Among the alcohol rituals of the world is a uniquely American drinking “game” (operative word) called “Icing.” Originally called “Bros Icing Bros,” the ritual, which reads more like hazing, involves hiding a bottle of Smirnoff Ice, and forcing a friend or foe who finds it to take a knee and chug the whole bottle. It’s called getting “Iced,” and it’s a fate we wouldn’t wish on anyone.
In a disappointing bit of news this weekend, VinePair learned that the frat boy mentality made its way to the White House in January when the Presidential Personnel Office (PPO), an office responsible for recruiting and vetting candidates for more than 4,000 political positions, “Iced” someone at an office happy hour.
White House officials confirmed that this did indeed happen: PPO leaders “played a drinking game in the office called ‘Icing’ to celebrate the deputy director’s 30th birthday,” the Washington Post reports.
PPO leaders involved in the “Icing” have what the Post referred to as “spotty records.” One has arrests for drunk driving and bad checks, and another for assault, disorderly conduct, fleeing an officer, and underage drinking.
The victim of the “Icing” was not identified.