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Gaffe: Obama Visits Gap, Amazed by Credit Card Machine: "Oh wow, so you can sign the machine?"
www.truthrevolt.org ^ | 03-12-2014 | Staff

Posted on 03/12/2014 10:23:22 AM PDT by Red Badger

n Tuesday, President Obama took Air Force One to New York to stop at the Gap in order to flog his case against income inequality. And there, Americans learned he had no idea how to use a credit card machine.

According to the White House press pool, Obama visited Gap because the company recently announced that it would voluntarily increase wages for employees. After telling employees that “the ladies will be impressed by my sense of style,” Obama then picked up a couple of sweaters for his girls, Sasha and Malia.

Upon checking out, however, the problems began. Obama took out his credit card and began handing it to the cashier, who told him that he could swipe his credit card in the automated machine. “Oh, wow,” Obama said, “so you can sign the machine?” He then said he was kidding: “They had these around the last time I shopped.”

The moment was reminiscent of a campaign moment in 1992, when then-President George H.W. Bush signed an electronic pad while grocery shopping. “If some guy came in and spelled George Bush differently, could you catch it?” Bush asked. He was told that fake signatures could be detected. The New York Times reported in typically condescending style (headline: “Bush Encounters the Supermarket, Amazed”):

Then he grabbed a quart of milk, a light bulb and a bag of candy and ran them over an electronic scanner. The look of wonder flickered across his face again as he saw the item and price registered on the cash register screen.

"This is for checking out?" asked Mr. Bush. "I just took a tour through the exhibits here," he told the grocers later. "Amazed by some of the technology."

Marlin Fitzwater, the White House spokesman, assured reporters that he had seen the President in a grocery store. A year or so ago. In Kennebunkport.

Some grocery stores began using electornic scanners as early as 1976, and the devices have been in general use in American supermarkets for a decade.

That story, it turned out, was false.

And, of course, Mitt Romney was excoriated for being amazed by a Wawa touchscreen machine while ordering a meal during the 2012 campaign. He said during a speech:

"I was at Wawas...I went in to order a sandwich. You press a little touchtone keypad, alright? You just touch that and, you know, the sandwich comes up. You touch this, touch this, touch this, go pay the cashier. There’s your sandwich. It’s amazing!”

The media acted as though Romney had never seen a Wawa machine before. That story, too, was false.


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"Oh wow, so you can sign the machine?"

1 posted on 03/12/2014 10:23:22 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

The WaWa debacle instantly comes to mind. Shows the media’s double standard again. The prezzy is a boob


2 posted on 03/12/2014 10:24:22 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Red Badger

The WaWa debacle instantly comes to mind. Shows the media’s double standard again. The prezzy is a boob


3 posted on 03/12/2014 10:24:22 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Red Badger

4 posted on 03/12/2014 10:25:46 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
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To: Red Badger

It takes a village idiot!


5 posted on 03/12/2014 10:26:15 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: Red Badger

Next press conference should ask Obama how a store scanner works....ROFLMAO (I’ll bet he makes Bush I look like a genius)


6 posted on 03/12/2014 10:27:04 AM PDT by Rapscallion (First your image. Than your voice. Then location. Now you really are a subject.)
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To: Red Badger

This story may be true, but consider how good he is with computers and setting up websites!


7 posted on 03/12/2014 10:28:00 AM PDT by supremedoctrine
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To: Red Badger

He is the Lord our God. He can get away with anything. Now bow down to your God.


8 posted on 03/12/2014 10:28:12 AM PDT by ncfool (Obama's aMeriKa 2012 The land of entitlement for the 51% crowd.)
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To: sheik yerbouty

There’s a village in Kenya that has lost their idiot.


9 posted on 03/12/2014 10:28:36 AM PDT by Rapscallion (First your image. Than your voice. Then location. Now you really are a subject.)
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To: Red Badger
I confess, I don't know what a "wawa" machine is.

Unless...

You're not talking about Barbara Walters and "selfie" are you?

10 posted on 03/12/2014 10:28:40 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Red Badger

Such a stupid, stupid person. If we had any capacity for embarrassment anymore, we’d be embarrassed. But I think he’s worn us out.


11 posted on 03/12/2014 10:28:50 AM PDT by livius
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To: Red Badger

The disgusting sycophant media will give him a free pass on this like they did for everything else.


12 posted on 03/12/2014 10:29:20 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: Paine in the Neck

No wonder he had to call in the Marines to hold his umbrella!


13 posted on 03/12/2014 10:30:02 AM PDT by pgkdan
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To: Red Badger
stop at the Gap in order to flog his case against income inequality

ya dont suppose they chose the GAP....by virtue of its NAME??

close the equality gap"


14 posted on 03/12/2014 10:30:19 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey (Jesus came to Save not Entertain / Ground John Kerry Now!)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Yes, they chose The GAP because they recently announced that they will raise their minimum wage to whatever it was that Obozo’s thugs demanded.......................


15 posted on 03/12/2014 10:32:08 AM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: Rapscallion

No, the village in Kenya threw him out. They wanted a saner idiot..................


16 posted on 03/12/2014 10:32:53 AM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: sheik yerbouty

“It takes an idiot to raze a village.”


17 posted on 03/12/2014 10:40:47 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: Red Badger

That’s nothing. Obama wouldn’t know how to use any common hand tool, if you handed it to him. You just know the Community Organizer has never done a lick of real work like real Americans. The only muscle he has ever really used is his tongue.


18 posted on 03/12/2014 10:41:14 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: Paine in the Neck

Great shot of three Goodman condensers.


19 posted on 03/12/2014 10:41:16 AM PDT by Sawdring
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To: Red Badger

What’s a WaWa machine?

Is Wawa a place or a machine?


20 posted on 03/12/2014 10:43:11 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: Viennacon
Shows the media’s double standard again

If it weren't for double standards, the media wouldn't have any standards at all.

21 posted on 03/12/2014 10:45:35 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: Viennacon

“Oh wow, so you can sign the machine?” I just steal money from the tax payers for anything I want and even better I don’t have to put my name on it so I can say I am not aware of anything.


22 posted on 03/12/2014 10:45:35 AM PDT by chiefqc
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To: Red Badger

http://www.mrc.org/articles/great-george-bush-sr-grocery-scanner-urban-legend-lives

The Great George Bush Sr. “Grocery Scanner” Urban Legend Lives On

Reporter Garry Shih in a story on bar codes writes: “They even played a role in the 1992 presidential race, when then-President George H. W. Bush, at a campaign stop, seemed surprised by what had already become a technological staple of everyday life.” Um, not exactly.

Published: 6/26/2009 1:23 PM ET

By Clay Waters

The urban legend of President George H.W. Bush staring in marvel at a grocery store scanner during his 1992 re-election campaign, which became a liberal media symbol of his inability to sympathize with the day-to-day lives of average Americans, still endures at the Times. The latest entry came on the front page of Friday Businesssection, ina story by Gerry Shih celebrating bar codes, “Game Changer In Retailing, Bar Code Is 35.”

The design was straightforward - 59 black and white bars. And the inventors’ objectives were simple enough, too - to speed up the grocery checkout line and give supermarkets a new tool to track their stock.

But the bar code has become much more than that since it was first used to read the price on a 10-pack of Juicy Fruit gum (67 cents) on the morning of June 26, 1974. Now they are used to board airplanes and track packages. Bar codes help people with diabetes calibrate glucose meters and researchers study the pollination habits of bees. They inspired a hand-held video game,BarcodeBattler, in 1991.

They even played a role in the 1992 presidential race, when then-PresidentGeorge H. W. Bush, at a campaign stop, seemed surprised by what had already become a technological staple of everyday life.

Sigh. Even the liberal-leaning myth-busters at Snopes.com debunkedthe incident as a gross exaggeration, writing:

Andrew Rosenthal of The New York Times hadn’t even been present at the grocers’ convention. He based his article on a two-paragraph report filed by the lone pool newspaperman allowed to cover the event, Gregg McDonald of the Houston Chronicle, who merely wrote that Bush had a “look of wonder” on his face and didn’t find the event significant enough to mention in his own story.Moreover, Bush had good reason to express wonder: He wasn’t being shown then-standard scanner technology, but a new type of scanner that could weigh groceries and read mangled and torn bar codes.

Yet the Times continues repeating the bogus Bush story(which, as stated by Snopes, originated in a February 1992 Times story) as fact. The last instance before Friday was reporter Mark Leibovich in an August 2008 story mocking John McCain.


23 posted on 03/12/2014 10:47:11 AM PDT by COUNTrecount (There's no there there.)
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To: livius

He’s not an idiot.......he’s a fidiot (f’ing idiot)


24 posted on 03/12/2014 10:47:22 AM PDT by fredhead (Join the Navy and see the world.....77% of which is covered in water.)
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To: Red Badger

Remember the number the press did on George H.W. Bush when he said something similar about the Bar Code scanner in a supermarket?


25 posted on 03/12/2014 10:53:36 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: Red Badger

Barrycades’ grocery store moment.


26 posted on 03/12/2014 10:54:42 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Red Badger

What a Luddite.


27 posted on 03/12/2014 10:56:06 AM PDT by grimalkin (We are a nation under God. If we ever forget this, we are a nation gone under. -Ronald Reagan)
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To: Red Badger

Isn’t that why unemployment is so high? And those darn ATMs.

Of course Obamessiah does not seen the link between driving up labor costs and the implementation of labor saving devices.


28 posted on 03/12/2014 11:03:00 AM PDT by FreedomNotSafety
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To: Red Badger

C’mon. Give the guy some rspect.


29 posted on 03/12/2014 11:04:13 AM PDT by manic4organic (It was nice knowing you, America.)
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To: COUNTrecount

Just like Sarah Palin NEVER said, “I can see Russia from my house.”................Millions of idiots believe she actually said it because the MSM endlessly played the clip of some stupid actor portraying her.................................


30 posted on 03/12/2014 11:05:26 AM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: manic4organic

LOL! He’d be absolutely flabbergasted by a touch screen computer....................


31 posted on 03/12/2014 11:06:53 AM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: Red Badger
HES TOO ILLEGIT

TOO ILLEGIT TO QUIT!

Put your hands together ladies and gentleman...its hammer and sickle time


32 posted on 03/12/2014 11:10:17 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey (Jesus came to Save not Entertain / Ground John Kerry Now!)
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To: GreenHornet

That’s the biggest lie. Bush was NOT in a Super Market. He was at the National Grocer’s Convention in Orlando. He saw the scanner at the NCR Booth where they were showing their new technology.


33 posted on 03/12/2014 11:10:29 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Red Badger
Guess which religion doesn't allow its followers to use credit cards because they charge interest? Come to think of it.....this guy's house in Chicago wasn't even under his name. Could that be because a mortgage charges interest?
34 posted on 03/12/2014 11:11:21 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: Sawdring

Good eye.


35 posted on 03/12/2014 11:12:57 AM PDT by Walmartian (I'm their leader. Which way did they go?)
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To: Walmartian

I heard he filled out a job App but they declined on no experience!


36 posted on 03/12/2014 11:17:41 AM PDT by DocJhn
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To: All

37 posted on 03/12/2014 11:23:03 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: dalereed

Wawa is a chain of east-coast convenience stores.


38 posted on 03/12/2014 11:42:26 AM PDT by Nepeta
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To: Red Badger
"Oh wow, so you can sign the machine?"

Well, the problem is that he never saw anything about this on tee vee or in the paper. How was he to know? That is where he learns everything.

39 posted on 03/12/2014 11:55:13 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: Red Badger

“Oh wow, so you can sign the machine?”

Or not, if it’s less than $25, and it’s coming from a foreign country, and it’s being deposited in your campaign fund...


40 posted on 03/12/2014 12:09:13 PM PDT by moovova
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To: Red Badger

LOL! He’d be absolutely flabbergasted by a touch screen computer....................
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But he sure has figured out how to use a teleprompter


41 posted on 03/12/2014 12:19:10 PM PDT by AFret. ("Charlie don't surf ! ")
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To: Red Badger
Next up...

Gasoline pumps that automatically shut off when the tank is full!

-PJ

42 posted on 03/12/2014 12:20:52 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: dalereed

WaWa is a chain of convenience store/gas stations. They have a lunch counter where they will prepare sandwiches to your custom order. But intsead of a person taking your order, they have a touch-screen where you can order the type of bread. which meats and cheeses, condiments, etc... Unless you have one in your area or travel the highways up and down the east coast, you would probably not be aware of the stores and this particular method of service.


43 posted on 03/12/2014 12:26:12 PM PDT by Hatteras
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To: Red Badger

44 posted on 03/12/2014 12:26:42 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: dalereed

45 posted on 03/12/2014 12:32:03 PM PDT by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: Red Badger

I’m shocked Al Gore didn’t tell obama about this feature after inventing the machine.


46 posted on 03/12/2014 12:37:18 PM PDT by DPMD
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To: massgopguy
That’s the biggest lie. Bush was NOT in a Super Market. He was at the National Grocer’s Convention in Orlando. He saw the scanner at the NCR Booth where they were showing their new technology.

Take it easy. I wasn't lying, just guilty of a faulty memory. The point is the same: George H.W. Bush took a lot of heat from the media over his reaction to the scanner. They used the incident to try to portray him as out of touch with everyday people.

47 posted on 03/12/2014 12:46:39 PM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: DPMD

He’s always the smartest man in the room.........which tells you a whole lot about the people who hang around with him.................


48 posted on 03/12/2014 12:56:13 PM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: AFret.
But he sure has figured out how to use a teleprompter

That requires no input on his part.........Looks like someone could hack that damn thing...............

49 posted on 03/12/2014 12:57:30 PM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: Izzy Dunne

Wawa is a very nice convience store in Eastern Pennsylvania. I loved them when I lived there. You can order deli items like sandwiches on a touch screen, extra mayo, double meat, whatever, instead of telling a clerk who might mess up your order. I loved that.


50 posted on 03/12/2014 1:01:32 PM PDT by sportutegrl
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