View Full Version : Obama Disappoint-Mints

08-05-2011, 02:16 PM
Great idea


(Daily Mail) — A University bookstore was forced to pull boxes of mints from its shelves after a state legislator complained that it satirized President Obama.

The red and blue box of mints – which were on sale for $2.99 at the University of Tennessee – bear a picture of the President with the words ‘This is change? Disappoint-Mints’ underneath.

Officials were forced to pull the product after Democratic state Rep Joe Armstrong visited the bookstore and told the manager he found the mints offensive.

Mr Armstrong told The Knoxville News Sentinel that UT uses federal and state funds and should be sensitive to what he called ‘politically specific products’.
Local politician Joe Armstrong was not happy that a publicly-funded university was selling the mints

He said: ‘If it was a private entity or corporation or store, that’s different, but this is a state university. We certainly don’t want in any way to put the university in a bad light by having those political (products), particularly aimed at defaming the president.’

It was drawn to his attention by a student who was bothered about the mints and the message they carried.

Bookstore director David Kent said the bookstore previously carried mints that satirized former President George W. Bush and said no offence was intended.

But Mr Kent, who has run the bookstore since 2009, took the 30 or so boxes off the shelves without question.

He said: ‘We’ve never had any complaints before and we’ve carried them for years. But someone saw it and they were offended by it, brought it to the attention of a state representative, and I said “no problem, we’ll remove them”.’

Senator Armstrong also said that since the mints were not educational material, there was no breech of the First Amendment.

08-05-2011, 02:17 PM
There's a guy with no sense of humor. Probably would have bought a case if it was Bush on there...

08-05-2011, 02:31 PM
in 50 years, the Pawn Stars will pay like $500 for one of those boxes.

08-05-2011, 02:33 PM
in 50 years, the Pawn Stars will pay like $500 for one of those boxes.

And after all that time the mints will leave a better taste in your mouth than remembering you voted for the guy. (generally speaking)

08-05-2011, 02:41 PM
Stupid reposter I am

Baby Lee
08-05-2011, 02:59 PM
Stupid reposter I am

Even though yours has been bumped more recently, it's only three threads away from the original.

Is that a record? [not counting breaking news]