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Mitch McConnell pic clowns on Obama

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell pulled a page from the Clint Eastwood playbook on Monday, apparently in response to a joke from President Barack Obama about not wanting to drink with the Kentucky lawmaker.

During the traditional White House Correspondents Dinner — where the president typically roasts political and media figures in Washington — Obama joked about his recent outreach to congressional Republicans.

“Some folks still don’t think I spend enough time with Congress,” Obama said Saturday night. “‘Why don’t you get a drink with Mitch McConnell?’ they ask. ‘Really? Why don’t you get a drink with Mitch McConnell.’”

On Monday, McConnell responded on Twitter with a photo of himself drinking a beer at a bar in Hazard, K.Y. He’s sitting next to an empty chair, where a glass of red wine is positioned on the bar.

The tweet is a reference to Clint Eastwood, who famously gave a prime-time speech during the 2012 Republican convention with an empty chair representing Obama.

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