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On the Cheese Curl Beat With Barack



Barack Obama is like the Maidenform woman: You never know where he'll turn up!

Yesterday, he turned up at the ShopRite on Germantown Pike in East Norriton -- an event covered by no less than the Wall Street Journal . Also jumping on the story were Philly.com and this blog, with pictures .

A friend had mentioned this stop on the phone and I said, "He's going WHERE?!"

But it really is a masterful piece of campaigning, not to mention just a plain ol' good idea. The more our presidential candidates spend time with folks like us who sweat out the monthly budget, the better.

Have we ever seen W at the grocery store?

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Once again, the press has gotten it wrong on a story of great import.

I'm referring, of course, to the egregious errors in the coverage of Barack Obama's grocery list.

Doesn't the Fourth Estate get that the fate of the free world depends on an accurate account of the candidates' snack foods?

In yesterday's story on Sen. Obama's munchie rally at the ShopRite in East Norriton Township, PA, the august Wall Street Journal carefully noted that the shopping-basket-toting senator "grabbed gala apples, a bag of baked cheese curls, a bottle of water, and a package of cupcakes -- Tastykake butterscotch krimpets."

As a thorough, responsible journalist, I need to step in here and correct the record. The Philly.com blog notes that Obama bought Tastykake cupcakes as well as Krimpets, scoring major reporting points by knowing, unlike the Journal, that Krimpets are actually, as the package says, "butterscotch iced sponge cakes." The cupcakes, in a significant scoop by Philly.com, were chocolate. And it's ShopRite, WSJ, not Shop-Rite. (The chain's website shows they have quite a few stores in New York, including Brooklyn and Staten Island. Tsk, tsk, Journal -- get on the Metro and do your research! Oh, and the senator also picked up a bag of pretzels. There is no excuse for incomplete, shoddy reportage. Dammit, America wants to know what the man is eating!)

Still, the WSJ has its moments; they pinpointed his total at the cash register as $9.40, while Philly.com just ballparked it at "a bit over $9," though they did add he paid in cash. It's the details like this that can make the difference between a Democratic and Republican win in November.

[P.S.: The above is written with tongue firmly planted in cheek. Really. And for those from out of the area, Tastykake is a Philadelphia-based company.]

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cogitationitis
Apr. 11th, 2008 02:02 am (UTC)
I believe that white bottle with the blue top (just under his nose) is zolpidem--generic Ambien (sleeping pills).
fudgelady
Apr. 11th, 2008 04:09 am (UTC)
You are the only one on the face of the earth that would notice this!! :-)
basykes
Apr. 11th, 2008 03:10 pm (UTC)
LOL. Love the reporting. IT's such in-depth analysis and attention to detail that makes for great journalism. WSJ, take note!
(Anonymous)
Apr. 14th, 2008 01:17 am (UTC)
Mmmm...Tastykakes...

Lori
whiskershampden.blogspot.com
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