Romney right about WaWa, but makes sub-par lunch order
The Kansas City Star
Since Mitt Romney’s visit to a Pennsylvania WaWa store is still in the news, I will take the opportunity to join Romney in singing the praises of the WaWa chain, and particularly its awesome ordering system.
As Romney described it: “I went in to order a sandwich. You press a little touchtone keypad — you touch this, touch this, go pay the cashier — there’s your sandwich. It’s amazing.”
The Republican presidential hopeful is apparently picking up some ridicule for this. What, he’s never used a keypad before? But that’s only from people who haven’t experienced a WaWa. It is pretty amazing how easy and convenient it is to order a sandwich, and how good the sandwiches are. I haven’t found anything like it around Kansas City, and I wish I would.
Romney erred grievously, however, by ordering a “sub.” In eastern Pennsylvania, those are “hoagies.” And as a Philly food columnist reported: “After being corrected…he proceeded to order a meatball hoagie with sweet peppers, totally ignoring the classic Italian or turkey versions, and alienating himself even further.”
Well, a candidate can’t be expected to know everything about regional food preferences, but I’d say some staffer fell down on the job here. Where was the advance work?