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. Adrian

    I guess its ok for obama to have a beer and a shot in front of the media and giving empty rhetorics to people while he thinks hillary should not do the same. how ironic!

    April 14, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  2. Angus McDugan

    Get ready for a week of nasty politics.

    April 14, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  3. Eli

    Obama a JOKE!!!! Is this news.

    April 14, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. patirque in ok

    why is it cnn never has the news any more we have to read the huffington report

    April 14, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  5. RightyTighty

    My work is done here...

    April 14, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  6. Starxzilla

    Hillary NEEDS a shot of truth serum, maybe she'll stop making up stories and pulling kitchen sinks out of her keister to throw... maybe she'll be honest with herself and stop attacking her party's nominee.

    April 14, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  7. Nancie, MS

    "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," ~Bill Clinton

    Thank you JR for posting this.

    By the way, John McCain is irrelevant.

    April 14, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  8. Knowledge is Power

    Mr Obama's personal attack to a simple thing like "shot and beer" suggests how like the washington insider politician he is.
    By the way how does one define a "washington insider"?
    knowledge is power

    April 14, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  9. No Republicans In Whitehouse

    Politics are so stupid – photo-ops and tearing apart every single word like wolves on a deer. Crazy. I don't care what any of them prefer to drink.

    Obama or Clinton for President. I prefer Obama, but I'll take Clinton over another Republican any day!!! Republicans have made a total mess of America and other parts of the world! (that is saying it nicely). They think they know whats best for everyone and bully, extort, lie, and use force to get their way.

    April 14, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  10. HYPOCRACY 08

    I guess he's trying to conect to the typical white people who are so ignorant they turn to religion and guns... and I suppose now maybe a shot and a beer too!

    Snake 08

    April 14, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  11. Dana, Pittsburgh PA

    POOR OBAMA NEEDS TO CHANGE THE STORY...

    SAME OLD POLITICS !!!

    JUST ANOTHER POLITICIAN

    The woman cant have a drink ???
    The boys do it all the time but she takes 1 shot and it becomes a big story...PULEEEZE

    Hillary-McCain '08

    April 14, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  12. ForObama

    What an elitist! Born to a woman from Kansas, raised by his grandmother. I heard he just finished paying off his student loans. And he has the good fortune to do all this without making 100 million dollars or being an heir to a beer distributor like the other candidates. Out of touch, arrogant, elitist. That really spells Obama. Uh, huh. Really, Hillary? Really?

    April 14, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  13. O Man

    Did she ask to leave the bottle?

    April 14, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  14. Joe

    He is pathetic! I really can't elieve he brought that up. What a joker! I was actually glad to see Clinton having fun. Sounds like he's getting desperate.

    April 14, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  15. Joe from PA

    "The reason (Bush's tactic) works so well now is that you have all these economically insecure white people who are scared to death," Clinton was quoted saying by the Los Angeles Times

    April 14, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  16. Lucas, Nashville TN

    Call her out, Barack! Keep it up! Whoo hoo!

    April 14, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  17. sherry

    What a hypocrite this guy is. He says "they'll do anything, even drink a beer" when he did the same thing at a bar for political purposes recently. Keep talkin' Obama....dig it deeper.

    Give me a break. This is the biggest loser I've seen trying to get a very important job in looong time.

    HILLARY IS OUR ONLY REAL HOPE. WAKE UP AMERICA.

    April 14, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  18. Sjohnston

    We are left w/ no choice but to vote for political idiots, pursuing their personal agendas. Maybe Democracy is not the way for us. Problem is not our Pres. but those self-serving members of our Congress.

    April 14, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  19. Bill Rich

    I wonder whether Hillary was thinking of herself when she mentioned "elitist" and "patronizing" democrats. We know how she feels about women who bake cookies.

    April 14, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  20. Lamps

    Hillary only drinks, You had a drug problem. Say no to this empty suit Obama. Anyone but Nobama for sure.

    April 14, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  21. Colleen

    Give me a shot, a beer and healthcare

    April 14, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  22. Get REAL!

    Yeah now that's a woman our little girls can look up to.... a woman taking shots and chasing them with beer...

    Then going on tv the next day and talking about God.

    April 14, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  23. andrew Hamersley

    I have seen this kind of conduct in pre-school children.

    Hillary is a "biter" and the people have a right to be bitter...

    Go Obama!

    April 14, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  24. cnn rocks

    pa voters see the clintons for who they are,sleeze.go obama go get em

    April 14, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  25. Judd in Austin

    where is the news cnn?

    April 14, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
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