Less an NAACP Convention, More a Gong Show

Mitt Romney took his customary patrician charm to the NAACP. The results were predictable.

I believe that if you understood who I truly am in my heart, and if it were possible to fully communicate what I believe is in the real, enduring best interest of African-American families, you would vote for me for president.

Aw, cuuuute.

That went so well, he gave an encore:

And here he is fully communicating:

Speaking at the NAACP conference in Houston, Texas, Mitt Romney asserted that he would repeal “wasteful” programs that don’t promote job growth. “Including Obamacare,” Romney said, to a resounding chorus of boos from the crowd.

I think the only way it could have gone better is if he’d turned up in blackface and talked about how much he liked chittlins while moonwalking.

The Guardian‘s inimitable Richard Adams has the full grisly blow-by-blow here. His chief takeaway:

What will be overlooked in discussion of the booing of Mitt Romney is what he actually called healthcare reform: a “non-essential programme”.

More: Wonkette has a natty, concise liveblog of its own. It includes this view of his speech, which maybe explains why the booing wasn’t louder.

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What will be overlooked in discussion of the booing of Mitt Romney is what he actually called healthcare reform: a “non-essential programme”.

Possibly although that was apparently not lost on the SRO crowd.

Hard to know what he thought this line would accomplish.  The RomBot just doesn’t seem able to program effective communication when not addressing rich, white conservocrats.

Well,at lest he didn’t walk on stage and say “Who let the dogs out”.

I believe that if you understood who I truly am in my heart, and if it were possible to fully communicate what I believe

I’ll leave the racial aspect of what he said out of it for now.  But how can anyone anywhere have any idea who he “truly” is when he’s a serial flip-flopper and pathological liar?

Comment by JasonM on 07/11/12 at 01:31 PM

This is being reported as an attempt by Romney to “woo” black voters. To me it seems like an obvious attempt to create a photo-op that he can then show around to his normal audience and say, “See, i tried to reach out, but this is the kind of reception I get from those people.”

Shout out to mah peeps in the back uh da hizzie!

They some crazy muhfuckas, right there.

Mah baby momma right ova dere. Sheeet we tight. Know wha Im sayin? Even wit her dibillitation thing, we still on, yall.

[end urbanized speech sequencer]

Rmoney doesn’t care about Black People.

It’s a core gooper value.

Romney whistled and pretended to play the banjo. He then sang a verse of “Ole Man Ribber” as he ambled back and forth on shuffling feet, scratched his woolly head, and danced a cakewalk while picking watermelon seeds from his ears, all with natural rhythm.

At least, that’s the way it looked from inside his head.

This is being reported as an attempt by Romney to “woo” black voters. To me it seems like an obvious attempt to create a photo-op that he can then show around to his normal audience and say, “See, i tried to reach out, but this is the kind of reception I get from those people.”

Bingo, Chris. It was all about the optics:

“We understand that folks aren’t going to agree with us 100 percent,” said Tara Wall, a Romney policy adviser. “But at the end of the day, I think that Gov. Romney’s message was bold. He said what needed to be said, and he said what he he’s always said.”

Another campaign adviser told BuzzFeed that Romney’s attendance at the convention wasn’t primarily intended to break off a portion of the black vote, but to make clear to moderates that he intends to be an inclusive president.

Now, if the moderate sector of the electorate is as gullible as the Romney campaign thinks it is and everyone acts like dutiful, if rather stupid, pawns come November, then he’ll be home and dry.

I believe that if you understood who I truly am in my heart, and if it were possible to fully communicate what I believe

Will he tell us after he’s elected?

“I’ve done a lot for the black community, I posthumously baptized many of your grandparents so they could serve me in heaven.”

Comment by Big Bad Bald Bastard on 07/11/12 at 03:18 PM

NAACP audience fotos:

http://colorlines.com/archives/2012/07/the_faces_and _reactions_in_the_audience_as_mitt_romney_delivered_naacp_sp eech.html

Comment by Nellcote on 07/11/12 at 04:17 PM

“I believe that if you understood who I truly am in my heart…”

...In my heart, I know I’m right.

NAACP audience fotos

Not too much skepticism showing, is there?

I believe that if you understood who I truly am in my heart, and if it were possible to fully communicate what I believe…

Oh! If only you had some kind of platform and the resources to get that done. Oh well!

BTW, I’ve noticed these shiny tinted glass screens to either side of Mittens in the clips up there. Wonder what they could be?

What’s funny about those teleprompters is that at the very end of the speech, Mitt is reading quotes, and after the last one, he keeps reading and actually says, “end of quote”.

hahahahahahaha!

and if it were possible to fully communicate what I believe

But more broadly, they said he was trying to pass of a mildly re-heated version of his stump speech as a substantive appeal to black America — without truly addressing how his message applies to their situation.

Job well done, then.

If three quarters of the chamber of commerce won’t employ people that need health insurance does this mean they don’t really want their business after all?  Aren’t you supposed to be looking for the best people to make your business boom?  Surely they’d need health insurance to stay fit and healthy to do the job they’re employed for.

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