Cookie incident revived by Team Obama
July 6th, 2012
01:27 PM ET
10 years ago

Cookie incident revived by Team Obama

(CNN) – Mitt Romney's offhand remark comparing a batch of cookies from a mom-and-pop store to snacks found at 7-Eleven was resurrected by his rival's campaign Monday as President Barack Obama's bus tour made its final stop in Pittsburgh.

Romney originally made his comments in April during a campaign swing through Pennsylvania. Pausing to take note of the desserts while sitting down at a picnic table, Romney said: "I'm not sure about these cookies. They don't look like you made them," Romney said to the woman sitting next to him "No, no. They came from the local 7-eleven, bakery, or whatever."

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The comments quickly spread on Twitter, with some pointing to the remarks as an example of Romney being out of touch to the point of confusing 7-Eleven with a bakery.

On Friday, Obama's traveling campaign spokesman Jen Psaki tweeted about the treats awaiting the White House press following Obama's two-day bus tour.


Romney's cookie remarks, while harped upon by national media and his opponents, did not offend the bakery in April. In fact, the shop capitalized on the free press, offering a 'CookieGate' special: Buy a dozen, get a half-dozen free.

"I'm sure he meant it all in jest and didn't mean to slam a local bakery," Julie Lytle, the bakery's spokeswoman, said after the incident. "It's nothing that we want to get really upset about it, no reason to be angry. We're just having fun with it."

A spokeswoman for 7-Eleven also weighed in on Romney's cookie remarks, saying he was correct to believe the bakery products could have come from one of their stores.

"Mitt Romney was right in thinking the cookies at a Pennsylvania event Tuesday could have come from a 7-Eleven bakery," Margaret Chabris, director of corporate communications for 7-Election, said. "More than 5,500 7-Eleven stores in the U.S. get cookies, donuts, muffins and other bakery items made fresh daily by 14 bakeries across the country that were developed for the purpose of serving 7-Eleven stores daily (365 days a year)."

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Pennsylvania • President Obama
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Scott

    The Obama Team is really patheic to try to make something out of that comment, But I guess when you nothing good to say, outside of failure, what else can you except.

    July 6, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  2. Governor 47th in Job Creation (excluding jobs off-shored to China)

    Don't forget about those baked pastry thingies....with the hole in the middle.
    Romney is just weird.

    July 6, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  3. normajean @ verizon ,com

    I REPEAT... Our president can't do ANYTHING that someone doesn;t make a case out of!!!As to Romney he showed once again that as a wealthy man he hasn't ever learned how to deal with the common ,every day people around him. This is not the first time he has done this sort of thing!!!

    July 6, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  4. Jerry

    Weak, weak, and getting weaker!

    July 6, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  5. Tony

    Romney suspected that the mom-and-pop bakery outsourced production of their cookies to "local 7-Eleven, bakery, or whatever." Romney knows about outsourcing. His private equity firm Bain specialized in outsourcing.

    July 6, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  6. California Gary

    I think Obama has already nailed down the "cookie" vote. Romney blew it big time with those of us that take cookies very seriously. To say that they came from 7-11 shows Romney is no cookie man.

    July 6, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  7. Malory Archer

    Sour grapes much Scott? Ya know what I find really pathetic? That mittens' folks go to venues where President Obama is speaking and drive around the building honking their horns and shouting. Kinda reminds me of how a group of angry, low information mouth breathers in the south used to do something similar to a group of Americans whom they believed was inferior to them.

    July 6, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  8. cali girl

    Also Robmey and his team entered a Mom and Pop diner in Iowa, they quickly ushered the owners to the back of the building. Robmey never met the owners, never talked to them, and proceeded to trash the place, ruining the table cloths and leaving garbage everywhere. Robmey only apologized after the media made a story of it. Typical disgraceful display of disrespect. The "I am better than you" persona is getting old.

    July 6, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  9. Four and The Door

    Amazing how difficult it is to wage a $1 billion attack campaign on a sharp and clean guy like Mitt Romney. Certainly Obama/ Biden would have had more readily attackable targets with any of the other GOP candidates.

    July 6, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  10. VoiceOfReason

    I agree, Scott. It's an uncharacteristically Republican-esque thing to do, and I don't like it one bit.

    July 6, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  11. STT

    President Failure vs............. a cookie comment. Sounds very desperate. They need to go back to Race/Class – it's the only thing that liberals hear anyways.

    July 6, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Scott wrote:

    The Obama Team is really patheic to try to make something out of that comment, But I guess when you nothing good to say, outside of failure, what else can you except.
    Name something good that Mitt Romney has said. "Pres. Obama has failed." That one's a crowd pleaser.

    July 6, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  13. Dan

    When this happened originally, I remembered reading it on the local Pittsburgh news site and wondering "how is this news?". CNN has really taken it to the next level...a complete non-issue is now being published on a leading national media site. We will have voters knowing which candidate likes certain local cookies better, but not knowing a thing about the important issues that actually affect their entire lives.

    July 6, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  14. Myviewis

    The more I thought about the cookie the more I realized Obama is going for the kindergarten vote.

    July 6, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |

    I think you meant expect. Learn proper grammar before trying to insult someone.

    July 6, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  16. Silence DoGood

    Thanks for continuing the out of context sniping, Obama campaign. C'mon – you are supposed to show us how you are different from the Repubs, not the same.

    It is hard to disguise that the Dems and Repubs start to look more the same all the time.

    The world snickers at us.....

    July 6, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  17. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Another bad statement from Romney... Is anyone keeping track of those mistatements by Romney and Obama?

    July 6, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  18. ted

    Romney wants to know where the cookies were made and who made them so that Bain Capital can swoop in, fire everyone, outsource the cookie making to China, sell off the cookie machinery and building and pocket the profits.

    July 6, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door wrote:

    Amazing how difficult it is to wage a $1 billion attack campaign on a sharp and clean guy like Mitt Romney
    Newt Gingrich did it successfully with only $10 million, and Santorum with even less. Attacking Romney's record is like taking candy from a baby. He doesn't defend it. It's as if he thinks that if he doesn't respond, then it will go away and people will forget the attacks ever occurred. (He's playing the public for fools.)

    Or, he cannot debunk the accusations that his record is not the shining example of job creation that he claims it is. (Again, he's playing the public for fools. The only issue on which he has not flipflopped, playing the public for fools.)

    July 6, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  20. n

    Scott I think u are failure grow up it is politics. If president Obama had said something like this u all would have made fun of him . He is the president of united states of American respect the office

    July 6, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |