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Obama: "We Like Beer"

By Shailagh Murray
ERIE, Pa. -- Sen. Barack Obama and his new best friend, Sen. Bob Casey, visited the Erie Bolt Co. today, and a good time of forging was had by all.

The plant has been in business for 95 years, far outliving the rusty, abandoned factories that were visible across the tree tops -- landmarks of Erie's long decline. The company makes bolts for commercial and military applications, according to a fact sheet distributed by the campaign.

Obama toured Erie Bolt for about 15 minutes with Harry Brown, director of business development; Russ Mollo, operations manager; and Sean Graziano, unit head for the Steelworkers. The senator from Illinois observed the bolt-making process, sans safety glasses, and posed for photos with employees, including Joe Criscion, a Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton supporter with bright blue hair.

"Impressive hair color," Obama told Criscion as he walked by. Criscion's son is a Clinton volunteer, and he was wearing an "I'm your girl" campaign button. He reluctantly conceded he would vote for Obama if his "girl" didn't win the nomination. "I'm a Democrat," Criscion said. "If Hillary didn't get it, I'd have to."

John Kosiorek, a 20-year veteran bolt maker, propped up an Obama sign as the candidate approached his work area. "I've been with him ever since the [2004] Democratic convention," Kosiorek explained. "I just like the way he talks and presents himself." His wife is an Obama campaign volunteer.

Kim Gardner, the plant's receptionist, met Obama along the route and presented him with a picture of a running horse that she said had long inspired her. She inscribed it "Sen. Obama, run strong," and was still shaking with nerves after she handed it to him.

Obama and Casey emerged from the factory to find a crowd of about 30 people had gathered across the street at the Erie Beer Co., a local wholesaler. Apparently they had been waiting all morning.

"The steel was interesting, but beer!" Obama exclaimed. The senators crossed the street. "What's selling best right now?" Obama asked the group. "Bud Light!" most people responded. "We like beer," Obama declared, gathering everyone around him for a photo with his buddy "Casey," who as usual appeared to be having the time of his life.

By Web Politics Editor  |  April 18, 2008; 5:59 PM ET
 
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Do we REALLY want to go digging up names from the Clinton former and present era???

I think NOT!!!

Any thought of blaming the candidates on the Mich & FL flaws and its a classic example of the old dirty political game that this country does not need. Those states should have fought tooth and nail in order to keep their primaries the same as they were. Hillary loses because she hired a bunch of people who were lazy and filling her head with a bunch of "atta girl's", while they were telling her she would be the nominee and arrogantly sitting aside with no approach to her campaign, the Obama campaign was out working hard, letting people know of his ideas on what he wanted to do to turn America around. Then Iowa came along and smacked her dead in her face, and she "awoke"...too bad, it was too late. The phone already was ringing at 3 A.M. in the morning...only Hillary was too far asleep to hear it!

Posted by: Knite | April 20, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Role Model for Children - Obama

A few days ago Obama gave the 'finger' to Hillary on national television and smugly laughed about it with his audience. Is this type of malicious immaturity what you want your children to learn: lack of tolerance, vengeance and the bully mentality? After that one event, besides the mindless and uneducated, how could anyone seriously consider this Obama for any office?

Also, Obama's state-senate candidacy was launched at Weather Underground bombers Ayers house in 1995. Ayers who advocates the violent destruction of America may have much more to do with promoting Obama than we know. The organization MoveOn has aggressively intimidated delegates to vote for Obama and to shun Hillary and is likely closely connected with Ayers. Ayers finally got his bomb - Obama.

Obama also rigged his election to become senator by unfairly disqualifying his opponents. He did this by meticulously finding fault with each of the other candidates signed petitions until each of the contenders had to drop out, Obama was the last one standing, there was no election. This was another finger gesture towards the American public by Obama.

If this isn't enough, look at Obama's affiliations:
Wright
Meeks
Ayers
Abongo "Roy" Obama
Rashid Khalidi
Robert Malley
Hamas
McPeaks
Rezko
Auchi

And the list goes on...

This may be the time of the Anti-Christ, but do you want to be on the list of people who voted for him?

Posted by: Homer Raulks | April 20, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Soooo, O'Bomba and Casey "Like Beer"(Alcohol containing, or not).

The McCain's THANK-YOU,

For the Endorsement, I'm Sure! ;~)

Posted by: RAT-The | April 19, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

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The 44th president of the United States

President Barack Obama

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Posted by: + | April 19, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Senator Clinton had no interest in my state of Michigan until AFTER she started losing, so drop that old tired line about how much Hillary cares about all the voters. She just cares about getting a win out of a primary where no other top or even second tier candidate was on the ballot.

I hold my state government responsible for that stupid gamble, not the candidates.

Posted by: Ann | April 19, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

To: vs | April 19, 2008 6:43 AM

This nomination is not "flawed" even if the Florida and Michigan results were not counted. On the contrary, it's the Florida and Michigan results that are flawed because the primaries in those two states were not done in the normal way, for the simple reason that neither candidate campaigned in the said states. Obama's name was not even on the ballot in Michigan.

Hillary and her supporters like you want to count the flawed Florida and Michigan results because you find it to your advantage. I'm sure if the shoe were on the other foot, you'd all be hollering against doing so. That's what I call "playing dirty".

Excuse me while I finish my Starbucks latte.

Posted by: RFBorjal | April 19, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

To: lsye101 | April 19, 2008 12:06 AM

That was a mighty convoluted defense of Hillary's lie.

There was no sniper fire that could have caused Hillary to have nightmares, or made her fear for Chelsea's safety, in the first place. Please view the video of that visit and you'll see that both Hillary and Chelsea, as everybody else around them, were serene during the tarmac reception.

Hillary recounted the false story several times in public. And during those recountings, she was in her lucid state of mind, so she knew deep in her heart that she was lying, that she was just embellishing the story to make her look "tough" and "ready to be commander-in-chief from Day One."

You may have experienced some personal difficulties with distinguishing between what is real and what is imagined, but I don't think you can say that everybody else has the same problem as yours. I know I don't.

And as scribecalledsteff | April 19, 2008 12:16 AM said, this topic has nothing to do with the article that we are supposed to comment on. I hope you were not in that confused state of mind that you say happens to you when you wrote your post.

Posted by: RFBorjal | April 19, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

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The 44th president of the United States

President Barack Obama

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Posted by: + | April 19, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Obama wants democrats to forget about Florida and Michigan !!!!!!!

If Florida and Michigan is not counted, this nomination is flawed and should be rejected. Obama wants to keep Florida and Michigan out which in terms of population is equal to keeping 20 states out ( like Arkansas, Kansas, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, West Virginia, Nebraska, Idaho, Maine, New Hampshire, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Montana, Delaware, South Dakota, Alaska, North Dakota, Vermont, Washington DC and Wyoming).
I am surprised not a single Obama maniacs are responding to this math and they are the ones with the so called "mail order degreed" supporters who drink only at Starbucks. These 2 states are more important than the 20 rigged caucus states which Obama has "won".

Posted by: vs | April 19, 2008 6:43 AM | Report abuse

Re: "well, of course, she's a Clinton"

You're right, of course, but what may seem to be an advantage, or disadvantage in this campaign has not been the case. Hillary keeps playing the old political game that won Bush his elections, which would be a savy thing to do, if it was working; but it's not.
Look at the polls. Look at the states won by Obama. Look at the number of people at his rallies. Look at the money he gets from his more than a million donors.
Hillary is playing the old game well, except that, evidently, the rules have changed; the tactics that won past elections are now the cause of her having lost this one.

Posted by: R.B. | April 19, 2008 1:50 AM | Report abuse

Oama's disadvantage

he's portraying himself to be honest and decent...so any little flaw, flub, or gaff is magnified. "Hey, this guy was supposed to be so good".

Clinton's advantage

no one, not even her supporters think that Hillary is decent or honest...no, she's tough, she's a fighter....but decent, honest? no, no one thinks that.

...so when she lies, or goes for the low blows, as she does all the time.... all she and her supporters do is smirk, and say, "well, of course, she's a Clinton".

Posted by: Liz | April 19, 2008 1:40 AM | Report abuse

Isye101: Being read a poem by a little girl is traumatic?

Posted by: Steve Charb | April 19, 2008 1:32 AM | Report abuse

Both candidates are losers. The only difference is that one is more of a loser than the other. I would venture to guess that Hillary is the ultimate loser.

Both have serious character flaws and both have very little experience to run anything. But I do think that Hillary is a total disaster of a candidate.

Bring down the Clinton Machine once and for all!!!!

Posted by: Carlos | April 19, 2008 12:27 AM | Report abuse

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The 44th president of the United States

President Barack Obama


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Posted by: + | April 19, 2008 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Isye101... you're missing the point. There's video footage of Hillary signing an autograph and chatting with a little girl on the tarmac -- there was no sniper fire. Someone proved it with video, and as it was an official event in Bosnia, it's definitely the same visit.

She LIED. She's GOOD at it. Obama saved her ass in the debate saying he was sure she just "misspoke", which is crap but very gentlemanly of him.

Besides, wtf does that have to do with this article? Geez. Look up "tangent" or something.

Wow. Holy weird comment, Batman.

Posted by: scribecalledsteff | April 19, 2008 12:16 AM | Report abuse

Hillary said it best in her defense:"I'm not dumb" How could one call it a lie if she wrote about the Bosnia incident in her book? it's public information as to how it happened? It was a traumatic experience to her and was worried about her daughter to the point of having nightmares and those were stunk in her memory as well. So to create confusion in actual things we try to recollect. The word is recolect So what do we do? we remember both. the actual thing and even what we dreamed about it. I know it happens to me and to you too. to be confused about what it actually happened and what nighmares came after to cause her memory vision to entertwine with both is understandable. We all have that happen to us. You can ask a soldier, he or she can tell you too they had nightmares that they thought to be a reality and they had to really think about it a lot to seperate the two. The problem is people choose not to believe that she is human and she could actually be worried sick about her daughter's safety and bold enough to overcome those fears and give her daughter that experience. To call this a lie is a show of ingnorance. and the press went to town with it.

Posted by: lsye101 | April 19, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Hillary said it best in her defense:"I'm not dumb" How could one call it a lie if she wrote about the Bosnia incident in her book? it's public information as to how it happened? It was a traumatic experience to her and was worried about her daughter to the point of having nightmares and those were stunk in her memory as well. So to create confusion in actual things we try to recollect. The word is recolect So what do we do? we remember both. the actual thing and even what we dreamed about it. I know it happens to me and to you too. to be confused about what it actually happened and what nighmares came after to cause her memory vision to entertwine with both is understandable. We all have that happen to us. You can ask a soldier, he or she can tell you too they had nightmares that they thought to be a reality and they had to really think about it a lot to seperate the two. The problem is people choose not to believe that she is human and she could actually be worried sick about her daughter's safety and bold enough to overcome those fears and give her daughter that experience. To call this a lie is a show of ingnorance. and the press went to town with it.

Posted by: lsye101 | April 19, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Hillary said it best in her defense:"I'm not dumb" How could one call it a lie if she wrote about the Bosnia incident in her book? it's public information as to how it happened? It was a traumatic experience to her and was worried about her daughter to the point of having nightmares and those were stunk in her memory as well. So to create confusion in actual things we try to recollect. The word is recolect So what do we do? we remember both. the actual thing and even what we dreamed about it. I know it happens to me and to you too. to be confused about what it actually happened and what nighmares came after to cause her memory vision to entertwine with both is understandable. We all have that happen to us. You can ask a soldier, he or she can tell you too they had nightmares that they thought to be a reality and they had to really think about it a lot to seperate the two. The problem is people choose not to believe that she is human and she could actually be worried sick about her daughter's safety and bold enough to overcome those fears and give her daughter that experience. To call this a lie is a show of ingnorance. and the press went to town with it.

Posted by: lsye101 | April 19, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Poor Bill! I actually feel sorry for a guy worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Why? Because it will fall to him to clue Hillary in.

Posted by: gmundenat | April 18, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Yawn. This is a story?

Posted by: Typical White Pennsylvanian | April 18, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

That's right: Think globally, drink locally. Yuengling is GREAT and that's a local one in PA that's been making beer for a long time.

Posted by: Oregon beer snob | April 18, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Atta boy, Obama!

Posted by: tydicea | April 18, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Drink beer from your local microbrew. There is nothing elitist about supporting local business.

Bud light is fake beer just like John Sydney Mccain is a fake.

Obama'08

Posted by: Idaho4Obama | April 18, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

ELISTS = ELITISTS

Posted by: Anonymous | April 18, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Nunn and Reich are ELISTS too!! Reich is short and Judas as well ; )

Posted by: Anonymous | April 18, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

I am Sure Barack Hussein had his "Near" Beer poured into a Convenient Glass! ;-)

Posted by: RAT-The | April 18, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

nunn, reich are on board, the attacks backfired;

obama 08

Posted by: ashish | April 18, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

American made, no elitest imports please

Posted by: nclwtk | April 18, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Especially Bud Light sold by Hensley & Co., the third largest Anheuser-Busch distributors in the nation (did that receptionist give Obama a picture of a Clydesdale, by chance?).

Posted by: Anonymous | April 18, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Well, John and CINDY McCain like beer too.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 18, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

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