When human politicians are confronted with cookies of an unknown origin, they will do one of two things: Eat the cookie anyway or politely refuse by saying something like, “They look great but I’m still digesting all that delicious chicken.”
When robot politicians find themselves in the same situation, this is what happens:
On Tuesday afternoon, Romney sat down for a 45-minute chat at a picnic table with a handful of voters from Bethel Park, Pennsylvania. He was there to listen and learn about the financial concerns of everyday Americans — to demonstrate that, though he’s a multi-multi-millionaire with a car elevator, he’s still fighting for the common man … But the only thing anyone is going to remember about the summit at Bethel Park is what Romney said about the cookies.
“I’m not sure about these cookies,” Romney said at one point, eying a plate of cookies on the table as if they were covered in human excrement. “They don’t — they don’t look like you made them.” He turned to the woman next to him. “You didn’t, did you?” After she confirmed that she did not, in fact, personally bake the cookies, Romney theorized as to the where such unappetizing specimens might have come from. “No, no,” he continued, as his entire campaign staff died inside. “They came from the, local, uh, 7-Eleven” — “bakery,” someone interjected — “bakery, or wherever.” Indeed, the cookies were the pride of the popular local Bethel Bakery, which had heard about the Romney event and made sure to get their trademark treats in front of him.
In fact, the cookies are considered to be such a local delicacy that the robot’s “Ew, yuck!” response to them has caused a bit of a stir:
As it turns out, the treats were from Bethel Bakery, a longtime South Hills staple known for its signature pastries, cookies and cakes.
“When I heard it, I thought, ‘Oh, my goodness. This guy has no idea how beloved this institution is that provided these cookies,’” said bakery owner and president John Walsh. “We wanted him to be welcomed with the best in the burgh, and he had no idea.”
Julie Lytle, who handles sales and marketing for the bakery, said she was a little surprised by Romney’s comments.
“It’s kind of funny. We weren’t really expecting it,” she said. “It seemed like maybe he should have tasted them first before making the assumption.”
While bakery members aren’t taking the slight too personally, some of their loyal customers have been a little bit more outspoken.
“We had a customer on Facebook say, ‘Maybe he’s just used to eating cookies with diamonds in them,’” said Walsh. “I don’t know. We don’t offer that yet.”
- Section: News & Comment