Report: Patrick got drunk after bomber manhunt

British Prime Minister David Cameron (R) and Gov. Deval Patrick visit the Boston Marathon memorial on Copley Sqaure on May 14. Credit: Nicolaus Czarnecki/METRO
British Prime Minister David Cameron, right, with Gov. Deval Patrick visited Boston recently to learn about how law enforcement handled the incident.
Credit: Nicolaus Czarnecki/Metro

Who hasn’t had a stressful day of work and wanted to just crack open a beer or sip a glass of wine once they got home? 

While stressful doesn’t even begin to describe the feeling of the people involved in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, sipping a glass of wine (or two) is exactly what Gov. Deval Patrick did after police were finally able to capture alleged bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Patrick recounted the manhunt and the aftermath while speaking Wednesday at Cambridge-based HubSpot, according to the Herald. The event was promoted as a talk on “leadership and generational responsibility,” according to Patrick’s public schedule.

Patrick said after Tsarnaev’s capture he went to his farm in the Berkshires for a swim and then decided to go to a restaurant by himself to eat and read. The owner of Rouge in West Stockbridge put him in the corner away from people. As he sat there with his book on his iPad, she then began bringing him things to eat and drink.

“She starts bringing me things to drink as a celebration. And by the end of the meal, I was actually quite drunk, by myself,” Patrick said, according to the Herald.

The owner of the restaurant, Maggie Merelle, said it didn’t seem as if Patrick was drunk.

“He wasn’t tipsy. I never would have known,” Merelle told the Herald, recalling Patrick had duck confit, french fries, soup, salad and a “glass of chardonnay or two.”

Patrick also said during the talk that he called Merelle over and told her he appreciated the dinner, but that he had no money and asked if he could bring it in within the next day or two.

Merelle told the Herald that Patrick made good on his tab.

Follow Michael Naughton on Twitter @metrobosmike.


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