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(NPR)   If he had simply told a bartender "thank you," Romney may not have had to face the whole '47 %' issue at all   (npr.org) divider line 408
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2013-03-14 06:22:41 PM
I think that interview pretty much confirmed everything we thought about Romney.  I can see Clinton taking time to greet the staff while Romney and his buddies ignore them.  Even if Clinton is disingenuous, at least he has enough empathy to realize that pressing the common flesh is good politics.
 
2013-03-14 06:24:42 PM

Mentat: I think that interview pretty much confirmed everything we thought about Romney.  I can see Clinton taking time to greet the staff while Romney and his buddies ignore them.  Even if Clinton is disingenuous, at least he has enough empathy to realize that pressing the common flesh is good politics.


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2013-03-14 06:27:00 PM
If he had simply not been an entitled, elitist dick...
 
2013-03-14 06:29:23 PM

Lionel Mandrake: If he had simply not been an entitled, elitist dick...


...then the GOP donors would not have funded his campaign.
 
2013-03-14 06:31:18 PM
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2013-03-14 06:37:14 PM
But the guy was serving alcohol. Thanking him would have condemned Romney's soul to Heck.
 
2013-03-14 06:37:25 PM
It would have never occurred to Mitt Romney to say thank you to a bartender.
 
2013-03-14 06:38:40 PM
"I handed him a diet Coke with lemon on it," Prouty told Huffington Post, "because I was told that that's what he drank. ... He took it and turned and didn't say anything. ... I presented him the exact right drink that he wanted ... Had it there, sitting there on a napkin. He took it out of my hand and turned his back without a 'thank you' or anything else. ... You can tell a lot about someone the way they take a drink from you. ... [Romney] took it and just turned his back."

yup.  it's the little things that tell you a lot about someone's character.
 
2013-03-14 06:40:29 PM

GAT_00: It would have never occurred to Mitt Romney to say thank you to a bartender.


nope.  little people don't matter.  only the rich elites matter, at least to the GOP insiders anyways.  the fact that being openly contemptuous of damn near everyone in the united states might cost them the election simply never occurred to Romney.  little people mean nothing.  they're 'little people' for a reason.
 
2013-03-14 06:42:12 PM
As much as his dad seemed to be a decent guy, one must wonder if he was an elitist asshole as a father, teaching Mitt to never address the help directly.
 
2013-03-14 06:42:20 PM
Pfffft. The guy was a bartender, and therefore falls under the category of "the help". Now if he'd been a mixologist things may have been different.

/thought Mormons couldn't have caffeinated beverages like Coke
 
2013-03-14 06:47:43 PM

Real Women Drink Akvavit: Pfffft. The guy was a bartender, and therefore falls under the category of "the help". Now if he'd been a mixologist things may have been different.

/thought Mormons couldn't have caffeinated beverages like Coke


Maybe he should have had some chocolate pie flavored soda?
 
2013-03-14 06:48:02 PM

Real Women Drink Akvavit: Pfffft. The guy was a bartender, and therefore falls under the category of "the help". Now if he'd been a mixologist things may have been different.

/thought Mormons couldn't have caffeinated beverages like Coke


Caffeine? Hell, I didn't think they were supposed to have carbonation!

No, distilled water with a single mint leaf is about as edgy as they get. And none of those exotic mints, either.
 
2013-03-14 06:50:08 PM
Wait a minute -- doesn't Coke have caffeine? Aren't they supposed to eschew caffeine?
 
2013-03-14 06:50:59 PM
So that's why the refresh clicky.
 
2013-03-14 06:55:41 PM

Real Women Drink Akvavit: Pfffft. The guy was a bartender, and therefore falls under the category of "the help". Now if he'd been a mixologist things may have been different.

/thought Mormons couldn't have caffeinated beverages like Coke


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2013-03-14 07:02:02 PM
I like how he says he didn't go in with a grudge but admits he brought a camera to record him on the off chance Romney would be a jackass again.
 
2013-03-14 07:02:49 PM

GAT_00: It would have never occurred to Mitt Romney to say thank you to a bartender.


Or any other servant

/probably a crappy tipper, too
 
2013-03-14 07:04:05 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: GAT_00: It would have never occurred to Mitt Romney to say thank you to a bartender.

Or any other servant

/probably a crappy tipper, too


He gives the Mormon Church 10%, why should the bartender deserve 20?
 
2013-03-14 07:06:27 PM

RexTalionis: MaudlinMutantMollusk: GAT_00: It would have never occurred to Mitt Romney to say thank you to a bartender.

Or any other servant

/probably a crappy tipper, too

He gives the Mormon Church 10%, why should the bartender deserve 20?


He gives the Mormon Church 10% which is tax deductible. Tips to the help aren't tax deductible.
 
2013-03-14 07:13:24 PM
Christ, what an asshole.
 
2013-03-14 07:14:29 PM

Speaker2Animals: Wait a minute -- doesn't Coke have caffeine? Aren't they supposed to eschew caffeine?


Real Women Drink Akvavit: Pfffft. The guy was a bartender, and therefore falls under the category of "the help". Now if he'd been a mixologist things may have been different.

/thought Mormons couldn't have caffeinated beverages like Coke


Apparently they clarified that the no caffeine thing is no coffee or tea containing caffeine.

/Absurdities.
//Not that I'm a lot better; I gave up caffeine for Lent but I'm still eating Hershey's bars
 
2013-03-14 07:15:04 PM
Real Women Drink Akvavit:

/thought Mormons couldn't have caffeinated beverages like Coke

They retconned back in the 70's to only prohibiting coffee. Coincidentally, the Mormon church also holds some stock in coke.
 
2013-03-14 07:15:07 PM
He still would have lost?
 
2013-03-14 07:15:34 PM
Dave Barry once said, "Someone who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person." Seems right to me.

/Lemon.
//Wet.
///Good.
 
2013-03-14 07:15:51 PM
It's ok for mormons to drink coke now? Not being mean here, I just don't know.
 
2013-03-14 07:17:28 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: GAT_00: It would have never occurred to Mitt Romney to say thank you to a bartender.

Or any other servant

/probably a crappy tipper, too


No, no. According to Romney, the REAL tip would be serving a true american like Romney.
 
2013-03-14 07:18:38 PM
Its always worth it to impress your friends by being a douche to the help.

Why does my Coke taste like Skoal?
 
2013-03-14 07:19:36 PM

Snarfangel: Real Women Drink Akvavit: Pfffft. The guy was a bartender, and therefore falls under the category of "the help". Now if he'd been a mixologist things may have been different.

/thought Mormons couldn't have caffeinated beverages like Coke

Caffeine? Hell, I didn't think they were supposed to have carbonation!

No, distilled water with a single mint leaf is about as edgy as they get. And none of those exotic mints, either.


With a slice of white bread on the side, for dippin'?
 
2013-03-14 07:20:41 PM

RexTalionis: Real Women Drink Akvavit: Pfffft. The guy was a bartender, and therefore falls under the category of "the help". Now if he'd been a mixologist things may have been different.

/thought Mormons couldn't have caffeinated beverages like Coke

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i.huffpost.com

That can looks like a regular, caffeinated Diet Coke.

But regardless, the LDS church forbids tea and coffee, not caffeine per se.  Caffeine use is not encouraged, perhaps, but it is not forbidden.

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/54797595-78/church-drinks-caffeine -l ds.html.csp
 
2013-03-14 07:21:11 PM

NeverDrunk23: MaudlinMutantMollusk: GAT_00: It would have never occurred to Mitt Romney to say thank you to a bartender.

Or any other servant

/probably a crappy tipper, too

No, no. According to Romney, the REAL tip would be serving a true american like Romney.


That's not a tip

/that's the entire shaft
 
2013-03-14 07:22:57 PM
Romney walks, talks, breathes, and lives the "whole 47% issue". It would have come out eventually... this was just a nice, neat little package.
 
2013-03-14 07:24:12 PM

rustypouch: Snarfangel: Real Women Drink Akvavit: Pfffft. The guy was a bartender, and therefore falls under the category of "the help". Now if he'd been a mixologist things may have been different.

/thought Mormons couldn't have caffeinated beverages like Coke

Caffeine? Hell, I didn't think they were supposed to have carbonation!

No, distilled water with a single mint leaf is about as edgy as they get. And none of those exotic mints, either.

With a slice of white bread on the side, for dippin'?


And for dessert, his favorite flavor popsicles: plain!
 
2013-03-14 07:25:29 PM

AdolfOliverPanties: As much as his dad seemed to be a decent guy, one must wonder if he was an elitist asshole as a father, teaching Mitt to never address the help directly.


As we have seen from the Bush clan, it might be the total asshole mother that affects the brood.
 
2013-03-14 07:25:38 PM
hey, let them go eat cupcakes, amirite?

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2013-03-14 07:26:09 PM

NotoriousW.O.P: Dave Barry once said, "Someone who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person." Seems right to me.


pretty much this.
 
2013-03-14 07:30:33 PM
So, he's saying what we already knew - Mitt Romney is a blue-ribbon douchebag.
 
2013-03-14 07:31:08 PM
Well, he wasn't wrong.  A large percentage of the population is worthless...and that number is only growing.

A new Georgia State University study just confirmed what liberals love to deny...the welfare state is a democratic slave plantation.  Keep the checks a comin' and the votes a rollin in!
 
2013-03-14 07:31:48 PM
IIRC, in some puff interview they asked Romney what his biggest vice was, and he said Diet Coke.
 
2013-03-14 07:32:05 PM
For want of a simple courtesy, a bartender was lost.

For want of a bartender, some privacy was lost.

For want of some privacy, an election was lost.

This is how all empires are lost
 
2013-03-14 07:33:53 PM

Real Women Drink Akvavit: Pfffft. The guy was a bartender, and therefore falls under the category of "the help". Now if he'd been a mixologist things may have been different.

/thought Mormons couldn't have caffeinated beverages like Coke


They generally avoid stimulants like coffee and tea, but there's nothing forbidding them from consuming drinks with caffeine in them.

And if there was a dietary rule against caffeinated beverages, then Mitt could opt for caffeine free diet Coke.
 
2013-03-14 07:36:08 PM

Parthenogenetic: RexTalionis: Real Women Drink Akvavit: Pfffft. The guy was a bartender, and therefore falls under the category of "the help". Now if he'd been a mixologist things may have been different.

/thought Mormons couldn't have caffeinated beverages like Coke

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That can looks like a regular, caffeinated Diet Coke.

But regardless, the LDS church forbids tea and coffee, not caffeine per se.  Caffeine use is not encouraged, perhaps, but it is not forbidden.

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/54797595-78/church-drinks-caffeine -l ds.html.csp


That's just...  Weird/inconsistent.  Though, it IS a religion.
"Earl Gray Tea?  That's a drink of the SATAN.  But Monster Energy Drink is ok!"
 
2013-03-14 07:36:32 PM
Maybe the lemon had a seed in it.
 
2013-03-14 07:36:59 PM

Silly Jesus: Well, he wasn't wrong.  A large percentage of the population is worthless...and that number is only growing.

A new Georgia State University study just confirmed what liberals love to deny...the welfare state is a democratic slave plantation.  Keep the checks a comin' and the votes a rollin in!


Wow, really? There's an actual academic study that confirms the welfare state is a slave plantation? I believe you! Shout it from the rooftops!
 
2013-03-14 07:38:16 PM

StopLurkListen: For want of a simple courtesy, a bartender was lost.

For want of a bartender, some privacy was lost.

For want of some privacy, an election was lost.

This is how all empires are lost


On the other hand, "Don't sweat the small stuff."
 
2013-03-14 07:39:17 PM
Well, he wasn't wrong.  A large percentage of the population is worthless...and that number is only growing.

A new Georgia State University study just confirmed what liberals love to deny...the welfare state is a democratic slave plantation.  Keep the checks a comin' and the votes a rollin in!


47% of US adults get a government hand out, but the unemployment rate is only 10-20%, so that means 27-37% of the country IS WORKING FULL TIME AND IS STILL BELOW THE POVERTY LINE. Doesn't that bother you at all?
 
2013-03-14 07:40:27 PM

King Something: Christ, what an asshole.


Christ, what an asshole.
 
2013-03-14 07:40:39 PM
Inexpensive portable video cameras since the late 80's.
Phones that can record video for at least 10 years.
Dozens of examples of politicians, celebrities and police and others recorded saying or doing really dumb stuff.

And yet we still see these folks acting as if it never occurred to them that what they say and do will get recorded and repeated.

Let's hope they never figure it out.
 
2013-03-14 07:40:55 PM

clambam: Silly Jesus: Well, he wasn't wrong.  A large percentage of the population is worthless...and that number is only growing.

A new Georgia State University study just confirmed what liberals love to deny...the welfare state is a democratic slave plantation.  Keep the checks a comin' and the votes a rollin in!

Wow, really? There's an actual academic study that confirms the welfare state is a slave plantation? I believe you! Shout it from the rooftops!


It's not a "slave plantation," but it is dehumanizing*.  I guess it depends on how much you give a shiat about your condition and having to rely on the government for cash.

...

For that matter, how does it feel to rely on your *employer* to not fire your ass because he can't afford that 3rd Lexus he's been wanting for his self-entitled 17-year-old daughter.  I guess, at least, you get the sense of accomplishment from *earning* that check.

/*Having had to be on the state once before, I can tell you that, well, sir, I didn't like it.
//YMMV
 
2013-03-14 07:40:59 PM
Former bartender here. I don't expect anyone to lavishly praise my concoctions (especially if it's just a Diet Coke), but a simple nod or even a verbal "thanks" is always appreciated as a common courtesy. If I won the lottery tomorrow I'd still be gracious to "the help." These people work their asses off. I know I did.

Guys like Romney never learned that lesson. For him, the world exists to serve him and he needs not show gratitude. People like that always got on my nerves (and they were invariably horrible tippers, no matter their personal fortune).
 
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