I wish I knew what point Mitt Romney was trying to make on this one. To me it looks like the opening scene of a disaster movie, the part where the big-shot politicians and other folks are innocently going about their business not at all aware that, by the time the day is out, the robot apocalypse will have begun and all of humanity will be enslaved and sent to work in the hoagie mines. And no, I don't know why that's the first thing I thought of:
For those of you that aren't aware, he's talking about a touchscreen on which you order ingredients for your sandwich. I don't know if it really qualifies as "amazing," but given that we've told NASA to get bent, have held up new invented derivatives schemes as being our best "innovations," and have decided that way, way too many people are being cured of things these days, maybe being able to press a screen to order a sandwich really is going to pass as the highlight of any given future American day.
It's such a campaign moment, though. Identify local foodstuff? Check. Assert satisfaction with regionally popular eatery? Check. Bond with the commoners over the little details of their filthy, robot-infested lives? That's a big damn check, baby!
Some folks are calling this a Romney "supermarket scanner" moment. I'm not sure if they mean that as a dig against Romney or are just trying to remind some of us that we're all really, really old. Sigh.