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Radford bakery that turned Biden away sells out of 'freedom cookies'
Roanoke Times ^ | August 16, 2012 | Mason Adams

Posted on 08/16/2012 11:16:22 PM PDT by grundle

RADFORD — An Ohio man’s interaction with candidate Barack Obama in 2008 gave rise to “Joe the Plumber.”

Now, a Radford businessman’s decision not to host an “unscheduled” campaign event with Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday has sparked a news story that’s gone viral and led to a surge in business.

Just call him, “Chris the Baker.”

Chris McMurray had just opened his bakery, Crumb and Get It, Wednesday morning when he received a visit from Biden’s advance team asking if he’d host the vice president for a media event on the way to his scheduled speech at Virginia Tech.

McMurray politely declined out of a difference in politics, and Biden instead went up the street to the River Street Grill instead.

Later that day, WDBJ (Channel 7) reporter Orlando Salinas received a tip about Crumb and Get It via text message. The resulting story was picked up by the Drudge Report and a series of conservative blogs, leading to an outpouring of support online and at the store on Thursday.

At noon, McMurray turned down an interview request because he was too busy fielding a steady stream of orders, both from customers at the store and out-of-state patrons. A little more than an hour later, he closed the store because it had run out of cookie dough. It reopened a few minutes later, but with a sign in the window noting that only ice cream was being sold.

“It’s been a great day, a lot of great support,” McMurray said when he had a moment to talk. “A lot of folks are calling orders from out of state for local businesses and charities. That’s what we’ve got to catch up on.”

McMurray said the exchange with the Biden advance team had taken place just after he opened the store at 10 a.m.

“They said, ‘This is a place that we’ve identified for Mr. Biden’s stop,’ and they asked permission, if that would be OK,” McMurray said. “After much thought, I respectively declined. The exchange was very kind. It wasn’t at all heated. It was not at all hoarse. Even when she departed, it wasn’t at all ill-mannered. They were very nice. I told her no offense to the vice president, and she received that. We just had a difference of opinion politically.”

McMurray said that “convictions about my faith” factored into his decision not to host Biden. On a wall at the back of the bakery is painted this slogan, “Family: One of God’s masterpieces.”

The other reason that McMurray declined was President Obama’s attitude toward business.

“Very simply, ‘You didn’t build that’ [Obama] speaking of small businesses and entrepreneurs all across the country,” McMurray told WDBJ’s Salinas on Wednesday evening.

Obama made the remark during his July appearance in downtown Roanoke. Republicans seized on the comment as an example of the president's disdain for small business; Obama and his Democratic Party defenders say he was speaking about public infrastructure and his comment has been taken out of context. At least three nonpartisan campaign fact-checking organizations have come to similar conclusions. Still, the political reaction was so strong that Obama filmed a TV commercial within days further explaining his support for small business.

After the WDBJ story aired, McMurray said, “It just went bananas. Great support. It’s been wonderful. Of course we’ve had a few people who’ve been very critical, but by far the vast majority has been supportive and encouraging.”

At one point during the lunch hour on Thursday, two dozen people stood in line waiting to order cookies.

Jackie Moore of Radford said he’d before never visited Crumb and Get It, but he ordered a dozen cookies after seeing McMurray’s story.

“I stand with them,” Moore said. “I don’t believe you should be pushed into entertaining the vice president if you don’t agree with him.”

Many others felt the same.

Gary Harris, a Vietnam War veteran and commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 776 who lives in Radford, said he picked up some “freedom cookies” to support Crumb and Get It. Like Moore, it was his first visit to the bakery.

“He spoke up for what he believed in,” Harris said. “I heard somewhere that it may help or hurt his business. He shouldn’t be penalized for speaking his opinion, I’m going to help him out all I can.”

Ron Witt, an insurance agent from Pearisburg, said, “I saw the story on television and I thought, I have to stop by and support these people ... It’s not political at all. It’s more a matter of principle. He just stood up for himself. It doesn’t have anything to do with the current administration or politics, at least for me.”

Eddie Boes of Blacksburg got the last batch of cookies before Crumb and Get It ran out of dough. Like Witt, Boes said he wanted to support a local businessman’s right to speak his mind.

“It’s a matter of not being afraid of the pressure,” Boes said. “A lot of people aren’t going to say what they think because they’re worried about retribution.”

But Boes said that because McMurray took a stand for his beliefs, he’s being rewarded with much more support from customers than he would have if he’d agreed to play host to Biden for a photo opportunity.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: baker; biden; crumbandgetit; freedomcookies; va2012

1 posted on 08/16/2012 11:16:33 PM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

Oh Nooo...

More intolerance.


2 posted on 08/16/2012 11:20:13 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: grundle

http://www.wdbj7.com/news/wdbj7-radford-business-owner-declines-joe-bidens-request-to-stop-in-store-20120815%2c0%2c4370357.story

https://www.facebook.com/#!/CrumbGetItCookieCompany

“Like” them, make a comment and offer to buy cookies and have them sent to a local charity! I sent a check today and told them to take the cookies to a local charity or even better yet, the local ROMNEY/RYAN campaign office for the volunteers


3 posted on 08/16/2012 11:22:43 PM PDT by Wisconsinlady ("When injustice becomes law, then resistance becomes duty." Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Wisconsinlady

Me thinks that the local Romney office workers are going to need to go on a diet after the election from all of the cookies.

In 08 we had a numerous restaurants and individuals that would drop food off for those making phone calls and working the precincts.


4 posted on 08/16/2012 11:35:51 PM PDT by notpoliticallycorewrecked (According to the MSM, I'm a fringe sitting, pajama wearing, Freeper)
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To: Wisconsinlady

While “Crumb and get it” is a humorous name it fits the Dems better


5 posted on 08/16/2012 11:49:46 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

I often think both party’s are playing “Crumb and get it”

Then they retire to private well appointed chambers, slap each other on the back, while they smoke Cuban Cigars and sip Cognac, and declaring “Boy! we sure put one over on the rubes today”!!


6 posted on 08/16/2012 11:55:12 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: grundle

lol. This is great! Need to start a website about this kinda thing.


7 posted on 08/16/2012 11:55:17 PM PDT by HeartlandOfAmerica ("We have prepared for the unbeliever, whips and chains and blazing fires!" Koran Sura 76:4)
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I often think both party’s are playing “Crumb and get it”

Then they retire to private well appointed chambers, slap each other on the back, while they smoke Cuban Cigars and sip Cognac, and declaring “Boy! we sure put one over on the rubes today”!!


8 posted on 08/16/2012 11:55:26 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: grundle

These are great news stories. We need more of this!! This could be a great weapon against Obama.. Story after story of businesses telling these bums to take a hike. Stories like this really can effect weak Obama voters who don’t follow issues real closely but “go with the crowd”.


9 posted on 08/17/2012 12:08:22 AM PDT by jb729
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To: grundle

There are three best parts of this story.

First, and foremost, is that he stood his ground, and kept to his principles.

The absolute best is that his business is much better than if he had allowed Biden stop in.

The second best is that the secret service went by later, thanked him for standing up to Biden, and bought many cookies and cupcakes.

I love those guys!


10 posted on 08/17/2012 12:15:13 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (This hobbit is looking for her pitchfork...God help the GOP if I find it.)
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To: dixiechick2000

Concur.


11 posted on 08/17/2012 12:38:38 AM PDT by Silentgypsy (If you love your freedom, thank a vet.)
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To: Wisconsinlady

Great story. I didn’t know that Orlando Salinas, the reporter, had left Fox News in Miami and is now working for a Roanoke, Va TV station in Blacksburg, Va.


12 posted on 08/17/2012 12:43:08 AM PDT by freedom1st
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To: dixiechick2000

Lord, how I wish they’d stop at our motorcycle shop so we could tell them to go get bent.

I *guarantee* you we’re the only trike company who would do that.


13 posted on 08/17/2012 12:58:31 AM PDT by Salamander (Snakes. It had to be snakes.)
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To: grundle

The people have spoken, and their hungry...*smiles*


14 posted on 08/17/2012 1:48:19 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: grundle

The fallout from Obama’s “you didn’t build that” continues.

The most anti-business administration in the history of the United States.

This is why a lot of people can’t find jobs. Obama is anti-business plain and simple.

Good for Crumb and Get It.


15 posted on 08/17/2012 2:34:10 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: grundle
So I wonder if "Chris the Baker" has made the Obama Enemies List yet? I wonder when he can expect a Department of Labor investigation, an IRS audit, an OSHA investigation, and having a Soros-funded PI looking through his background?
16 posted on 08/17/2012 2:55:49 AM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good-Pope Leo XIII)
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To: grundle

I just love the American response to the individuals and small businesses that have stood their ground against the 0ne. From Crumb and get it to Chick-Fil-A, Americans are sending strong messages of support and unity. It is a sight to behold and such a breath of fresh air after the last four years.

USA!USA!USA!USA!USA!USA!USA!USA!USA!


17 posted on 08/17/2012 2:59:14 AM PDT by SueRae (See it? Hell, I can TASTE November from my house!)
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To: Wisconsinlady

I did. What a fantastic idea. I think I’ll order some for the local Romney/Ryan HQ in my county.

I love AMERICA!!!


18 posted on 08/17/2012 3:14:02 AM PDT by SueRae (See it? Hell, I can TASTE November from my house!)
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To: SueRae

>> I love AMERICA!!!

Me too!

The American voice is finally beginning to sound off.


19 posted on 08/17/2012 3:17:57 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: Gene Eric

Even better was the Secret Service thanking Chris for not allowing Biden to appear in his store.


20 posted on 08/17/2012 3:31:56 AM PDT by DAC21
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To: DAC21

>> the Secret Service thanking

Yeah, that’s a riot. But it wouldn’t surprise me if they were just being polite. I know a few, and they are really good people.


21 posted on 08/17/2012 3:37:16 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: Wisconsinlady

mark


22 posted on 08/17/2012 3:58:31 AM PDT by Irish Eyes
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To: mylife

You’re too cynical.


23 posted on 08/17/2012 4:06:43 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: grundle

After Crumb and Get It said “No,” the River City Grill around the corner said “Yes” to Biden’s visit.

Can somebody please point me to the article about the huge upswell of business at River City Grill?


24 posted on 08/17/2012 6:16:37 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica; All
Here's another tidbit buried deep in a Reuters story today. Obama was at the Iowa State Fair yesterday. "One of the first men whose hand Obama tried to shake at the fair told him "No, thank you," and turned away, scowling as the president made his way down the street.

Can you imagine stiffing the POTUS that way? Sounds like the guy was polite and restrained. I'd be shrieking about how the communist is out to destroy America and the SS would haul me away.

Ref: Beer but no bumper cars as Obama magic slips in Iowa

25 posted on 08/17/2012 6:24:26 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: EDINVA; VA_Gentleman; seekthetruth; COBOL2Java; Perdogg; kabar; Gabz; Wage Slave; CitizenM; KoRn; ..

VA Ping!

If you want on/off the VA Ping List, please freepmail me. Thanks!


26 posted on 08/17/2012 6:24:26 AM PDT by randita (Paul Ryan is "Mr. Smith goes to Washington.")
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To: grundle

Bump...because this is just a real “feel good” story!!!


27 posted on 08/17/2012 8:46:32 AM PDT by CitizenM (Obama - The architect of the decline of the U.S.)
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To: CitizenM

Ditto bump!


28 posted on 08/18/2012 10:23:00 AM PDT by Nateman (If liberals are not screaming you are doing it wrong!)
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