In his State of the Union Address, President Obama ...
Lookups spiked on January 28, 2014.
In his State of the Union Address, President Obama celebrated the American Dream by pointing out that "the son of a barkeep is speaker of the House."
The prepared text of the speech read "son of a barkeeper," but, as James Fallows wrote in The Atlantic, "What Obama actually said about John Boehner was 'the son of a barkeep.' A tiny difference that was ineffably charming. Boehner himself was manifestly charmed."
Barkeep's charm probably comes from its slightly old-fashioned sound. We suspect that users looked it up to confirm that it is indeed a synonym of the more commonly used bartender.