Tenn. store pulls mints after lawmaker complains

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Posted: Aug 04, 2011 7:40 AM
Tenn. store pulls mints after lawmaker complains

The University of Tennessee bookstore has quit selling packages of breath mints that satirize President Barack Obama after a state legislator complained

The box bears a picture of Obama and is labeled "disappoint-mints." Officials pulled the product after Democratic state Rep. Joe Armstrong visited the bookstore and told the manager he found the mints offensive.

Armstrong told The Knoxville News Sentinel ( http://bit.ly/n3kLnC) that UT uses federal and state funds and should be sensitive to what he called "politically specific products."

The Knoxville legislator says he went to the bookstore after a UT student complained to him about the mints.

Bookstore director David Kent said the bookstore previously carried mints that satirized former President George W. Bush and said no offense was intended.