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Wed Oct 31, 2012, 09:15 AM

The Making Of Romney's Storm Relief Event (if you thought it couldn't get worse, you're wrong)

The Making Of Romney's Storm Relief Event
A scramble to depoliticize a political campaign, and $5,000 in supplies from Wal-Mart. “Just grab something.” (JUST GRAB SOMETHING??? - me)

McKay Coppins
BuzzFeed Staff

The last-minute decision by Romney high command Monday to suspend politics while Sandy raged sent aides in Ohio scrambling to convert a scheduled victory rally into an apolitical "storm relief event" — a process that tested the campaign's agility, and left a few threads of partisanship inadvertently hanging.

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The plan was for supporters to bring hurricane relief supplies to the event, and then deliver the bags of canned goods, packages of diapers, and cases of water bottles to the candidate, who would be perched behind a table along with a slew of volunteers and his Ohio right-hand man, Senator Rob Portman. To complete the project and photo-op, Romney would lead his crew in carrying the goods out of the gymnasium and into the Penske rental truck parked outside.

But the last-minute nature of the call for donations left some in the campaign concerned that they would end up with an empty truck. So the night before the event, campaign aides went to a local Wal Mart and spent $5,000 on granola bars, canned food, and diapers to put on display while they waited for donations to come in, according to one staffer. (The campaign confirmed that it "did donate supplies to the relief effort," but would not specify how much it spent.)

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But even as Romney, clad in blue jeans and rolled-up sleeves, hustled around his area of the gym, shaking hands, thanking supporters, and stacking cases of bottled water on top of each other, signs of stagecraft remained. As supporters lined up to greet the candidate, a young volunteer in a Romney/Ryan t-shirt stood near the tables, his hands cupped around his mouth, shouting, "You need a donation to get in line!" Empty-handed supporters pled for entrance, with one woman asking, "What if we dropped off our donations up front?" The volunteer gestured toward a pile of groceries conveniently stacked near the candidate. "Just grab something," he said.

The rest: http://www.buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/the-making-of-romneys-storm-relief-event

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Reply The Making Of Romney's Storm Relief Event (if you thought it couldn't get worse, you're wrong) (Original post)
WilliamPitt Oct 2012 OP
Jeff In Milwaukee Oct 2012 #1
n2doc Oct 2012 #3
arthritisR_US Oct 2012 #2
Dalai_1 Oct 2012 #4
Doctor_J Oct 2012 #5
Ichingcarpenter Oct 2012 #6
Javaman Oct 2012 #7
exboyfil Oct 2012 #8
srichardson Oct 2012 #18
heaven05 Oct 2012 #27
tblue37 Oct 2012 #43
srichardson Nov 2012 #56
JI7 Oct 2012 #41
exboyfil Oct 2012 #46
BlueToTheBone Oct 2012 #9
maryellen99 Oct 2012 #55
BlueToTheBone Nov 2012 #57
1StrongBlackMan Oct 2012 #10
SpankMe Oct 2012 #11
tblue37 Oct 2012 #44
dynasaw Oct 2012 #12
JBoy Oct 2012 #13
Turborama Oct 2012 #36
alcibiades_mystery Oct 2012 #37
nolabear Oct 2012 #14
joanbarnes Oct 2012 #15
Spitfire of ATJ Oct 2012 #16
ProudProgressiveNow Oct 2012 #19
Roland99 Oct 2012 #21
progressoid Oct 2012 #48
calimary Oct 2012 #22
Spitfire of ATJ Oct 2012 #35
calimary Oct 2012 #53
Spitfire of ATJ Oct 2012 #54
smirkymonkey Oct 2012 #51
calimary Nov 2012 #58
bluethruandthru Oct 2012 #17
BouzoukiKing Oct 2012 #28
mstinamotorcity2 Oct 2012 #20
BlueNoteSpecial Oct 2012 #23
matt819 Oct 2012 #24
aint_no_life_nowhere Oct 2012 #25
CanonRay Oct 2012 #26
aint_no_life_nowhere Oct 2012 #29
yurbud Oct 2012 #30
Blue Owl Oct 2012 #31
Cha Oct 2012 #40
PD Turk Oct 2012 #32
Berlum Oct 2012 #33
EmeraldCityGrl Oct 2012 #34
Blue Idaho Oct 2012 #38
Cha Oct 2012 #39
Blanks Oct 2012 #47
pacalo Oct 2012 #49
smirkymonkey Oct 2012 #52
hifiguy Oct 2012 #42
laruemtt Oct 2012 #45
smirkymonkey Oct 2012 #50

Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 09:18 AM

1. Sort of makes you wonder...

how a President Romney would handle actual efforts toward disaster relief.

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Response to Jeff In Milwaukee (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 09:23 AM

3. Probably very much like Bush II did

In other words, very poorly and ineptly.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 09:23 AM

2. Emblematic of how they would run FEMA, GB

style.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 09:29 AM

4. he is disgusting and worse

he has no pride nor shame ..he is despicable with not a shred of honesty when it
comes to things or people who matter in life...

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 09:31 AM

5. Every day a little more disgusting

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 09:31 AM

6. Hopefully for voters it will be the most revealing

moment of the campaign that will wake up the populace on what type of government they want and what is at stake for the common wealth and common good.


I find repulsive the way he acts .

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 09:31 AM

7. boy, mittens is really bad at catapulting the propaganda...

george w. moron* weeps.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 09:44 AM

8. This is what I would have done if I was Romney

I hope you all brought your checkbooks. I think we have about xxx number of families here. Do you think you guys can match my gift of ($500K) to the Red Cross. That is about $100/family. If you can't do don't worry, do what you can. Whatever numbers are appropriate.

The whole thing is pathetic. I also have to wonder about the propriety of using campaign funds to buy relief supplies??

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Response to exboyfil (Reply #8)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:35 AM

18. Exactly!

That's what anyone with a true understanding of human suffering would have done. He has so much money, he doesn't know what to do with it all. I suppose since this isn't a Morman church issue, he doesn't feel it would be charity to donate money. I think this proves not only does he not have a heart, not only does he have no interest in helping those less fortunate, he also just isn't very darn smart. How anyone can look at this and think Romney is a good man is wearing rose colored glasses. This man is selfish, dangerous, a liar and he disgusts me. And it's to the point that anyone who can still support this man, with all his lies, with all his gaffes, with his religion that basically spits in the face of Christian beliefs, well, they disgust me as well. Especially the Christian right who are spewing the ignorant facts of voting for the "Christian" because that's what God would want me to do.

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Response to srichardson (Reply #18)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 12:03 PM

27. this

jerk has hundreds of millions of dollars, when will he contribute $$$$$$$$$$$$to the relief effort? I hate this guy. He's such a POS. Fading into oblivion after his loss next Tuesday will not be good enough... may he lose all his money and position in the mormon cult for starters. I don't pray that much, but I am for that to happen to him and his family. To hell with him!!!!!!

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Response to srichardson (Reply #18)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 04:54 PM

43. Mike Huckabee actually has threatened that those who vote for Obama will end

up in hell!

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #43)

Thu Nov 1, 2012, 06:58 AM

56. Unbelievable!

Who knew Huckabee could read God's mind! The freaks!

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Response to exboyfil (Reply #8)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 04:28 PM

41. the fucker is Running for President, he should answer questions about his statements on FEMA

and other questions about the role of govt in these events.

people need to fucking know what he would do .

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Response to JI7 (Reply #41)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 05:01 PM

46. You are right he avoids policy

questions even during debates (can anyone say binders). Unfortunately many folks can't see the difference. On the other hand he could do that and also do what he can as a private citizen to help. It would make him look less like a plutocrat. He never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 10:06 AM

9. remember when * passed out water bottles in FL

after a hurricane...I think it was the month or so after Katrina when he flew over scene? That's RMoney. They are shameless.

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Response to BlueToTheBone (Reply #9)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 10:15 PM

55. It was in 2004 when bush was running for reelection

and Florida had been hit by 4 hurricanes that year.

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Response to maryellen99 (Reply #55)

Thu Nov 1, 2012, 10:48 AM

57. Thanks for the info.

Wow! I didn't realize it was 4 hurricanes...no wonder he mustered up the energy and handed out bottles...that was the most he could do.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:02 AM

10. My local morning newscast made me laugh this morning ...

The Breaking News preview stated: "The romney campaign is organizing a campaign to send vital supplies to storm ravaged OHIO."

My mind went immediately to other examples of gop candidates' self-lessly putting themselves in harms way ...

During the Vietnam war, a war-supporting romney, at great personal risk, went to France on a religious mission ... and gwb fearlessly protected Texas air-space from a campaign office in Alabama.

Why do liberals question the sincerity of patriotism of the gop?

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:12 AM

11. The Dems probably won't exploit this.

It's late in the campaign and it'll look petty and desperate. We need the "liberal media" to spread this around while the Democrats remain silent on it.

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Response to SpankMe (Reply #11)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 04:56 PM

44. Don't wait for the MSM. Make it go viral. Post it on Facebook, Twitter, etc. Send it

to Rachel, Ed, Thom, Tweety. Write letters to your local newspaper bitchin' about it. Spread the word. Don't wait for the MSM, and never depend on them to get the truth out.

Heck, we should even send it to Colbert, Letterman, Maher, and Stewart--and even Leno.

Edited to add Maher.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:13 AM

12. Something Like Washing Clean Pots at an Empty Soup Kitchen

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:24 AM

13. Love this comment at the Buzzfeed link:

Even if this "relief event" wasn't blatantly political, it still gave the impression that Romney is like a little kid trying to help his dad do house repairs while yelling "Look at me! Look at me! I can help too!" and the dad just smiles, and lets the kid pound in a few nails, knowing that the kid really isn't doing much, but the dad wants him to feel like he's involved.

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Response to JBoy (Reply #13)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 01:15 PM

36. LOL, Brilliant!

I was going to leave it until after going through these comments, but I'm off to read the whole thing NOW to see what else is in there.

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Response to JBoy (Reply #13)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 01:20 PM

37. ROFL...I just let my 6 year old daughter help me paint the basement the other day



OK, that's good, honey.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:28 AM

14. Let's chip in on All Soul's Day and see if we can buy that asshole a soul.

Because he is one soulless bastard. If there was a hell he's drive me there because I have more hateful thoughts and say more lousy things about that SOB than anyone I can remember. When you make me feel nostalgic for Dick Nixon you have done something.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:31 AM

15. Wal-Mart: Look out for massive merchandise returns in these areas.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:33 AM

16. Come on DU!! All together now!!! Chant with me!!!

Yes they're cans!

Yes they're cans!

Yes they're cans!

Yes they're cans!

Yes they're cans!

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #16)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:38 AM

19. Got a chuckle outta that..

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #16)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:41 AM

21. For some reason, this clip came to mind....



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Response to Roland99 (Reply #21)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 06:21 PM

48. "He hates these cans!"

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #16)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:41 AM

22. DUzy!!!

Pathetic. Just beyond belief.

Funny how the man with more money than Midas doesn't offer a nickel of it - when the Red Cross has made it clear they need donations of MONEY. But leave it to myth wrongney to divert attention and do something far less than needed. Yep, this is what it'll look like. A sneak preview of all the wonderful hands-on care and concern and compassion that he'll bring to the presidency if we're unlucky enough to see him win.

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Response to calimary (Reply #22)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 01:08 PM

35. You might appreciate this....

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #35)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 08:56 PM

53. Yeah! Looked to me like the wrongney campaign.

Run aground in bad weather! (Hopefully!)

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Response to calimary (Reply #53)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 09:06 PM

54. It's right up there with "Let them eat cheese".

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Response to calimary (Reply #22)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 07:55 PM

51. Grrrrrrrrr!

I can't even tell you how much I hate that guy. He actuallly makes me nostalgic for W.

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #51)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 07:36 PM

58. That thought has crossed my mind.

And it evaporated rather immediately!



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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:35 AM

17. I saw a bunch of facebook posts from right wingers with some picture of Rmoney loading

a truck with supplies. The righties were slobbering all over themselves about how this was what a real leader does...and how Rmoney really works hard to help people, blah, blah, blech! These idiots don't know a photo op when it slaps them in the face!
I know damn good and well that if it had been the exact same picture of Obama, the righties would be condemning him for being unpresidential or pretending to help or whatever other crap they make up! Their hypocrisy drives me crazy!

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Response to bluethruandthru (Reply #17)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 12:03 PM

28. I'll see that and raise you...

...the rightwing response to pictures of Al Gore personally evacuating an airplane-full of hospital cases after Katrina, at his own expense and with no further political ambitions on his plate.

Their response to that ("Yeah suuurrre he cares about Global Warming - lookit all the carbon he's putting into the atmosphere with that jet.") was pretty much the answer for anyone who's ever asked: "So how do I get into Hell, anyway?"

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:38 AM

20. I am really

not surprised

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:45 AM

23. Make No Mistake.......they know damn well what it is. eom

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:45 AM

24. I don't know how many times or how many ways this can be said

Romney - and Republicans in general - just don't get it.

Your description of the event is funny, and sad, enough.

What's remarkable, as others have posted, is that this is one such instance where being rich could have been used to everyone's advantage. He could have written a $5 million check and gotten his cronies to do the same, providing a substantial boost to the American Red Cross and other non-profit relief agencies. He probably didn't even consider this option.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:48 AM

25. So the cans of food were props and so were the attendees

who obviously didn't go there with the intent to help in the relief effort.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 11:54 AM

26. A phony event for a phony candidate

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 12:06 PM

29. Paul Ryan cleaning already clean pots and pans, like Romney taking fake donations

Just heard that on Alex Wagner on MSNBC.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 12:10 PM

30. even sociopathic cynicism would tell you this is a bad idea

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 12:18 PM

31. Rmoney's just doing what he "can"

n/t

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Response to Blue Owl (Reply #31)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 04:17 PM

40. Mitt's big canned response. nt

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 12:25 PM

32. I guess

I guess they couldn't find any plastic turkeys on such short notice, they would have made a fine finishing touch for the whole show

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 12:31 PM

33. Phreakin Republican Phonies

Revolting...

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 12:44 PM

34. They flew a JET full of staffers

back to Ohio to put canned corn on a truck to ship back to NJ.?

The cost of the fuel for that jet would have been appreciated by relief organizations.

No one does stupid better than Romney.



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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 01:25 PM

38. Wanna Bet

they kept the receipts and returned the goods after the photo-op was over?

C'mon - you know he did.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 04:16 PM

39. Photo-op with stupid who grabbed something..

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Response to Cha (Reply #39)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 05:19 PM

47. On top of everything else he needs...

Training on proper lifting.

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Response to Blanks (Reply #47)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 07:19 PM

49. I noticed that when I saw the video.

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Response to Cha (Reply #39)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 07:57 PM

52. Hope he gets a hernia and throws out his back.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 04:34 PM

42. Colber, Maher and Stewart could not top this.

Not with all their wit, not even with all their joke-writers. Gads, what a stupid tool Willard is. And it goes to the bone. This retires the Derp Award forever.

Sometimes all you can do is

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 04:57 PM

45. nothing he does is

as it seems

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Wed Oct 31, 2012, 07:52 PM

50. Wait, was he asking for donations for his campaign or for the victims of the hurricane?

If it was for his campaign, then he is even more disgusting than I ever could have imagined possible.

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