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(Some Guy)   Woman: "So why haven't any of your five sons enlisted in the military to serve our country?" Romney: "They are serving our country, by helping me get elected."   (americablog.com) divider line 102
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2007-08-08 04:10:54 PM
Smooth, Mitt. Reaaaaal smooth.
 
2007-08-08 04:12:52 PM
That was a loaded question... but dude, at least attempt to not sound like an over entitled farking prick when you answer it.
 
2007-08-08 04:12:59 PM
I'd love to see the context. I imagine he was saying it in an offhanded or joking manner.
 
2007-08-08 04:14:24 PM
Like scores of other republicans who support the war from behind their keyboard.

/bring 'em on
 
2007-08-08 04:15:00 PM
This is Mitt's macaca moment.
 
2007-08-08 04:15:18 PM
They have "other priorities".
 
2007-08-08 04:16:48 PM
There's no good way to answer a bad question.
 
2007-08-08 04:17:57 PM
"Because they didn't want to" would have been a perfectly acceptable answer. Dad can't force them. Its their choice.
 
2007-08-08 04:18:05 PM
Sorry, got cut off.

So, you don't answer it. You say, "My sons are exercising the very freedom of choice that makes America so great. I am proud of them, and I can only hope that others exercise their freedom of choice."
 
2007-08-08 04:19:03 PM
LocalCynic: This is Mitt's macaca moment.

Since when has being too chickenshiat to fight in a war hurt a Republican? Fighting is for poor people. He'll probably get a bump in the polls because of it.

Hell, according to the Republicans, the people who are the real America haters are the ones who've actually seen combat, like John Kerry.
 
2007-08-08 04:20:05 PM
5000_gallons_of_toothpaste: "Because they didn't want to" would have been a perfectly acceptable answer. Dad can't force them. Its their choice.

I don't see why he or any other politician doesn't say this. It's not his job to speak for his adult children. However, it speaks to the guy's character that he decided to open his mouth and say something so ridiculous.

/ten minutes until this goes to infinity
//which one is going down next
 
2007-08-08 04:20:15 PM
More Yellow Elephants on the march!
 
2007-08-08 04:20:42 PM
Serving Dad != serving the United States

It isn't that difficult a concept to grasp
 
2007-08-08 04:20:52 PM
Calmamity: They have "other priorities".

haha. This.
 
2007-08-08 04:21:18 PM
It was an idiotic question and he shouldn't have dignified it.

LocalCynic: This is Mitt's macaca moment.

It was a stupid answer, but the question was a pile of crap in the first place. I don't think it comes anywhere close to Allen's unprovoked, unexplainable "macaca" comment.
 
2007-08-08 04:22:00 PM
Jokes on him, I'm not going to for him now (If I become American before the election(Which I probably wont)). Good job idiot.
 
2007-08-08 04:24:02 PM
The real heroes are the politicians! They have had the bravery to start a war on false pretenses and then the mud-in-the-gut fortitude to stick with it not matter how bad the going has gotten!

\Where's my I support Washington politics bumper sticker?
\\GO, GO, Gadget, Military Industrial Complex!
 
2007-08-08 04:25:09 PM
Calmamity: Since when has being too chickenshiat to fight in a war hurt a Republican?

While on one hand I won't argue that most of the GOP base couldn't care less about the not enlisting part, the arrogance of his answer is astounding. He really comes off as if he's shouting "look at me, I'm important." I got that vibe from him during the first couple of televised debates, when he spoke with a really patronizing tone. Then he said that he wouldn't attend the YouTube debate because Presidential candidates are too important for this type of thing. Now he says that his campaign is just as important as the war. Good grief.
 
2007-08-08 04:30:44 PM
Code_Archeologist: That was a loaded question... but dude, at least attempt to not sound like an over entitled farking prick when you answer it.

yeah, I'd have to agree. If you play the game at that level you should be able to handle loaded questions FAR better than he did here.

Is he TRYING to get kicked out of the race?
 
2007-08-08 04:33:12 PM
kronicfeld: It was a stupid answer, but the question was a pile of crap in the first place. I don't think it comes anywhere close to Allen's unprovoked, unexplainable "macaca" comment.

I disagree. Like Allen's gaffe, or John Kerry's "with us or against us," Dukakis's answer to the Willy Horton question, and so on, this statement is a short, simple gaffe that plays into his worst qualities as a candidate.

The "macaca" quote played into the suggestion that Allen was a not so closeted racist who used codewords and wink-and-nod nonsense because he was too afraid to say exactly what was on his mind. Kerry's gaffe was an instance in which he not only tried to take both sides of the issue, but he was confident if not defiant in doing so. And Dukakis looked like a sheltered academic when he answered the question about the death penalty.

Here, Romney comes off as a self-important politician. Sometimes he comes off as rehearsed, but lately he's just come off as hot tempered. He's outraged that people would even question his sincerity. His handlers would be wise to rein him in a bit, because he already blew up a couple of times this week. First, he gave a pretty poor answer to the question in the debate on Sunday about Brownback's ad, and suggested that the pro-life movement is being "holier-than-thou" in asking questions about him. Second, he got really angry when somebody asked how he could be sincere in his faith when he took a pro-choice position as governor of Massachusetts. He flew off the handle.

If he wanted to be dismissive about this question, there are much better ways to do it than to suggest that his sons are patriots for helping him.
 
2007-08-08 04:35:46 PM
SchlingFo: There's no good way to answer a bad question.

He could have said something as simple as, "I think that is a question better asked of my sons, as it is their choice and not mine." Simple, direct, and to the point... and without sounding like a prick.
 
2007-08-08 04:36:47 PM
I just replaced the yellow ribbon magnet on my car with one that says "Support Mitt Romney's Sons"

God Bless America

/except for the Liberals
// as if God would bless them anyway
 
2007-08-08 04:37:17 PM
Er, why did I say "with us or against us," I meant to refer to Kerry's "for the war before I was against it" quote.
 
2007-08-08 04:37:54 PM
Glad to see no one is supporting Romney. What a dick!
 
2007-08-08 04:42:11 PM
damn, i just submitted a link to the youtube. The youtube the Romney campaign released because they say he was taken out of context. The youtube that shows he... WASN'T taken out of context. Rofl.

So what i'm saying is that I would have used the followup tag if I had seen this before I posted.
 
2007-08-08 04:44:18 PM
well, if our freedom is at stake, why aren't they?
 
2007-08-08 04:44:30 PM
SchlingFo: So, you don't answer it. You say, "My sons are exercising the very freedom of choice that makes America so great. I am proud of them, and I can only hope that others exercise their freedom of choice."

SchlingFo for President!! At least that answer would sounds like you're thinking on your feet. Romney's not so swift with that. He's a product: all marketing and little substance.
 
2007-08-08 04:44:44 PM
www.huffingtonpost.com
 
2007-08-08 04:45:17 PM
"Because they are their own men and they make their own decisions."

"Next question."
 
2007-08-08 04:45:17 PM
haha
awesome answer.

what would some of the budding fark pr nerds have said instead?

"They are all free to decide their own actions...I will not force them to go"?
 
2007-08-08 04:46:05 PM
ablankpost the youtube link kudasai
 
2007-08-08 04:46:58 PM
Sleeping Monkey: Like scores of other republicans who support the war from behind their keyboard.

/bring 'em on


And how many Democrat politicians families that continue to fund the war are serving?
And for those of you who do not sign up for military service I am assuming are hoping for their defeat. Or does this nonsense only work against Republicans?
 
2007-08-08 04:47:09 PM
scumbag
 
2007-08-08 04:48:43 PM
LocalCynic: Kerry's gaffe was an instance in which he not only tried to take both sides of the issue, but he was confident if not defiant in doing so.

Yeah stupid him not realizing the American population is so dumb that the don't understand how congress works.

Then, in October 2003, a year after voting to support the use of force in Iraq, Kerry voted against an $87 billion supplemental funding bill for U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. He did support an alternative bill that funded the $87 billion by cutting some of President Bush's tax cuts.

He wanted a competing bill instead that's why he voted against it later.
 
2007-08-08 04:48:52 PM
The sons are too busy strapping the family dog to the station wagon.
 
2007-08-08 04:51:37 PM
FT(Yahoo)A:Romney noted that his middle son, 36-year-old Josh, was completing a recreational vehicle tour of all 99 Iowa counties

Not to threadjack, but would anyone here -- regardless of political affiliation -- really vote for a candidate because one of his kids drove through your county in a Winnebago?
 
2007-08-08 04:51:54 PM
Corvus: Yeah stupid him not realizing the American population is so dumb that the don't understand how congress works.

Yeah, I agree with you, but I mean, them's the breaks. I absolutely hate the sound bite political culture. Frankly, I think that one of the reasons that Ron Paul has been so popular isn't so much his stance on issues but the fact that he has an overarching philosophy that he can explain without relying on cheap platitudes and soundbites. He is reasonably well spoken and thinks before he opens his mouth. In contrast, all of the politician gaffes that I listed were the result of politicos who simply didn't have a clue as to what they were going to say before they said it.
 
2007-08-08 04:52:36 PM
Did they let the National Guard know that they'd be out for a while and not to expect them back?
 
2007-08-08 04:53:37 PM
I doubt that my Mom would have found Mr Romney's answer very compelling, she had five sons on active duty during the Vietnam War.
 
2007-08-08 04:54:03 PM
Weaver95 [TotalFark]

Is he TRYING to get kicked out of the race?

I think you're on to something there.

I have had the feeling for a while that pretty much all the gop candidates are not in it to win. They're just there to fill the role and apply for the position. I kept saying that the entire time McCain was going down. He was campaigning to lose.

Think about it, who honestly wants to follow after Bush's presidency and "legacy".

But why bother even trying then you ask? They're politicians. There's always a future election around the corner and they'll be able to say they wanted to be the president that dealt with the tough problems in this era.
 
2007-08-08 04:56:26 PM
Mr. Coffee Nerves: FT(Yahoo)A:Romney noted that his middle son, 36-year-old Josh, was completing a recreational vehicle tour of all 99 Iowa counties

Not to threadjack, but would anyone here -- regardless of political affiliation -- really vote for a candidate because one of his kids drove through your county in a Winnebago?


No, I wouldn't vote for him because he farking sucked as governor.

/sorry I voted for him
 
2007-08-08 04:56:49 PM
kronicfeld: It was an idiotic question and he shouldn't have dignified it.

How is it idiotic? Mitt Romney says he believes that this war is a good thing. But his children don't?

He could have said, "Well, it's their choice to serve or not, and I'd fully support them if they did." And then we wouldn't be talking about this.

But he didn't, so here we are.
 
2007-08-08 04:58:17 PM
The best part of Romney's term here in Massachussetts was when he was out of state getting ready to run for President. The remaining ten percent of the term we had to put up with crap like this.
 
2007-08-08 05:02:18 PM
This guy is as pathetic as John Edwards, and a lot less slick about it.
 
2007-08-08 05:02:30 PM
FTFA: "One of the ways my sons are showing support for our nation is helping me get elected because they think I'd be a great president."

The Douchebag-Lord Romney speaks!
 
2007-08-08 05:02:33 PM
This guy is awful. I have heard some of his yammerings and read some of his stances on ... whatever. He's worse than Hillary, and she is pretty bad. Guilliani is worse than both of them and I want none of them. Ever.
 
2007-08-08 05:03:10 PM
Mitt Romney was asked by an anti-war pro-peace activist...

FTFY
 
2007-08-08 05:03:42 PM
wooden_badger: The sons are too busy strapping the family dog to the station wagon.

Ooh! Another one!

"Because the Army insisted that they dye their magic underwear green!"

Hmmm...I wonder...do Mormons get to wear the magic underwear in the armed forces?

Do we even HAVE Mormons in the military? Probably, but I have no real idea.
 
2007-08-08 05:04:15 PM
Although not a fan of Mitt, the article suggests that his answer was fairly close to what farkers have recommended:

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, also saluted a uniformed soldier in the crowd and called for donations to military support organizations. Last week, he donated $25,000 to seven such organizations.

"The good news is that we have a volunteer Army and that's the way we're going to keep it," Romney told some 200 people gathered in an abbey near the Mississippi River that had been converted into a hotel. "My sons are all adults and they've made decisions about their careers and they've chosen not to serve in the military and active duty and I respect their decision in that regard."

He added: "One of the ways my sons are showing support for our nation is helping me get elected because they think I'd be a great president."


The last bit of self-importance is clumsy, but his response to a loaded question is not hopeless.

Spike
 
2007-08-08 05:07:21 PM
Cool :-) You know it'd be a lot less costly for everyone involved if you'd call it a "gimme" for whatever the Democrats runand try again in 2012 when maybe you can try to make the case that what the country needs is more Bush

/and the Democrat gets another term
 
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