April 14th, 2008
12:25 PM ET
14 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. Jimmy Mack

    Go Obama.Most of the Operation Chaos members sit at home on the computor and collect welfare.

    April 14, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  2. Cosmic Comedy Queen

    I think it takes courage to have a shot in front of the world.

    Obama, what's your shot other than taking pot shots? None, cause you are a shallow man who thnks he's better than the people who pay your salary. Thank God that blogger got in the San Francisco fundraiser. It shows your true elitist don't care about american people stance.

    April 14, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  3. Olivia

    HILLARY..........next time you decide to have a drink with the folks in PA or NC or IND.......have one for me too!

    April 14, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  4. hain

    Obama has all quality of being a leader which US die not have for a long time. He is a charasmatic and above all very intellegent who knows what to be done with his silent and gentle dimenor. Since I saw this guy i could not find any one from all political people who we always meet and wach at TV. Clinton has not that qaulity. She looks like a trader who say anything to sell his cloth. She may be good in selling Beer and Candian wisky in the bar in her home town. Great Obama will be the perfect leader in 2009

    April 14, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  5. JC in SC

    Finally. Mr. Barack Obama is giving us a glimpse of the man he truly is. He's cocky, self-centered mean-spirited and could be dangerously sly. But we'll find that out too. Hopefully, before he gets into the White House. You folks out there. I'll have a bumper sticker that says "Don't blame me. I didn't vote for him!"

    April 14, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
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