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In an Aug. 3, 2011 photo, a box of satirical breath mints poking fun at President Obama is seen at the office of University of Tennessee Vice Chancellor of Communication Margie Nichols in Knoxville, Tenn. The mints were pulled from the shelves at the University of Tennessee bookstore after local legislator Joe Armstrong told store officials he was offended by the mints. (AP Photo/Knoxville News Sentinel, Saul Young) In an Aug. 3, 2011 photo, a box of satirical breath mints poking fun at President Obama is seen at the office of University of Tennessee Vice Chancellor of Communication Margie Nichols in Knoxville, Tenn. The mints were pulled from the shelves at the University of Tennessee bookstore after local legislator Joe Armstrong told store officials he was offended by the mints. (AP Photo/Knoxville News Sentinel, Saul Young)  

University of Tennessee bookstore pulls Obama-mocking breath mints

So much for free speech on college campuses. The University of Tennessee bookstore has pulled a brand of novelty breath mints from its shelves, in compliance with a request from a Democratic state representative. The candy’s offense? It pokes fun at President Obama.

State Rep. Joe Armstrong asked the bookstore to stop selling the mints. They come packaged in tin cans with a Shepard Fairey-esque image of Obama and the admonition, “This is change? Disappoint-mints.” Armstrong argued that the mints were offensive.

“When you operate on state and federal dollars, you ought to be sensitive to those type of politically specific products,” Armstrong told the Knoxville News Sentinel. “If it was a private entity or corporation or store, (that’s different), but this is a state university. We certainly don’t want in any way to put the university in a bad light by having those political (products), particularly aimed at defaming the president.”

Armstrong approached the school bookstore after a student called to voice his offense at seeing the mints on display.

Bookstore director David Kent explained, however, that he had never before received complaints, even when the bookstore carried similar products critical of President George W. Bush.

“But someone saw it and they were offended by it [and] brought it to the attention of a state representative, said Kent. ”And I said ‘no problem, we’ll remove them.’” (RELATED: Police raid raw dairy producers in LA, destroy inventory)

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  • clyde

    I wonder if Joe was this concerned when George Bush was president…apparently Joe has never heard of the first amendment..

  • abortdemocrats

    Barack Obama is the new Jimmy Carter, and no amount of ‘whitewashing” by liberal trolls will change that. The “smartest person in the world” has pretty much destroyed the economic engine of this country, after spending trillions of taxpayer dollars paying back special interests and unions. He cannot speak without a teleprompter, even to a kindergarten class, has the least transparent administration in history while employing more lobbyists than any other administration, has increased welfare rolls to their highest point in history,  ignores Congress but obtains UN permission to engage in hostilities in Libya, etc., etc. To call him a disappointment is an understatement. The ONLY bright spot in the horizon is the prospect that he will not be able to continue spending money at the same rate he has, and that all of the liberal parasites will need to find a job soon enough.

  • BlackGumTree

    Wow! State Rep. Joe Armstrong was not very bright when he
    said, “When you operate on state and federal dollars, you ought to be sensitive
    to those type of politically specific products. If it was a private entity or
    corporation or store, (that’s different), but this is a state university. We
    certainly don’t want in any way to put the university in a bad light by having
    those political (products), particularly aimed at defaming the president.”

     

    So the bookstore pulled them off the shelf. But what is the
    producer of the mints going to do? He now has a great opportunity to greatly
    expand this sales and production. Soon we may be able to find them everywhere
    except in  bookstores at a state university.