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. Marty

    Obama was never my first choice, but now he is my last.

    April 14, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  2. mike

    Hey Vincent from Ireland – you don't belong here – Ireland is not voting here – go away!!

    April 14, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  3. jack

    Is it just me or is Obama getting mean?

    April 14, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  4. Ed Via, Camden Ohio

    Crown Royal!! That's **Canadian** whiskey!! Hillary should have been knockin' back Jim Beam, if she cared anything about this country! I say line up a table full of shots at the debate this week and let 'em go shot for shot . . . last candidate standing gets my vote. Have Jimmy Kimmel be the moderator.

    April 14, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  5. Ted Stidham

    Oh so its ok for Obama to drink a beer occasionally but not anyone else .Wonder what he think about McCain's wife owning a brewery company .He is pathetic.

    April 14, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  6. ***AMERICAN***

    Wow, what will they say or do to get what they want?

    April 14, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  7. HSNP

    Barack Obama is about as phony as a plastic flower. He would be a disastrous President.

    April 14, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  8. jennifer

    I am correcting my comment

    April 14, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  9. LAustin

    Sjohnston hit the nail on the head! Thanks to our Congress the office of president has become little more than a figurehead position...similar to the Queen of England. Unfortunately...in the long run it will make little difference who the new president is.

    April 14, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  10. richard

    Clinton is ALMOST as bad as the republicans, in so far as how she conducts her campaigns. She should be ashamed of herself.

    You can not call someone else an elitist if you have made 109 million in just 7 years time! How is she fooling anyone? Are you people really so dense?

    How is she in anyway a representative of blue collar America? She IS the rich elite, just vying for more power!

    April 14, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  11. Pat

    Maybe Obama should show Clinton how to snort Cocain?

    April 14, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  12. John

    Obama who?

    April 14, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  13. Wayne

    Obama. Screw PA..you dont need them. Racist whites wont vote for a black guy no matter what you say. A 100 Million dollar white woman and a 100 million dollar white old man..called a 900k dollar black man elitist. They might as well called him an uppity negroe.

    April 14, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  14. Chief lagosboy, NJ

    Hillary, a drunk and a pathological liar.….priceless! Why the anger Clintonistas? Obama is going be our next president…….Get Over It! This is why Hilary supporters are considered the least educated people in America!

    Our President Obama 08’ & 12’

    April 14, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  15. SC

    Obama is getting DESPERATE! You can hear it in his
    high pitched, scolding, scolding, scolding, scolding voice.
    Very irritating. IT turns me off.

    He DEFINITELY isn't looking, acting or sounding "Presidential."

    April 14, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  16. rich

    As an Obama supporter I'm a bit disapointed in this. Most of the time he does stay above cheap blows, but it is understandable that he is reacting to Clinton's shameless lying and distortion of his core character and values. No one thinks he is the messiah and we all know he is a political figure. This only proves that he is human like the rest of us.

    April 14, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  17. Joe from PA

    Hillary will do or say anything to win. Everyone knows that, and even she's said that. Now, you think I'm gonna vote for someone like that. Well, I guess you got my point.

    April 14, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  18. MRG

    Whatever Pennsylvania. Prolong this election so that McBush can continue to keep us in this stupid war. I can't believe how stupid people are, the Clintons are poison, and stupid people are lapping them up.

    April 14, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  19. craig

    Margo – –
    Hillary won the coin toss and CHOSE to go first... probably because she figured she could set the agenda... get your facts straight... oh yeah that seems to be a problem with the whole Clinton Campaign...

    April 14, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  20. NOBama in Texas

    It is truly disturbing how frequently and consistently Obama is willing to subjugate good decision making for personal and political benefit. He is such a hypocritical phony!

    April 14, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  21. Mike Orlando, fl

    Obama, come on now. You're going to criticize Hillary for drinking a beer and a shot of whiskey that the bartender clearly kept offering her, when you yourself were caught drinking with Mr. Casey. Stop being silly Obama and stop trying to take the focus off of your inconsiderate remarks the other say.

    You should be ashamed of those comments Mr. Obama, and you need to apologize, although many people aren't going to let this one fly.

    College student for Hillary 2008!!!

    April 14, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  22. Cosmos24

    People of good conscious should boycott CNN because they are no longer reporting news and are have taken sides in the Democratic Primaries.

    April 14, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. Bridget

    You are really idiots!!!

    Who cares what Bill Clinton said in 1991???

    Bill is not Hillary!!!

    And Rev. Wright is not Obama!!!

    I think the Dems will loose this election and the word will laugh again about America!!!

    From Europa

    April 14, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  24. vic nashville,Tn

    She is not hiding any thing to the public Obama you are the one hiding lot of things public
    Why you didn’t give direct answer Campbell Brown last night
    CNN gave you a chance to explain You couldn’t use the opportunity
    What you are hiding ?
    Hillary 08 or McCain

    April 14, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  25. Gene

    Sen. Obama i think it is time to expose Bill and Hillary on many issues. Hillary and her supporters think it is ok to go negative on you and you can't go negative on them.... You loss Ohiao State because of their dirty old trick politics.........shame on them....Sharpen your critics if you want to win this presidential bid.

    April 14, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
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