t worry, things only get more bro-y from there. Since icing co-workers wasn’t enough, PPO officials also love vaping to deal with stress.

Even as the demands to fill government mounted, the PPO offices on the first floor of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building became something of a social hub, where young staffers from throughout the administration stopped by to hang out on couches and smoke electronic cigarettes, known as vaping, current and former White House officials said.

Reading this may lead you to ask: So the PPO office is basically Animal House? To which we say, not entirely. They’re still missing the togas.


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