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Mitt Romney Not Waiting Around All Day For You To Return His Call About Your Dead Son, Lady

Here is a picture of Mitt Romney getting a shoe shine on an airport tarmac.Mitt Romney is a very busy man, you guys. He is busy now that he’s running for president, and he was busy back when he was a governor. So if your son dies and he gives you a call the day of his funeral, you should probably call him back RIGHT AWAY because he is very important! Very busy! Got that?

“I can’t believe you haven’t returned my call,” Romney said on one of the voice mail messages, according to [Gold Star Mother] Stephany Kern, speaking at her Westerly, Rhode Island home this past Saturday. “Here I am making a second call; I haven’t heard from you.”

Kern did not save the messages. This is the first time she has spoken publicly about them.

Kern’s son, Marine Lance Corporal Nickolas Schiavoni, was killed by an IED explosion in Iraq on November 15, 2005. […] Mrs. Kern says that many officials, including Romney and Senators John Kerry and Ted Kennedy, left messages for her the day after her son died. She felt unable to speak to anyone in those initial days. “I didn’t listen to any of the calls,” she says.

Only Romney, she says, complained in a second message that she had not called back.

Oh, and Romney called a third time, still bitching. Kern’s husband, who heard the messages, said the tone was “disrespectful” and “antagonistic” and “absolutely inappropriate.” When John Kerry and Ted Kennedy didn’t get return phone calls, they reached out to family members to find out whether and when Kern might want to hear from them. That is because they are losers. Only ROMNEY is really busy, which makes sense because he has so much more money than those other guys, which makes him more important, get it? Some people have all the nerve.

[The Phoenix]

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  1. Oblios_Cap

    I'm sure Willard dead-baptized the soldier despite the fact that the mother didn't show the proper respect that a vassal should show their lord and master.

    Mormon forgiveness, and all that.

    1. PugglesRule

      "I called to offer you the required condolences. Why didn't you call back to offer the required gratitude?"

    1. Katydid

      I know, right? That Gold Star mother had some nerve not interrupting her mourning to help Mitt Romney's campaign for president. He had the decency to start campaigning in 2000, why didn't she have the decency to help him?

  2. Bezoar

    But on the other hand, he is very graciously elevating his foot for that servant in the photo. So he's not a complete asshole.

    1. Oblios_Cap

      He had to give up the litle Black child that he usually uses for a footstool. He's running for President, for gosh sakes!

  3. hagajim

    Mitt: "Look lady, I'm a busy muthafu&*er and I'm trying to run for Preznit for the 430th time, I need you to call me back so I can use you in a completely dickish and inappropriate way. Thanks."

  4. SorosBot

    Mitt really seems to have a problem with normal people who don't treat him as if he's somehow superior to them.

  5. orygoon

    And Mr. and Ms. Kern, we here are all so sorry. I'm sure every day for the rest of your lives will have a lot of pain. It is the saddest thing ever.

  6. YouBetcha

    The very fact that he would go to the trouble of leave a message for this riff raff should be humbling to us all. Mitt Romney is an exceptional human being.

  7. freakishlywrong

    OT but speaking of Backbiting Fuck-Tussles; I'm eagerly awaiting Snowbilly's outrage at Man Coulter for calling the President a "retard". No. No, I'm not.

  8. Jus_Wonderin

    What an asshole. No, not your typical, run of the mill asshole. This kind of asshole that takes years to hone.

      1. TootsStansbury

        I dunno but I would think if one was finely honed, it wouldn't produce poops with a nice taper to them.

        1. Ruhe

          Or would the taper be deadly sharp, maybe? Poop talk is really liberating compared to rehashing all the same crap about Mitt being an asshole and Barry being a disappointing yet necessary option.

  9. FNMA

    Mitt probably wanted to share his own tale of wartime sacrifice, the time he went to France and, as a Mormon, was forbidden from sampling fine French wine and pussy.

    1. HistoriCat

      Lots of guys went to Vietnam and never even wounded anyone; Mitt managed to kill an old lady in France.

      Game, set, and MATCH!

    1. Oblios_Cap

      They can't drink, smoke, or use caffine or drugs, and they wear magic undies.

      I think this is Mormon Hell. Sarte, and all that stuff.

    2. sewollef

      I think Mormon hell is the opposite of 40 virgins in a muslin heaven.

      I've just not worked out what that means…. and i wrote it.

    3. Lot_49

      You don't get your own planet. Worse yet, all your wives are still alive, and you're still married to them.

    4. tessiee

      There was an old issue of National Lampoon with "Denominational Hells": The Catholic Hell was for masturbating, the Episcopalian Hell condemned a snooty rich couple to dining in a greasy spoon with a rude waitstaff for the sin of eating oysters with the dinner fork, the Baptist Hell was for dressing immodestly, with a demon tormenting a couple with, "Neck! Neck! Or I'll make you PET!"… If there was a Mormon Hell, I don't remember what it consisted of.

      1. BaldarTFlagass

        Dang, I have the complete set on DVD-ROM right here. Unfortunately not searchable, but if you could remember the month and year I could go right to it…

          1. BaldarTFlagass

            For Episcopalians, eating oysters with the dinner fork.
            For Methodists, allowing the crabgrass to seed
            For Catholics, masturbation
            For Baptists, use of the flag as bunting.

            I guess Mormon's were just too far off the radar back then.

            Author, you ask? PJ O'Rourke.

      2. PugglesRule

        There is no hell for Unitarians, other than listening to other people telling us we're going to hell for not believing in hell.

  10. Maman

    What did that lazy bitch have to do that she couldn't call back someone as important as Mitt? Bury a son, settle his affairs, grieve?

    1. sewollef

      Grieving's overrated. I've done it and it's no fun.

      Did this phone call take place on a Monday? 'Cos I fucking HATE Mondays. I weep and wail all day long, right up to late morning Tuesday. I don't answer the phone, emails or IMs. I'm unbearable. Come Wednesday, I'm the happiest person I know.

      Mittens however, is a low-life cocksucker that should experience losing a loved one. See how many calls to his broker he takes then.

  11. SayItWithWookies

    "And here I was almost thinking about allowing you to touch the hem of my garment as I passed — but no, you're all 'I'm too grief-stricken about my dead son.' Look, lady, not having four more as I did is just poor planning on your part — if your husband had sold some of the stock he'd gotten from his dad, maybe you could've stayed home and raised them. But why am I bothering with this advice when you probably won't thank me for it anyway?"

    1. UW8316154

      "…besides, your son wouldn't be dead if he had skipped the service and just gone to France instead. What kind of parent are you, anyway?"

          1. Jus_Wonderin

            I really like the votes that you could throw a body in, any body, take your pick and it effeciently coughs out the results into a hefty lawn and garden bag.

  12. freakishlywrong

    Makes me think of those miners that were forced to be campaign fodder for a photo-op. Miffs doesn't see people, he sees opportunity. He's a disgraceful fuck.

    1. elviouslyqueer

      Slander and libel! Mittens would never use people (alive or dead) simply as politically motivated photo-ops. Why, the very ide…

      Some weeks later, Kern says, someone from Romney's office called her to say that Romney intended to visit Sciavoni's gravesite. Kern asked that he not do so if he intended to have his photograph taken there; she does not know whether Romney visited or not.


  13. valthemus

    I am often stunned by the lack of consideration shown by the little people to their betters. That the wealthy don't have you all shredded and stuffed into comfy, high-backed chairs is a testament to their boundless patience. Know your place, little people! Stop pretending you, y' know, matter an' stuff!

  14. edgydrifter

    Shorter Mitt: "Good news! Your son is dead. That means you get a call from ME, Mitt Romney! Golly, you're a lucky gal."

  15. gullywompr

    No doubt the Freepers are saying that clearly she got her son killed to score political points for Obama's second-term elelction.

  16. Beowoof

    Mittens tried pulling that CEO attitude shit last night in the debate, so it is good to see he has remained consistent over the years, he has consistently been a huge asshole.

    1. DahBoner

      My time is so valuable Mr President, enclosed you will find a bill for my debate services, including a manditory 20% gratuitie…

  17. BadKitty904

    What astounds me is that, despite having a team of highly paid handlers, Rmoney's obvious and innate contempt for the Average American continues to slither through.

    1. Terry

      Exactly. He's been running for office for years, you'd think he'd learn how to put on a civil face for the public.

  18. chicken_thief

    If only Mr. Kern's had worked in outsourcing jerbs and pillaging employee retirement accounts like Sir Willard the Dancing Horse Owner, he might be able to tell the difference between “disrespectful” and “antagonistic” and "Presidential" and "classy".

  19. ttommyunger

    Yeah, that's the ticket. At the very lowest point in one's life you want to take time to talk to some self-serving soulless dick of a politician on the fucking phone.

  20. delaney_blom

    "Hello, this is Governor Romney, calling a third time to express my condolences. I know you're screening your calls, pick up, hello, are you going to let me talk to you or what?. . ."

    Kinda like this

    1. PugglesRule

      Hey, I'm your governor. I'm going to call you three times to make sure you remember that I am much more important than anything that might have happened in your paltry life.

  21. BaldarTFlagass

    "How can I be a compassionate conservative if the bitch won't pick up the fucking phone and let me compassionize at her?!?!?"

  22. Mumbletypeg

    Is she a schoolteacher? Then she's merely heeding your assertion that only you get to ask the questions around here, isn't that right Mitt – ?


    See there, I did it myself!

      1. Radiotherapy

        I cannot tell you how much I despise that book and the concepts within. As disturbing as The Lord of the Flies. But it's a kids book!

        1. Mumbletypeg

          Yeah, I had the opposite reaction upon reading it. Maybe I was sick of happy endings and found its ending refreshingly candid.
          Or perhaps I appreicated a new way to define “success” vs. “weak” or, self-serving vs. vulnerable.
          Because the ‘characterizations” were pared down to simple renderings I wasn’t troubled that the Tree’s definitive traits weren’t more nuanced beyond: the representation of Unconditional Love.
          Everyone writes about /hears about the kind of approval, from God, that is ‘earned’ – but in today’s climate even ‘grace’ gets cast as “with conditions” of behavior and measuring our worth – which undermines the definition of grace, but.
          My reaction to the story, which ought to be *GAH* what a heel I feel like if I ever did that to someone who once loved & nurtured me – – is that Selfishness manifests itself in many similar ways.
          I may not have dumped my Granny IRL but have learned to self-recognize the equivalent.

          1. Mumbletypeg

            ALSO being on the receiving end of abandonment – what kicked me in the heart most of the story’s whole message, was the abandonment –
            So it resonated for me as what I would most dread for my fate; and, in “do-likewise [or not]-unto-others” fashion, what I would most find condemnable in my personal growth, should I wise up to my actions/ motives as “using” others for self gain.
            If I’m gonna err to the side of more “abused” than “a user”, i.e. if I appear like the Tree I am just getting myself run over – I’ll reassure you I use the two polar coordinates by which to steer; I’d rather err to the unconditional love, for it’s most lacking in the world. But if I sense that message gets undermined as circumstances challenge me to say, Stand up to a bully! (witness D.Trump the other day, suggesting to Falwell U. students turning the other cheek might be ready to update with some situational ethics), then adjust accordingly on the sliding scale of self-ful <<>> selfless.

            Sent from my anthropomorphizing, emote-projecting, erstwhile God-comprehension-reaching phone

  23. Chow Yun Flat

    Mittens really can't help it–he still thinks like a CEO whose every whim is law to everyone around him. The idea that someone might have something to do other than call him back ASAP doesn't register.

  24. TootsStansbury

    What else could be expected from someone whose laugh sounds like something that could come out of a coin operated mechanized box, containing a creepy magician. On a deserted carnival midway. At one minute past midnight.

  25. Ruhe

    They say they did not save the messages…but does that mean that they are unrecoverable? We aren't talking about messages left on some bit of magnetic tape. If it's possible that these can be recovered…wouldn't that be the Cocktober surprise that finally screws Mitt to the wall. Man, I hope Obama's got people at the NSA working on this.

  26. tessiee

    "Mitt Romney is a very busy man, you guys. He is busy now that he’s running for president, and he was busy back when he was a governor. So if your son dies and he gives you a call the day of his funeral, you should probably call him back RIGHT AWAY because he is very important! Very busy! Got that?

    “I can’t believe you haven’t returned my call,” Romney said on one of the voice mail messages, according to [Gold Star Mother] Stephany Kern,

    Only Romney, she says, complained in a second message that she had not called back.

    Oh, and Romney called a third time, still bitching."

    Sorry if I'm being very stupid here, but what exactly was Mrs. Kern supposed to call back *for*? To say, "I got your call"? Is that necessary? Does Mitt also expect a thank-you note for a sympathy card?

  27. LibertyLover

    If Mitt does become our next Prez *shudder* — do you think he will meet the caskets of the fallen or send Tagg to do it?

  28. oenspiek

    This story saddens me. The Kerns didn't deserve that. Imagine being hectored by a douchenozzle when you've just lost a son.

  29. Troglodeity

    Yeah, the way he treats people is pretty bad, but hey, it's not like he's an abuser of defenseless animals or something like that.

    Wait, what?

  30. bloggingbalkanistan

    How DARE Mrs. Kerns not call Romney back during his moment of grief? He's hurting lady, he's in pain. Why won't anyone think of Mitt Romney for a moment? Oh, sure, your son was tragically killed serving overseas, but what about Mitt? What about Mitt? He had to take 2 minutes out of his day to call you, 2 minutes where he could have been yelling at the servants, or fluffing Rafalca or riding Egg, and you couldn't even call him back?

  31. bloggingbalkanistan

    I completely understand why the Kerns didn't keep the voicemail message from Romney, but I sort of wish they had the recording and it was being played on all the networks-except Fox, there they'd have to explain to their viewers why "Barack Obama" sounds so much like Mitt Romney

  32. Negropolis

    Mitt seems to have a real problem navigating the issues of deceased servicemen and security folks, huh?

  33. editor

    yeah, how dare you, rhode island lady. what, are you too busy with, like, grieving, or something, that you cannot call back a political opportunist? sheesh, where are your priorities?

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