Cookie Incident Revived By Team Obama

By: CNN Posted By Doug Brown
By: CNN Posted By Doug Brown

(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Romney originally made his comments in April during a campaign swing through Pennsylvania.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."

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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