Mitt Romney's Foray Into Standup Comedy Unsuccessful
That Mitt Romney. He's so uproarious, he leaves them rolling in the aisles with his sharp wit and wacky sense of humor. Haven't you heard all the people who comment after hearing him speak "Gosh, he's so hilarious — what a riot!"
Today at a rally in Michigan he said,
“Now I love being home in this place where Ann and I were raised, where both of us were born. 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 that we were born and raised.”
OK, I'll wait while you pick yourself off the floor. Yes, he said,
No one has ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place where we were born and raised.”
No, he really really said that.
Multiple links because it's so hard to believe Romney would think this was funny or appropriate that if I only posted one link, you might think the reporter got drunk or feverish at the rally and misreported what Romney said.
Later i the day, Romney had the following exchange with a CBS interviewer:
SCOTT PELLEY: You said in a rally today, "No one has ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know this is the place we were born and raised." Why did you say that?
MITT ROMNEY: Well, we're in Michigan, and uh, both Ann and I were born in Detroit. And of course a little humor always goes a long way, so, uh, uh, it was great to be home. To be in a place where Ann and I had grown up, and uh, the crowd loved it and got a good laugh.
PELLEY: But this was a swipe at the president and I wonder why you took it.
ROMNEY: No, no. Not a swipe. I've said throughout the campaign and before there's no question about where he was born. He was born in the U.S. This was fun about us and coming home. And humor, you know, we've got to have a little humor in a campaign as well.
Well, ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.
Maybe before making such a "joke," Mr. Romney needs to ask himself why it is that the person who has produced his birth certificate twice is STILL questioned, while Romney has never been asked to show his, even though it's equally clear that both candidates are American-born.
He needs to ask himself why George Bush and John McCain (who was not born in the U.S.) and Al Gore and John Kerry and Bob Dole and Bill Clinton and even Ross Perot, who sounded so weird sometimes one could be forgiven for thinking he was born on Mars, were never asked for their birth certificates and the only presidential contender who actually released his continues to be questioned.
I think we all know the answer to that, and Mr. Romney certainly should be able to answer it as well. And he should be able to realize that it isn't amusing to question someone's native-born legitimacy just because being black is no longer enough to disqualify someone from being President. And he should realize that in making this little "joke," he is pandering to the crowd that thinks being black SHOULD disqualify someone.
Romney may not be a racist, but he is certainly enflaming the racist sentiments in some of his supporters, telling them with a wink through his little joke that he understands why they think he has a right to be president and Obama doesn't. It's because he's white.
This "joke" doesn't demand an explanation, Mr. Romney. It demands a humble apology.