Barack Obama’s hoppin’ mad over “brew ha ha”
ST. PAUL – Barack Obama wants the country to know that he’s a regular, beer-drinking guy. But don’t count on him to throw the first punch in a bar brawl.
During an interview with CBS News’ “60 Minutes” that aired on Sunday, the Democratic presidential nominee bristled when his interviewer implied that he had recently sipped a beer to gain favor with blue-collar voters. CBS’s Steve Kroft added, “I know you don’t particularly like…”
Obama cut off Kroft, saying, “Steve, I had a beer last night. I mean, where do these stories come from man?”
This wasn’t the first time in his presidential campaign that the Harvard-educated Obama has had to fend off suggestions that he might be too erudite for Joe Six Pack.
It’s an impression he’ll want to shake if he hopes to win enough votes in important blue-collar states like Pennsylvania and Ohio this fall.
In support of that effort, Obama went bowling during one campaign appearance and at the beginning of a foreign tour in July he grabbed a basketball and sunk a now-famous “three-pointer.”
Even so, Kroft was compelled to ask Obama whether he lacked a “killer instinct” and if being confrontational was just not in his DNA — something voters might be weighing with so many bad guys lurking out there in the world.
“The fact that I don’t go out of my way to call people names, or try to take cheap shots, and that I try not to throw the first punch,” Obama said, “sometimes leads people to underestimate what I’ve got.”
The 47-year-old senator from Illinois then issued a warning: Not only can he take a punch, occasionally he throws one.
Otherwise, “I wouldn’t be sittin’ here” as the first black major party presidential nominee, Obama said.
Photo credit: REUTERS/Jason Reed. Sen. Barack Obama drinks a beer at the Raleigh Times Bar in Raleigh, North Carolina, May 6, 2008