Political Gaffes

By Lauren Vicary - 2012-09-20T17:59:04Z

Photograph by Barry Thumma/AP Photo

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Paper? Plastic?

George H.W. Bush's reaction to a supermarket bar-code scanner was exaggerated as amazement in op-eds and subsequent accounts of his shopping foray. Photos and videos of the campaign stop popularized the story, and the 41st president was lampooned for being out of touch with regular Americans. Andrew Rosenthal wrote in the New York Times, "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."