Mitt Flip Romney took a trip today, apparently got lost and found himself in-front of an unfamiliar audience, the NAACP – The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Okay, maybe he didn’t get lost and we all know his trip was planned, but the audience was still unfamiliar to Mr. Romney and his awkward speech and frequent booing from the audience highlighted this unfamiliarity.
One part of Romney’s speech to the group that is getting a lot of play right now was when Romney told the audience, “I’m going to eliminate every nonessential expensive program I can find. That includes Obamacare, ” - the President’s signature policy that has growing support among the American people and the poor and middle class in general.
But what was strange and what got a lot of attention was not so much the booing, it was Romney’s expression as the booing was happening. As if relishing the moment, Romney stood on the stage with a sly smile on his face for an extended period, nodding his head ever so slightly as if to say, “yes, boo me. Boo me!”
The whole scene looked as if it was a message for another audience, like his Republican base maybe. It seemed as if Mitt Romney wanted his Republican supporters to see him as a man who is serious about “repealing Obamacare,” – a law they have voted to repeal 33 times since it was sworn into law in 2010. It seemed as if Romney wanted his base to know that he was willing to go in-front of an audience who supports the law and tell them he will repeal it.
Other areas of his speech got chuckles and giggles mixed with some more boos from the audience. One of those areas was when Romney told the audience that he would be a better president for them than President Obama is.
No, we are not saying that President Barack Obama (he is black you know) is the only candidate to represent the black community. The black community has voted religiously for white politicians for decades. What caused the chuckles in the audience I believe, was Romney’s words - reminiscent of other things Romney has said, like “I love American cars,” and “the trees are the right height here” while talking to a Detroit audience. Or when he said, “I am learning to say y’all and I like grits, and things,” while talking to a Mississippi audience earlier this year.
This particular NAACP audience knew that Romney was being Romney, so they giggled, they chuckled and some even booed. This audience knew Romney was pandering to them for votes.
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