Thursday, September 13, 2012

Mitt Romney and The Ghoulish Smirk

When I saw this photo of Mitt Romney by Associated Press photographer Charles Dharapak yesterday, I was immediately struck by Romney's expression. The photo was taken as Romney turned to leave the press conference at which he had just discussed the tragic murders of an American diplomat and his staff in Libya - and at which he had attempted to politicize the tragedy for his own personal gain. 

Then Romney turned to leave and, appallingly, smirked.

One cannot look at this image without seeing a man who is self-satisfied - pleased that he'd just "scored" some political points. Never mind the ongoing crisis the country faces. Never mind the fresh, shocking grief being experienced by the families of the dead. Never mind statesmanship - or propriety - or class. To Mitt Romney, this was an opportunity and he felt he'd capitalized on it handsomely. I can imagine this same ghoulish smirk on his face each time he turned to leave a business deal in which he'd just stacked the odds overwhelmingly in his favor - a deal in which he knew he'd soon bank millions while other people lost their jobs.

At Dogs Against Romney, we've long suspected Mitt Romney is ... well, mean. For us it began with the story of his choosing to strap his dog to the roof of his car while his luggage rode inside. The sheer weirdness of this turned quickly into cruelty when it became known the dog became ill while riding up there for a 12-hour trip (defecating himself and his crate) only to be hosed down by Romney and forced to ride up there for hours more. 

Our suspicions of Romney's meanness were further fueled by things he said on the campaign trail. "I like to be able to fire people who provide services to me," he once said. "I'm not concerned about the very poor," he also uttered. 

Now, this. This photo, we believe, captures the real Mitt Romney. An unfiltered moment in which he could not conceal his true, ghoulish self: "The Smirk."

See the original AP photo and caption here. 


Monday, September 10, 2012

Don't Believe Mitt Romney Strapped His Dog to the Roof? Google it.

If you don't believe Mitt Romney is cruel enough to have strapped his dog to the roof of his car for 12-hours at a time, even after the poor dog got sick, Google it.

A Google search for "Mitt Romney Dog on Roof" returns over 2.8 million results. You can't make that up.