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

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


Watch Obama's comments Monday.

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. al-des moines

    Barack–please quite being a jerk. Just accept the fact that Hillary is so much more a "man of the people" than you can ever be. We in the small towns of the Midwest can understand why you'd be bitter, and desperately cling to your talent of uttering meaningless "words", but it isn't becoming. And comparing Hillary to Annie Oakley in a duck blind was brilliant–James Carville couldn't have come up with a better way of making her a folk hero and beloved by hunters of all stripes if he tried.

    April 14, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  2. Grant

    Wow, it is so clear that we are beginning to see Obama campaign crumble and fall. America has finally woken up to this empty shell with no substance behind fluff statements like "we want change".
    How can Obama supporters still support him when he is now whining about any little thing, clearly in desperation mode to not be seen for what he is?

    NObama... Hillary or McCain 08

    April 14, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  3. Andy J, NY

    wow... i never thought the day would come where i actually hope hillary wins....

    The more i find out about Obama, the more he scares the hell out of me

    April 14, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. Debby

    I am so sick of these 2 Dems. going at it with eachother. They are so childish while John McCain is so Presidential. Our vote was going to Sen. Clinton if she won the nom., but its looking very bleek with all this back and forth bickering. Thanks CNN for showing the true colors of both of these Dem. nominee's.

    April 14, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. Joe Daley, Minnesota

    This is pathetic. Obama kind of new politics!

    April 14, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  6. Colin from Austin, Texas

    Obama is such a hypocrite. At least Hillary doesn't try to sell herself as a new and different politician–she's honest about her tactics. Obama says one thing and does another. Politics of hope, change, and the status quo it seems.

    April 14, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  7. CTMott

    He is a poor looser...I am so tired of his trying to use reverse psychology ..makes me sick..Again, America wake up...

    April 14, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  8. Momo

    "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 when running for President... what does Hillary and her backers have to say about that it was the truth then and not now ! no no no no no I am bitter as my fellow americans in all small towns across the country, no jobs!!! We've got to be bitter and angry at politicians like HRC and Bill , first of all where is the $800.000 and why is Penn still doing on their campaign strategic meeting... CNN drop the Bitter isuue already and focus on Penn there are goodies to that story

    April 14, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  9. Mara R

    So this is the guy that's supposed to unite everyone? What a pompous jerk.

    April 14, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  10. S. Shay

    The Fowler woman who recorded this is HILLARY CLINTON'S FRIEND!!

    April 14, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  11. Ron Is Wrong

    Sorry Ron, I don't don't care what you think. The Dem are the only choice. McSame means more war, high gas prices, more foreclosures, more torture, more butchering to our Constitution, and you call us idiots. How idiotic is it for you to vote for the same policies that are causing Americans to suffer today. Not to mention the soldiers who are dying.

    As frustrating as I am with the Dems, the alternative–John McBush is not an option.

    Obama 08

    April 14, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  12. Piper - Nebraska

    "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

    This is a good comparision and on point. Good work to whoever found this.

    April 14, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  13. MJAMES

    Hillary Clinton is pure evil and I wish she would just go away. Do you really think if BO has the most pledged delegates and popular vote they will take it away from him? People would riot in the streets. It is sad that her campaign operates consistantly below the belt.

    April 14, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  14. don kraus

    What I wouldn't give for some real talk about real issues along this
    Camp-Pain Trail! As an Obama supporter, I wish he'd simply ignore Hillary's idiotic photo-ops and start focusing on how McCain is benefiting from all the Dem-squabbling. As a Clinton-opposer, I wish she'd stop trying to make politicians look like "reg'lar folks" and start uttering some truth! I don't want her as a candidate, but she could be a useful member of the Democratic Party if she'd focus on unification instead of inanity!

    April 14, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |

    Hillary should take a shot of Canadian whiskey and have a beer. I would even buy her Iranian whiskey if there was such a thing...ANYTHING to get her to loosen up and tell the truth!!

    Hopefully it would work like truth serum.

    By the way, I am bitter, my neighbors, my mother and other family are bitter over the factories that have shut down here in KY. These people lost their jobs, but they also lost 20 years of pensions and benefits in the workforce to trade deals such as NAFTA, CAFTA.

    Crane, and Fruit of the Loom are just a few factories that roll off the tongue as having closed and laid off thousands. Palm Beach too!!

    April 14, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  16. Phyllis

    Hillary is a Athiest and PA better think twice before they give her anymore power. Exactly, what church does she belong and how long has she been a member? How many Sunday's does she attend church. Who is her pastor? America better wake up.

    April 14, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  17. Texas

    What pansy! He's just pissed Hillary followed the beer with a shot of whiskey!

    April 14, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  18. Troy

    How stupid are some of you? Do you really think he was making fun of small towns? I'm from a small town and think he is dead on! Who isn't bitter about the economy, fuel prices, lack of jobs, the escalating death toll in Iraq, eroding social security....etc?
    When I talk to people here in North Carolina, they are so stupid about this whole thing. It's blown up to be more than it really is.
    If people are happy with current America, then by all means vote McCain, but if you are BITTER then embrace change for God sake!

    April 14, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  19. jim

    Does anyone know what this big hype is about hilary being indicted for fraud on the 25th of April in California????/
    i am not picking on any candidate i just want to know whats going on and if it is really true...

    April 14, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  20. Ivar

    mrs hillary
    mr. obama mis-spoke and its clear that it was bad choice of words. however what you mis-spoke...bosnia etc is a lie and fraud

    April 14, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  21. Carl

    Obama is a sad sad excuse for a democrat, i am tired of him, all over the media his every move is being babied by all the anchors and nobody is actually saying it like it is.... Obama and his tactics make me sick....

    April 14, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  22. rw md

    This man is so jealous of Clinton it's sad.
    He may get the nomination but he will never be a real
    human being, just a Clinton wana be from Illinoise,
    land of what's his name, Lincoln.

    April 14, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  23. Bob, Lyons Oregon,

    Clinton = Liar,
    McCain = Old and out of touch

    Obama = Honest, open and outfront. He speaks the truth, hard for people to handle, but he said he would.

    April 14, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  24. RC

    There is nothing uglier than a woman taking a shot of whiskey. Especially if she is bitter.

    April 14, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  25. Ohio Citizen

    That Crown Royal and beer is going to depress her just enough to create the next story.
    The Crying Game part III. She will be shedding tears just in time for the primary next week. You can count on it.
    "This is soooo hard,. I just want the best for you. Obama is picking on me."
    Yes She Will.

    April 14, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
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