Mitt Romney Sends Leftover Pizza to Obama Chicago Headquarters

Mitt Romney sent some leftover pizza to President Obama's Chicago re-election team.

ABC News (“Mitt Romney Sends Leftover Pizza to Obama Chicago HQ“):

After spending the day in Chicago fundraising, Mitt Romney sat down with small business owners at Gino’s East, a pizza joint famous for their deep-dish pizza.

Not wanting any of the leftover slices to go to waste, Romney sent the remaining pies to where else but President Obama’s Chicago reelection headquarters.

Asked if the pies actually made it to Obama’s HQ, a campaign source said that they had.

In fact, Romney himself tweeted a photo of a delivery boy heading out with the loot, writing, “Great deep dish at @ginoseast. Sending the extra slices to @barackobama and his Chicago HQ team.”

The commenters on the story seem to think this was some mean-spirited prank, and perhaps it was. My instinct was to take it as a playful gesture and perfectly good use of what I presume was a lot of extra pie. Presumably, it’s mostly young kids working on the campaign at this early stage and there are few things they like better than free pizza.

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  1. mattb says:

    Ditto your take James. Though everyone in Chi-town has their own ideas about whose deep dish is the best, I can’t imagine young volunteers on any campaign turning down a free pie from Gino’s.

    Seriously, this seems like the type of inter-campaign behavior that should be supported versus attacked.

  2. If the Obama volunteers hadn’t wanted the Gino’s pizza, Mitt could’ve sent it to me

  3. george says:

    Not a fan of Romney, but this seems like a good natured prank – and one that might even be appreciated. Free pizza isn’t a bad thing.

  4. matt says:

    MattB : agreed. I personally liked their pizza.

  5. hey norm says:

    Obama was ok with taking Mitt’s Health Care plan, so I’m sure he wouldn’t turn down pizza.

  6. matt says:

    Personally I’d rather go to Tank sushi if I was up in Chicago again.

  7. mantis says:

    What’s wrong with free pizza? Gino’s is great. Seems like a cute gesture. I won’t even call it a prank (who’s being pranked?).

  8. Scott says:

    Obviously, this stunt proves Mitt is a hateful, homophobe, xenophobe, Islamophobe racist extremist who eats puppies.

  9. Jim Treacher says:

    The idea is that Mitt is magnanimous enough to give Obama his leftovers.


    Like Romneycare.

  10. An Interested Party says:

    The idea is that Mitt is magnanimous enough to give Obama his leftovers.


    Like Romneycare.

    Can someone tell me how, exactly, Romney is supposed to win the GOP presidential primary next year…his opponents’ ads will write themselves…