While campaigning in his home state of Michigan today, Mitt Romney seems to have possibly made what the folks around there call a "humor joke" at Barack Obama's expense…
"I love being home, in this place where Ann and I were raised, where both of us were born," Romney said… "Ann was born in Henry Ford Hospital, I was born in Harper Hospital. No one's ever asked to see my birth certificate; they know that this is the place where both of us were born and raised," he said.
Lest anybody think that Romney was attempting to add a bit of levity to his speech, his campaign staff quickly went into clean-up mode to make certain that everybody know that their candidate was simply stating a piece of factual information and was not in any way trying to relate to his supporters in a way that could be deemed "familiar"…
"The governor has always said, and has repeatedly said, he believes the president was born here in the United States," a Romney spokesperson said. "He was only referencing that Michigan, where he is campaigning today, is the state where he himself was born and raised."
Spokesman Rick Gorka also downplayed the remarks in a gaggle with reporters after the event. "It's settled," he said. "He's illustrating that he was born and raised here in Michigan."
Actually, I'm going to give Mitt Romney the benefit of the doubt on this one. And not just because he would totally deserve to make one good cheap shot after Obama's petty — and, worse, not particularly funny — dog joke a week or so ago. More so, because I believe Romney's spokespeople here, and I think it's quite likely that this is just how he thinks regular people talk to one another…
Regular Person #1: Where is the place that your birth certificate says that you were born, friend?
Regular Person #2: My birth certificate indicates that I was ejected from my mother's womb in Commerce, Michigan.
Regular Person #1: Excellent. Then shall we cheer for the local sports team together while consuming alcoholic beverages?
Regular Person #2: I will put it on my list of things to do this afternoon.
Sorry if that verbiage got a little crude for some of you. It's just how the commoners interrelate.
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