February 10th, 2009
12:43 PM ET
6 years ago

Hannity and Obama to share a six pack?

Will Obama get a beer with Sean Hannity.
Will Obama get a beer with Sean Hannity.

(CNN) - They're the unlikeliest of drinking buddies: President Obama and one of his fiercest critics - Fox News host Sean Hannity.

But the two may just be getting closer to sharing a bottle or two– so long as Hannity is willing to foot the bill - according to White House spokesman Robert Gibbs.

"Get him a six pack of Budweiser and we'll meet Hannity anywhere he wants to go," said a laughing Gibbs, who also added the meeting should take place in public otherwise "nobody would believe it actually happened."

The comments come one day after the president was asked at a town hall in Indiana whether he would take up Hannity's open invitation to meet for a beer.

“I didn't know he had invited me for a beer, but I will take that under advisement…I'm always good for a beer." Obama said.

Watch: Obama says 'he's always good for a beer'

Hours later on his radio program, Hannity said he's pleased with the president's gesture.

"It seems like he's opened the door that he wants to meet with me," he told his listeners. "Now if he does, I would go on your behalf.”


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (218 Responses)
  1. Justin

    The president should not be meeting with hate mongers.

    February 10, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  2. Melissa

    And this is news why? Men are forever saying this type of stuff. It means nothing one way or the other.

    February 10, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  3. Tino

    Ugh... don't stoop to the level of Fox News, Mr. President! You will just make them think that they are important!

    February 10, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. carlo

    President is really just an everyday really nice guy. I hopw Hannity doesn't ruin the invitation of railroad the President once he extends such a gracious gesture, especially considering how badly Hannity talks about him.

    February 10, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  5. Arkay, MI

    Can you imagine Dubya meeting with Keith Olbermann for a drink?

    February 10, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. Rob Johnson

    It would be a good move for Obama. Whatever you think of Hannity, Limbaugh and the like, and I am no fan, they do represent millions of Americans. Obama can't afford to marginalize them, he needs to engage them in debate, which is one of his strengths anyway.

    I think both Obama and Hannity might be surprised by how much they have in common if they actually spent some time together. There are very few conflicts that can't be improved by increased communication, whether it is Obama and Hannity or Israel and the Palestinians.

    February 10, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. David in KC

    Poor pathetic Hannity and his little cult of followers. Hoping desperately for a wee bit of fame while posing as a normal person. The Right is so irrelevant now it's comical.

    February 10, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  8. James in Utah

    And this is news because?............. Is Hannity a critic of Pres. Obama and now wants to talk to increase ratings? Whatever.

    February 10, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  9. Joe the Builder

    Interesting!

    February 10, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  10. demwit

    Don't forget to tell Alan to bring the blow. And don't let him welch on you, we know he's always holding..

    February 10, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  11. Steve A. , New Braunfels , Texas

    Go for it Obama! It will be good for Hannity and good for the nation. I promiss you he is more afraid of you then you are of him.

    February 10, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  12. Hannity is a racist

    Why would obama want to have a beer with this racist KKK clan. I do not know why the president is giving this low like racists like rush and hannity attention they do not deserve. Please do not bring this people to your level.

    February 10, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  13. Bill

    This is ridiculous. Hannity is a nobody, Obama should just ignore him.

    February 10, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  14. Beverly, NYC

    Mr. President this is taking bi-partisanship too far. Word of caution BYB, bring your own beer. I don't trust Hannity as far as I can throw him and I can't stomach that show now that Allan Colmes has left. Hope his ratings tank .

    February 10, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  15. hdf

    Spending time with Hannity would be like spending time with Bill O'Reiley, Rush Limbaugh, Bill Cunnigham or any of the other hypocrtical Right Wing Windbags; a wate of time and effort-even if they bought the beer. There are too many worthwhile and interesting people out there to spend you time with-Life Is Too Short!

    February 10, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  16. Gardi

    If Sean meets with Obama, he'll be showing a certain grade of maturity that many non-Fox fans believes he lacks. It'd be good for the ratings. If he's planning an interview, he should save it for another day. He'd most likely get an interview with Obama in the near future this way. You catch more flies with honey...

    February 10, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  17. Mike from Ohio

    This story sickens me. Why does Obama pay so much attention to right wing extremists? He has made Hannity and Limbaugh famous. These are the two biggest bigots in the world. MR. PRESIDENT, ALTHOUGH i AM YOUR BIGGEST SUPPORTER, IF YOU DRINK A BEER WITH THIS RACIST, SEXIST, ANTI-SEMITIC BIGOT, I WILL BE FORCED TO GO ON AN OLBERMAN-TYPE RANT AGAINST YOU. You won. Hannity, McCain and Limbaugh lost. Stop talking about them.

    February 10, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  18. Hannity is a racist

    Hannity , Rush, and O'Relley are a low life racists who will be destroyed in very short time.

    February 10, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  19. Jackie in Dallas

    I guess Hannity didn't hear what President Obama said the night of the election, or in his Inaugural Address: he wants to President of the UNITED States. It's only too bad that the GOP and neo conservatives would rather put their agendas above the needs of the country and its people.

    February 10, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  20. Ed Word

    .......And I'd hope some 6' 8" hard-drinking construction worker knocks Hannity on his butt for taking his seat.

    Don't give this hatemonger an audience, Mr. President. He'll just go back on-air, knifing you in the back.

    February 10, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  21. Matthew, Detroit

    Barack is a politician. He is not a leader. He is not a man. Pelosi ran all over him.

    February 10, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  22. Mike

    This is awesome!!! Lets do it

    February 10, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  23. Larry

    Hannity ... what a joke

    What would be the point of a man as great as President Obama

    To waste even one moment with this self centered front man for the GOP

    February 10, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  24. jim

    obama is too scared of hannity to meet with him

    February 10, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  25. Fred

    And to think it only took obama 3 months to make a decision on that 'hard' invite...

    February 10, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
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