Special delivery from Romney to Obama
May 27th, 2011
08:38 AM ET
11 years ago

Special delivery from Romney to Obama

(CNN) - Call it a gift from Mitt Romney to President Barack Obama.

The former Massachusetts governor and 2008 Republican presidential candidate, who next week will formally announce his second bid for the White House, was in the president's hometown of Chicago Thursday.

Among other events, Romney met with small business owners to talk about jobs and the economy. The setting was Gino's East, a famous deep dish pizza joint in a city known for its deep dish pizza.

After the event was over, Romney campaign officials had the leftover pizza slices delivered to Obama's re-election campaign headquarters. In fact, Romney tweeted about his gesture, saying "Great deep dish at @ginoseast. Sending the extra slices to @barackobama and his Chicago HQ team."

A source with the Obama campaign confirmed the pizza was delivered, but no word on whether the slices were actually enjoyed, or thrown out.

This delicious tale was first reported by ABC News.

- CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Vaughn Sterling contributed to this report

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. TM

    Sending cold, leftover pizza? Just the kind of CLASSLESS move I'd expect fro Willard Romney. Wouldn't surprise me if some of it was half eaten.

    May 27, 2011 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  2. Golden Girl

    How rude and tactless.

    May 27, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  3. Joan

    Doesn't he know that President Obama is at some very important meetings right now at the G8 summit in France? He's meeting with the top world leaders so he won't be having any of this pizza. Probably the workers at the campaign office really enjoyed the pizza though, laughing as they ate it knowing it was on Romney's bill. This was kind of a childish gesture.

    May 27, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  4. Ed

    Please who throws out free pizza? I would take free pizza from Hilter lol.

    May 27, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    After the event was over, Romney campaign officials had the leftover pizza slices delivered to Obama's re-election campaign headquarters.
    Didn't they do that during slavery? Send the table scraps out to the slaves?
    This is not the good natured, juvenile prank that it was hoped for. This smacks of blatant racism.

    May 27, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  6. Anthony

    I am not sure what the point of the pizza delivery was, but Obama can reciprocate by sending Romney a presidential inauguration ticket.

    May 27, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  7. modmike

    That was kind of a cheesy (stupid) move. Only a child would act this way!

    May 27, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  8. Dave

    Typical Romney – All he seems to be good at is running his mouth. Scratch that. He's also good at pulling immature stunts like this because he has nothing else to run on.

    May 27, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  9. OneMoreTime

    Depending on how much was left, I imagine the soup kitchens would have really appreciated getting those pizzas.

    May 27, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  10. Name jeremy@Dallas

    This is low class and done with extreme bad faith. Romney should focus his resources on his primary theater before waking a sleeping lion. Can't he realise that Democrats are true pride of lions waiting to pounce?

    May 27, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  11. Bill from GA

    1) SENDING leftovers to someone is low-class.
    2) The lowlife repugs (I know, that's redundant) probably spit on them.

    May 27, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  12. debby

    What a great thoughtful thing to do Romney! Was it suppose to be funny,or is that your contribution to the man thats "Digging us out of Republican 8 trillion dollar deficit you left him??? Obama 2012 Lean forward!

    May 27, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Governer Romney, you have just cast a fatal blow to your campaign. I believe this prank is not a demonstrative act of blatant racism. I meant to call it latent racism. You allowed your hatred to express itself, but you unwittingly committed a racist act. This action demands an immediate apology and withdrawal from the campaign, sir.

    May 27, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  14. GrogInOhio

    Slow news day?

    May 27, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  15. America First, Party Seond

    Is this stupid prank is the best he can do Mr. flip-flop I am for Obama's health plan before i was against it. Obama will say "bring it on" Ronnie, you repug guys can beat me on issues so you and your laughing pathetic group of cadidates will only resort to these cheap tricks...

    May 27, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    Childish is as childish does ... proving once again that money can't buy class.

    May 27, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  17. Jed

    While Obama is off in Europe meeting with his top donors of 2008, his office staff is treated to some of Chicago's finest pizza by our next President. Better than food stamps!! Mitt 2012! Pizza for everyone!

    May 27, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  18. diridi

    Call all GOP thugs and share that pizza. o.k,

    May 27, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  19. Anthony

    Obama should send Romney a leftover presidential inauguration ticket, the one he was going to send to Matt Damon.

    May 27, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  20. Jed

    Jobs, too!

    May 27, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  21. Bruce

    This jesture is well known to have racial overtones. Remember in the movie Hoodlum when Tim Roth's character Dutch Schultz offered his lunch scraps to Clearence William III's character Bud Hewlitt...no doubt this is offensive.

    May 27, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  22. Matty

    Well, as a Chicagoan, if the campaign staff are so ungrateful for having leftover pizza from Gino's East then send it over to me because I would not think twice of who it came from because it's so good.

    May 27, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  23. TN

    Romany needs to learn respect to others before running for president.

    May 27, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  24. Sniffit

    "This smacks of blatant racism."

    Oh, I dunno about all that. It certainly can be interpreted to have those overtones, but I think it's probably more fair to assume that Romney and his clown cadre were ignorantly oblivious to it rather than that they specifically intended it.

    May 27, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  25. GOP-Tea Party Radical Social Engineering to Kill Grandma Medicare

    This is NOT surprising coming from Mitt Romney and his GOP thugs...this is what they will be dishing out to Americans once they are elected into high office; sending Americans leftovers or asking the middle class to eat the crumbs from the "masser" table!

    Mitt Romney just showed how classy he is, NOT!....he should be taking a bath with pigs with his narcissistic and uppity attitude. Americans deserve better!!!!

    President Barack Obama 2012!!!!

    May 27, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
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