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."

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  1. American

    hahahah~~that was pretty funny, why is everybody taking this so seriously??? It was obviously a joke~~I guess it's just the long primary~~but this mud sling was is got to stop....

    April 14, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  2. SDunn

    Why should he apologize! He told the truth! When will Hillary apologize for lying to the American people on many occasions??? When is she going to apologize to the lies she told in Ohio for misleading the people that she's always being against NAFTA when she promoted on more than one occasing!!???? She'll never apologize because that's the type of person she is just like Bush will never apologize for what he put this country through.

    April 14, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  3. Mike

    Is that why Hillary is such a two faced flip floping liar ?? Is she too drunk to tell the truth ??

    April 14, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  4. t-bone

    Last time I checked, $109 million dollars probably qualifies you as elitist.

    Maybe not in fantasy Hillary world but out in the real world where I'm living check-to-check it does.


    April 14, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  5. james

    I find it quite hillarious that hillary would take a page out of Michael Deaver's, er, Reagan's playbook. She and her advisors feel the need to have a beer (and a shot) just in order to appear like a regular person. Doesn't anyone else think it's sad that a politician of her ilk has to show us, try and prove to us, that they're regular people? So depressing...

    April 14, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  6. Enrique, Chicago

    Her sense of entitlement to the presidency because of her last name makes Hillary Clinton the ultimate elitist. Her blatant lies regarding her experience in Bosnia is beyond condescending. Hillary is foolish to think that we wouldn't see this.

    April 14, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  7. Giorge

    Senator Clinton's attitude of do and say any thing to win and desperation politics to win at any cost, will cost the Democrats in November. She knows she will never win the primaries, why is she determined to destroy the party and Senetor Obama. Please stop the dirty politics.

    April 14, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  8. John

    You can tell he is losing support when he attacks Hillary for drinking. And by the way, Obama has made no plans, and gave no details about what he would do.

    April 14, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  9. DS for real issues

    yeah! barack, thats a real issue?! such fluff! GO HILLARY!

    April 14, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  10. Obamista NYC

    Dear Senator Obama:

    Why don't you just tear Hillary apart? I think it's time to just throw in the kitchen sink and just tell it like it is.

    Americans who support this pathological liar are just so disgusting and dead asleep. You need to just rip her apart!


    Obamamista NYC

    April 14, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  11. spuhan

    Obama wins the democratic nomination but he wont beat Mccain come November. He can put down Hillary all he wants he wont win in November thats a given . Lacks experience. Mcain will eat him alive on issues.So keep voting for him Dems exactly what he republicans want. I am going to sit this one out.

    April 14, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  12. Jeshi

    The Jeremiah in this dude had to come out sooner or later. The real question we need to ask ourselves is...how much jeremiah is left in him?The only hope for this county is Hillary

    April 14, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  13. Frank, Missouri

    Hillary Clinton had that shot (of whiskey) so that she can 'remember' another sniper story later !

    April 14, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  14. Jim

    Obama has been out drinking with the media. If Hillary does it, it's not cool? C'mon Obama grow-up!
    Also, for someone who values the power of words so much, Obama seems to be explaining his comments a lot. Perhaps words don't mean much to Obama himself!

    April 14, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  15. prakash chand

    Dont take the subject Mr Obama ,you are trying to divide america and democratic party,how you can talk about faith when your pastor is racist and you call americans bitter.

    Time to step down.

    April 14, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  16. bizbizbiz

    wow. he's lost it.

    April 14, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  17. Margo

    Im just a typical white woman who watched the debate on religion and politics. As aways Hillary was on first. That's because Obama feeds off of her comments...cant you see that! Then he goes and bashes Hillary about her views. This man is off the wall. I never heard one straight ans from him, not one! ................HILLARY 08

    April 14, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  18. Alex in San Antonio

    How can the one candidate who's worth less than $100 million dollars be called an elitist and out of touch. Obama is bar far the most intelligent candidate I've ever seen in my lifetime and in touch with common folks. Just because he is articulate doesn't make him an elitist. THIS JUST IN...Americans are bitter and angry.

    Seems like all the comments from women about how they hate Obama has more to do with the desperation that the first viable female presidential candidate is falling apart and the most intelligent candidate is picking up momentum and will win in November.

    April 14, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  19. P Walters

    Mock, indeed! A new low for Sen. Obama! This is the worst kind of verbal fighting because it is not only sarcastic but also childish... Is Sen. Obama reverting to more and more pre-pubescent behavior??

    April 14, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  20. Karen

    Yeah, Senator Obama....these politicians. They'll even go bowling to get your vote!!!

    April 14, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  21. Fav

    CNN for once please post my comment!!

    You are utterly pathetic Obama! You have no rhetoric left to get back at Clinton for her criticism of the stupid things you've been saying lately!
    So you stoop this low to get back at her??

    You know, I'm not surprised!

    HILLARY 08 & 12

    April 14, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  22. mike

    so what. They are out on the road all day every day and if you go into a restaurant or a bar to visit with the people why isn't it ok for them to have a drink and something to eat; especially since they are not driving. Why is it okay for Obama to visit a bowling alley and Bowl, or visit a deli and eat a sandwich. I saw the clip of Hillary in that bar and the bartender said to her "have a shot" and she was hesitant at first and he said "come on have a shot, want something sweet?" and she said "no nothing sweet" and he said how about crown royal and she said ok. What's wrong with that. I drink, you drink and Hillary had a shot and a beer. Wooooo bad. Obama will say anything to take the heat off his tastless remarks about the hard working people of PA.

    April 14, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  23. Mandi from Maine

    You're living in La La Land if you think Hillary Clinton is just like you! Hopefully, the people of Pennsylvania have higher expectations for themselves.

    April 14, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  24. john

    I love this campaign. I love the fact that the two unqualified Demarcates are taking shots at each other and it is taking down their entire party. This squabbling proves that the Democrats have still not grown up.
    McCain is the only qualified candidate.

    April 14, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  25. frank

    Obama is trying everything to win. But more and more is revealed that he is not what he say he is. He just can not win the General Election. The big problem with him is that if he was the president, he would do what is totally different from what he have promised during the campaign. He will not bring the change you need.

    April 14, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
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