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2012-08-08 08:46:23 AM  
Well, that's something you don't see every day. Or ever.
 
2012-08-08 08:47:03 AM  
Business insider is a big obnoxious pop up ad pretending to be a website. Me no go there anymore.
 
2012-08-08 08:47:39 AM  
Uh, so?
 
2012-08-08 08:48:31 AM  
Sounds like George earned the "honor" of eating at McDick's for free, but......

It's just bad optics. Like the rest of the Romney campaign, the idea that George Romney never had to buy lunch isn't going to sit well with regular people who DO have to pony up a few bucks for that burger and fries. The man of almost unlimited means gets free food, while the rest of us have to pay for it. NOT SOMETHING YOU BRAG ABOUT, MITT!
 
2012-08-08 08:49:15 AM  
how does having free McDonalds for life jive with the whole body a temple thing...
 
2012-08-08 08:50:35 AM  
Free McDonald's for Romney.

Really makes me Grimace.
 
2012-08-08 08:50:36 AM  
Hah, as if the typical McDonalds employee knows who Ray Kroc is.
 
2012-08-08 08:50:57 AM  
What's interesting here is that we get another look inside the mind of a man who can't even begin to understand how he would relate to "normies".

If you'll permit me some speculation based on the behavior I've seen from him in the past...

He has an anecdote about McDonald's. He thinks "hey, the rabble eat at McDonald's, right? Let's use this to become relate-able". So he goes out and he brings up McDonald's like it's some magic keyword that's going to make people instantly love him when they hear it, but then he tossed on the whole "by the way, I bring this up because my stinking-rich father had a card he got from a stinking-rich connection that entitled him to never have to pay for his burger, fries and shake meal there" and blows the whole thing. Now instead of "hey look at me! I eat poor people food!" it becomes "hey look at me, thanks to my connections to other super-rich businessman, I don't have to pay for my food when I eat with the poor people!"

Hardly something to get real excited over considering his hundreds of other massive. glaring faults that suggest he'd be a horrible president for this country, but interesting nonetheless. The guy just cannot connect. As you'd expect of a man who could spend less than ten minutes counting out all the people in this country wealthier than him.
 
2012-08-08 08:51:27 AM  
Mitt is precious. He honestly has no clue what things are normal and what things aren't for the rest of us.
 
2012-08-08 08:51:30 AM  

HMS_Blinkin: Sounds like George earned the "honor" of eating at McDick's for free, but......

It's just bad optics. Like the rest of the Romney campaign, the idea that George Romney never had to buy lunch isn't going to sit well with regular people who DO have to pony up a few bucks for that burger and fries. The man of almost unlimited means gets free food, while the rest of us have to pay for it. NOT SOMETHING YOU BRAG ABOUT, MITT!



I dislike Romney as much as the next guy, but I don't see it that way. To me it looks like his dad helped McD's when it was just starting and the owner appreciated the help quite a bit. It makes him (Romney's Dad) look more like a good guy. Romney's dad also released his taxes. Too bad his dad isn't the one running.
 
2012-08-08 08:51:35 AM  

magusdevil: Uh, so?


I'm not sure either. I thought everybody pretty much already agrees that Romney's dad was a good guy.
 
2012-08-08 08:52:04 AM  
Sweet Jesus, if I had free fries for life I would get so goddamned fat.
 
2012-08-08 08:53:21 AM  
"I like those fancy dollar menu items you bought. Really sprung for the big bucks." ~ Rmoney
 
2012-08-08 08:53:48 AM  

fracto: Romney's dad also released his taxes.


Romney's dad established the whole precedent of candidates releasing their taxes.
 
2012-08-08 08:54:24 AM  
Romney can't just escape that "silver spoon/fortunate son" image can he? He's lived a insulated life of privilege, even extending to freaking McDonalds, of all things.

On a Facebook feed today, a guy I'm connected with shared Malkin's bit making fun of Jimmy Carter. In what world can you even say anything bad about Carter in relation to the clown circus that is the Romney campaign?

On the other hand, his dad was a classical conservative, not a rich, bumbling buffoon who get his own story straight.
 
2012-08-08 08:54:51 AM  

Aarontology: Sweet Jesus, if I had free fries for life I would get so goddamned fat.


That's why they don't give those cards out to you commoners, no self control like the Romney elites. After all, you would be rich too if you had some self control, but there you go spending money for electricity and gasoline. Really, you should be ashamed.
 
2012-08-08 08:56:48 AM  

Vegan Meat Popsicle: What's interesting here is that we get another look inside the mind of a man who can't even begin to understand how he would relate to "normies".

If you'll permit me some speculation based on the behavior I've seen from him in the past...

He has an anecdote about McDonald's. He thinks "hey, the rabble eat at McDonald's, right? Let's use this to become relate-able". So he goes out and he brings up McDonald's like it's some magic keyword that's going to make people instantly love him when they hear it, but then he tossed on the whole "by the way, I bring this up because my stinking-rich father had a card he got from a stinking-rich connection that entitled him to never have to pay for his burger, fries and shake meal there" and blows the whole thing. Now instead of "hey look at me! I eat poor people food!" it becomes "hey look at me, thanks to my connections to other super-rich businessman, I don't have to pay for my food when I eat with the poor people!"

Hardly something to get real excited over considering his hundreds of other massive. glaring faults that suggest he'd be a horrible president for this country, but interesting nonetheless. The guy just cannot connect. As you'd expect of a man who could spend less than ten minutes counting out all the people in this country wealthier than him.


1 percenters are proud of their disconnect from reality just as conservatives are proud of their stupidity.
 
2012-08-08 08:58:10 AM  
"This one time, in Paris, you people wouldn't take my Platinum Card or my free food for life card, so I had to eat a bologna sandwich."
 
2012-08-08 08:58:22 AM  

Transubstantive: Aarontology: Sweet Jesus, if I had free fries for life I would get so goddamned fat.

That's why they don't give those cards out to you commoners, no self control like the Romney elites. After all, you would be rich too if you had some self control, but there you go spending money for electricity and gasoline. Really, you should be ashamed.


Shows what you know. I was going to take thirty percent of my fries and keep them in offshore fry havens.
 
2012-08-08 08:59:15 AM  
Mitt will never get it. he doesn't understand there's an It to get. he genuinely doesn't understand how abnormal his life experience is compared to most; he's not being repulsive or reprehensible deliberately, he's describing normality for People Like Him. It's the same perspective that Royalty have. Not bad per se, just completely Other, and when they try and reach out to the rest of us, it never quite hits the right note. On some level, it's indescribably sad and pitiable.

and incredibly funny of course. let's not overlook that. republicans have chosen just the worst possible candidate, haven't they? Apart from Gingrich.
 
2012-08-08 08:59:40 AM  
You people all sound like Rockefellers to me, I eat at McDowell's.
 
2012-08-08 09:00:49 AM  
Or, in Simpsons terms...

At the grocery store...
[pushing a cart]
[to a woman] "I'm shopping!"
-- Mr. BurnsMitt Romney, not losing the common touch, "The Old Man and the Lisa"

In the cereal aisle, Mr. Burns Mitt Romney[seeing a box of Krusty-Os] pesters Krusty to help him find a cereal that's "for him."
BurnsRomney: Uh, oh, excuse me, could you tell me where I might find the "BurnsRomney-Os"?
Krusty: Sorry, pops. They don't put nobodies on cereal boxes.
-- Silly BurnsieRomney, cereals are for somebodies, "The Old Man and the Lisa"

[notices a box of "Count ChoculaFranken Berry" cereal with a cartoon of a vampire Frankenstein's Monster on it]
Hmm. I suppose this one looks a _bit_ like me.
-- Mr. Burns Mitt Romney goes shopping, "The Old Man and the Lisa"
 
2012-08-08 09:01:28 AM  
How did George Romney make it to age 88 eating McD's every morning?

Also, I thought Romney's dad was off limits, and bringing him up - even for a retelling of actual, undeniable historical fact - was disrespectful to the Romneys, to politics in general, to Mormonism, and to America. I guess this is like Palin's kids - it's only OK if THEY bring it up.

// but you can't respond
 
2012-08-08 09:01:49 AM  
You know how boys liked to go through their dad's top drawer, just to sort of see what he has in there, maybe find an old coin he might not miss or whatever...

Lol, "old coins". Yeah, that's what you were looking for, Mitt. Totally not Playboys.
 
2012-08-08 09:02:47 AM  
The important question here is, who the fark would WANT a free McDonald's for Life card?

/bleehh
 
2012-08-08 09:03:09 AM  

Notabunny: I'm not sure either. I thought everybody pretty much already agrees that Romney's dad was a good guy.


It has nothing to do with being a good or bad guy, it has to do with the fact that Romney is so extravagantly wealthy that he cannot even begin to comprehend what is considered "normal" for more than 99% of this country. The man is so far removed from what normal people live on a daily basis that he just cannot offer an anecdote that doesn't include some nugget about his extremely elite status.

He should have stopped trying to connect to "normal" people during the primaries and just picked an actual strength and platform to run on. He's extremely wealthy and lives in a world that more than 99% of this country will never see and he needs to stop pretending that he can bridge that enormous divide with stupid anecdotes and platitudes.

Mitt, you've got an extraordinary amount of wealth. That's not changing and you're convincing anyone otherwise. Stop trying and just craft a damn policy platform to run on instead.
 
2012-08-08 09:03:20 AM  
I honestly thought the "nascar, I know car owners" out-of-touch comment could not be topped. I was wrong.
 
2012-08-08 09:03:26 AM  

Alphax: Well, that's something you don't see every day. Or ever.


Yeah, what a kroc.

/obvious
 
2012-08-08 09:03:30 AM  

Headso: how does having free McDonalds for life jive with the whole body a temple thing...


Then again back then McDonalds actually made their own food vs having it pre-fabricated and stored in bin warmers for assembly.
 
2012-08-08 09:04:47 AM  

bulldg4life: I honestly thought the "nascar, I know car owners" out-of-touch comment could not be topped. I was wrong.


Car. Left. Fast.
 
2012-08-08 09:05:13 AM  
Cool story, Bro.
 
2012-08-08 09:06:44 AM  

fracto: HMS_Blinkin: Sounds like George earned the "honor" of eating at McDick's for free, but......

It's just bad optics. Like the rest of the Romney campaign, the idea that George Romney never had to buy lunch isn't going to sit well with regular people who DO have to pony up a few bucks for that burger and fries. The man of almost unlimited means gets free food, while the rest of us have to pay for it. NOT SOMETHING YOU BRAG ABOUT, MITT!


I dislike Romney as much as the next guy, but I don't see it that way. To me it looks like his dad helped McD's when it was just starting and the owner appreciated the help quite a bit. It makes him (Romney's Dad) look more like a good guy. Romney's dad also released his taxes. Too bad his dad isn't the one running.


George totally earned the right to eat there for free. I'm not disagreeing with that. And I'm not saying it's a reason to dislike Romney----I'm saying that this is just another thing that makes him seem "different" from the rest of us. Think of it this way: a big part of the Republican strategy against Obama has been to paint him as an "other." That is to say, someone different, whose background/ancestry/religion is different from "ours" (meaning joe schmoe), and therefore he is untrustworthy. Therefore it follows that Mitt Romney's goal should be to make himself a "regular guy," someone that voters can relate to,

In my case, I grew up in SE Michigan, not far from where Romney was raised. He should have NO problem convincing me that he has more in common with me than the guy who was born in Hawaii and raised in a variety of foreign countries. But the many, many little things like this make him seem even more foreign to most people than Obama already does.

He should have just said "My dad was a regular guy who ate at McDonald's every day for lunch" and left it at that. That would make Mitt more relateable to most voters. Adding that his dad never paid for the privilege makes that relateability disappear. He should have left off the "for free" part, since almost no one would know any different----and if someone brought the "free lunch" thing up, I don't think there'd be much political hay to be made from it.

TL;DR: The content of what Romney's saying isn't necessarily bad, but the delivery is AWFUL. Which is pretty much par for this campaign.
 
2012-08-08 09:07:13 AM  
Okay, seriously. I'm following all the election hullabaloo, but this is a nonstarter.

[itsnotnewsitsfark.jpg]
 
2012-08-08 09:09:44 AM  

kronicfeld: bulldg4life: I honestly thought the "nascar, I know car owners" out-of-touch comment could not be topped. I was wrong.

Car. Left. Fast.


Not this week! Damn New Yorkers making Nascar difficult for the rest of us.
 
2012-08-08 09:10:06 AM  

Guuberre: The important question here is, who the fark would WANT a free McDonald's for Life card?

/bleehh


Did they have quality (relative to today) food there back in the olden days?
 
2012-08-08 09:10:17 AM  
yeah -- umm -- getting a freebie from Ray Croc because you did him a solid?

CONGRATULATIONS -- that is awesome.

much respect.
 
2012-08-08 09:10:43 AM  
Hold on. I think the most important thing about this story is that Mitt is basically admitting that he is a psychopath:

"You know how boys liked to go through their dad's top drawer, just to sort of see what he has in there, maybe find an old coin he might not miss or whatever, " Romney told a group of donors at a Chicago fundraiser this afternoon.

Mitt Romney stole from his own father as a child. o_o

Sure, I know what you're thinking, "Big farking deal. You're blowing this out of proportion. Gosh, Mitt Romney sure is sooo dreamy" -- but why didn't Mitt just say, "I was just being nosy and looking through my dad's stuff"? That's understandable. But looking through his dad's stuff in order to find something to take? That's not relatable. In fact, it's indicative of psychopathy.
 
2012-08-08 09:14:45 AM  
It was signed by the hand of Ray Kroc

Was the rest of him involved in the signing, or just a disembodied hand?
 
2012-08-08 09:14:46 AM  
"Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me."

-- F. Scott Fitzgerald
 
2012-08-08 09:15:49 AM  

James F. Campbell: But looking through his dad's stuff in order to find something to take? That's not relatable. In fact, it's indicative of psychopathy.


Usually on those psych tests you might have to take for various jobs the question "have you ever stolen anything as a child" is in there to judge how honestly you are taking the test because almost everyone has stolen something as a child.
 
2012-08-08 09:16:04 AM  

Aarontology: Sweet Jesus, if I had free fries for life I would get so goddamned fat.



Are you suggesting the only thing preventing your from eating fries until your dropped is not being able to afford $5 a day?
 
2012-08-08 09:17:15 AM  

Dr Dreidel: How did George Romney make it to age 88 eating McD's every morning?


I guess McDonalds' food must be full of preservatives.
 
2012-08-08 09:17:39 AM  

Andy Andy: Guuberre: The important question here is, who the fark would WANT a free McDonald's for Life card?

/bleehh

Did they have quality (relative to today) food there back in the olden days?


Yes. The price of their burgers has remained pretty much constant, despite inflation.
 
2012-08-08 09:18:01 AM  
Lovely story at a dinner party, or at his father's funeral service.

Terrible story when your main campaign problem is being seen as an exotic one-percenter moon-creature.
 
2012-08-08 09:19:50 AM  

Bungles: Aarontology: Sweet Jesus, if I had free fries for life I would get so goddamned fat.


Are you suggesting the only thing preventing your from eating fries until your dropped is not being able to afford $5 a day?


It's not the cost. It'd be the psychological effect of "Hey, I have free shiat. let me get as much as I can"
 
2012-08-08 09:19:59 AM  
www.eatmedaily.com

/not mcdonalds but I want it back!
 
2012-08-08 09:20:15 AM  

Andy Andy: Guuberre: The important question here is, who the fark would WANT a free McDonald's for Life card?

/bleehh

Did they have quality (relative to today) food there back in the olden days?


Yes since while Kroc was a stickler about standardization (which is what made him a success) he also avoided cutting quality like soybean additives to meat. Of course mass production went to its logical extreme and volume and speed replaced quality control.
 
2012-08-08 09:20:37 AM  

HMS_Blinkin: fracto: HMS_Blinkin: Sounds like George earned the "honor" of eating at McDick's for free, but......

It's just bad optics. Like the rest of the Romney campaign, the idea that George Romney never had to buy lunch isn't going to sit well with regular people who DO have to pony up a few bucks for that burger and fries. The man of almost unlimited means gets free food, while the rest of us have to pay for it. NOT SOMETHING YOU BRAG ABOUT, MITT!


I dislike Romney as much as the next guy, but I don't see it that way. To me it looks like his dad helped McD's when it was just starting and the owner appreciated the help quite a bit. It makes him (Romney's Dad) look more like a good guy. Romney's dad also released his taxes. Too bad his dad isn't the one running.

George totally earned the right to eat there for free. I'm not disagreeing with that. And I'm not saying it's a reason to dislike Romney----I'm saying that this is just another thing that makes him seem "different" from the rest of us. Think of it this way: a big part of the Republican strategy against Obama has been to paint him as an "other." That is to say, someone different, whose background/ancestry/religion is different from "ours" (meaning joe schmoe), and therefore he is untrustworthy. Therefore it follows that Mitt Romney's goal should be to make himself a "regular guy," someone that voters can relate to,

In my case, I grew up in SE Michigan, not far from where Romney was raised. He should have NO problem convincing me that he has more in common with me than the guy who was born in Hawaii and raised in a variety of foreign countries. But the many, many little things like this make him seem even more foreign to most people than Obama already does.

He should have just said "My dad was a regular guy who ate at McDonald's every day for lunch" and left it at that. That would make Mitt more relateable to most voters. Adding that his dad never paid for the privilege makes that relateability disappe ...


This.

In an attempt to sound like one of the boys, his delivery just alienates him more and more.
 
2012-08-08 09:20:59 AM  
I'm honestly curious the context in which that anecdote was delivered. Was Romney just trying to relay some 'regular guy' credentials or something? Seems a weird story to tell on the campaign trail.
 
2012-08-08 09:21:21 AM  

moistD: [www.eatmedaily.com image 540x411]

/not mcdonalds but I want it back!



I'm pissed they withdrew the Big 'n Tasty. They don't have anything Whopper-like at all at McDonalds now.


/I want a big burger with lots of crap on it, damn it.
 
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