April 14th, 2008
12:25 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama mocks Clinton 'throwing back a shot and a beer'

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PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Barack Obama furthered his recent criticisms of Hillary Clinton Monday by mocking the fact that she recently "threw back a shot and a beer" in front of the media.

After first saying too many candidates are only giving voters "rhetoric," the Illinois senator said, "They'll promise you anything. They'll even give you a long list of proposals. They'll even come around with TV crews in tow and throw back a shot and a beer."

The shot came Saturday at Bronko’s Restaurant in Crown Point, Indiana. With the national media in tow, Clinton made a stop there to drink a beer and speak with voters. After ordering her beer the bartender asked, “You want a shot with that Hillary?” After some deliberation, Clinton settled on a shot of Crown Royal, a Canadian whiskey.

But Obama is not totally in the clear himself when it comes to photo-ops at bars. The White House hopeful nursed a beer in front of cameras with Pennsylvania senator Bob Casey at a sports bar during his Pennsylvania bus tour on March 28. He has since mentioned that moment of drinking in front of audiences on the trail in the Keystone State.

Responding to Obama's comments, Clinton spokesman Phil Singer said, "With all due respect, this is the same politician who spent six days posing for clichéd camera shots that included bowling gutterballs, walking around a sports bar, feeding a baby cow, and buying a ham at the Philly market (albeit one that cost $99.99 a pound). Sen. Obama's speeches won’t hide his condescending views of Americans living in small towns.”

Clinton has been hitting Obama hard over his recent comments saying decades of lost jobs and unfulfilled promises from Washington have left some Pennsylvanians "bitter" and clinging "to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

On Sunday, Clinton called the comments "elitist, out of touch and frankly, patronizing," and added, "You know, the Democratic Party, to be very blunt about it, has been viewed as a party that didn't understand and respect the values and the way of life of so many of our fellow Americans."

soundoff (280 Responses)
  1. obamican

    "The reason (George H. W. Bush's tactic) works so well now is that you have all these economically insecure white people who are scared to death," Pres. Bill Clinton was quoted saying by the Los Angeles Times in September 1991.
    NOW WhAT DOES HILLIARY HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THAT

    April 14, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  2. Martha

    Obambi how i wish i could take my vote back. One thing is for sure you will not get it again in November if you are the nominee.

    April 14, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  3. Robby from TX

    The sad part of this is that John McSame is getting a free ride.

    Dems, lets get this thing over with and start going after the real war-mongering enemy, John McBush!!

    April 14, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  4. Kelly

    The real Hillary Clinton is a gun toting, whiskey swigging, down to earth gal–Not. She's the same self-centered, power hungry liar she's always been.

    Obama 08

    April 14, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  5. Simon Jinx

    What is wrong with having a long list of proposals? How is this worse than a proposal like "We need a change!" ?

    April 14, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  6. honkey white guy from cali

    Go Obama 08

    April 14, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  7. Pepou

    Yes, she would gulp poison if it could help her win votes ! The woman has ben dodging bullets in Bosnia, shot ducks on Sunday. Wonder woman indeed.

    April 14, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  8. Jen DFW

    this man lies lies and lies...you talk about clintons lies...at least her lies on her trip to bosnia don't matter. he has money coming from lobbies and he just lies about it....

    obama said he will bring change but yet all the men in his corner are from the OLD washington politics. Its really plain to see.

    The real change we will see is when we get a women making the decisions.

    April 14, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  9. carlo

    It's about time Obama! Just because you are a Christian doesn't mean you have to be a doormat. Hillary is the kind of person who will make someone lose their religion.

    April 14, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  10. Fred

    McCain willl never be my president. I'm sick of talking points and war mongers.

    Obama 08

    April 14, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  11. Trev

    Desperation = Obama

    We know he is an elitist. He talks like an elitist. He was talking to other elitists when he made fun of small town America. Now he wants to blame Clinton? Look, all three presidential candidates are rich. The difference is that Clinton has a history of figting poverty and does not talk down to us. Obama does. End of story.

    April 14, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  12. Spirit of America

    Blowback from elitist comments about bitter Americans clinging to religion, guns and anti-[free]trade sentiments or throw back a shot and beer? That's a no-brainer. Give me the shot and beer, and take away elitist hypocritical politicians.

    April 14, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  13. Charlotte

    What a jerk, is he hormonal??? He lies all the time, now Rev. Wright was not his mentor, just a pastor. Did he get his book idea from Wright?

    April 14, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  14. shirley.roybal,surprise,az.

    boneheaded time after time!!!!!!!!!!

    April 14, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  15. PA

    The Clinton are not only covering their support for NAFTA and Columbian free trade, Bill is also tied to China and what is happening in Tibet. Check out Huffingtin Post.

    April 14, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  16. Chris from VA

    Obama would have asked for a Kier Royale Appertif.

    April 14, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  17. Pennsylvania Voter

    Obama's new aggressive attitute is refreshing. And it's always nice for people to realize just how much of an oportunist Hilary is.

    April 14, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  18. Mary

    cnn, I'm really getting tired of you always trying to keep things stirred up. really tired.

    April 14, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  19. Charlotte

    Isn't he doing the exact same thing himself?

    April 14, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  20. barb Canada

    How can he think being such a hypocrite is good for him? Now he's insulting his own intelligence!!

    April 14, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  21. Ron

    Obama needs to get a life. So you can do drugs but if someone takes a drink its a no no.

    We are in deep trouble if you are elected.

    April 14, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  22. RFP

    This is just ridiculous. Utterly ridiculous.

    April 14, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  23. Letha, Sioux Falls, SD

    He can have a beer but she can't is so Obamanation. He is and elitist and a hypocrite. He can but "she" can't. Superior man to the little white woman. Go back to Chicago, phony!

    April 14, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  24. hsl

    Perhaps a 'shot' would do Obama good – take some of the starch out.

    April 14, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  25. Bob

    Obama, don't forget, you are a politican too.

    April 14, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
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