Obama at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, October 19, 2012
The choice between going backward and going forward has never been so clear.
But now that we're 18 days out from the election, Mr. Severely Conservative wants you to think he was severely kidding about everything he said over the last year.
He told folks he was the 'ideal candidate' for the Tea Party. Now suddenly he is saying, 'What? Who me?'
He's forgetting what his own positions are. And he's bettin' that you are too.
I mean, he's changing up so much and he's backtracking, and side-steppin' -
We've gotta name this condition that he's going through.
I think it's called "Romnesia."
(Cheers from the Crowd)
I think that's what he's going through. I'm not a medical doctor, but I do want to go over some of the symptoms with you because I want to make sure no one else catches it.
If you say you're for equal pay for equal work, but you keep refusing to say whether or not you'd sign a bill that protects equal pay for equal work, you might have Romnesia.
(Laughter and Cheers)
If you say women should have access to contraceptive care but you support legislation that would let your employer deny you contraceptive care, you might have a case of Romnesia.
If you say you'll protect a woman's right to choose, but you stand up at a primary debate and you said you'd be 'delighted' to sign a law outlawing that right to choose in all cases, man, you've definitely got Romnesia.
(Laughter and Cheers)
Now, this extends to other issues. If you say earlier in the year 'I'm going to give a tax cut to the top 1%, and then in a debate he says 'I don't know anything about giving tax cuts to the rich folks.' That - that - you need to get a thermometer and take a temperature, 'cause you've probably got Romnesia.
(Clapping and Cheers)
If you say that you're a champion of the coal industry, when while you were governor you stood in front of a coal plant and said 'This plant will kill you,' . . .
(Crowd Shouts "You Could Have Romnesia!)
That's the Romnesia.
So, I think you're becoming able to identify these symptoms. And if you come down with a case of Romnesia . . .
(President laughs, crowd laughs)
. . . and you can't seem to remember the policies that are still on your website, or the promises you've made over the six years you've been running for President, here's the Good News!
Obamacare covers pre-existing conditions!!!
We can fix you up!!! We've got a cure!!! We can make you well, Virginia. This is a curable disease. Ha ha.
Women! Men! All of you! These are family issues, these are economic issues. I want my daughters to have the same opportunities as anybody's sons. I believe America does better, the economy does better grows more and we create more jobs when everybody participates. When everyone's getting a fair shot. Everybody's getting a fair shake. Everybody's playing by the same rules. Everybody's doing their fair share.
That's why I'm running for a second term for President of the United States. I need you to help me finish the job!
campaign official says the specific spelling is "Romnesia"
— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) October 19, 2012
Already trending worldwide on Twitter. Cue the Tumblr memes.
~ comment by Tardisgal on Daily Kos
I think Mitt just got "Tagg"ed.
~ comment by here4tehbeer on Daily Kos
If your romnesia lasts more than 4 hours, consult your doctor. Side effects may include rigid personality, engorged ego, flaccid economic policy, premature celebration and a bitch for a wife.
~ comment by A Runner on Daily Kos
You might have #Romnesia if you think the President followed your plan when he saved the auto industry.
— Jennifer Granholm (@JenGranholm) October 19, 2012
Romnesia: Neologism of the day.
— Garance Franke-Ruta (@thegarance) October 19, 2012
Mitt Romney has #binders full of #Romnesia.
— GottaLaff (@GottaLaff) October 19, 2012
Romney acts like a guy who was in a coma between 2001 and 2008. Then woke up and had the Bush years explained to him by Karl Rove #Romnesia
— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) October 19, 2012
#Romnesia Forgetting about the wet dog in the cart on top of your car as you drive off on vacation.
— Lynne A (@lahtay44) October 19, 2012
If you need a #BinderFullofWomen to remind you of ladies you can hire... you've got #Romnesia!
— Current TV (@current) October 19, 2012
What used to be called Flip Flop is now called #Romnesia
— William (@Puncheons) October 19, 2012
#Romnesia romney claims to have never had alcohol. What sober person names his son #Tagg ? #lintg
— Least Im not tht Guy (@lstimnotthatguy) October 19, 2012
If you can't remember how wonderful Big Bird was as a child, you might have Romnesia.
~ comment by OneFlewOvertheWooWoosNest on Huff Post
Romnesia: Forgetting about your peers who fought and di--ed in vietnam, or were lucky enough to make it through, while your privileged a--r--s-e was prancing around France.
~ comment by blackhole2008 on Huff Post
You think Romnesia is bad? It eventually leads to Ryanitis - complete flat out lying!
~ comment by asdf1010 on Huff Post
RT if you agree: We don’t need a president with #Romnesia in the White House.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 19, 2012
“I hope you all don’t get #Romnesia. It’s a bad disease—and it’s contagious.”—VP Biden in Florida today— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 20, 2012
You say the government doesn't create jobs, but then say you have a plan to create 12 million jobs 2 mins later #Romnesia— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) October 20, 2012
#Romnesia is what Republicans are going to be experiencing en masse at the 2016 Republican Convention when Mitt isn't even invited.— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) October 20, 2012
The Romnesia Song via oneluv918 Tumblr
To the tune of “That’s Amore”. User cassandracarolina here had the idea for this song a short time ago and made some lines, other users (stevemb, Nickie Haflinger and me) quickly joined in and I have collected many of the lines, merging them together to make: The Romney song. You are all free to add your lines in the comments if you like.
And don’t worry: It’s covered ;). Bye!
Update: User nicteis’ lines have been added.
If Obamacare sucks
But your plan saved big bucks
Be pro-life or pro-choice
Just keep changing your voice
It’s OK if you’re gay
If you’ll just go away
If your Etch-a-Sketch lies
Have folks rolling their eyes,
If your cheap-shot attack
Gets you fact-checker flak
If the cry “That’s not true”
Leaves you feeling quite blue
You forget who you are
When the White House’s not far?
“Let us bankrupt GM!”
”Wait, I’ve saved all of them!”
You start changing your shade
Once you hear “Roe v Wade”?
“Let them self-deportate.”
But not yours, for Pete’s sake!
When your tax plan’s a hoax
And your donors are Kochs …
We love 100 %.”
“When I’ve slashed every tax
The same money comes back.”
Romnesia and Paulzheimer's from happycthulhuday on Reddit