Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst touched on a variety of topics in the Republican rebuttal to President Obama’s State of the Union address. But it may be an anecdote about her modest upbringing that most Americans will remember.
“You see, growing up, I had only one good pair of shoes. So on rainy school days, my mom would slip plastic bread bags over them to keep them dry,” Ernst said. “But I was never embarrassed. Because the school bus would be filled with rows and rows of young Iowans with bread bags slipped over their feet.”
Ernst would go on to discuss a variety of issues, from international trade to terrorism to the Keystone Pipeline. But judging by the flood of responses on Twitter, she seems to have lost a lot of people at “bread bags.”
Breadbags over shoes- to help you visualize the GOP Response story pic.twitter.com/m4tp8pyrEM— al tompkins (@atompkins) January 21, 2015
My Bread Bags are killing me! Thank god Obamacare graciously helps me get orthotics!#BreadBags— Rudresh Mahanthappa (@rudreshm) January 21, 2015
I might be wearing breadbags on my feet right now, for all you people know.— Tom Tomorrow (@tomtomorrow) January 21, 2015