When a politician has foot-in-mouth disease, it is good for one thing; late night humor. President Bush was notorious for saying stupid things, and I have featured some of my favorites in previous posts.
In the tradition of George Bush, Mitt Romney has established that he indisputably suffers from the same affliction.
Romney has only campaigned for President, and in that short time he has demonstrated that he has perhaps a worse case of foot-in-mouth disease than Bush. Here are a few of his more memorable gaffes:
1. “Corporations are people, my friend”
2. “When you have a fire in an aircraft, there’s no place to go, exactly, there’s no — and you can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem.”
3. “I like being able to fire people who provide services to me.”
4. “I’m not concerned about the very poor.”
5. “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. … My job is not to worry about those people. “
6. “It’s hard to know just how well [the 2012 London Olympics] will turn out. There are a few things that were disconcerting.”
7. ” I’m also unemployed.”
8. “I believe in an America where millions of Americans believe in an America that’s the America millions of Americans believe in.”
9. “We use Ann sparingly right now so that people don’t get tired of her.”
10. “The embassy in Cairo put out a statement after their grounds had been breached. … An apology for America’s values is never the right course. … The statement that came from the administration was — was a statement which is akin to apology and I think was a — a severe miscalculation.” –Mitt Romney, attempting to politicize the killings of American diplomats in Libya by falsely accusing President Obama of apologizing for America and getting the facts of the situation backwards (Sept. 12, 2012)
11. “When you give a speech you don’t go through a laundry list, you talk about the things that you think are important.” –Mitt Romney, when asked about failing to mention the troops in his nomination speech at the Republican National Convention, Fox News interview (Sept. 7, 2012)
12. “Join me in welcoming the next president of the United States, Paul Ryan.”
13.”I’ll take a lot of credit for the fact that this industry’s come back.” –Mitt Romney, on the American auto industry, despite having written a New York Times op-ed in 2008 titled “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt,” in which he said if GM, Ford and Chrysler got a government bailout “you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye”
14. “PETA is not happy that my dog likes fresh air.”
15. “I have some friends who are NASCAR team owners.”
16. “I’m not sure about these cookies. They don’t look like you made them. No, no. They came from the local 7/11 bakery, or whatever.”
17. “We have a president, who I think is a nice guy, but he spent too much time at Harvard, perhaps.” —Mitt Romney, who has two Harvard degrees (April 5, 2012)
18. “I love this state. The trees are the right height.”
19. “It’s not worth moving heaven and earth, spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person.” —Mitt Romney, speaking in 2007 about killing Osama bin Laden
20. “Who let the dogs out? Who, who.” –Mitt Romney, during an awkward photo op with a group of African Americans kids at a Martin Luther King Day parade (January 2008)
21. “I’m Wolf Blitzer and yes, that’s my real name.” —CNN’s Wolf Blitzer at the beginning of a November 2011 Republican presidential debate
“I’m Mitt Romney—and yes Wolf, that’s also my first name.” —Mitt Romney, getting his own name wrong (his first name is “Willard,” and his middle name is “Mitt”)
22. “I’m not familiar precisely with what I said, but I’ll stand by what I said, whatever it was.” —Mitt Romney (May 17, 2012)
In last night’s debate, Romney embarrassed himself once again. This time it was in front of millions of television viewers, and a debate moderator to call him out on his inaccuracies. The moment came during the presidential debate when Romney said that President Obama had not accurately reported the violence in Benghazi as a terrorist attack. It was Candy Crowley who intervened to correct Mitt Romney saying, “…he did in fact, sir. So let me—let me call it an act of terror.” Obama then made his point by asking Candy to restate her comment. She did. The crowd clapped for the moderator.
At a time when a precise use of words could have been used to attack President Obama, Mitt Romney turned this opportunity into a disaster for himself. We can only imagine the damage he could do to America, if he were allowed to speak on behalf of the country. Napoleom Hill said:
“Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.”
Romney has planted the seeds of failure by repeatedly inserting his feet, legs, and torso into his mouth. It is however the American people who will breath easier in November when Obama is re-elected.