In a country where everything you say is analyzed in five different ways, Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney just can’t seem to say the right things. From contradicting what he said about leaving the private equity firm he founded and detailing the indelicate, not-so-patriotic things he invested in while he were there, Romney has pretty much done it all. But of all his dumb outbursts, (and I hope there is more) this may be the one he will be remembered for.
He dismissed 47% of Americans as freeloaders who pay no taxes, who don’t assume responsibility for their lives, and who think government should take care of them. Here are his exact words:
There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax.
Romney went on: “[M]y job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”
To make matters worse, this private fund raiser was held at the Boca Raton home of controversial private equity manager Marc Leder on May 17 to his millionaire friends. When one attendee asked how this group could help Romney sell himself to others, he answered, “Frankly, what I need you to do is to raise millions of dollars.” He added, “The fact that I’m either tied or close to the president…that’s very interesting.”
This was Romney raw, unplugged and unscripted. With this crowd of fellow millionaires, he apparently felt free to utter what he really believes and would never dare say out in the open. He displayed a high degree of disgust for nearly half of his fellow citizens, lumping all Obama voters into a mass of shiftless moochers who don’t contribute much, if anything, to society, and he indicated that he viewed the election as a battle between strivers (such as himself and the donors before him) and parasitic free-riders who lack character, fortitude, and initiative. Yet Romney explained to his patrons that he could not speak such harsh words about Obama in public, lest he insult those independent voters who sided with Obama in 2008 and whom he desperately needs in this election. These were sentiments not to be shared with the voters; it was inside information, available only to the select few who had paid for the privilege of experiencing the real Romney.
Enjoy a few pictures of Romney looking dejected (you’re welcome)