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Ann Romney Dances on Dangerous Ground as She Paints the Obamas as Elitists

ProudProgressive 2012/06/20 11:42:01
Ann Romney Dances on Dangerous Ground as She Paints the Obamas as Elitists
By: Sarah Jones
June 19, 2012

Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential presumptive nominee W. Mitt Romney, told Detroit's WJR Frank Beckmann that she "doubted" she and Mitt would take as many overseas trips as the Obamas, because their happiness "comes from being with our children and our grandchildren."

Mrs. Romney probably shouldn't be making digs about vacations, with her husband having taken off 212 days of his last year as governor.

Frank Beckmann was a good choice for the Romney campaign to place surrogate Ann Romney, allegedly W. Mitt's best public face. Beckmann once railed on about former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm creating the Michigan Climate Action Council, because everyone knows climate change is a hoax. He also rated second as the most biased commentator in an informal poll.

Thus it was Beckmann who first threw out the completely inaccurate hot potato that the Obamas take a lot of "overseas trips". One wonders if he was referring to the President's job, but no, Ann assumed he meant as vacations, and that choice infers her tacit agreement with the faulty premise.

The Hill reported:

Romney was responding to a question from WJR Detroit's Frank Beckmann, who asked Romney if her family would be vacationing abroad as frequently as the Obamas.

"I doubt that," Romney replied. "Our vacations and our happiness come from being with our children and our grandchildren."

How many things are wrong with this? Well, number one, President Obama hasn't taken any overseas vacations. He does travel overseas for work. You know, as President and all. And yes, even though Cokie Roberts thought Hawaii was exotic, it is still in the United States and not considered "abroad", and it's where the President's family resides.

Number two; the trips Michelle has taken have been with her kids, sorta like "happiness" coming from being with "children."

And number three, W. Mitt Romney was basically on vacation the entire last two years of his term of Governor of Massachusetts. He pulled a Palin, only he never announced it.

It all started when W. Mitt bet heavily on his party taking over in the midterms in an attempt to set himself up for his 2008 run. Republicans lost big. It was a "stunning defeat" for Romney according to the Boston Globe. Instead of fighting, Romney just gave up and walked away from the job. In the last year of his term, he ended up spending on average more than 4 days out of the week traveling to drum up support for his 2008 White House bid.

Salon noted, "He spent 212 of them out of the state, racking up more than 200,000 miles in the air and traveling to nearly 40 other states to lay the groundwork for his 2008 White House campaign. He kept the title of governor, sure, but ask just about anyone in the Bay State and they'll tell you: He walked out on the job. He quit — just like Palin."

Ouch, but the comparisons to Palin don't end there, "His polls numbers were dropping (by October '06, his favorable rating was barely above 30 percent), with voters expressing regret at having elected him in the first place."


Wondering why his poll numbers were so low? Turns out that Romney's approval ratings sank down to barely 30% because he ruled a bit like a King. Vanity Fair described the setting:

Referring to the time later when Romney was governor of Massachusetts, a Democratic lawmaker recalls, "You remember Richard Nixon and the imperial presidency? Well, this was the imperial governor." There were the ropes that often curtailed access to Romney and his chambers. The elevator settings restricted access to his office. The tape on the floor told people exactly where to stand during events. This was the controlled environment that Romney created.

While we note that the description offered is from a Democrat, it does echo sentiments from Republicans about Romney's persona and style. Tape on the floor is nothing new, but roping off his chambers is excessive and sings of the pomposity that already clings to Romney.

Can you imagine what would have happened to our country if President Obama gave up when his party lost in the midterms? It's really rather troubling to see elected officials just give up and walk away from a position of trust, especially an executive position like Governor. No one can guarantee a Governor or a President a friendly legislature. If Romney can only operate within that context, he had better hope that if he does get elected, Democrats have short memories of the infamous Republican obstruction that has so tainted Congressional Republicans.

Furthermore, Republicans and conservatives would avoid the issue of vacations if they were tethered to reality and facts, with Obama taking significantly less time off than all of the three previous Republican presidents from Reagan to the both George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush.

Bush spent 1,020 days of his presidency on vacation. To put this into context, John F. Kennedy spent fewer days in office, 1000, than George W. Bush spent on vacation. Bush spent 487 days at Camp David, 490 days at his Crawford ranch, and 43 days in Kennebunkport. George W. Bush spent 69 days in Crawford during his first year in office. In contrast, according to FactCheck.org, Obama spent all, or part of, 26 days of his first year in office on vacation. This was less than all three previous Republican presidents, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush, but more than the two previous Democratic presidents, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.

But Ann was meant to sound folksy and down to earth as she claimed that she and Mitt would rather spend time with family than travel overseas — a one-of-you kind of lady. This pretty picture was somewhat sullied when she added that she "was excited a horse she jointly owns, Rafalca, had qualified to compete in the Olympics in dressage, an equestrian sport." Because it's so every-womanish to own a dressage horse.

Though Ann Romney tried to make it sound as if her horse was jointly owned, and it is, according to W. Mitt, she also owns plural Austrian Warmbloods. Perhaps the Romneys will need a horse elevator next?

Ann Romney's attempt to every-woman herself on the issue of vacations is also perilous ground given the many vacation homes the Romneys own, replete with their own lobbyist and car elevators. For most Americans, a family trip involves renting a house, staying in a hotel or camp grounds or staying with family, not flying via private jet to one of our 12 million dollar ocean-front, 8,000 square foot, staffed homes where we can choose which among a fleet of cars we wish to drive whilst on vacay.

Ann Romney's attempt to paint the Obamas as elitists is further proof of her sense of entitlement and privilege. She expects that the press will not report on the truth. Maybe she doesn't even realize how most of us live, but then, why was she trying to so hard to paint her vacations as family get togethers, while implying that the Obamas' vacations are not?

Whatever happened to "leave the families out of it" anyway? Oh, that's right. It was then Senator Barack Obama who made that statement regarding the press' treatment of Sarah Palin's family. It was Obama's campaign that condemned hecklers of Mitt Romney, while Romney refuses to condemn the hecklers of Obama.

Thus, America is given the stone-throwing, glass-house living quittler Mittler who dined under Hitler, trying to paint the Obamas as elitists. Still, the Obamas appear lonely encased in their manners and real family values.

Maybe the Obamas are elitists after all; that is, if it's character we're after.

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  • Sissy 2012/06/20 12:16:37
    Sissy
    +6
    Hmm, do you think mayhap she penned this statement whilst riding in her car elevator in one of her six homes? Or maybe she was inspired at one of the society luncheons where a favorite NASCAR or football owner was the guest of honor? It kind of sounds like she doesn't really think there are all that many "poor people" her husband doesn't care about and has a passing acquaintance with the mechanic who works on her "coupla cadillacs"? I know her husband dissed the President for his degree from Harvard, but maybe that's because her hubby has two from the same institution?

    Yep, sounds like she has a point in this "elitist" business.

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  • Jasmine 2012/07/08 17:59:44
  • LindaM 2012/06/21 21:39:12
    LindaM
    +1
    Ouch. What's with this couple anyway? They need a reality check. She obviously does.
  • Singerar 2012/06/21 21:27:27
    Singerar
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    Elitists?? Compared to the ROMNEY's? WTF??
  • jgh57 2012/06/20 17:51:18
    jgh57
    +3
    Is this the pot calling the kettle black. I love people of inherited money thinking they have ever worked for a living.
  • Heptarch 2012/06/20 16:27:05 (edited)
    Heptarch
    +3
    I'm an Obama supporter and will vote for him in the next election.

    Having said that, I don't see at all where Mrs. Romney says, or even implies, that the Obamas are elitist. I think you're reading too far into this one.

    If she's implying anything it's that the Romneys are more family oriented than the Obamas. That's ridiculous in its own right, of course, but it's certainly not a implication of elitism.
  • betz Heptarch 2012/06/21 00:17:25
    betz
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    I am very impressed with your answer, Heptarch. Thank you for your comment which states that you do support the president but do not agree with the implications of this article.
  • Heptarch betz 2012/06/21 03:28:22
    Heptarch
    I don't agree with the OP's assertion that Ann Romney was accusing the Obamas of elitism, no.
  • Dana 2012/06/20 14:24:40 (edited)
    Dana
    +1
    Those of you who know me... know I am a die herd liberal democrat. So my vote is for Obama, period.

    But that said... it has bothered me the fact that the Romney's owning a world class dressage horse, has come across as a bad thing. Please... reconsider on this one.

    Dressage means" to train", in the horse world, this is perhaps the most difficult accomplishment a horse can achieve. It takes years upon years of training the most talented horses, with the most talented rider, to get to where the Romney's horse is going. And yes, it costs a lot of $$. But.., and this is important... anyone can do dressage. As in, anyone can try and learn this, and it is in stages. Kids on back yard ponies, along with their Mommies and some daddies, on any horse they can find, can and do do dressage on a daily basis, and complete in weekend shows. It is all about "personal best" with this sport. There are no breed requirements, any horse can be trained and excel at this, if it has the mind and the athletic ability. Any horse, any breed an compete at even the highest levels, as long as it is qualified by training, and talent. Winning is not by who owns the horse, but but his/her scores individually on each and every movement the horse and rider do, to perfection. And there are 3 judges too... so that...

    Those of you who know me... know I am a die herd liberal democrat. So my vote is for Obama, period.

    But that said... it has bothered me the fact that the Romney's owning a world class dressage horse, has come across as a bad thing. Please... reconsider on this one.

    Dressage means" to train", in the horse world, this is perhaps the most difficult accomplishment a horse can achieve. It takes years upon years of training the most talented horses, with the most talented rider, to get to where the Romney's horse is going. And yes, it costs a lot of $$. But.., and this is important... anyone can do dressage. As in, anyone can try and learn this, and it is in stages. Kids on back yard ponies, along with their Mommies and some daddies, on any horse they can find, can and do do dressage on a daily basis, and complete in weekend shows. It is all about "personal best" with this sport. There are no breed requirements, any horse can be trained and excel at this, if it has the mind and the athletic ability. Any horse, any breed an compete at even the highest levels, as long as it is qualified by training, and talent. Winning is not by who owns the horse, but but his/her scores individually on each and every movement the horse and rider do, to perfection. And there are 3 judges too... so that this erases bias. Last, this is one horse sport that has extremely little abuse too. These horses who do this are proud and happy of what they do and their relationship with their rider.

    So, Mrs. Romney may not have lived a life like most of us have, but when it comes to the horse world, she fits right in with any horse loving girl who just wants to be happy around her horses. I think the dems trying to turn this into something else, is a huge mistake. The horse industry is a multi billion dollar industry and most horse owners are hurting right now, just trying to feed their beloved critters, as much as any other broke financially strapped person is. I know I am.
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  • Queen B Dana 2012/06/20 14:35:08
    Queen B
    +2
    But how many average Joe's get a $77,000 tax deduction for their dancing horse? Let me take a guess....none.
  • Dana Queen B 2012/06/20 14:42:09 (edited)
    Dana
    +1
    You are wrong...Take the race horse industry... Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses and yes, Trotters and Pacers too. These are considered business's and those horses are the business itself. And yes, they write off every penny they spend on those horses.

    And with the Thoroughbred industry... while many love their horses, for most it is just an investment. They spend on average... hundreds of dollars per day, per horse, that is all a tax write off. Stud fees alone for a top Thoroughbred can be over $100,000 and again all a tax write off. They also insure those horses and when the horse has a problem, usually they just ship it to slaughter. Tax write off. The killer truck drives through every track about 1x per week and just loads them up. Owner writes them off, collects the insurance money .And these baby horses are literally ridden as yearlings, raced at 2 and if lucky 3, very few past that age. Horses mature until about 7, but for the racing TB, their usually on a meat hook way before then. There are rescues who work diligently; and guess what? Some of those thrown away Thoroughbreds are trained as Dressage horses... many in fact and some have even made it to the Olympics.

    But dressage horses are generally trained very slow, very careful and they have careers up into their 20's,...
    You are wrong...Take the race horse industry... Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses and yes, Trotters and Pacers too. These are considered business's and those horses are the business itself. And yes, they write off every penny they spend on those horses.

    And with the Thoroughbred industry... while many love their horses, for most it is just an investment. They spend on average... hundreds of dollars per day, per horse, that is all a tax write off. Stud fees alone for a top Thoroughbred can be over $100,000 and again all a tax write off. They also insure those horses and when the horse has a problem, usually they just ship it to slaughter. Tax write off. The killer truck drives through every track about 1x per week and just loads them up. Owner writes them off, collects the insurance money .And these baby horses are literally ridden as yearlings, raced at 2 and if lucky 3, very few past that age. Horses mature until about 7, but for the racing TB, their usually on a meat hook way before then. There are rescues who work diligently; and guess what? Some of those thrown away Thoroughbreds are trained as Dressage horses... many in fact and some have even made it to the Olympics.

    But dressage horses are generally trained very slow, very careful and they have careers up into their 20's, when nearly every other horse sport has retired or dumped their horses, long before reaching their golden years. So, I have a hell of a lot of respect for the dressage horse industry. They are not perfect, but they do an excellent job.
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  • Queen B Dana 2012/06/20 14:54:45
    Queen B
    +2
    You are missing the point. The average Joe, which is what I said, the average American citizen, may own a horse that they have as a pet or to work on a ranch or farm. They don't get some tax write off because they own the horse. You are off on a whole other tangent. And yes this whole $77,000 tax write off Olympic dressage horse makes the Romney's appear elitist. I'm still not sure what you don't understand about the optics of this or why you are trying to defend it. They are people of means, and this is just another of those activities that they are so obtuse to not even understand how it looks to the electorate...you know the people who prefer watching hillbilly handfishing and other such entertainment.
  • Dana Queen B 2012/06/20 15:09:24
    Dana
    +1
    Horse people have been writing off their "business's" for many years. During Reagan era, they went nuts. Others toned it down like during the Clinton years and this unfortunately encouraged a bit of a recession for the horse market. (Not saying the stupidity and greed of many in the horse world, especially Arabians, did not do this to themselves.. they did...)

    Anyways... people like me who have say 2 mares they breed a year and sell those foals. (No I am not breeding anymore, stopped about 13 years ago..) but take that person w/ 2 mares or even 1, they will write this off as a business investment. Stud fee, (may only be $500, maybe $2000) but the small owner/breeder has the right to write off this "investment" as a farm practice if they have the intention of selling the foal for profit. Then of course they pay taxes on that profit. Can not be done long term w/out proving to the IRS you are a business, but it is done all the time. A boarding facility, where people pay to keep their horses, this is a business and of course all expenses incurred are deducted.

    Bottom line is, the horse industry is HUGE in the USA. And us/dems poking fingers at Ann Romney for part owning a world class Dressage horse is just plain going to backfire. Fight Romneys idiot ideas, his crazy antics of pand...
    Horse people have been writing off their "business's" for many years. During Reagan era, they went nuts. Others toned it down like during the Clinton years and this unfortunately encouraged a bit of a recession for the horse market. (Not saying the stupidity and greed of many in the horse world, especially Arabians, did not do this to themselves.. they did...)

    Anyways... people like me who have say 2 mares they breed a year and sell those foals. (No I am not breeding anymore, stopped about 13 years ago..) but take that person w/ 2 mares or even 1, they will write this off as a business investment. Stud fee, (may only be $500, maybe $2000) but the small owner/breeder has the right to write off this "investment" as a farm practice if they have the intention of selling the foal for profit. Then of course they pay taxes on that profit. Can not be done long term w/out proving to the IRS you are a business, but it is done all the time. A boarding facility, where people pay to keep their horses, this is a business and of course all expenses incurred are deducted.

    Bottom line is, the horse industry is HUGE in the USA. And us/dems poking fingers at Ann Romney for part owning a world class Dressage horse is just plain going to backfire. Fight Romneys idiot ideas, his crazy antics of pandering to the tea baggers, there is plenty there to bash him about. Slamming his wife is just plain uncalled for... we hate it when the cons slam Michelle Obama, and we need to make damn sure we do not play that same idiotic game here. Wives and kids off limits. Period.
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  • betz Dana 2012/06/21 00:18:47
    betz
    +1
    You are one intelligent person Dana. I applaud you for your knowledge.
  • Dana betz 2012/06/21 00:38:05
    Dana
    +1
    Thank you, for your kind words!
  • betz Dana 2012/06/21 01:48:54
    betz
    +1
    Our daughter took riding lessons when she was younger. I so enjoyed going to her shows. Thanks for teaching me more about the sport.
  • Dana betz 2012/06/21 02:48:05
    Dana
    +1
    You're very welcome! Horses are our life here... we revolve our lives
    around them. :) (ok, my daughter and I do, my son... he likes horses on computer games, but the real thing is a tad intimidating to him. He has a marvelous pony, I hope he wants to take more lessons on her soon.

    Did your daughter just grow away from horses? Or does she still love them?
  • betz Dana 2012/06/21 09:48:21
    betz
    +1
    She took lessons for almost 4 years and loved it but yes she did grow away from it. Still rides whenever she is given the opportunity though.
  • Dana betz 2012/06/21 17:03:58
    Dana
    +1
    I used to give lessons and most of the kids would grow away from it... usually around 14, 15... then boys and social life were more important. I would tell the parents not to go crazy buying everything expensive for the kids, just buy the basics, good helmet, some decent boots... and save the money on the rest if the kid really showed they were into it. :) Some stayed on and did well! But most... life got in the way.
  • betz Dana 2012/06/21 18:18:52
    betz
    +1
    Yep that happened here Dana. She still has a love of horses and claims (she's 30 now and married) that when she has children she will give them the opportunity she had. Have a great day my friend.
  • Dana betz 2012/06/21 18:45:11
    Dana
    +1
    :) You too!!!
  • Dana betz 2012/06/21 03:06:31
    Dana
    +2
    Thank you for the friend invite!!! I tried to go to your page several times to say hi and thank you there... and it would not allow for some odd reason. But wanted to say hi and thank you!
  • gfreeman BN-0 2012/06/20 13:15:31
    gfreeman BN-0
    +1
    You have to wonder why a multimillionaire wants to be President. It doesn't pay very well, comparatively speaking, it's a 24 hour a day, 7 days a week, 365 day a year job, you are constantly under scrutiny. If I were that rich, I wouldn't want anything to do with all that.
  • Queen B gfreema... 2012/06/20 14:40:03
    Queen B
    +2
    He just wants the job because his daddy didn't succeed in winning the presidency, and he wants to surpass what his dad did. He has no core beliefs or vision for the country, that's why he can't articulate any ideas of what he will do other than bash Obama, and change his viewpoint depending on the audience he's talking to. Tax cuts and deregulating everything is all he's got. And we all know how well that worked out under W.
  • gfreema... Queen B 2012/06/20 18:28:31
    gfreeman BN-0
    +2
    I totally agree. For Mittens, the Presidency is just another 'goal' in life, he doesn't really want to do the job, he just wants the title.
  • Queen B gfreema... 2012/06/20 19:24:45
    Queen B
    +2
    BINGO!
  • Idiot r... Queen B 2012/06/21 10:59:18
    Idiot repubs
    +2
    Another republican with daddy issues.
  • luvguins 2012/06/20 12:30:27
    luvguins
    +2
    Hmm, so what are we to think about a Romney presidency? Would he rope off the Oval Office, just jet off to vacations with Ann and their kids to their 3 mansions, and not take a position on anything letting the Congressional Republicans further destroy the economy?
    Romney has been an elitist since birth, and out of touch with anyone but his circle of the fellow privileged.
  • Idiot repubs 2012/06/20 12:25:32 (edited)
    Idiot repubs
    +1
    Elitists?

  • Idiot r... Idiot r... 2012/06/20 12:26:51
    Idiot repubs
    Pretty dramatic stuff!
  • Dana Idiot r... 2012/06/21 02:58:43
    Dana
    Thank you so much for posting this video. I HOPE others watch it, and realize that this horse and rider are SUPERB! Absolutely fabulous! It takes intense training, endurance, God given talent, patience, you name it... and years of preparation to put out a performance like that. Dressage is a sport that is practiced all over the world, from kids back yards, to Moms, practicing for their own special free time, to the best of the best. ANY one can learn, any breed of horse can compete and as you do better and better you just advance to the next level. That is a video worth watching and appreciating. :)
  • Dana Idiot r... 2012/06/21 03:00:30 (edited)
    Dana
    Elitists? No. Dressage takes years of incredible hard work, dedication, devotion, talent and patience. :)
  • Sissy 2012/06/20 12:16:37
    Sissy
    +6
    Hmm, do you think mayhap she penned this statement whilst riding in her car elevator in one of her six homes? Or maybe she was inspired at one of the society luncheons where a favorite NASCAR or football owner was the guest of honor? It kind of sounds like she doesn't really think there are all that many "poor people" her husband doesn't care about and has a passing acquaintance with the mechanic who works on her "coupla cadillacs"? I know her husband dissed the President for his degree from Harvard, but maybe that's because her hubby has two from the same institution?

    Yep, sounds like she has a point in this "elitist" business.
  • Schläue~© Sissy 2012/06/20 12:53:36
    Schläue~©
    +1
    Having self earned wealth does NOT make one an 'elitist'.
    Surrounding oneself with creature comforts does NOT make one an 'elitist'.
    Perhaps you should study up on that term to get the full grasp of the meaning.

    Perhaps it has a bit to do with what one chooses to do with their earned wealth, how they carry themselves, and treat others?
  • Sissy Schläue~© 2012/06/20 12:55:50
    Sissy
    +3
    Exactly, that's why this President has my full and unfailing support. I don't see your description anywhere near fitting your nominee.
  • Schläue~© Sissy 2012/06/20 13:06:02
    Schläue~©
    +1
    Because his complete existence was manufactured out of thin air?

    Barry and the Moose are jackasses of the first degree. Outside of being bought & paid for by the progressive operatives who gave them an identity.... where did they come from... what did they accomplish to get where they are?

    Read below
  • Sissy Schläue~© 2012/06/20 13:10:57
    Sissy
    +2
    How incredibly naive you are if you think for a new-york-minute that money doesn't permeate our entire political system right now. Look at how Wis turned out.
  • Schläue~© Sissy 2012/06/20 13:15:55
    Schläue~©
    What the Hell are you yakking about?

    This article is talking about people's personal lives and whether they project an air of elitism or appreciate where they came from and how they got there.

    It's not about campaign finance reform or the battle about unions and and how the left chose to make Wisconsin a National issue.
  • Sissy Schläue~© 2012/06/20 13:30:15
    Sissy
    +2
    Okay, I guess I was thinking more of what has been a key issue in what is going to be a brutal campaign ahead of "who has more" either personally or politically? I apologize for jumping to conclusions and not reading more thoroughly.

    But then to your point, when you compare the two, one born in near poverty and did everything you cons demand in people pulling themselves up by their own bootstraps, compared to one who has never had to worry about a thing monetarily or creature comforts, who has never had even a passing look or let alone interest of that struggling person on Main Street, or one who has earned everything he has, (another point constantly made by the Right), then I would still say, "there is no comparison."

    Your total disrespect and contempt are very clear and thus it seems impossible to have a civil discussion. As such, it seems impossible to even try to have one. Have a nice day.
  • Schläue~© Sissy 2012/06/20 13:36:46
    Schläue~©
    +1
    You may just want to do a little research into the truth about poor Barry's childhood.
    He was ANYTHING BUT, born into poverty. Check into who his grandparents were ..... those who actually raised him.

    Romney was born into money, no doubt, but held various regular jobs during his High-school and college years.

    He donated his entire inheritance to the church and made his own fortune.

    You're correct about no comparison. Romney went out and got his..... Barry was given anything he's ever had.
  • Heptarch Sissy 2012/06/20 16:24:53
    Heptarch
    +2
    Don't bother with this guy, Sissy. You're final conclusion of him is absolutely the right one.

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