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. Sara, Houston

    Hypocritical, no?

    I find it funny how many voters say they would choose Senator Obama to sit down and drink a beer with over Senator Clinton when it's Mr. Obama criticizing Hillary for taking a shot.

    Interesting. The whiskey may be bitter in Hillary's mouth, but at least it's not her view on the hard-working American people...like Barack's.

    April 14, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  2. Millie Bea

    Hillary is like a trained seal- she will do anything to get the fish.

    April 14, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  3. Elaine

    The reason Hillary and Obomba's views are so alike is that everytime Hillary comes out with a plan for anything, all he can say is "Me Too".

    April 14, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. Becky

    Did you see the forum last night? Obama as much as omitted that he joined a church because he realized it was politically expedient. I'm not religious either, but I wish he would stop pretending to be something he's not. The Republicans are going to use all of this against him if he gets the nomination. There are no surprises with Hillary. She stacks up so much better against McCain.

    April 14, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  5. RC

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

    April 14, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  6. jsk

    Wow this is so petty it makes me bitter. I guess I gotta go to church with a gun now and hate on immigrants.

    If Obama gets elected president, the only change that will occur is that we will have a black elitist instead of a white one.

    April 14, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  7. Octavio

    Obama is falling into the same traps as past qualified candidates! Say it ain't so Mr. Obama. Hypocracy is going to give Hillary a fighting chance.

    April 14, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  8. growupamerica

    Obama did not say anything that was soooo insulting. the only reason people even think he did is because Hillary said so....these same 'followers' of Hillary believe everything she says without doubt. Even when she LIES, she says she misspoke and people accept that...that is real sad. It's a shame that she can just laugh off a lie like she was some child caught with her hand in the cookie jar. She has lied, her husband has lied...that is how they get thing .....very unethical.

    And wasnt she the one that insulted Mississippi? Talk about elitist........Obama came from a humble background...Hillary? Silver spoon.

    Stop being so nasty America....look at the facts..... do you try to instill the truth in your children....lying is bad..remember? But yet, we let HIllary get away with it...and good ole Bill....

    April 14, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  9. Uncle Sam

    Supporters of Sen. Obama are doing him a disservice by shielding him from continued missteps that will inevitably doom his presidential bid. Although gifted, Mr. Obam is immature, personally and politically, and his intellectual arrogance prevents him from acknowledging his weaknesses and thus learning from them.

    April 14, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. aid

    Which one is worse– completely made up stories or telling it like it is? He didn't lie, that is the truth. Painful maybe, but true nevertheless.

    April 14, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  11. Larry Kegel

    It's funny when Hillary says anything bad they play it over and over aggain all day... But let Obama say something... You don't hear about it again... I guess Obama can say anything he wants but Hillary can't... If Obama says something bad... They play back something that Hillary says...

    April 14, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  12. Vote Hillary - Obama is a Lier

    Not voting for Obama

    Finally his true colors are coming out. He's always trying to cut down Hillary to hide his lies!! ugh!!! He needs to get a grip and just drop out! of the race!!

    April 14, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  13. LA-Ann Arbor

    This candidate wants to talk about substance abuse? Really?

    April 14, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  14. rich

    Hillary has been raising my blood pressure with her lied for weeks. The fact that Obama has kept his cool this long is a testament to his character and close supporters. He needs to dig deep now to stop the hurt from coming out in these angry remarks. He is still so much better a person than Hillary, in my book.

    April 14, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  15. alice2

    Hillary desperate to fit in and gain votes will do anything, throw back shots of canadian whiskey followed by beer, stories of her hunting, and on & on. She is getting SO STALE, I can barely listen to her. I have noticed she is looking quite tired out and even puffeyness under her eyes, and more pronounced lines on her face. I don't think she would be up to any phone calls at 3:00 AM. She is in a DESPERATE attempt to win at any and all costs.

    April 14, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  16. Gerald F.

    Obama is sounding more like he is part of a one man club called: Double Standards Only Apply To Others and NOt Me. Only He can be viewed with a drink among the crowd? And since when is a drink offered considered a huge undermining scheme that represents NAFTA? Sorry, but the man is starting to sound more like a whiner than winner. He should know by now that Senator Clinton WILL fight for her beliefs. Why shouldn't she? Are only the "boys" allowed to play in this sandbox?

    April 14, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  17. Michelle in Denver, CO

    I'm really hoping Obama starts taking the high road again. I hate to see him stoop to the Clinton level. But, you have to think that all her negativity and attacks are starting to take a toll. It would be hard not to defend oneself effectively with all that mudslinging she's doing.

    April 14, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  18. Desiree

    Obama just does not get it, it's not the bitter part, it's the clinging to guns and religion etc part. It is as if he's looking down on small towns that he's having trouble connecting to and calling them gun toting, God loving signle minded bigots. Now he can attack Sen Clinton all he wants to try to take the media off him but he still needs to explain himself. People do not turn to God because they're bitter, they embrace the message and word of Christ and their religion, was he bitter when he decided to join his church?

    April 14, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  19. Dave Froyalde/Washington

    I know by now, the supporters of Senator Obama will continue to support him regardless of his missteps including the latest one at the San Francisco fundraiser. However, I hope you folks reconsider your support. Senator Obama can not win the general elections. Senator Clinton is the only one who can beat Senator McCain. How can Senator bring change to Washington when all his top advisers and political strategist are all Washington insiders. Folks Senator Obama is just using change as a campaiogn slogan. Don't be fooled by it. Senator Obama is using you all.

    April 14, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  20. KiloWhiskey - Denver

    I think HRC's campaign people have finally organized responses to this and other blog sites. For a while it was only individual hate mail back and forth....now it appears a lot more organized.

    CNN (and others) will need to monitor this more than they already are.

    April 14, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  21. Jamaal Kansas

    Keep Hitting her Obama she want to make a big deal out of something that everyone knows what you where saying because they actually feel that way. Barack I know you took the high road and not blast her about her Bosnia Lie or Her Penn lies or her Husband being for Columbia trade but you aren't yeah right Hilary we see right through you

    April 14, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  22. GOD

    Poor Obama..Poor poor Obama. GROW UP DUDE!

    April 14, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  23. norb

    What's wrong with having a shot and a beer? John McCain not only has interest in his wifes beer distributorship, he also is soon to become one of it's truck driver's. This one's for you John.

    April 14, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  24. wally

    I would want two shots and a pitcher of beer if I were spending so much money on a campaigning that's bound to lose !

    April 14, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  25. juan

    The only thing that is out of control is all the presumptions and unfounded accusations by all these bloggers.

    Some of you act like you personally know the candidates which you don't. Relying on the media to give you a fair and unbiased view of them is dangerous.

    Case in point; I think Al Sharpton is one of the most intelligent and brilliant minds in America today but most Americans only laugh at him and role their eyes. Why? Because of the way the media has portrayed him.

    Do you think it is not deliberate the way the media has treated Obama with so much TLC at first and now jumps up and down on the Wright issue and Canada and now the bitter controversy like there's no tomorrow. And some of you follow the media like poor lost sheep.

    You might be able to say the same for Hillary except that she has made her own history with her false words and flip-flop actions that can't be misinterpreted.

    I have yet to hear anyone prove that Obama ever lied about anything yet some of you bloggers call him a liar. Hillbilly is the liar and a proven one.

    April 14, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
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