Starbucks “Come Together” Message Doesn’t Solve Fiscal Cliff Crisis

On Capitol Hill, staffers and journalists look to Starbucks for inspiration. But baristas don’t spread the word.

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People were cynical from the start.


I can’t think of a Starbucks w/in a 10-minute walk of the US Capitol. Plus, House and Senate are not in session.— Patricia Zengerle

And Hill staffers and journalists were disappointed.


No message on my Starbucks hot chocolate this year, despite ordering at closest location to Senate.— Derek Wallbank

(Twice.)


@ron_fournier @NKingofDC I didn’t get a message at the Starbucks in Union Station either. #CliffDivingAway— Derek Wallbank

All over the Hill, inspiration was in short supply.


No message to Congress on this Capitol Hill purchased Starbucks. http://t.co/NS5QwIHl— JaredHalpern

Even Speaker John Boehner’s press secretary, seeking fiscal cliff wisdom, received only coffee.

My (Capitol Hill location) Starbucks came without an inspiring message. I feel so lost. http://t.co/VU5gK0Pa

— Brendan Buck (@Brendan_Buck)

My (Capitol Hill location) Starbucks came without an inspiring message. I feel so lost. http://t.co/VU5gK0Pa— Brendan Buck

Desperate, Washingtonians weighed a “Plan B.”

Starbucks campaign would probably be more effective if they threatened to shut all their DC stores until #fiscalcliff averted. #withdrawal

— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis)

Starbucks campaign would probably be more effective if they threatened to shut all their DC stores until #fiscalcliff averted. #withdrawal— Steven Dennis

But persistence paid off.

Success! The morning's second Starbucks order reads "come together." #fiscalcliff http://t.co/tHNU0pSE

— JaredHalpern (@JaredHalpern)

Success! The morning’s second Starbucks order reads “come together.” #fiscalcliff http://t.co/tHNU0pSE— JaredHalpern

And the fiscal cliff was averted.

You can feel it here in the Capitol. The Starbucks cup writing thing was a game-changer.

— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman)

You can feel it here in the Capitol. The Starbucks cup writing thing was a game-changer.— Jake Sherman

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