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. Ron

    I am sick and tired of democrats making excuses for both their nominees. I cannot believe you bunch of morons would vote for either of these candidates. Neither have the experience, judgement, or wisdom to be president. They are both really scarry individuals whose plans will wreak havoc on the country and the world.

    It is important for independents like myself to see both these candidates and based on what I have observed and although I do not want to I will vote for John McCain. While I may disagree on some of his stances on the issues, I believe he is honorable and trustworthy–attributes that neither of the two idiots have on the democratic side.

    April 14, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. wiscon

    I'm glad Clinton is still in it also. Keep on fighting democrats.

    April 14, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  3. SOHAN

    seeing the dark side of obama now some want to take back your vote too later now...cnn is the cover-up story teller news net work i ever seen.

    clinton-mccain alway the way

    April 14, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  4. Sharbob

    This is getting ridiculous. This prolonged race only helps the party if the candidates can exercise some measure of control. So what if Hillary drinks a beer? This is childish. We ought not to be picking at each other and poking fun. This election is a serious matter and every vote must count!

    April 14, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  5. Chipster

    Obama is not so attractive when his true personality slips through. Wow and meoooow. Catty, petty, and hypocritical all at the same time. Multi-tasking isn't always a good idea

    April 14, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  6. Judy

    You're such a fake, pompous jerk obama. Try again with something REAL to criticize her.

    April 14, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  7. jacmac

    Obama is such a hypocrit! Stop acting like you are so much better then others! Can't wait to hear the next speech explaining why he did not mean what he said.
    Obama is and arrogant Harvard elitist snob.

    April 14, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  8. chris in Vegas

    i cant wait for this year to end, all of these politicians with their constant nagging and back and forth barbs. not to mention all of the online blogs with people fighting and arguing over politicians we dont even know personally,like we go out and play golf with them on weekends and defend them in here. this whole process has left me "disenfranchised" and "bitter"! I think I may just go ahead and skip voting this year, atleast then the next 4yrs "I" cant complain because i didnt vote. I sure hope this last past year was worth it to everybody,hope nobody got medical issues over all this hoopla political b.s. Enjoy the rest of 2008, I know im gonna!!

    April 14, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  9. FLA

    You Mr. Obama are the biggest rhetoric giver. You promise everything and have no solution to anything.

    April 14, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  10. james

    I've never voted Republican in my life, but I'm starting to think McCain is the only straight-forward honest person in this race.

    April 14, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  11. Porter

    At least Obama's not blowing lines of coke anymore.

    April 14, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  12. nina

    Shame on you Obama, you don't even have the descency to APOLIGIZE not regret to the poeple you insulted I thought you were a uniter when you say THEM, you categorize and you divide. Once again, you are blaming Hillary and McCain for your mistake, men up Obama, take responsability for your mistake.

    April 14, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  13. Jonathan

    It's odd how it's not only ok but actually funny for Obama to mock Hillary when she would be crucified for the exact same thing.

    April 14, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  14. Andrew

    Do any of you have a clue what type of world we live in? Barak Obama has NO experience in military or world issues. He lives in a fantasy land where you can just sit down and talk with your enemies and they'll just see your way of thinking and work towards peace. I'm not saying McCain is a godsend, far from it, Washington has a ton of problems and both parties are to blame, but if you turn over this Country to Obama, you'll get a well intentioned guy who is naive as it comes about the way the world actually works.

    April 14, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  15. Fla Sam

    I am glad to see Obama fighting back! What a shame that Hillary has nothing positive to say to win votes, so instead she has pulled out the Republican play book to scare people away from Obama. All she has done over the last several months is run a negative campaign against Obama in hopes of somehow winning the nomination through cheap shots. I hope the voters in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Indiana see through this and vote for Obama.

    April 14, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  16. Firing back

    Go Obama,
    CNN, what about his speach today attacking Hillary on NAFTA, Colombia and the new scandal of China trade...
    I will double my contribution to Obama campaign today... I used to pay 50$ every month but today it will be 100$...Yes you need to fight back Obama.

    April 14, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  17. steve

    I am going to start calling all of my friends who grew up in single parent households and were not that well off, "elitists". Polo anyone?

    April 14, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  18. Rob K

    Good choice! Crown Royal is the best for shots or neat. Wiser, another fine Canadian whiskey is a very close second. Bottoms up!

    April 14, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  19. Mary

    Obama is phony, we are bitter because he is a liar.

    April 14, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  20. carmen

    ah yee of little faith. If Obama can beat the Clintons, he'll have McNasty for breakfast.

    April 14, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  21. James Nelson

    Any bonehead who would vote for John "There Will Be War" McCain deserves the next hundred years of warfare he and his grandchildren will get. Of course, his grandchildren will be serfs by then to the Republican landed gentry, but at least taxes will be low.

    April 14, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  22. Darth Vadik, CA

    Got ya!!!

    Great, we have a million got ya moments, meanwhile the country is going down the drain.

    April 14, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  23. Margo

    Jimmy Velmin, Its people like yourself and your family that make this the greatest country on earth. I thank each and everyone of you and your family....God Bless!

    April 14, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  24. Inês F

    Obama said plenty of people feel bitter. Won't somebody explain to me why that seems to offend? As far as I know there's no law against it and people do have plenty of reasons to feel bitter, not only in America but all over the world. Things aren't easy these days, and people struggle to make ends meet, to keep or get a job. Elder people worry if they'll have enough money to support them through a longer life expectancy.

    People do feel bitter, and that's an incentive for people to try and get things to change. There is nothing wrong with being bitter unless people turn to guns or extremist religions or anger towards minorities. That has happened in other countries, the most notorious being what happened in Hitler's Germany and which ultimately led to the Holocaust.

    Obama was pointing the dangers of that happening and they're real. Peope exist who take that turn. Or don't americans read their own newspapers?!

    April 14, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  25. Dave C - NJ

    It was a stupid comment on Obama's part, however most of the people he "offended" are not going to vote for him anyway, so what's the real harm? 🙂

    April 14, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
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