Ungrateful West Philly African Americans Inhospitable To Poor Mitt Romney

  the plane! the plane!

GarbageAll poor Mitt Romney wanted to do was show some “compassion” to a group of African American schoolchildren in West Philly and explain to them that they are only poor because their mothers are sluts and their fathers are deadbeats, and what kind of thanks did he get? No thanks, that’s what kind!

Seeking to broaden his appeal heading into the general election, Romney was venturing for his first time in this campaign into an impoverished black neighborhood to hear the concerns of local educators and community leaders. But here in the streets of West Philadelphia, the emotion surrounding his contest with the nation’s first black president was raw, as dozens of neighborhood residents shouted, “Get out, Romney, get out!”

Well I say, old chaps, that is not the kind of welcome His Lord High Hairgel was expecting! So Romney is at this charter school, and trying to brag on his education record in Taxachusetts and he gets just cold interrupted and given a total lecture from the charter school’s founder about how in Boston when they tried to integrate, little black children were pelted with eggs. He answered, presumably, “Errrrrrrrr.” Then he talked some total bullshit about how class size doesn’t matter, and everybody in the room jumped down his throat and yelled GIVE ME SOME MORE ICE TEA, M-FER! (Maybe.)

But what was happening outside the school that Romney was having such a swell time visiting?

Outside, meanwhile, some brick row houses across from the school were boarded up. Police had cordoned off a full city block to protect Romney and his entourage. Residents, some of them organized by Obama’s campaign, stood on their porches and gathered at a sidewalk corner to shout angrily at Romney. Some held signs saying, “We are the 99%.” One man’s placard trumpeted an often-referenced Romney gaffe: “I am not concerned about the very poor.”

Madaline G. Dunn, 78, who said she has lived here for 50 years and volunteers at the school, said she is “personally offended” that Romney would visit her neighborhood. “It’s not appreciated here,” she said. “It is absolutely denigrating for him to come in here and speak his garbage.”

Oh dear. Anything else, most perfect Washington Post story of all time?

Although Romney has not focused on the black community in his campaign so far, his father, George, reached out to African Americans and pursued policies designed to help lift blacks out of poverty during his service as governor of Michigan and secretary of Housing and Urban Development as well as in his 1968 presidential campaign.

Right. Because Republicans used to be Kenyan Maoist Mau-Mau Anti-Colonial Socialist Communists!

Let us wrap up with this sad image of poor Mitt Romney trying desperately to get out of West Philly in one piece. Here he has just watched children sing a song about smiling, while bopping his head off-rhythm.

“You just sang a song about smiling,” Romney told the kids. “You’re all smiling right? Smile! Oh, that’s great.”

[WaPo]

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203 comments

    1. mayor_quimby

      I would not be surprised, he wouldn't ask though, because he is not human. He would just touch that coal woolly magic yarn, unaware that an ass-whooping was moments away. Much like an old boss of mine, and by old, I mean 2008!

  1. veritass

    Innnnnn West Philadelphia, born and raised, on a playground is where I spent most of my days…

    Sorry. Had to do it. Good luck trying to get that out of your head the rest of the day.

  2. bikerlaureate

    We need to know to whom Obama's father reached out, in order to make an informed choice here.

  3. Barb

    Well, until Mitt met Barack Obama, he'd never seen a black person in real life before.

    1. Jus_Wonderin

      "When I enter a room, you must flee, hide in a corner, or stand as a statue that I bought on a quick jaunt to Africa."

    2. Doktor StrangeZoom

      He still hasn't! Obama is half-white! Haw Haw Haw!

      But he is black enough to be near.

  4. LettucePrey

    Rmoney was shocked at how articulate some of those Philly kids are. Not one car got flipped over or any breakdancing in the street!

    (Though he did pat to see if his wallet was still there. You know, just to be sure.)

  5. SheriffRoscoe

    He should have launched into his rendition of "Who Allowed The Dogs To Be Outside". Perennial crowd pleaser, that one.

  6. coolhandnuke

    Mittens just got introduced to First Mondays at the Country Club where the caddies and the help are allowed for one day a month to be heard and seen.

    1. Ann_ObeyMe_Money

      I don't believe that for one minute. Why, the entire membership would cancel before they'd spend a minute of their precious time listening to some yawping whining 99-percenter ingrate.

  7. Major Thom

    None of this would have happened had he not ordered his cheese-steak with swiss cheese.

        1. finallyhappy

          Bred and born IN the city(none of those I'm from Philly and then it is Haverford or Doylestown crap). The shore- haven't been except for about 2 hours in 38 years. My kids grew up going to southern beaches

    1. Pseudonymously_Joe

      You know, people mock, and I'm sure I'll have to return my Former-Philadelphian card for speaking such blasphemy against the Terrible Gross Cheap Steak and Cheez-Whiz Processed Cheese Food Sandwiches the city is so well-known for, BUT:

      The best version of the Cheesesteak IN EXISTENCE is steak and swiss, on garlic bread. In my native Westchester, NY, it was often called the Balboa, because it was almost a cheesesteak, and Rocky. Try it sometime, you shan't regret it. The only 'authentic' Cheesesteak that even comes close is a good fully-loaded Pizza Steak.

  8. Callyson

    Gee, you mean that these ungrateful people did not want to be used as pawns in Mitten's transparent attempt to make the mushy middle think "oh, he's not so bad–look, he's reaching out to the blahs"?

    Asshole.

  9. Barb

    Mitt Romney: I've never met a black child before. I have some friends who are black children owners.

    1. Lionel[redacted]Esq

      You know, I hate fisting you Barb, because, like you need it, but damn that was good. WIN Of The Day!

  10. edgydrifter

    I hope he didn't stain his waistcoat when his monocle fell into his chalice of artisanal shrew's milk. A verbal confrontation with scoundrels such as these can give a fellow a frisson most unpleasant! Harumph.

  11. Callyson

    Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (D) addressed protesters and the media, quipping that Romney “suddenly somehow found West Philadelphia.”
    “It’s nice that he decided this late in his [campaign] to see what a city like Philadelphia is about,” Nutter said. But, he added, “I don’t know that a one-day experience in the heart of West Philadelphia is enough to get you ready to run the United States of America.”
    “You want to have an urban experience?” Nutter added. “You want to have a West Philly experience? Then come out here and talk to somebody in West Philly.”

    I take it this is Mayor Nutter's diplomatic way of calling Mittens an idiot and an asshole?

      1. amarikah

        Nutter does a good angry soundbite meanwhile he's selling out the Philly public school system and Kenny Gamble is one of the shadiest charter operators in Philly, which is saying something.

        1. Ann_ObeyMe_Money

          Is there a single decent politician left in this country? Oh, right, Pete Stark, Henry Waxman, BarneyFrankHowDareYouLeave, Bernie Sanders …

          Damn these swine, they'll drag us back to the dark ages if they think it'll make them a penny more this week.

          1. Lizzietish81

            I miss my old Rep Capuano. I mean yeah he tried to kill a dog for running too close to his kids, but he's very open about that kind of thing. I also was in Frank's district for awhile. good times.

            Now I'm stuck with some Tea Bagger idiot whose under investigation by the FBI.

  12. Callyson

    “You just sang a song about smiling,” Romney told the kids. “You’re all smiling right? Smile! Oh, that’s great.”

    Oh, for fuck's sake…

    1. GhostBuggy

      Well, to be fair, his cold gears and unfeeling circuits are incapable of forming a smile, or of even understanding this hew-mon concept of "joy."

    2. miss_grundy

      Back in the mid-nineties I worked at Penn State and my colleague and I met with a UPenn librarian there in West Philly. The area around the university was very nice but one block away from the university, it looked like London after a blitzkrieg. It's a shame.

      But, hopefully, Mittens learned something from the experience. Oh wait, we're talking about Mittens, never mind.

      1. amarikah

        Yeah, one block away from the university houses are now selling for $600K. You can definitely still find blitzkreig areas of Philly but none close to Penn anymore.

      2. Lizzietish81

        Yeah, his software isn't made for learning, its just capable of repeating learned responses.

    3. HogeyeGrex

      The article fails to mention whether he ended his speech with, "Smithers! Release the hounds!"

    4. fuflans

      right? i will not be able to stand this awkwardness for the next five months.

      much less the next four years. god forbid.

      course, he'll probably drop all that fake 'niceness' if he gets elected. then we'll see what mittbot is really like.

      1. Lizzietish81

        I had him as a governor. The man lacks any political savvy and cant get shit done, because he thinks he's running a business. When he didn't get his way, like day one, he went on a cross country tour touting how much we suck. I don't know what he plans to do when things don't go his way as president. Tour the countries in the Middle East where there are a few super rich people and most of the population is poor, to start his campaign to be the next leader of Opec or something.

    5. Ann_ObeyMe_Money

      I swear to god this guy just does NOT KNOW how to talk to people.

      Hopey goes anywhere and he's all warm and smiling and charming the fucking ass off everyone.

      Mittens goes anywhere and it's like the whole crowd collectively shit its pants and the smell lingers and suffocates as everyone tries to be the first to flee the scene.

    1. amarikah

      Hey fuck you from 51st and Baltimore. You want Mittens to get roughed up you take that shit down to Kingsessing.

  13. SayItWithWookies

    Gee — you tell people you're gonna cut their taxes, unshackle them from the bonds of Social Security, public education and affordable healthcare, and yet they're completely ungrateful. I guess he scratched his plan to raffle off rides in his car elevator to some lucky hoodlum.

  14. Mittens Howell, III

    "Although Romney has not focused on the black community in his campaign so far …"

    His campaign's only been going for seven years.

    1. Lizzietish81

      Try 20, he's been running for president since he challenged Ted Kennedy in the mid 90s.

  15. CapnRadio

    This just goes that blacks are the real racists and are blindly working on the Democratic plantation and that rap is a secret brainwashing code that is turning nice white kids like Marshall Mathers into degenerate thugs like Eminem and basketball sucks, libunatics.

  16. imissopus

    There is a story on nymag.com right now about George Romney's efforts in Detroit during the '67 riots and his primary '68 campaign when he tried to reach out to the black community in the aftermath of the nationwide riots, thus costing himself support from all the law-and-order white people who were busy voting for Reagan and Nixon. Then he became secretary of HUD and pushed actually progressive housing policies to a president who had shored up the support of southern conservatives in '68 by making a deal with Strom Thurmond that while his administration would not oppose integration, it would also not lift a finger to actually implement any pro-integration policies.

    Poor old Mittens. It's tough being a principled man in a primary, and just as tough to be an unprincipled 'ho when you belong to a party of psychopaths when you are in general election mode.

    1. OldWhiteLies

      One wonders if watching his father lose that primary, and thus any chance of becoming preznit, is what turned Mittens into Mr. EtchaSketch.

    2. V572 Is this him?

      Thus the decline of the Republican Party from a group led by men of principle (Buckley, Goldwater, Eisenhower, Geo Romney) whatever their many failings, to a group of people who'll do or say any goddam thing to get elected.

      They already have everything money can buy. Getting elected will kill the yawning voids of empty time their great wealth present them. Time they would otherwise have to spend with their wives.

        1. V572 Is this him?

          They all were in those days, lotsa Dems too. Just said they had principles and stuck by ‘em. Didn’t say they were good principles.

        2. Butch_Wagstaff

          No shit. You can see his racism on full display when he debated James Baldwin.

    3. miss_grundy

      Actually, my friends who are live-long Democrats have only nice things to say about George Romney. He was actually a very progressive governor in Michigan at the time. I guess if he were alive today, he probably would have become an Independent or, hopefully, would have seen the light and become a Democrat.

      1. Negropolis

        Michigan had a few really decent Republicans governors prior to the 90's. Governor Milliken (who is the state's longest serving govrnor and still alive) ended up endorsing Kerry in '04, and endorsed McCain in '08, but revoked the endorsement in October after he saw how the McCain campaign was attacking Obama. Hell, the guy has a state park named after him in downtown Detroit because of his progressive views on environmentalism.

      2. imissopus

        Oh, I'm not slagging on George Romney. He sounds like a pretty decent guy. It's too bad he produced a son as loathsome as Mittens.

  17. Wonderthing

    Yeah, he'll be wiping those smiles off their fucking little faces soon enough. Good for you West Philly. Represent!

    1. Guppy

      In all seriousness, that is probably the entire point of this visit, to "reach out half-way" and be able to say "See? I tried! I was the reasonable one!"

    2. Lionel[redacted]Esq

      "New Black Panther Party Controlling Philadelphia, Threaten White Man."

  18. bikerlaureate

    During the roundtable session, Romney said there was no correlation between classroom size and student performance, citing a report by consulting firm McKinsey & Company. That sparked a debate with some educators and other leaders around the table.

    “I can’t think of any teacher in the whole time I’ve been teaching, for 10 years, 13 years, who would say that more students [in the classroom] would benefit,” said Steven Morris, a music teacher at the school. “And I can’t think of a parent that would say I would like my teacher to be in a room with a lot of kids and only one teacher.”

    Rmoney can't actually be the challenger to an incumbent President. What's their game, here?

    1. Larry McAwful

      I'm a teacher, and I can tell you that twenty high school kids in one classroom is already a handful. Still no one has ever said, to my face, that we teachers should accept that classrooms need to be packed with more students. They've said it on the internet, the cowards, but on the internet it's okay to spout off about things you clearly have no clue about.

      If you'll excuse me, I've got to head over to a nuclear physics message board and demonstrate my savvy.

      1. anniegetyerfun

        I'd argue that the best ratio of student to teacher is about 15:1. In the classes I taught abroad, I often had between 40-70 students at a time. NOTHING was ever learned.

      2. Negropolis

        Hell, Detroit Public Schols wish they had a 20:1 ratio, and what's worse is that this is the case in a district losing thousands of students every year (mostly to in-city charters).

  19. Rotundo_

    Good thing Diebold and hundreds of election officials around the country are disenfranchising these sorts of folks. If Mittens thought he actually had to get some of them to vote for him he might start trying to rap or have hydraulics installed on his limo. That would just be too flippin' weird for the world to deal with.

  20. Mittens Howell, III

    Concern Troll quote of the day:

    "Residents, some of them organized by Obama’s campaign, …"

      1. BerkeleyBear

        Especially when it comes a day after telling latinos how critical real school choice (ie no college for anchor babies and parochial school for everyone else) supposedly is.

  21. OldWhiteLies

    The words RHYTHM and RMONEY, while onomatopoetically inclined, should never be allowed together in the same sentence or paragraph.

    Just sayin

    1. Larry McAwful

      Hey! Not all white people lack rhythm! But, as a white person who lacks rhythm, himself, I can safely say that Mittens is definitely not one of the white people with rhythm.

    2. OldWhiteLies

      Damn, sorry. Mixed up my poetic nomenclature. Alliteration is the correct word. So it would be alliterationally inclined.

    1. Guppy

      Other than in the form of copypasta from the KJAV, if there is it likely has an anti-intellectual spin on it. Bad guys in the Book of Mormon are almost universally "too smart for their own good."

  22. mormos

    For the first time in his life, Max Headroom here is having to deal with the repercussions of his actions. And it is HILARIOUS.

    1. HogeyeGrex

      What do you mean, "everybody doesn't love me?" These are popular issues, aren't they? Why doesn't everybody love meeeeeeeee.

  23. WhatTheHeck

    Next up, Obama heads to a trailer park in Kentucky and reaches out to a sea of white faces.

      1. BerkeleyBear

        And tells them that studies show white students statistically do better than minorities, so he's cutting all funding to schools in white dominated areas (since they don't need the help, obviously).

  24. johnnyzhivago

    Mittbott 3000's really CAN'T do a good job distinguishing between the kinds of humanoids it interacts with – so when it's with a group of dark people, it's programming just normalizes them to "basketball players", "cleaning people" and "potential terrorists".

  25. ElPinche

    Whoops! Looks like Romney ventured out of the bubble.
    GOP: "NOOOOOO!! GET YOUR ASS BACK IN HERE!!! "

  26. Larry McAwful

    As Mittens descended into West Philly, he addressed the crowd with a rousing "Hey, I'm sick of that food-stamp president! We're all sick of that shiftless food-stamp president, amirite?" 70 miles west, in or around Perry County, PA, rowdy white bigots were shocked by the cold reception Mittens got, and strengthened their resolve to vote for Mittens this November, if only to stave off the coming race war that was predicted by Ron Paul and Lew Rockwell.

    1. Billmatic

      "if only to stave off the coming race war that was predicted by Ron Paul and Lew Rockwell. "

      And the midget from In Bruges.

  27. SexySmurf

    I don't understand why black people hate Romney? He knows some of the words to "Who Let the Dogs Out?"

  28. Lascauxcaveman

    He wants to come back and meet with these folks individually, one by one, in a quiet room. Just Mitt and few of his security detail.

    1. Wile E. Barbote

      I'm still thinking that those white boys would get their asses handed to them. West Philly is a tough place.

  29. HogeyeGrex

    trying desperately to get out of West Philly in one piece

    Romneyers… come out to plaaa-yay.

    Okay. Wrong town, but you get the idea.

  30. Mittens Howell, III

    To be fair, some of that anger was directed at the barking dog in the roof-top box on Romney's Limo.

  31. sbj1964

    Mitt talking to black people? Squirrel! Please make him stop my A.D._ Something is kicking in.

  32. Pseudonymously_Joe

    Just to repeat what I said elsewhere, with lots of hyperlinks, this seems more like another case of egregious local issues fail, more than the fact that West Philly is predominantly black, or the fact that it's solidly Obamaland, electorally.

    See, there's an ongoing kerfluffle over a "restructuring" plan for the Philladelphia School District that basically amounts to massive, gouging cuts, most likely with an eye towards privatization. The plan involves shuttering 60 schools, and outsourcing management of 20-30 more to charters. Oh, and also the mass layoffs of thousands of support personnel, probably to break the union that represents bus drivers, cleaners, and maintenance staff.

    So, yeah, I think people might've been miffed that Romney decided to take this moment to swing by to praise charter schools and large class sizes for reasons that have nothing to do with partisanship, frankly.

    1. Guppy

      people might've been miffed that Romney decided to take this moment to swing by to praise charter schools

      And since knowledge of such local politics doesn't extend much outside the city, their apparently inexplicable anger is perfect for the narrative of "The brown poors are just too unreasonable" that the GOP would like to build.

  33. glamourdammerung

    Of course the schoolchildren were attacked when they tried to integrate since that was before 1978 and blacks became real people according to the Mormon Church.

    1. starfanglednut

      I'm a Bostonian, and though I was just a kid during the desegregation of the schools, I remember clearly how harrowing it was. Even though I didnt really understand what was happening, I could feel the tension, fear and hate. It was a deeply, deeply shameful episode in the history of a city I love.

      1. glamourdammerung

        As I have said before regarding homosexuals and their rights, I simply do not "get" the animosity. Even if I thought a group was as bad as these folks claim homosexuals, blacks, whatever are, I would never attack someone for simply being in that group. And I do not even like people for the most part, which makes my apparently higher than average level of decency perplexing.

  34. spinozasgod

    1) You seize the opportunity that having full state power gets you to begin the elimination of all public schools(ultimately to eliminate all public everything)you start the "privitization" push in the poor areas where you have low voter turn-out and and can easily get your way.
    2)you deamonize teachers as lazy and over paid union thugs taking your hard earned money.
    3)next you lower property taxes in middle class areas, which defunds the schools, setting them up for failure.
    4)you rant about the failure of the public school system in middle class areas.
    5)you push for profit "charter schools"
    6)the corporate charter schools make lots of money, but fail.
    7)you scream about any public funds going to education since it doesn't work and end tax supported schools of any kind.
    8)only those who can afford a good education get one. The rest depend on "charitable"
    organization for their childs education(jesus middle school, GE high school)

  35. starfanglednut

    That's right, just keep on alienating the blahs, browns, poors and wimminz. It's not like your demographic of old, rich, white, racist, misogynist, homophobes is shrinking or anything.

    Just how stupid are these people?

    1. Guppy

      Yeah, like the GOP was going to get the blah vote any time after the Goldwater nomination.

      He wasn't there for the blah vote, he was there to be seen by the white vote as "reaching out."

  36. JackObin

    Want to broaden your appeal, Twit? Have a drink and a cup of coffee. You know, human activities.

    1. Wile E. Barbote

      Caffeine or ethanol consumption will void the warranty on a Mormodyne Systems Mittbot 3000.

  37. rickmaci

    Thanks for the video clip. Romoney looks good in a white suit, although very gauche before Memorial Day. Matt Drudge looks great in white too. Glad he stopped wearing that goofy hat.

  38. valthemus

    The hecklers and protesters were doing Mitt a favor. They were sure he would make a racially insensitive Gingrichian or Santorumesque gaff and they were just trying to shut him up (no doubt wanting him to save it for September).

    1. Fukui-sanRadioBarb

      Just saw one on the local news here. The kids sing very nicely and sway in rhythm whilst El Mittones claps out of time and looks utterly uncomfortable.

  39. owhatever

    New Fox News poll conducted by Frank Luntz has put South Phill firmly in the Romney column because nobody tarred and feathered him.

  40. Negropolis

    BTW, I'd like to remind Romney that as poor off as some of our public schools are, we do not, in fact, provide a "third world" education. A "third world" education is a system in which there is literally not enough of a system to go around, where some children don't have access to a school, at all. We've got in bad, but coming into deprived place from on high and just talking random (and often incorrect) shit about it is tacky to say the very least.

    1. Fukui-sanRadioBarb

      The public education system is best described as "shite compared to a lot of modern countries' systems", as evidenced by the US' constant underperformance in Math and Science vs countries like Belgium.

      That's not a bad education system (and certainly not third world), but it's definitely indicative of both a cultural issue and a societal spending issue.

      Neither of these issues would be fixed by Mint Rumley.

      In my opinion.

  41. Negropolis

    When is Romney going to go home to Detroit?

    He thinks Philly was less than friendly to your snake oil; just wait for the reception he gets on Gratiot and 7 Mile. In the venerable words of the late city councilwoman Kay Everett:

    "I mean it, I'll cut the doggone cameras off and we will go for it right here … If you keep talking to me, you're going to see me from the east side of Detroit."

    Try that shit, here, Mr. Mittens. I dare you.

  42. nomadicview

    My only question is how many of those people who were up in arms about Romney will bother to vote. No matter what kind of liar, what kind of political fail he is, if the people cannot put their anger into action, we can all expect to be moaning about the numbskullery of President Romney by this time next year.

  43. ttommyunger

    Robert Mitchum was a strapping Silver Screen Idol, a pot-smoker, drinker, womanizer and admired by millions. After effortlessly working a crowd at an event, someone remarked to him that he seemed to charm the valets and waiters as thoroughly as he did the royalty. His soft five-word reply: "I've got the common touch." Mitt lacks the common touch more than any person in public life today, and his biggest problem: one can't learn it.

  44. Hipple, Rev. Paul T.

    CEO Gov Mitt Romney went there to prove that the ungrateful negro is only interested in reparations, to draw a clear line for Conservative Christians between their Choices this Nov.

    I guess you elitocrats have never heard of "multilevel checkers"??!!

    Checkmate!!!

  45. calliecallie

    "Later, during a discussion about the gap in student performance between whites and blacks, Romney said a key to improving achievement in the classroom is traditional households of a mother and father.

    “For a single mom living in a shelter with a couple of kids – those kids are at an enormous disadvantage, there’s no question about that,” Romney said. “Relative to a home where a mom and a dad are — where they’re able to be home for dinner….getting married and having families where there’s a mom and a dad together has a big impact.”

    I couldn't stop thinking about this last night, so I finally actually read the whole article. OMFG.

  46. biblioteq_tress

    Thank you, Rebecca, for "His Lord High Hairgel." I want to see that on campaign buttons now.

  47. TribecaMike

    Shades of Reagan's photo op stop in the Bronx during his 1980 campaign. That didn't go over so well either.

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