Romney's conservative message did not go down very well with an audience of the NAACP's annual convention. The crowd of hundreds in a half-filled ballroom had applauded politely on occasion until he got to the portion of his speech where he said if elected on November 6, he would work to repeal and replace the healthcare plan.
"I'm going to eliminate every expensive, non-essential program. That includes Obamacare," Romney said. Then the boos erupted.
Romney seemed unsettled by the reaction.
Huffington Post Story
"You know, there was a survey of the Chamber of Commerce -- they carried out a survey of their members, about 1,500 surveyed, and uh, they asked them what effect Obamacare would have on their plans, and three-quarters of them said it made them less likely to hire people," he said when the booing stopped. "So I say, again, that if our priority is jobs, and that's my priority, that's something I'd change and replace."
I was waiting for the flying shoes
~ comment by Copyright on Huff Post
Mitt regrets the day he left his Wall Street bubble where he didn't have to pretend to care about people
~ comment by IntelligentDesign on Huff Post
Oh, okay. The Chamber of Commerce -- one of the most right wing organizations in the country -- doesn't like the ACA! That should be enough for African Americans to vote AGAINST THEIR OWN INTERESTS.
~ comment by Larkhill on Huff Post
Top 10 Mitt Romney quotes from his NAACP speech
10. "Hey, I'm unemployed, just like you."
9. "Anyone here into dressage?"
8. "I'll bet you $10,000 that no one here has $10,000 on them."
7. "How about those new Cadillacs?"
6. "I'll be checking photo IDs on the way out of here. Just kidding."
5. "A couple of my butlers are black too."
4. "The trees in Harlem are just the right height."
3."Where I'm from Ice-T is a drink."
2. "Seriously, my favorite sport is basketball."
1. "You know, Obama's mother was white."
~ comment by Joe Common on USA Today
Mitt Romney to NAACP: See what's in my heart? $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.
~ comment by teefy on Politico
As long as African-American leaders keep their race on the Democrat plantation, preach hatred of other races, blame others for their failures, keep their followers ignorant by depriving them of school choice, and make excuses for criminal behavior, their chances for advancement are very limited. Romney can only lay out the facts, he can't make them think. And we all know they will not.
~ comment by Texas1974 on The Hill
He just picked up another 2% of the white male vote.
~ comment by goonemeritus on Wonkette
I kinda feel like busting a capital gains tax in his white ass.
~ comment by Spurning Beer on Wonkette
They weren't booing at him, they were booing near him
~ comment by actor212 on Wonkette
Why are they so uppity? Because they don't understand he knows what is best for them!
They might get run over by a car on the way to the voting place or get a paper cut from the ballots. Best not let them vote at all!
~ comment by Dr. Nick Riviera on Wonkette
As a black woman, I am offended by those excerpts from Romney. Especially considering the Mormon history in this regard and their beliefs that black people, even in the afterlife, will remain inferior to all others.
~ comment by Marissa Dendy Griffin on Talking points Memo
White people can't even stand Mitt!
Nor can the Evangelicals, working people, Gays, Women, Latinos. There is just one environment that mitt is comfortable in & he can't hide in the Hamptons until November.
~ comment by Jerry Clark on Talking points Memo
...in 2006 the local (Boston) NAACP slammed Romney for referring to a perennially unfinished public works project in Boston, the Big Dig, as a "tar baby." Eric Fernstrom, a top Romney adviser (then and now), claimed that Romney was unaware of the racial connotation and was merely trying to describe "a sticky situation." Still, Romney apologized.
~ Mother Jones
The media will focus on the strong boos that greeted Romney’s pledge to repeal Obamacare, but the crowd was cordially welcoming and applauded quite a few lines. The audience gave him a standing ovation at its completion.
~ Jim Geraghty in The National Review
I watched the entire speech on youtube and while the booing was immediate and loud on the Obamacare comment, there most certainly was NOT sustained booing as is being reported.
There WERE many applause breaks throughout - and at least four 'organ blasts' of approval when he hit an especially strong note.
This speech could be studied as part of a doctoral dissertation about the liberal bias in the media in reporting the news.
~ comment by Steve Wright on National Review
Fox News headline: "Mitt Romney stands up to angry black mob"#NAACP— Top Conservative Cat (@TeaPartyCat) July 11, 2012
"What is this, a meeting of every guy who's ever shined my shoes in an airport??... I'm kidding, of course" - Excerpt of Romney NAACP speech— Eli Braden (@EliBraden) July 11, 2012
"In a clear victory for the Romney campaign, the candidate did not audibly ask anyone at the NAACP who let the dogs out" - NYTimes— Andy Daly (@TVsAndyDaly) July 11, 2012
There are things more awkward than Mitt Romney speaking to the NAACP. Newt Gingrich could speak to the First Wives Club.— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) July 11, 2012
What is Romney thinking about opposing Obama care at #NAACP? This is not the place for a Sista Soljah moment. Try that at a Tea Party rally.— JamalSimmons (@JamalSimmons) July 11, 2012
Shorter Romney to NAACP so far: "If there wasn't a black president who broadly shared your politics, admit it: you'd TOTALLY vote for me."— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) July 11, 2012
NAACP Reacts to Mitt Romney: ‘Patronizing,’ ‘Totally disconnected,’ ‘A serious misjudgment’ thkpr.gs/OxS00x— ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) July 11, 2012
#ThingsRomneyShouldSaytotheNAACPMy grandad used to own your grandad. So it's like we already know each other.— Ike Turner (@JaccTrippa) July 11, 2012
#ThingsRomneyShouldSayToTheNAACP You've been had!You've been took!You've been hoodwinked!Bamboozled!Led astray!Run amok!— Douglas Bass (@douglasbass) July 11, 2012
#ThingsRomneyShouldSayToTheNAACP "That bus out there isn't going to wash itself."— William K. Wolfrum (@Wolfrum) July 11, 2012
#ThingsRomneyShouldSaytotheNAACP One of my sons speaks Jive. Actually I was going to name him "Jive."— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) July 11, 2012
Some of my best friends' servants are black. #ThingsRomneyShouldSaytotheNAACP— Paul Conrad (@Paul_Conrad) July 11, 2012
#ThingsRomneyShouldSaytotheNAACP This rotting zombie organization is all about the personal power of those in this hall. You're a joke.— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) July 11, 2012
#ThingsRomneyShouldSaytotheNAACP WHY CAN'T WE SAY IT TOO IT'S JUST A WORD— Heavenly Aminal (@MrPhetz) July 11, 2012
"Tiger Woods makes more money than me. Probably." #ThingsRomneyShouldSaytotheNAACP— Know Who's Awesome? (@KnowWhosAwesome) July 11, 2012
#ThingsRomneyShouldSaytotheNAACP I too know the struggle. I once had no money....because I forgot my wallet at home.— J. Binion (@_Binny3_) July 11, 2012
"My daddy was a Mexican, so I can relate to minorities quite well!" #ThingsRomneyShouldSaytotheNAACP— Prohibitoid (@prohibitoid) July 11, 2012
#ThingsRomneyShouldSaytotheNAACP "In 1976 I started believing you people had souls"— Hypoallergenic Orb (@red_mercer) July 11, 2012
Some of my best friends are owners of sports teams that employ black people.#ThingsRomneyShouldSaytotheNAACP— Aimee B (@Aimee_B_Loved) July 11, 2012
#ThingsRomneyShouldSaytotheNAACPSomething tells me I'm not at my Hampton's fundraiser anymore.— Haady R (@JaysClef) July 11, 2012