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(The New York Times)   Reporter: "Do you think you'll be campaigning more actively in Florida?" Romney's actual quote: "Ha, ha. We're in the stretch, aren't we? Look at those clouds. It's beautiful. Look at those things." *facepalm*   (nytimes.com) divider line 104
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2012-09-21 06:35:31 AM
This man is going to debate President Obama on national television.

Let that sink in.
 
2012-09-21 06:53:10 AM

bloobeary: This man is going to debate President Obama on national television.

Let that sink in.


In an attempt to rach African American voters, will he be in black face?
 
2012-09-21 06:53:48 AM
Every once in a while, I am glad that I get up early and read Fark before work. This is one of those times.

Thanks, subby. That was awesome. Good find.
 
2012-09-21 07:39:14 AM

bloobeary: This man is going to debate President Obama on national television.


He's not so much going to debate the President, but regurgitate talking points regardless of what the moderator asks him.
 
2012-09-21 08:03:20 AM
This is starting to look like the ending to Of Mice And Men.

Look at the clouds, Willard.
 
2012-09-21 08:49:07 AM
I can't believe he left out the trees in his big cloud speech.
 
2012-09-21 08:50:25 AM

Cake Hunter: I can't believe he left out the trees in his big cloud speech.


Ha! Michigan's got nothing on US!
 
2012-09-21 08:53:29 AM
The joke among reporters is that Romney spends some much time in swing states that unless you are from a swing state you can't get an interview. So by the reporter asking the question 'Will you campaign more in Flordia?" it was a Ha Ha look at those clouds! Of course I'll be here.
 
2012-09-21 08:56:23 AM
As I worked my way through that, I was becoming more and more disappointed that this was just another Fark headline with a made-up quote to draw attention. But finally at the very end, the pay-off. And it was beautiful.

Vodka Zombie: This is starting to look like the ending to Of Mice And Men.

Look at the clouds, Willard.


That cloud looks like a rabbit.
 
2012-09-21 08:57:48 AM

WTF Indeed: The joke among reporters is that Romney spends some much time in swing states that unless you are from a swing state you can't get an interview. So by the reporter asking the question 'Will you campaign more in Flordia?" it was a Ha Ha look at those clouds! Of course I'll be here.


Plausible. But Still awkward and confusing.
 
2012-09-21 08:57:53 AM
I enjoy the many facets of earth weather.
 
2012-09-21 08:58:40 AM

DrBenway: But finally at the very end, the pay-off. And it was beautiful.


Subby's prepared a nice little test for us.
 
2012-09-21 09:00:47 AM

Diogenes: Plausible. But Still awkward and confusing.


It's not plausible, it's fact. This is essentially hearing an inside joke and trying to put it into your context.
 
2012-09-21 09:02:51 AM
"Look at those clouds. Cloudy, white, fluffy."
 
2012-09-21 09:06:34 AM

WTF Indeed: Diogenes: Plausible. But Still awkward and confusing.

It's not plausible, it's fact. This is essentially hearing an inside joke and trying to put it into your context.


No, it's a story that fits the facts.
 
2012-09-21 09:10:30 AM

WTF Indeed: The joke among reporters is that Romney spends some much time in swing states that unless you are from a swing state you can't get an interview. So by the reporter asking the question 'Will you campaign more in Flordia?" it was a Ha Ha look at those clouds! Of course I'll be here.


He spends so much time in swing states that Monday he was in California, and he spent Tuesday in Utah and Texas. Then again, Texas may be a swing state by the end of this decade if Republicans continue to take the Mitt Romney "If I bronze my face, Hispanics will vote for me" approach.
 
2012-09-21 09:21:16 AM

RminusQ: He spends so much time in swing states that Monday he was in California, and he spent Tuesday in Utah and Texas. Then again, Texas may be a swing state by the end of this decade if Republicans continue to take the Mitt Romney "If I bronze my face, Hispanics will vote for me" approach.


OMG! The man wasn't in enough swing states this week! You do understand that the campaign has been going on longer than a week, and that with the election coming down to the final 40+ days a campaign like his would be forced more and more into being in only swing states. And that perhaps when a political reporter asks a candidate if he'll be in a state that's critical to his election down the stretch it's meant to be a joke since they both know the answer to the question he's just trying to lighten the mood.

I don't know which is worse, that you can't see the simple logic in an argument or that in the back of your mind you are thinking that because I'm defending the Romney on this on topic I must either a supporter of his or a troll.
 
2012-09-21 09:29:31 AM
You know, when it became increasingly clear that Romney was the Republican nominee, I was a bit disappointed because I thought the election season would be so boring. But goddamn if this guy isn't as entertaining as Sarah Palin.
 
2012-09-21 09:30:15 AM

WTF Indeed: RminusQ: He spends so much time in swing states that Monday he was in California, and he spent Tuesday in Utah and Texas. Then again, Texas may be a swing state by the end of this decade if Republicans continue to take the Mitt Romney "If I bronze my face, Hispanics will vote for me" approach.

OMG! The man wasn't in enough swing states this week! You do understand that the campaign has been going on longer than a week, and that with the election coming down to the final 40+ days a campaign like his would be forced more and more into being in only swing states. And that perhaps when a political reporter asks a candidate if he'll be in a state that's critical to his election down the stretch it's meant to be a joke since they both know the answer to the question he's just trying to lighten the mood.

I don't know which is worse, that you can't see the simple logic in an argument or that in the back of your mind you are thinking that because I'm defending the Romney on this on topic I must either a supporter of his or a troll.


Is it too much to ask that Mitt Romney relate to humans on a personal level?
 
2012-09-21 09:32:36 AM

cameroncrazy1984: Is it too much to ask that Mitt Romney relate to humans on a personal level?


Depends, are you talking about a few specific humans or our whole race?
 
2012-09-21 09:32:56 AM

cameroncrazy1984: Is it too much to ask that Mitt Romney relate to humans people who don't have Swiss bank accounts on a personal level?


Yes. Yes it is.
 
2012-09-21 09:34:06 AM
My local Fox affiliate keeps playing a sound bite where Mittens appears to endorse Obama for a second term:

'My opponent says he gets an incomplete on his first term. As you all know, when you get an incomplete, you get to take the course over again!'

Well, alrighty then!
 
2012-09-21 09:34:07 AM
Well, at least he wasn't yelling at them, I guess.
 
2012-09-21 09:35:29 AM

WTF Indeed: I don't know which is worse, that you can't see the simple logic in an argument or that in the back of your mind you are thinking that because I'm defending the Romney on this on topic I must either a supporter of his or a troll.


GET OUT OF MY HEAD!!!
 
2012-09-21 09:44:11 AM
Nice trolling subby!

*goes to article"

Ctrl-F
"Look at those"
Next

Omg, he really said that.

*facepalm*
 
2012-09-21 09:45:06 AM
I think this was all a clever plot to keep us from using:

encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com
 
2012-09-21 09:45:20 AM

WTF Indeed: And that perhaps when a political reporter asks a candidate if he'll be in a state that's critical to his election down the stretch it's meant to be a joke since they both know the answer to the question he's just trying to lighten the mood.


To be fair, I hadn't considered that possibility. But then again, the story doesn't make it sound like that:

...a reporter asked if he would be campaigning more extensively.

"Ha, ha. We're in the stretch, aren't we?" Mr. Romney said before promptly changing the subject and pointing to the sky. "Look at those clouds. It's beautiful. Look at those things."


Both reporters credited on the story, Jim Rutenberg and Jeff Zeleny, are pretty accomplished news reporters writing for a well respected paper. I'd be surprised if they would write it like they did if the context were light-hearted joking, as you suggest.
 
2012-09-21 09:46:21 AM
Wow. Romney was campaigning in my hometown. He would have a nice crowd there. Sarasota is full of two things. Old people and rich people. People who work for the county can't afford to live in Sarasota. They have to go to the outskirts (Northport or Bradenton) in order to afford home prices. I hope my friends were there to stir the pot.

I was very active in politics in Manatee County and Sarasota County. A man that I know started the SaraMana Black Republicans Club. Those folks gave me a run for my money. They were constant sources of misinformation, especially in the black community. Katherine Harris loved that club. When I met her, I introduced myself to her. Now, my name is not an easy name. It is a unusual first name with a hyphenated last name. She told me that she already knew who I was (I founded the Manatee/Sarasota Democratic Black Caucus). It was an interesting meeting.
 
2012-09-21 09:47:12 AM
P.S. Look at the clouds. Those are some nice clouds. Look over there.

I hope someone has posted a picture of a man yelling at the clouds.
 
2012-09-21 09:49:12 AM

Lucky LaRue: WTF Indeed: And that perhaps when a political reporter asks a candidate if he'll be in a state that's critical to his election down the stretch it's meant to be a joke since they both know the answer to the question he's just trying to lighten the mood.

To be fair, I hadn't considered that possibility. But then again, the story doesn't make it sound like that:

...a reporter asked if he would be campaigning more extensively.

"Ha, ha. We're in the stretch, aren't we?" Mr. Romney said before promptly changing the subject and pointing to the sky. "Look at those clouds. It's beautiful. Look at those things."

Both reporters credited on the story, Jim Rutenberg and Jeff Zeleny, are pretty accomplished news reporters writing for a well respected paper. I'd be surprised if they would write it like they did if the context were light-hearted joking, as you suggest.


That's why I said "plausible." WTF actually brought an interesting insight I hadn't considered to the table, and I fear he thinks I was being critical. Perhaps I should have provided more context in my comment.

The problem is, proving that is the case is another matter entirely. And Romney's stiffness can't entirely be a media fabrication or misunderstanding.
 
2012-09-21 09:49:44 AM

WTF Indeed: I don't know which is worse, that you can't see the simple logic in an argument or that in the back of your mind you are thinking that because I'm defending the Romney on this on topic I must either a supporter of his or a troll.


No, I've seen you around enough. You're reasonable. I was basically just noting that Romney's campaign has been terrible and unfocused. Request to have the dickish tenor of my remarks taken down?
 
2012-09-21 09:50:55 AM
"Like wooaahh, look at those clouds man"

www.maniacworld.com
 
2012-09-21 09:51:39 AM
FTFA: The campaign has been meticulously thought out, they said, and its supporters have yet to see activity that, by design, was not scheduled to begin until near the end of the race.

What is it with the GOP and secret plans? They've got one for everything.
 
2012-09-21 09:53:34 AM

WTF Indeed: RminusQ: He spends so much time in swing states that Monday he was in California, and he spent Tuesday in Utah and Texas. Then again, Texas may be a swing state by the end of this decade if Republicans continue to take the Mitt Romney "If I bronze my face, Hispanics will vote for me" approach.

OMG! The man wasn't in enough swing states this week! You do understand that the campaign has been going on longer than a week, and that with the election coming down to the final 40+ days a campaign like his would be forced more and more into being in only swing states. And that perhaps when a political reporter asks a candidate if he'll be in a state that's critical to his election down the stretch it's meant to be a joke since they both know the answer to the question he's just trying to lighten the mood.

I don't know which is worse, that you can't see the simple logic in an argument or that in the back of your mind you are thinking that because I'm defending the Romney on this on topic I must either a supporter of his or a troll.


They both might know the answer....why don't they clue us in?

/not elite
/53%
/still voting Obama.
 
2012-09-21 09:54:37 AM
jolenephilo.com
 
2012-09-21 09:57:45 AM
No, really my friends, look at those clouds. They're glorious, my friends. As Anne and I travel around this great nation, feeling the local people, my friends, we often wonder at the glorious clouds and other weathers. But in Florida, you people have perfect clouds, just the right fluffiness, at the right altitude.

It's no mistake, my friends, that so many poors live here. But smell that air! Is that coconut? Or is that just the tanning ointment on this little filly [squeezes upper arm of blonde reporter]. Bet the guys back at the office love it when the air conditioning breaks down!

Heh, heh. No seriously, I'm good friends with your station owner. He's got a beautiful yacht we took through the Aeolians last fall. Owns a NASCARS. Says he's got really reliable AC.
 
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2012-09-21 10:00:18 AM
 
2012-09-21 10:00:31 AM
How the hell did this guy even get to be the CEO of a major multi-million dollar business? I wouldn't trust this functional retard with the everyday operations of a lemonade stand.
 
2012-09-21 10:00:59 AM
Is he high?
 
2012-09-21 10:01:02 AM
Look at those clouds. It's beautiful. Look at those things."

I dunno, I don't think they're the right height.
 
2012-09-21 10:01:33 AM
This has happened.
 
2012-09-21 10:02:52 AM

LawPD: How the hell did this guy even get to be the CEO of a major multi-million dollar business? I wouldn't trust this functional retard with the everyday operations of a lemonade stand.


He was born into it, like Charles II of Spain.
 
2012-09-21 10:05:30 AM
I see his advisers have given him the " HOLY CRAP, STOP TALKING!!" speech.
 
2012-09-21 10:06:01 AM

RminusQ: "Look at those clouds. Cloudy, white, fluffy."


Rainclouds. Wet. Good.
 
2012-09-21 10:06:01 AM

DrBenway: As I worked my way through that, I was becoming more and more disappointed that this was just another Fark headline with a made-up quote to draw attention. But finally at the very end, the pay-off. And it was beautiful.

Vodka Zombie: This is starting to look like the ending to Of Mice And Men.

Look at the clouds, Willard.

That cloud looks like a rabbit.


And then

i.imgur.com
 
2012-09-21 10:07:01 AM
Ugh- I can't get past his "Protect and strengthen Medicare" sign. Do Floridians feel okay about him blatantly lying to them, or do most of them not care since they are too old for his Medicare overhaul to affect them?
 
2012-09-21 10:07:34 AM

bloobeary: This man is going to debate President Obama on national television.

Let that sink in.


This guy's going to get at least 45% of the vote. Let THAT sink in.
 
2012-09-21 10:08:47 AM

sweetmelissa31: Do Floridians feel okay about him blatantly lying to them, or do most of them not care since they are too old for his Medicare overhaul to affect them?


Most of them are just voting against Obama's alternative energy plan that uses old people's pills for robot fuel.
 
2012-09-21 10:09:00 AM

ManateeGag: bloobeary: This man is going to debate President Obama on national television.

He's not so much going to debate the President, but regurgitate talking points regardless of what the moderator asks him.


That's pretty much all the "debates" have turned into anyway.
 
2012-09-21 10:11:29 AM

RminusQ: Request to have the dickish tenor of my remarks taken down?


Where's the fun in that? :p

Diogenes: That's why I said "plausible." WTF actually brought an interesting insight I hadn't considered to the table, and I fear he thinks I was being critical. Perhaps I should have provided more context in my comment.


If there is one thing I've learned about politics on here is that one must come hard and fast(that's what she said). Being blunt is far more effective than being cordial. Politics, especially on this level is a weird mixture of strangers being together for six months working 18 hour days against each other in the same room.

Lucky LaRue: Both reporters credited on the story, Jim Rutenberg and Jeff Zeleny, are pretty accomplished news reporters writing for a well respected paper. I'd be surprised if they would write it like they did if the context were light-hearted joking, as you suggest.


I first saw this story last night on the news, it was reported then as a funny quip about the state of the race. Again, context. If Obama gave this quote it would look much different in context. Romney giving the quote reinforces the "out of touch" angle. The real issue here is that politics and especially political reporting has lost it's own sense of context in the world of Twitter and the Internet.
 
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