Doug Gansler could probably use a drink right about now. Not just because the Maryland attorney general faces heavy criticism for appearing in photos at a raging high school party, but because Gansler apparently didn't recognize the basics of what an alcoholic party looks like.
ABC News got its hands on another photo of Gansler at a teenage beach week party (right), showing him in a white shirt staring up at two young people intimately grinding on top of a table, with plenty of party hands in the air. This comes a day after The Baltimore Sun initially published the first photo (at top) of Gansler at the party. Gansler, who is now running for governor in the Democratic primary, has been a strong advocate for enforcing underage drinking laws in his time as Maryland's top law enforcement official. In this case, though, he said that he did not realize there could have been underage drinking at the party, and so let the party rock on. "Perhaps I should have assumed there was drinking going on, and I got that wrong," he told reporters.
But it would not have been that difficult to figure out that there was underage drinking going on, which several sources confirmed to The Baltimore Sun. Here, from a fresh college grad to parents out there, are the obvious signs of a party Gansler missed that could have saved him from criticism.
- Red solo cups: As Toby Keith so delicately sang, the red solo cup is a staple of cheap American beer at houseparties. "There could be Kool-Aid in the red cups," Gansler posited to reporters, "but there's probably beer in the red cups." Probably is probably an understatement.
- Grinding/twerking: Butt-on-lap grinding doesn't necessarily have to include alcohol; for kids these days, it could be at a pre-teen bar-mitzvah. But when that twerking is on top of a table? That's a good sign people have left sobriety behind.
- Beer pong table: Speaking of that table, it's in a perfect spot and the perfect length for a game of beer pong. Any centrally located tables should set off some drinking alarms.
- Male shirtlessness: As soon as the first drink goes down, bros love to take their shirts off. There are four shirtless guys in this photo — that's more than enough to start asking questions.
- American flag shorts: Even advertisers hoping to increase sign-ups for Obamacare knew that American flag shorts were a staple of young drinking bros.
- Hands in the air: Raised arms, the staple of awkward, drunk teens trying to dance, are in full glory in both photos.
If Gansler had taken these tell-all signs of underage drinking, perhaps he could have avoided the brouhaha of the past two days. And take note, parents: the Kool-Aid is usually spiked anyway.
(Image on side: via ABC News)