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. Krissy

    How can people say Obama is an elitist? He has been working for the impoverished his whole life. He is a self made man that came from a single parent household. Hillary is the one has been privileged.

    Obama was right, people are distrustful in their government and mad about the situation. Rightfully so! We all are.

    The Clinton's are just trying to distract from their support for NAFTA and that Bill got paid $800,000 for promoting the Columbian bill. The Clinton's do not care about the American people. They are already making deals to help themselves and hurt normal citizens!

    April 14, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. Fani

    Although I like Obama and will vote Obama, I'm getting tired of this "he said, she said"... literally.
    They're both behaving childish now and Hillary is going down in flames, but is desperately pulling Obama down with her so she can run in 2012.
    I hope Penn puts her out of her misery by handing her a shocking defeat so Obama can concentrate on the real problems and tackle McCain.

    April 14, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  3. Mike

    You see Obama she can drink unlike an addict like you. How many times have you slipped back to your smoking and even cocaine habit? How long has it been since you have attended an addiction support meeting Obama?

    April 14, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  4. Andrea

    Well said, Trev.

    Go Clinton! I'd do a shot with her any day, haha. 🙂

    April 14, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  5. APS in Hawaii

    Obama is showing why he should not be the nominee. What a jerk!!! I guess the Obama supporters will twist this to show how this is tied with NAFTA. Obama = loser!!! What I want to know why is it that it always takes a week or longer when he makes his mistakes for it to get in the news, while Hillary's are the same day. Things that make you go hmmmmm.

    April 14, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  6. jj

    Oh my, did Obama get a little upset. He somehow got caught in his PRIVATE, behind the back of ordinary people, fundraiser. He's a good speaker. He tell us one thing and fundraisers something else, because they are lobbiest. Which he told us, shouldn't be allowed. Boy two faced as can be. Changing my vote for sure. Better the one you know than the one you don't.

    April 14, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  7. vivian1tennis

    Go Obama , i was about to start thinking when will you ever react to these shameless attavks from Billary.

    April 14, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  8. Eli

    He has got to try a get the story over on something else. He does not want PA to keep remembering his BITTER comment. They are keeping Michelle out of sight alot sinmce her comments, it looks like they need to start keeping him out of the spot light now.

    April 14, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  9. sherry

    and to 'obamacan' , the first blogger up there, Bill Clinton didn't say people we're "clinging to religion and guns BECAUSE they were bitter". Get the facts straight as they are. Obama is a loser and a hypocrite. There will be many more examples. Just listen.

    April 14, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  10. jd

    Good for you Obama. Now that Hillary made a "Bitter" mountain out of nothing, its time she got a bit of what she gives. OBAMA/08

    April 14, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  11. After further review,Texas

    The Clintons have no credibility,the voters in P.A will make that fact very clear soon and Operation Chaos is a dud.

    April 14, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  12. Kevin, NC

    I figured someone would say something about Hil-liar and her Boilermaker. She is really a joke, that will do anything to win.

    Undecided in 08, but I know it wont be Clinton (smile)

    April 14, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  13. Jeff in Alabama

    Funny how we all get down into the mud when we are desperate. If anyone can take a moment to wipe the mud from their eyes, you will see McCain standing on the side formulating his policies to put into effect as President. Only one clear choice to make if you don't want McCain as President.

    Hillary 08!

    April 14, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  14. Mary

    You go girl!!! A boilermaker is one of Pennsylvania's finest traditions. But then again maybe we drink because we ARE BITTER !!!!!

    Pennsylvania for Hillary

    April 14, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  15. Dion

    Barack is right.........that's nothing compared to the lines of cocaine he used to do........totally weak!

    April 14, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  16. rabblerouser

    When I heard Obama liken Hillary to Annie Oakley I thought he reminded me of how my 15 year old students ridicule one another. This is the new politics of change?

    April 14, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  17. Cal

    hilary clinton in touch with the people?

    I am pretty sure most people will not see 1% in their lives of what her family made in 6 years.

    About as in touch as prince william is to the common people.

    If only hilary clintons supporters could sit back and think for themselves instead of prending shes always the victim.

    April 14, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  18. Frustrated Voter

    Have you ever noticed how Clinton backers mirror her personality with their mean spirited, bitter, UNenlightened remarks? I find it amazing. Take note people, check them out.

    April 14, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  19. GR

    i need a beer and a shot, please.

    April 14, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  20. Mike

    Wow...now that is getting desperate. If you have to belittle someone for having a drink and having fun with voters then you are in desperation mode. Hey Obama, get off your high horse and try to relate to the average American. His elitism is playing out everytime he speaks!

    April 14, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  21. jon

    And America will echo the Obama refrain clearly in PA and beyond, "Not this time, not this time, not this time!" Not this time, Obama! You're sunk punk.

    April 14, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  22. Candi SC

    Maybe now they are even with jokes and harsh words against each other. This is out of character for Obama but I guess he is tired of Hillary making jokes and poking fun at everything he do. I hope this is the last of the nasty politics and now they can get back to work.. Hillary and Obama the show is over.

    April 14, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  23. JB Hull, IA

    Yes, CNN, I'm sure whatever it actually was Barack was trying to say in that speech was really all about whether or not politicians should drink beer in front of the camera... way to actually report the real news... I'm so sick of your stupid manufactured controversies, and complete inability to report on anything real.

    April 14, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  24. Marilyn in Texas

    I am bitter too, Obama.....and yes I cling to my faith in times like these..because it is all that I have.....You have too, because God know our Politicians are not listening they are only lining there on pockets. I guess I am out of touch and an elitist too. Not. I am just the working poor.

    April 14, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  25. sky

    If you read Obama's book you will see that visiting a bar is not as outrageous. Obama has actually been poor, has actually seen poverty first hand, has actually sat at a bar late into the night with family or buddies. He has actually lived the life. It is not an act for him to visit a bar. While golden spoon Hillary is a bit different.

    April 14, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
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