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. Peter

    Is that all you got, Barry?!

    April 14, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  2. CHERYL

    I THINK HILLARY AND HER SUPPORTS NEED TO JUST KEEP THEIR MOUTHS SHUT, AFTER HER TAXES WENT PUBLIC AND AFTER THE SNIPPER FIRE THING. THEY ARE VERY LUCKY OBAMA DIDN'T RIP HER APART WITH THAT, AND YES PEOPLE ARE BITTER THIS WAR AND THE ECONOMY HAVE PEOPLE VERY BITTER. THAT IS WHY SHE WILL NOT GET THE NOMINATION SHE IS JUST LIKE THE REPUBLICANS OUT OF TOUCH WITH EVERYTHING WHAT IS WRONG WITH HER SHE NEEDS TO WAKE UP A LOOK AT WHAT IS GOING ON AROUND HER

    April 14, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  3. Michael

    I think Obama has lost a lot of his credibility when it comes to talking about playing politics. You just mentioned one thing, him mocking Clinton for having a shot when he does the same thing. He talks about how Clinton supports trade deals, but send a surragate to Canada to tell them one thing then tells the people of Ohio another. He talks about the people of PA one way in San Fran then tells them something else to their faces.

    This man is POLITICS AS USUAL and it is that time of the year when the rhetoric keeps coming and coming and coming.

    We need someone who has been working for American working families for years. And that is Hillary Clinton.

    April 14, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  4. me

    i havent heard him say as much to mccain as he has said to hillary. i think he still has his priorities mixed but i'm sure that a comment from the early 90's will be in his arsonal soon. since his whole campaign is running on steam from everyone elses past.

    April 14, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. kitchingd

    Obama is no elitist. When someone tells the truth they are pounced on. Todd had people going around to these small towns and asking how the remarks sounded to them. Almost all said Obama was right on about the "bitterness" that working folks felt. Only 1 in 10 thought his statement was "elitist". Most said it is about time a Presidential candidate stood up and told the truth. I believe now that Obama will win the state because of his understanding of how people fell about a government that has done nothing to help them. THE BLOWBACK WILL DESTROY HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 14, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. Danny

    "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

    McCain will never win this election. He is a small man who doesn't know what he's talking about. He hates to be criticized. He doesn't read the prompts very well, and is not articulate. I hate the fact that he is trying to ride on Obama's back to popularity. He will never be popular, because he has no substance. John will be footnote in our American history books.

    He's a campaign coward, and the only time he comes out to respond is when he smells blood. There is no blood here, John. You and your other vultures can continue talking about GW's war.

    Obama 08

    April 14, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  7. Harvey in Va

    Obama is a hyporcritc what take a news crew along and serve hambugers in a dinner, so perfectly stacked like a commerical. Then lets not forget his bowling escapade.....

    So Hillary gets down with the public AT LEAST THEY WERE NOT BITTER ............. Hillary 08 is the only way

    April 14, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  8. Mike in Madison

    Sigh...Is this what it is going boil down to? Having a drink? No jobs, mortgage woes, ridiculous fuel costs, budget shortfalls and this guy want to take jabs at his opponent for drinking? C'mon guys, work on fixing the mess our country is in and stop the childish bickering already. All I hear any more is talk...it is time to back those (hollow?) words up with action.

    It is looking more and more like McCain is truly the better choice if the Dems don't get their act together.

    April 14, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  9. Alice

    what's so odd about Obama drinking a beer? you think he never had beer before?

    hardly the same as drinking A SHOT AND A BEER. i wonder how many tmes Hillary's done that...

    April 14, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  10. Steve

    Good job Dems.......These two are pathetic. If any of you would have done some research into the candidates instead of treating this nomination process like a highschool popularity contest, you could have had a great nominee already (e.g. Richardson, Biden, Dodd...to name a few)

    April 14, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  11. Rocky

    Hillary give me a break. who u trying to fool by calling Obama an elitist. Its like Pot calling a kettle black. Look at your self in a mirror and try again.

    OBAMA '08'

    April 14, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  12. jimmy velman

    FOR YOUR INFORMATION, MY FATHER-IN-LAW WAS A WWII VETERAN AND FOUGHT IN GERMANY. MY TWO BROTHERS-IN-LAW
    SERVED FOUR YEARS EACH IN THE MARINE CORPS AND DISCHARGED HONORABLY. MY WIFE SERVED IN THE VETERANS
    HOSPITALS. I DID NOT QUALIFY FOR THE ARMEND FORCES BECAUSE OF A HEART CONDITION.. I WORKED MY TAIL OFF SUPPORTING 4 CHILDREN THROUGH COLLEGE.
    OUR GREAT COUNTRY GAVE MY FAMILY ALL THE OPPORTUNITIES TO SUCCEED BY HARD WORK.
    OBAMA , YOU ARE A JERK FOR DEMEANING SMALL TOWN FOLKS
    NOT ONLY IN PENNSYLVABIA BUT ALL OVER AMERICA.
    YOU AND YOUR WIFE MICHELLE HAVE BECOME RICH AND NOW LOOK DOWN ON SMALL TOWN FOLKS IN AMERICA.
    AND PLEASE WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT PENNSYLVANIANS, TELL THEM TO THEIR FACES, DONT TALK TO THEM IN SAN FRANCISCO.

    April 14, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. joyce

    hillary
    two words
    goooooo
    awayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

    April 14, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  14. Vincent from Ireland

    Hillary is a joke. Stop with lies already Clintons. We have had enough – and YES, I AM BITTER!!!!

    April 14, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  15. Roxanne NY

    No apology yet from this man for insulting small town America to his cronies when he thought no one was looking and he saunders around with his nose in the air and his acquired accent as if people will notice.

    This man is so full of it. I'm glad that Hillary stayed in the race. The mask has finally come off of him and he is ugly behind it.

    Pennsylvania, send this man a message on 4/22/08, march to the polls and demand and apology!

    April 14, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  16. Tough

    Obama – too bad if you don't like Hillary having some fun. Who cares what you and your supporters think anyway. Its better than shooting ones mouth off and saying hurtful and stupid remarks like you do.

    April 14, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  17. Alex H

    Jen DFW – Glad to see someone's basing their vote on the issues.

    April 14, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  18. mjc

    obama looked like a complete FOOL on a TRACTOR in ohio. remember that pic?

    not to mention his lame attempt to BOWL.

    shut your big fat mouth obama, you're a hypocrite, now who's into the 'silly season'... you fool.

    April 14, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  19. bILL

    Is Obama a bigot or does he just think we're stupid?

    April 14, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  20. Marie

    Hillary has ventured past the point of 'annoying'. I was weary of her negative 'tenacious' campaigning before she even began. Just can't imagine this country recovering under her self-serving, argumentative rule.

    April 14, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  21. Hillary fan

    A shot and a beer?! For me, that's just one more reason to vote for Hillary!
    I'd have a beer (and a shot) with her any day!

    Hillary 08

    April 14, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  22. pdskee

    The Obama gaffe in SF last week seems to have Hillary trying even harder to appear blue collar – now we see her doing shots and a beer in a bar – not a great message when a drunk driver kills somebody every 45 minutes in America. It does clearly illustrate the American love for the legal but deadly drug alcohol – and politicians willingness to display drug consumption as a political plus. Would Hillary take toke off a joint at a rock concert? Though a far safer drug than alcohol, we are not that politically advanced, are we?

    April 14, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  23. MC

    Thank you for finally calling out Obama for being a hypocrite.

    April 14, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  24. NG in DC

    Now it's time to meet the real Mr. Obama. Not a bad guy I guess, but not Presidential material. C'mon, let's not gamble our future on a man who we hardly even know.

    April 14, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  25. Ted Stidham

    How about the fact of Obama smoking like a freight train .This guy is pathetic again he lives in a double standard world .Its ok for him to do anything he wants and the news media has let him gotten by with it .

    April 14, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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