Mitt Romney is extremely wealthy. Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson also all had money. But they also had something else that Mitt just doesn’t have: empathy for people who have to work for a living and sometimes can’t even make it with a job (or jobs) and certainly empathy for those who can’t find a job, are in fear of losing their homes, and for whatever reason are poor.
Let’s look at selected quotes from Mitt compiled by AshleyParker in the New York Times.
On Wednesday morning in an interview with CNN, Mr. Romney said, “I’m not concerned about the very poor,” a sound bite that ricocheted around the Web and cable news channels, and which Mr. Romney felt the need to clarify with reporters as he flew to Minnesota.
Taking in the full context of his remarks, as Mr. Romney urged reporters to do, his statement seems more benign: “I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs a repair, I’ll fix it. I’m not concerned about the very rich; they’re doing just fine.” He is most concerned about the middle class, he said. [Of course Romney has already endorsed the Ryan budget which would rip craters into that safety net he wants to repair.]
But for a campaign that has itself been accused of taking President Obama’s words out of context, the remark about the poor immediately became cataloged in a growing list of awkward comments by Mr. Romney, including a remark that his speaking fees last year of $374,327 were “not very much” and his line that “corporations are people.”
And we know that Romney would make a better President than others because he has “lived on the streets” I think meaning he hasn’t lived in Washington. If I remember correctly he asked some homeowners facing foreclosure to have empathy for the banks because like corporations they were people, but I may have just dreamed that.
Last June, he told a group of unemployed workers in Florida, who had just finished telling him their stories, that he understood their plight.
“I’m also unemployed,” Mr. Romney said as a joke. “I’m networking. I have my sight on a particular job.”
At a debate, he offered Gov. Rick Perry of Texas a $10,000 wager — an amount that, even if facetious, reminded voters just how much disposable income Mr. Romney has.
Speaking to crowds in New Hampshire, Mr. Romney claimed that he, too, had feared the “pink slip” during his life.
I think when Romney says these things, going off script, he is showing his true colors. He really doesn’t understand or care about how the 99% live. Just like Hollingsworth.