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(New York Magazine)   NY Times reporter on Mitt's plane-window gaffe: "Romney was joking". Rest of the media: Fark it, the story's too good to check and it's staying that way far as we're concerned   (nymag.com) divider line 198
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2012-09-26 04:12:09 PM
Plane-window Gaffe?
I guess I missed that one.
Based on past Romney "Gaffes", I'm going to assume that Fark's Obama Truth squad(tm) is hyperventilating over nothing.
 
2012-09-26 04:14:41 PM

Polly Ester: Plane-window Gaffe?
I guess I missed that one.
Based on past Romney "Gaffes", I'm going to assume that Fark's Obama Truth squad(tm) is hyperventilating over nothing.


lol yes laughing at your nominee is hyperventilating.
 
2012-09-26 04:16:20 PM

Animatronik: Its an open question as to what Romney would accomplish but its a virtual certainty that your guy is making things much worse.


Yes. Going from losing hundreds of thousands of jobs per month to gaining over a hundred thousand jobs per month is definitely "making things much worse."

Oh, so much more worse off than where we were in 2008.
 
2012-09-26 04:17:33 PM

Polly Ester: Plane-window Gaffe?
I guess I missed that one.
Based on past Romney "Gaffes", I'm going to assume that Fark's Obama Truth squad(tm) is hyperventilating over nothing.


I never thought this was a big deal and I ignored it when it happened. It has become funnier to me however.

Now instead of being an idiot in a technical/scientific sense he is unfunny and insensitive.

Either way he's a knob. Boy, he sure covered his ass there.
 
2012-09-26 04:18:56 PM

mrshowrules: I don't think Romney thinks planes should all have windows people can open. Also, I don't think he was joking.

I'm pretty sure he was just rambling on like an idiot.


That's what I think, too


Or should I say "this"
 
2012-09-26 04:20:00 PM
I'll let him go that it was a very badly timed "joke".

But then, we'd have a potential president with no sense of humor.

So I still won't vote for him.
 
2012-09-26 04:21:30 PM

NateGrey: Polly Ester: Plane-window Gaffe?
I guess I missed that one.
Based on past Romney "Gaffes", I'm going to assume that Fark's Obama Truth squad(tm) is hyperventilating over nothing.

lol yes laughing at your nominee is hyperventilating.


Well, we're laughing so hard, sometimes it's hard to breathe. . .
 
2012-09-26 04:24:10 PM

redpanda2: Oh, mister "didn't build that" was taken out of context. Let me get my violin.


This. I have a hard time feeling any outrage over this, given that the theme of the entire RNC was an intentional misquote.

Not to mention that this is the same crowd that thinks Obama was perfectly serious when he said "57 states." So it should be obvious that Mitt Romney was joking about the plane, but we're supposed to believe that Obama doesn't know how many states are in the country?
 
2012-09-26 04:25:16 PM

Polly Ester: Plane-window Gaffe?
I guess I missed that one.
Based on past Romney "Gaffes", I'm going to assume that Fark's Obama Truth squad(tm) is hyperventilating over nothing.


It must really suck to be a Republican these days.
 
2012-09-26 04:35:08 PM

Duke Phillips' Singing Bears: Anenu: 1. It has to be funny to be a joke

Since when? This site is FULL of jokes that aren't funny. I make at least 10 a day. AT LEAST.


Stop talking about my posts like that, so not cool man...
 
2012-09-26 04:47:36 PM
Wouldn't be the first time Romney underestimated the strain of wind speed...
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...right, Seamus?
 
2012-09-26 04:48:10 PM

Xcott: purple kool-aid and a jigger of formaldehyde: Xcott: And you definitely can blame the audience. We now live in a world where any sarcasm or satire has to be marked with an explicit "snark" tag, or else half the Internet starts arguing with you. This is a population so humor-impaired that if you try to wind them up, they have to invent terms like "trolling" and write 9-part FAQs about it.

Yup. It's everyone elses fault he isn't funny and gave no indication that it was a joke other than being a stupid unfunny thing to say.

I present exhibit A. Oh noes, he made a joke without explicitly labeling it! I wonder how all those people knew when to laugh.

At what point were we all required to follow jokes with an official declaration that "the previous sentence was a joke" for the benefit of people who can't figure this out on their own?


Aren't jokes supposed to be funny? If its not funny and nobody is laughing is it really a joke just because they/you say it is? If it was a joke, it just shows how out of touch he is with the majority of humans, or he's serious and that makes him really farking stupid. Either way he looks like a fool.

/He's a clueless ass, and so are you for defending his so called "sarcasm" that is not funny.
 
2012-09-26 04:48:48 PM
So either he doesn't know how planes work, or he doesn't know how jokes work.
 
2012-09-26 04:50:53 PM

PirateKing: So either he doesn't know how planes work, or he doesn't know how jokes work.


I'm guessing both.
 
2012-09-26 04:52:04 PM
I don't think Romney's software is sophisticated enough to pull off real-time joke making.
 
2012-09-26 04:52:51 PM

FlashHarry: HE WAS JOKING ABOUT THE HORROR HIS WIFE WENT THROUGH WHAT KIND OF MAN DOES THAT


As much as I honestly, for a second, suspected Rmoney was serious, THIS.

/Seriously, Romney, try and act like a decent human being, would you?
 
2012-09-26 05:03:20 PM

AkaDad: I don't think Romney's software is sophisticated enough to pull off real-time joke making.


www.opposingviews.com
no, i'm very sure that you open with the punch-line, then explain until the laughter commences. very sure.
 
2012-09-26 05:09:04 PM
The media is just using the "Harvard-educated bumpkin" stereotype.
 
2012-09-26 05:09:25 PM
Count me in as thinking he wasn't joking in the least. I contrast video of him after being introduced by Clinton; as he's getting ready to make his joke about Clinton giving him a bump in the polls, you can see him starting to crack up as he says it, and he purposely waits for laughter. He knows he has a joke and he's going to tell it, so he works up to it.

Now, look at the video of him talking about the plane. No smile, no laughter.

He meant it. He's a joke.
 
2012-09-26 05:45:50 PM

Usurper4: Count me in as thinking he wasn't joking in the least. I contrast video of him after being introduced by Clinton; as he's getting ready to make his joke about Clinton giving him a bump in the polls, you can see him starting to crack up as he says it, and he purposely waits for laughter. He knows he has a joke and he's going to tell it, so he works up to it.

Now, look at the video of him talking about the plane. No smile, no laughter.

He meant it. He's a joke.


This morning he was explaining spring wire the way Randolph Duke explains bacon.
 
2012-09-26 05:48:20 PM

Animatronik: The left wing news outlets have really overplayed their hand in supporting Obama this cycle, and its just going to cut their viewership down even more...


Animatronik: As the decline and collapse of the Democratic Party's Americo-socialist welfare state continues unabated, we'll continue to see lots of news articles and threads devoted to bullshiat like this- makes for a great distraction during election season.

Its an open question as to what Romney would accomplish but its a virtual certainty that your guy is making things much worse.


You got nothin'
 
2012-09-26 05:53:18 PM

PirateKing: So either he doesn't know how planes work, or he doesn't know how jokes work.


Lemon. Wet. Good.

mittromneycentral.com 

Uhh...

pandithnews.com

Why isn't anyone laughing?

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-09-26 06:14:03 PM

Propain_az: IlGreven: Propain_az: Fark is going to be awesome after Romney wins the election.

I've got my own campaign sign idea for Election Day that I think the FWC will enjoy:

IF ROMNEY WINS, WE RIOT

That's what I'm hoping for.


And what happens when Obama wins steals the election?
 
2012-09-26 06:35:14 PM

badLogic: Propain_az: IlGreven: Propain_az: Fark is going to be awesome after Romney wins the election.

I've got my own campaign sign idea for Election Day that I think the FWC will enjoy:

IF ROMNEY WINS, WE RIOT

That's what I'm hoping for.

And what happens when Obama wins steals the election?


We kill everyone who riots against us.
 
2012-09-26 06:36:56 PM
upload.wikimedia.org What did I tell you farkers? He's the Zodiac Killer.
 
2012-09-26 06:41:09 PM

Gyrfalcon: badLogic: Propain_az: IlGreven: Propain_az: Fark is going to be awesome after Romney wins the election.

I've got my own campaign sign idea for Election Day that I think the FWC will enjoy:

IF ROMNEY WINS, WE RIOT

That's what I'm hoping for.

And what happens when Obama wins steals the election?

We kill everyone who riots against us.


Everybody got guns!
Link
 
2012-09-26 06:50:05 PM

badLogic: And what happens when Obama wins steals the election?


Oh really, you're planning the "he stole de eleckshyun!" thing already?
 
2012-09-26 06:52:29 PM

Mugato: badLogic: And what happens when Obama wins steals the election?

Oh really, you're planning the "he stole de eleckshyun!" thing already?


never to early to turn up the derp.
 
2012-09-26 06:53:41 PM

dittybopper: Shrugging Atlas: dittybopper: Shrugging Atlas: What better time to start cracking jokes than discussing a potentially life threatning situation involving your spouse.

As long as everyone was OK, it's actually a perfectly acceptable thing to do after the fact.

Matter of opinion I guess. Either way, Romney's still a coont for about a million other reasons so sure, I'll give the douchebag a pass on this one.

That's mighty white of you.


I'm glad we agree.
 
2012-09-26 07:03:28 PM
The media is so in the tank for uhbama that it isn't even funny

Even a Nobel prize winner got pinked by the politico satire piece. That is how desperate the left is
 
2012-09-26 07:07:44 PM

tenpoundsofcheese: The media is so in the tank for uhbama that it isn't even funny


LOL. I know you're just a troll but some people probably actually think this. The media is doing everything they can to make this a tight race by downplaying all of Romney's constant hilarity.
 
2012-09-26 07:17:49 PM

tenpoundsofcheese: The media is so in the tank for uhbama that it isn't even funny

Even a Nobel prize winner got pinked by the politico satire piece. That is how desperate the left is


Uhbama? Haven't heard that one in a while. Getting tired of "0bama?"
 
2012-09-26 07:29:37 PM
You know who probably shouldn't be telling crappy jokes? Somebody who is still trying to convince a good 50% of the country that he should have access to the doom button.

/and he wasn't joking
 
2012-09-26 07:36:21 PM

Lionel Mandrake: tenpoundsofcheese: The media is so in the tank for uhbama that it isn't even funny

Even a Nobel prize winner got pinked by the politico satire piece. That is how desperate the left is

Uhbama? Haven't heard that one in a while. Getting tired of "0bama?"


It's taken a while, but I think the constant derision and mockery might have sunk in.
 
2012-09-26 07:44:39 PM
Not sure if serious?
 
2012-09-26 07:58:46 PM
Ann Romney tells a different story on Leno:

Mitt's puzzlement about why windows don't go down on planes was just "his way of dealing with the panic of knowing how dangerous" it was when Ann was trapped in a smoke-filled plane.

So, not a joke.
 
2012-09-26 08:12:03 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-09-26 08:37:26 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: Ann Romney tells a different story on Leno:

Mitt's puzzlement about why windows don't go down on planes was just "his way of dealing with the panic of knowing how dangerous" it was when Ann was trapped in a smoke-filled plane.

So, not a joke.


So wait!

Was it a joke, an obvious joke according to the press person who wrote about it; or was it a stress-relieving device according to the person who wasn't there but insists she knows her husband?

Either Mitt was kidding or he wasn't, but both can't be true.
 
2012-09-26 08:50:59 PM

purple kool-aid and a jigger of formaldehyde: Xcott: At what point were we all required to follow jokes with an official declaration that "the previous sentence was a joke" for the benefit of people who can't figure this out on their own?

Aren't jokes supposed to be funny? If its not funny and nobody is laughing is it really a joke just because they/you say it is?


Except the audience did laugh. Read the article:

"Basically he was retelling the story and when he said 'I don't know why they don't have roll down windows on airplanes,' he looked at the audience and everyone laughed," Everitt told TheBlaze. "It was a clearly delivered joke ... There were 1,000 people there that will tell you the same thing."

You'd have a point if the journalists couldn't tell he was joking---that would mean that Romney was either dead serious or a terrible joke teller. However, they could tell it was a joke and they found it humorous---meaning that, if you can't, it's due to some missing cognitive faculty on your part.

I would also like to point out an unflattering fact: this audience of people who were able to recognize a joke? They're journalists. They're they people who keep screwing up basic scientific facts, the people who would flunk out of college if calculus or symbolic logic was a required course. And here you are, struggling to perceive something that was obvious to them.
 
2012-09-26 09:09:34 PM
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Humor mode cancel
 
2012-09-26 09:30:22 PM
Joking? That's even worse.

I don't want an autistic guy running the country.
 
2012-09-26 10:14:52 PM
Romney's reputation as a clueless dim bulb who would make a serious statement about rolling down airplane windows? He built that. Nobody helped him.
 
2012-09-26 11:02:02 PM

Xcott: purple kool-aid and a jigger of formaldehyde: Xcott: At what point were we all required to follow jokes with an official declaration that "the previous sentence was a joke" for the benefit of people who can't figure this out on their own?

Aren't jokes supposed to be funny? If its not funny and nobody is laughing is it really a joke just because they/you say it is?

Except the audience did laugh. Read the article:

"Basically he was retelling the story and when he said 'I don't know why they don't have roll down windows on airplanes,' he looked at the audience and everyone laughed," Everitt told TheBlaze. "It was a clearly delivered joke ... There were 1,000 people there that will tell you the same thing."

You'd have a point if the journalists couldn't tell he was joking---that would mean that Romney was either dead serious or a terrible joke teller. However, they could tell it was a joke and they found it humorous---meaning that, if you can't, it's due to some missing cognitive faculty on your part.

I would also like to point out an unflattering fact: this audience of people who were able to recognize a joke? They're journalists. They're they people who keep screwing up basic scientific facts, the people who would flunk out of college if calculus or symbolic logic was a required course. And here you are, struggling to perceive something that was obvious to them.


No...there are two stories going on here.

One is the first story--the original one posted. Then there is the SECOND story, Mitt retelling the so-called "joke" that fell so flat yesterday. Now that it's been "established" it was a j-o-k-e, of course people laughed.
 
2012-09-26 11:36:56 PM

Jackson Herring: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Mugato: "My wife just had a near death experience on a plane, it's time to work in some new material!"

"Take my wife... plane."

For example, my wife. Please.


When I was but a lad, my parents relocated without me in order to get away from me. Being a plucky sort, I was always able to locate them.

/bastardization of one of my favorite Dangerfield bits
 
2012-09-27 12:13:29 AM
He should have tried being funny, or emoting.
 
2012-09-27 02:35:17 AM

eraser8: I'll just repost what I wrote in an earlier redlit thread:

Honestly, I almost hope Romney was being serious and didn't know why airliners don't have windows operable at altitude. Otherwise, he comes across as really, really creepy.

I mean, who the hell jokes about his wife's plane being forced into an emergency landing because of a smoke-filled cabin?

This reminds me a bit of Romney's claim that he couldn't recall his prep school "prank" of holding a kid down and cutting off his hair. You almost hope that he's lying...because only a psychopath would be so callous as to forget something so obviously traumatizing that so many of his classmates remember it so clearly. The psychopath thing isn't a personal invention, by the way. Just Google "Romney" and "psychopath" and "bully."

The more I learn about this guy, the more I find him genuinely disturbing.


So Romney gets to choose between idiot or sociopath. I wonder which he will prefer.
 
2012-09-27 08:45:24 AM

Superjoe: He should have tried being funny, or emoting.


Superjoe: He should have tried being funny, or emoting.


I've seen Romney emote. It's rather disconcerting.
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2012-09-27 10:40:14 AM

Gyrfalcon:
"Basically he was retelling the story and when he said 'I don't know why they don't have roll down windows on airplanes,' he looked at the audience and everyone laughed," Everitt told TheBlaze. "It was a clearly delivered joke ... There were 1,000 people there that will tell you the same thing."

No...there are two stories going on here.

One is the first story--the original one posted. Then there is the SECOND story, Mitt retelling the so-called "joke" that fell so flat yesterday. Now that it's been "established" it was a j-o-k-e, of course people laughed.


You are completely misunderstanding and misrepresenting the article. He wasn't retelling the joke, he was retelling the plane incident and then he made the joke, for the first time.

Look at the text surrounding the quote: this was William Everett's summary of the Beverly Hills fund-raiser on saturday, when he made the joke for the first time. There hasn't been another saturday between then and now, which you can verify by looking at a calendar and counting on your fingers.

I am astonished that I even have to point this out, but I guess it affirms my thesis: anyone who cannot mentally process that this was a joke is lacking some fundamental cognitive faculties.
 
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