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. AJ, IL

    Hillary only did this "beer and shot" as a political photo op. to try to convey the idea that is she is "one of the boys" in Republican-area of Pennslyvania.

    Obama doesn't need to point this out. He needs to draw contrast between Hillary's ascersion that he is an elitist. Obama and his surrogates need to play up Obama's childhood growing up in poor international communities as well as when his mother was on food stamps. They should be drawing this contrast between Hillary's childhood Scranton, PA years when she was spending summer getaways at the family lake cottage back in the 1950s.

    April 14, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. Mark Cary, NC

    Someone take away his shovel before he digs his hole any deeper. What is going on with Obama? This whole bitter thing went from discovered, to defense, to apology, to attack, to pander. I am so happy I still get to cast my vote in this primary.

    April 14, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  3. Rosemary Storaska

    Did we not see Obama with a BEER recently? OBAMA is getting so picky on the negatives that I do believe he fears LOSS of it all!

    April 14, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. Alice

    "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.

    she'd probably say "change you can xerox" LOL

    April 14, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  5. Nabeel

    Dude, really...who cares?...She took a shot of whiskey and he drank a beer...big deal...

    April 14, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  6. Walt, Belton,TX

    I don't think these two candidates realize how ridiculous they look and act. We're trying to elect the most mature, dependable, smartest adult to the highest office in the land, and they act like spoiled brats. They bring nothing new to the table except shame!

    April 14, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  7. The Big Sandwich

    And once again, this has what to do with any of the issues we face as a nation?

    April 14, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  8. yoshi927

    Hmm. Well, I can't say I like this, even as an Obama supporter. But, in his defense, it's no more pointless than several of the things he's been called out on. (I particularly loved the part where they were saying he couldn't be President because of his middle name)

    April 14, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. Bonnie

    Yup, she's just like you. Except for that little thing about the $110 million.

    April 14, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  10. Roxanne NY

    No apology yet from this man for insulting small town America to his cronies when he thought no one was looking and he saunders around with his nose in the air and his acquired accent as if people won't notice.

    This man is so full of it. I'm glad that Hillary stayed in the race. The mask has finally come off of him and he is ugly behind it.

    Pennsylvania, send this man a message on 4/22/08, march to the polls and demand and apology! After what he said you deserve it!

    April 14, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  11. Jarrod

    Bush did not talk down to you nuts but he sure did screw you good and you deserve every bit of it and Billary is no different. Wow most people are really stupid, I never would have believed back in 1983 that this country would have regressed back to the dark ages in 2000-2008. All people with good hearts should be outraged.

    April 14, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  12. melikeyhill

    hillary is getting help from republicans to try to bash obama, it makes me wonder why, they are helping her because they are scared of obama, the energy, excitement money and new voters he generates!!! super delegates will never make hillary the nominee, she has sold out the party, by bein in bed with republicans!!!

    April 14, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  13. Mike

    So now she's going after the alcohol drinker vote? Anyone who thinks that her stunt is anything more than that, a stunt, is fooled by her devilishly good looks and girl next door demeanor. Of course I'm being sarcastic.
    I'd only believe what Hillary says is her mouth is completely closed.

    April 14, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  14. teresa from Canada

    Obama – can't handle the heat from Hillary – the Republicans would eat him alive in November.
    Democrats – Hillary is your only shot.
    Obama sounds like a whinny cry baby.

    April 14, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  15. Fed Up - Pa

    Hil-LIE-ry is a LIAR! Wake up America!
    She will lie to you like she did to the people in Ohio! They feelin pretty silly right now voting for someone who flat out lied to them!
    Obama did not lie he told the truth about jobs being shipped overseas! HELLO – did yall hear that Bill got $800,000.00 for a speech in 2005 in support of free trade with Columbia! WAKE UP!!
    Obama is fighting to keep jobs here and bring back the jobs to the small towns – that's pretty Obvious! Hillary will spin a vowel if she thought it could damage others and get her votes! To speak the truth is not talking down! or being condescending!

    April 14, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  16. sprkl12000

    I'd prefer it if neither candidate was seen taking a shot or drinking anything for that matter..we already have one recovering alcoholic in office now and you see how that fared the country...plus it doesn't make either of them look like a "regular" joe..looks like what it is..a publicity stunt....what great role models!!!!

    April 14, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  17. SayNoToHillaryBillaryCheslaryClintrous

    This woman need to get a life. We are sick of her stupid politics she is trying to decive the pennsilvania people like she did in Ohio. I just hope the pennsilvanian people will not fall for it. Think about getting another Bush & Clinton Admistration what a disuster it will be I pray to God if would not happen. I was supprised when hillary was asked if God wants her to be a president. She could not answer it , that is because God does not want her to be a president and she will never be a president.

    April 14, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  18. dee

    Please CNN tell us more about this man. This is a vote for the President of the U.S. It is not a popularity contest. You are not being fair to your watchers by showing only one side of him and dumping on the other candidates. This is scary...lying because you don't remember the details of something that happened long ago is certainly different from the Rev. Wright episode and the bitter episodes. Obama's character is exposed in the latter. What kind of president do we want?

    April 14, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  19. Alonzo Demetrius

    ...just another nasty crack the elitist, devisive Obama will try to apologize for tomorrow.

    April 14, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  20. mike

    So now do people see who he is? Hypocritical, arrogant and ready to leap over anybody to get what he wants. I think the more scrutiny Obama gets, the more we'll see that he's no saint. He's starting to look like someone's who is about to have the nomination taken away from him and he won't be able to blame anybody but himself. His lame attempt at "having a few beers" with the poor middle American should be the real joke.

    April 14, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  21. Kelly, NY

    Hillary is a wolf in sheep's clothing. Shes doing anything and everything in her deep bag of tricks to win votes when she should be stepping aside for the greater cause – Obama. McCain is a snake but Hillary wont beat him. Obama is that only choice for change and for the future of this country.

    April 14, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  22. Chuck

    This election is is getting dragged threw the mire, it's time for a change. the Dems need to stop the infighting, or watch as they hand the white house back to the republicans on a silver platter, and 4 more years of failed politics. I don't know about you, but i can not afford it.. People need to think.

    April 14, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  23. Elisabeth

    This again shown that Hillary is a woman of the people. Obama is a sniper who should take care. There is a risk that he might be shooting his own foot.

    April 14, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  24. Fred

    The bartender offered her the drink, for goodness sake. She was being polite. End of story.

    April 14, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  25. j williamson

    Get real Barack – who wouldn't need a shot and a beer with you as a political opponent? Methinks you're trying to make the "bitter" controversy go away with silly observations such as this.

    April 14, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
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