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  • Mitt Romney's NAACP Speech a Huge Success in Alternate Reality

    Using what I can only assume are his powers as a 9th-level "wazzock," Mitt Romney has previously traversed the fourth dimension to retire from Bain Capital prior to when he retired from Bain Capital and insult the United Kingdom just a little bit more.

    Now we're seeing him use his amazing time-traveling powers to revisit his fateful NAACP speech, reverse the polarity of the Earth's magnetic field and reinvent his appearance a rousing success! Huzzah!

    I can't wait to see what other great moments in history Mitt Romney visits on his travels. Perhaps France's much-romanticized Mitt Époque? Or the Romney era of classical Greece?


    Tags: Advertising, Mitt Romney, NAACP
  • Barack Obama's Absence at NAACP Causes Confusion

    Regardless of how big a fan of Barack Obama you may be, you have to admit that the idea of a black president intentionally missing an opportunity to make a big powerful unity-inspiring speech before a friendly crowd like the NAACP is more than a little bit confounding. Seems like more than a missed opportunity. It appears to be bad politics. And, as Ilya established earlier today, he probably could have squeezed it into his busy schedule.

    So, it's no surprise that the lack of Obama is getting more discussion that the overabundance of Romney

    Obama's decision to skip the annual convention in the heat of his re-election bid has been a point of of constant speculation here in recent days, providing a sort of microcosm for how the black community views the nation's first African-American president as he nears the end of his first term…

    But one former Obama administration official noted to BuzzFeed that the move looked like a snub. "Even considering the politics here, it seems odd that the first African-American President is sending his vice president to address the NAACP national convention in an election year," the official said.

    All the people in the media struggling for an explanation are, I think, thinking about this too hard. Let's look at the facts. He says he's busy, but his schedule is officially empty. He has access to a jet that can fly him across the continent at a moments notice. And he's an introverted overachiever with a passion for nerdplay.

    I wonder if there's anything going on right now that might be distracting him.

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    Tags: Barack Obama, NAACP, Nerdiness
  • Rush Limbaugh and NAACP Reveal Joe Biden's Secret

    Citing a scheduling conflict, Barack Obama chose not to speak at the NAACP conference today, sending Joe Biden in his stead. Let's see what the President had on his calendar that would keep him from speaking to the most venerable civil rights organization in America…

    Wow, that's… not very busy. This must be one of those days where the President is focused on nuzzling people and protecting job-killing lizards, rather than doing his job.

    Perhaps there's an alternative explanation. Always keen to improve the state of American race relations, Rush Limbaugh explained that Mitt Romney was jeered because he's white, while his speech was ill-received because the remarks went "over these people's heads." Let's see how "these people" responded to the Vice President's appearance

    Biden received sustained applause throughout his address. When he spoke about civil rights and administration efforts to expand voting rights and not diminish them, the crowd stood up and loudly cheered. When Biden said, "Did you think we'd be fighting these battles again?" people in the crowd answered in unison, "No."

    Biden said there was a lot more he could say on protecting voting rights but that he was "preaching to the choir." "Say it, say it," many in the crowded responded. As Biden was wrapping up, he said, "Let me close, my friends," prompting members of the audience to boo and yell, "No!"

    Okay, so they did boo him a little… for closing out the speech, but the general response was overwhelmingly positive. I guess if we're going to trust Limbaugh's analysis — and why not? — Obama must have sent Biden because he wanted the NAACP to hear from the nation's first African American Vice President.


    Tags: Joe Biden, NAACP, Rush Limbaugh
  • Tweet Roundup: Romney's NAACP Speech

    Mitt Romney stood up before the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People today and told them why he would make a better president than Obama. It was a news event made for jokes, and here are some of the best…

     

     

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    Tags: Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, NAACP, Racism, Republicans
  • Mitt Romney Did Not Always Oppose "Free Stuff"

    Yesterday, Mitt Romney decided that instead of touting his most important achievement as governor, the enactment of a law that disproportionately benefited minorities in Massachusetts and set the stage for a national law that would provide coverage to 7 million uninsured African Americans, he'd rather stick to telling the NAACP about his plan to repeal Obamacare. He was booed. Unless some confused attendees were saying, "Boo-urns."

    At a fundraiser in Montana last night, Romney reflected on the crowd response

    By the way, I had the privilege of speaking today at the NAACP convention in Houston and I gave them the same speech I am giving you. I don't give different speeches to different audiences alright. I gave them the same speech. When I mentioned I am going to get rid of Obamacare they weren't happy, I didn't get the same response. That's ok, I want people to know what I stand for and if I don't stand for what they want, go vote for someone else, that's just fine. But I hope people understand this, your friends who like Obamacare, you remind them of this, if they want more stuff from government tell them to go vote for the other guy-more free stuff. But don't forget nothing is really free.

    Liberals immediately speculated that the antagonistic Obamacare line and the subsequent put-down of people who want "free stuff," with all its problematic racial undertones, was an attempt at firing up the far right of the Republican Party. Mitt Romney, not a racist — just #1 with racists.

    But Romney has a history of attacking "free stuff" in speeches, whether it's government-backed health insurance or birth control or student loan write-offs. He's always come off as less of a race-baiter than as a doofus who is unable to recognize his own good fortune and the times "free stuff" has been especially beneficial to his career

    In a long-forgotten tape from the 2002 Massachusetts governor's race obtained by ABC News, Mitt Romney is seen touting his Washington connections and his ability to get millions of taxpayer dollars from the federal government.

    "I am big believer in getting money where the money is," Romney says on the video, "The money is in Washington."

    In other words, people who want free stuff should get it the old fashioned way. First, they should be born rich. Then they should work in a private equity firm that loads up businesses with debt, raking in management fees while the government rescues the ruined businesses' pension plans with taxpayer bailouts. Then lobby they should federal government for aid to the Olympics games and the state they're running, bolstering the ol' resume.

    Someone should write a folk song about this up-by-the-bootstraps story.

    Photo by Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Mitt Romney, NAACP, Racism