McConnell responds to Obama's drink joke with Clint Eastwood joke

McConnell's campaign tweeted a picture of the senator drinking with an empty chair

Published April 29, 2013 8:44PM (EDT)


Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell responded to a crack President Obama made about him at the White House Correspondents' Dinner with a reference to Clint Eastwood's empty chair bit at the Republican National Convention.

Obama had joked that people complain that he doesn't reach across the aisle enough. "'Why don't you get a drink with Mitch McConnell?' they ask," Obama said. "Really? Why don't you get a drink with Mitch McConnell?"

McConnell responded during an appearance before the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the Washington Post reports, saying: “I’m shocked. He’s obviously not seeing my soft side.”

His campaign Twitter account also tweeted a picture of McConnell drinking with an empty chair, also looping in Clint Eastwood:

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By Jillian Rayfield

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