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Obama's Grandmother Joke Strikes Offense, KitchenAid Apologizes

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    Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney shakes hands with President Barack Obama at the start of the first 2012 U.S. presidential debate in Denver October 3, 2012.
By Emma Koonse, Christian Post Reporter
October 4, 2012|12:11 pm

Wednesday night's presidential debates have created endless conversation, some of which appliance seller KitchenAid had to apologize for after an "irresponsible tweet" about Obama's late grandmother.

While discussing Social Security and Medicare with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, President Obama mentioned his grandmother.

Shortly after, KitchenAid posted on Twitter: "Obama gma even knew it was going 2 be bad! She died 3 days b4 he became president."

Obama's grandmother, Madelyn Payne Dunham, who is credited with helping raising the President, died the same week as the 2008 election.

The message posted to the social media site sent Twitter users into a frenzy of anger. Shortly after receiving complaints, KitchenAid issued an apology.

"Deepest apologies for an irresponsible tweet that is in no way a representation of the brand's opinion," the company wrote in part.

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KitchenAid officials claimed that an employee had mistakenly issued the opinionated tweet on the corporate account instead of a personal one, according to CNN.

"During the debate tonight, a member of our Twitter team mistakenly posted an offensive tweet from the KitchenAid handle instead of a personal handle," Cynthia Soledad, KitchenAid's senior director of marketing, told CNN in a statement.

"The tasteless joke in no way represents our values at KitchenAid, and that person won't be tweeting for us anymore," she added.

Comments about Obama's grandmother are just one of many comments being made about Wednesday's presidential debate.

Many Romney supporters are touting the former governor of Massachusetts for "killing it" during the debate and delivering an impeccable performance.

Others are criticizing the former governor for his reference to "Sesame Street" character Big Bird during the debate.

Moreover, Obama supporters have voiced disappointment in the President of the U.S. for his performance on Wednesday night. For a review of the debate, read The Christian Post.

 

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