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January 15, 2012

You Say: “Mitt!” I Say: “Benjamins!”

If I was a presidential candidate getting hammered for my wealth, for predatory capitalism, for offering my primary opponents exorbitant wagers, for having posed with my business posse stuffing cash into our pockets for the buckets of money we were making in the corporate repo trade — all that after suffered a FAIL when, only having large bills on me, I offered a kid a $5 in return for a $1 he gave me as an origami present, you know what I’d do?

I’d make sure my wallet was securely stashed on the campaign bus or in an aide’s pocket so I was never, ever shown with a greenback in my hand again.

And not only that, but I’d make for damn sure that, if the Lord himself told a South Carolina woman to follow my bus because she was broke, and the campaign gave her some cash to pay her lighting bill and gave her some odd jobs to do, I wouldn’t ever, ever, ever whip out my own wallet and start doling out more cash to her in front of wire photographers for all the world to see.

And then, I guess it didn’t occur to the campaign, since the woman is poor and African-American, that the gesture (lucky for Mitt the woman isn’t visible in the picture) looks patronizing at best.

(photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images caption: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney counts money to give to a person in the crowd during a campaign rally at the American Legion post 15 on January 14,2012 in Sumter, South Carolina. Romney continues to campaign for votes in South Carolina ahead of their primary on January 21st.)

  • BooksAlive

    With five sons, Mitt may be trained to dole out allowances..(The fourth is named Benjamin.)

  • bks

    Can’t his tailor embroider the flag into the lapel?  Or maybe he could get it tatooed into his forehead?


  • Philip Perdue

    I said it elsewhere, and I’ll say it again here, since it’s all over this image too: Romney’s campaign logo is a perfect graphic illustration of what “1%” means.

    Just look at it. Graphically, the ‘R’ could represent something like demographic diversity: the red, white, and blue shapes kind of look like human profiles, or busts. No doubt it’s a nod to the GOP’s struggle against its own reputation as the party of the white (and rich). 

    But something more significant happens, though, when we see ‘the people’ in the logo: they are separated–by design!–from the ‘omney,’ which – and it’s hard to believe no one in the Romney campaign has noticed this – spells ‘money.’ 

    Believe, America. In ‘Romney,’ the people are separate from the money.

    • Thomas Gokey

      I don’t know how I could have possibly missed the omney money anagram.

      Honestly, who in their right mind thought that the official Romney logo was good design? The logo practically changes his name to Omney. I had to retrain my brain to read it as Romney instead of Omney the first dozen times I saw it. Omney is the sound that Bain makes when it eats a business, omnomnom.

  • karen h

    Since she was a volunteer in his campaign, it looks like Romney missed a perfect opportunity to create a job!

  • Thomas Gokey

    I don’t know, I think this image cuts both ways. Patronizing yes, but also some small measure of generosity.

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