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Tue Apr 24, 2012, 10:01 AM

Ann Romney: ‘I Love The Fact That There Are Women Out There Who Don’t Have A Choice’ And...

Ann Romney: ‘I Love The Fact That There Are Women Out There Who Don’t Have A Choice’ And ‘Must Go To Work’

By Alex Seitz-Wald

In an emotional speech about the difficulty of motherhood and life on the campaign trail, Ann Romney used an odd choice of words to discuss mothers who are forced to work while raising their children.

Ann Romney was at the center of a national discussion recently after a Democratic consultant charged that the would-be future first lady couldn’t possibly understand the plight of working mothers because she had the luxury to stay home and devote herself full time to raising her kids. The Romney campaign fired back, accusing Democrats of lacking respect for stay at home moms.

The issue was largely dismissed after a few days as a ginned-up “silly season” controversy, but Ann Romney’s comments last night at the Connecticut Republican Party’s Prescott Bush Awards Dinner could potentially reignite the issue. After discussing how she understands the challenges mothers face, Romney said, according to BuzzFeed:

Romney alluded to the fact that not all women can stay at home saying, “I love the fact that there are women out there who don’t have a choice and they must go to work and they still have to raise the kids. Thank goodness that we value those people too. And sometimes life isn’t easy for any of us.”

It seems Romney was trying to express empathy for women who don’t have the option to stay at home, as she did. But the comment that she “love(s)” that some women “don’t have a choice” and must work is unusual, to say the least, and could lead to a new round of charges that the Romneys don’t understand average Americans, given their enormous wealth.

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Reply Ann Romney: ‘I Love The Fact That There Are Women Out There Who Don’t Have A Choice’ And... (Original post)
ProSense Apr 2012 OP
truebrit71 Apr 2012 #1
Arkansas Granny Apr 2012 #20
dwig3d Apr 2012 #24
66 dmhlt Apr 2012 #48
freshwest Apr 2012 #27
Bake Apr 2012 #2
NYC Liberal Apr 2012 #3
cindyperry2010 Apr 2012 #4
warrior1 Apr 2012 #5
coalition_unwilling Apr 2012 #17
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hifiguy Apr 2012 #7
MADem Apr 2012 #8
magical thyme Apr 2012 #9
lumberjack_jeff Apr 2012 #10
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CoffeeCat Apr 2012 #12
NC_Nurse Apr 2012 #13
FSogol Apr 2012 #14
dwig3d Apr 2012 #25
zbdent Apr 2012 #15
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whathehell Apr 2012 #18
Arkansas Granny Apr 2012 #21
whathehell Apr 2012 #22
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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 10:04 AM

1. Just keep on diggin' Hun....

...because you know NOTHING about that which you speak...Do not EVER refer to yourself as an "us" when it comes to being a working mother...

Plus, is that the Nazi-Sympathizer Prescott Bush Awards Dinner....whoopsie!

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Response to truebrit71 (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 10:48 AM

20. She's out looking for a bigger shovel even as we speak.

That's the only way she will be able to keep up with the asinine statements that just seem to tumble from her lips.

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Response to truebrit71 (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 11:23 AM

24. HEY LAY OFF

 

Ann Palin ....errr Romney. Don't you know just how much work it is to pick music for her Dresage Horse?

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Response to dwig3d (Reply #24)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 05:13 PM

48. Plus Ann & Mitt Do a GREAT Horse Imitation ...



And from a semi-newbie myself (not much past the 1k Comment mark), "Welcome to Du!"

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Response to truebrit71 (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 11:40 AM

27. That's one hell of whoopsie there... How many GOP voters know anything about him? Their bosses do.

This pretty much cinches their connection to those who have worked to kill the New Deal.

All of it is coming out in the open now, their faces no longer are hidden from view, as they see their victory at hand.

But have the voters been deprived of education and history too long to notice?

Or did they drink the anti-socialist, anti-Roosevelt kool-aid so often their brains atrophied and not realize what it means for their own lives?

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 10:06 AM

2. Empathy? From a ROMNEY?

Yeah, that ain't happening. And they both just keep proving it more and more every day.

Bake

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 10:06 AM

3. Keep talking, Ann!

Both of these people are unbelievable.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 10:06 AM

4. I do not think queen anne has a clue

about the rest of us that have to eat cake. they are clueless

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 10:07 AM

5. romney is going to

wish her into the corn field for that slip up.

Not good Ann.

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Response to warrior1 (Reply #5)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 10:24 AM

17. Hah! Almost DUzy worthy, imo, if only for its

 

evocative quality

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 10:07 AM

6. otherwise where would she get her household help?

people scrub her toilets for one reason: because they have to, in order to eat. She loves that.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 10:08 AM

7. She's just as clueless and tone-deaf as

Mittens. Gads, this is inarticulate on a Palinesque level.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 10:09 AM

8. Well, she's a key player in the anti-choice crusade, so that's not surprising!

When RMoney tried to flip flop and pretended to be pro-choice when he was running against Ted for Ted's Senate seat, Ted's oppo team dug up all sorts of contributions to pro-life organizations in Mrs. RMoney's name! She's certainly consistent, even when she's shoving her foot in her mouth.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 10:10 AM

9. you love that we have no choice but to be your slaves?

fuck. you.


edited to add this little gem:

"The Romney campaign fired back, accusing Democrats of lacking respect for stay at home moms."

Um, Mittens is the one that intends to require that single mothers work outside the home in order to have dignity.

Fuck both of you. 10 times over.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 10:11 AM

10. I can't believe I'm doing this.

MS messes with your mind, especially when you're tired.

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Response to lumberjack_jeff (Reply #10)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 10:19 AM

11. if she's in good enough shape to ride GP dressage

then she's in good enough shape to think before she speaks. (from an ammy FEI trainer who used to ride after a full day's work.)

Her problem isn't her MS. Her problem is her station in life. Apparently Mittens wears off on you after a while.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 10:20 AM

12. She can't comment like a real human woman...

...because she has been part of the upper .000005 percent (and that's no exaggeration) for the majority
of her life.

Ann Romney has absolutely no idea what people in the middle- or upper-middle classes endure. We
might as well be from Pluto.

She can't speak about it without making these grave errors--because she's giving a speech that someone
else has written for her. She's not speaking from the heart, or with any meaning attached to her words.
She's reading off of a card, flashing a smile and hoping that she can muster a few genuine facial expressions
that will bamboozle some voters.

These people make me sick.

And btw--I don't care if someone makes millions. More power to them. However, these "elites" who want
to run the world---who couldn't care one whit about "average people" until their votes are needed--really
are revolting.

Ann Romney reminds me of Effie from The Hunger Games!

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 10:20 AM

13. Wow. She manages to be clueless and condescending at the same time. She and her husband are

so amazingly bad at this campaign stuff. It's kind of pathetic.

Good for us, I guess. But I am still worried about these deep pocketed Super Pacs using horrible ads and mudslinging to bring Obama down and stack Congress with nut jobs. Sigh.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 10:21 AM

14. Can Ann Romney catch Mitt on number of gaffes committed?

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Response to FSogol (Reply #14)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 11:26 AM

25. I doubt she'll ever catch Mittens on the number of lies.

 

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 10:21 AM

15. "there are women out there who don’t have a choice and they must go to work and they still have to

raise the kids"

Of course she does ... they clean her house ...

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 10:23 AM

16. ...

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 10:37 AM

18. Oh Gawd....Look's like Mitt

isn't the only one with Foot-in-Mouth Disease.

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Response to whathehell (Reply #18)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 10:52 AM

21. Honestly, you'd think the only time the woman opens her mouth is to trade feet.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #21)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 10:58 AM

22. They are quite the pair, aren't they?...n/t

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 10:46 AM

19. Dear GOD.

Mrs. GiftTastic strikes again.

You should have to PAY for material this good, DNC!!

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 11:04 AM

23. LOL. I thought this was the Onion...... NOT

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 11:29 AM

26. A "severely conservative" moronic statement.

 

You love the fact?!?

Go away douchebag.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 11:45 AM

28. in political circles, this is called "tone deaf"

She just doesn't understand the effect of the shit she's saying.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 11:47 AM

29. Two Words: FREUDIAN SLIP. nt

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 11:49 AM

30. You could not find more truly clueless people than the Romneys.

They just do not get what the rest of us have to go through.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 11:51 AM

31. O.M.F.G.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 11:51 AM

32. Attending a Prescott Bush Awards Dinner

Says everything you need to know about these scum.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 11:55 AM

33. They try so hard to please

and like my husband says they don't have a clue how to talk to normal people. They have been surrounded by their church and I think that is Ann's life mostly except during campaigns. Besides that all they know is rich people.

They look at the rest of us as peasants they have to appease to get elected and thats it. Smile nice for a vote say anything that they think will work, problem is they don't have a clue what to say!

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 11:58 AM

34. Is there anyone out there who still believes we should lay off Mitt Romney's spouse?

Any DU scolds ready to jump in here now and tell us all off for seizing on poor Ann Romney because SHE'S interjected herself into this campaign, big time?

Ann Romney's making sure she stays front and center in this campaign with her ridiculous comments on working mothers, SAHM's etc. She's fair game for critique, especially when she puts out horse shit (heh) like this.

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Response to riderinthestorm (Reply #34)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 07:16 PM

56. +1 n/t

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 12:00 PM

35. Keep talking Ann and thank you...

for all of your help getting President Obama re-elected.

Ugh...

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 12:02 PM

36. "And sometimes life isn’t easy for any of us.”

What do you mean "us"?

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 12:06 PM

37. You once had a choice too Ann

But you blew it and married this idiot named Mitt the piss head from hell. Are you having fun YET?

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 12:10 PM

38. A perfect picture of twin souls (soulmates)

Mitt: 'I love firing people'

Ann: ‘I Love The Fact That There Are Women Out There Who Don’t Have A Choice’ And ‘Must Go To Work’

There are so much alike that it's hard to tell them apart. I used not to believe in "twin souls" thing, but I do now.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 12:11 PM

39. Reminds me of the William Shatner song...

Like a dog lying in a corner,
they'll bite you and never warn you.
Look out.
They'll tear your insides out.

'Cause Everybody hates a tourist,
especially one who thinks
it's all such a laugh.
Yeah, and the chip stains' grease
will come out in the bath.
You will never understand
how it feels to live your life
with no meaning or control
and with nowhere left to go.
You're amazed that they exist
and they burn so bright,
while you can only wonder why.

---

You'll never live like common people,
you'll never do what common people do,
you'll never fail like common people,
you'll never watch your life slide out of view,
and dance and drink and screw,
because there's nothing else to do.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 12:31 PM

40. A modern-day Marie Antionette.

And of course Mitt is Louis XVI. History really does repeat itself.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 12:34 PM

41. Aside from the comments. Wouldn't a sane country look at the Prescott Bush awards

in a similar light to the Benedict Arnold Awards?

We took a few wrong terms to even get to the point that such an event is within the realm of the acceptable. Just being there should be damning beyond hope of repair.

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Response to TheKentuckian (Reply #41)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 01:48 PM

45. Indeed, but when you such a horse's ass, making a horse's ass of herself (again) that stuff gets

...lost in the noise....

I agree with you completely, but sadly there are far too many that have no clue what that feckless war-profiteering traitor did...

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 12:39 PM

42. The Romneys don't understand the average American? They don't even understand the English language.

Perhaps they'd be more comfortable in Paris.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 12:42 PM

43. the vapidity of the stepford romney. nt

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 01:01 PM

44. Wow talk about an early birthday present for the democrats and Obama

Honestly, she makes Sarah Palin look like a rocket scientist.

I think even Cindy McCain, another woman who came from a family of wealth, knew better and kept her mouth shut most of the time.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 02:32 PM

46. Ann Romney's message to working mothers:

You're just soooooo cute.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 02:34 PM

47. Oh my god.

She HAD to have meant something else. She just had to. Because there's no way she could've meant that. It seems almost too crazy.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 05:24 PM

49. Vive la difference!, right Ann?

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 05:34 PM

50. You should respect my choice. But I love the fact that other women don't have it.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 05:44 PM

51. Goes to show you're never too rich not to need a good liberal arts education.

If she had paid attention to sentence structure and grammar in her prep-school English classes, whatever it was she was trying to say would never have ended up expressed so poorly, nor would she have been exposed for the nose-in-the-air snooty parody of a princess she has apparently tried to be for most of her life.

"I love the fact that there are women out there who don't have a choice...?" Refrigerator magnet speech-making. I think she lost her "appreciate" magnet and figured "love" was pretty much the same sentiment so she threw that on the door with the rest of the words - if she even thought about what she was saying at all.

Go back to sentence diagramming, please... "...And sometimes life isn't easy for any of us." is part of a compound sentence, not a sentence in itself.

I'm not a G-N, but seriously - even the kidlet learned how to write better in her (public) Jr. High School creative writing course. Ms. Romney exibits that she is not thinking, nor does she care about the subject she is speaking to; she's just throwing words around because it's obviously expected her to be the "loving, nurturing" stereotype of a presidential wife and - well, say something.

It makes her sound ignorant, illiterate, careless and demeaning to those "beneath her social class". I don't think that's the perspective she wants to show to the public - and if she ever asked me (which she won't, because working people like me are invisible to her), I would advise that she should get herself a tutor and brush up on her communication and diplomacy skills.


Haele

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 05:47 PM

52. More like this, Ann.

Keep 'em coming.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 06:20 PM

53. She loves the way they take care of HER children and kitchen and yard

while their kids are alone withing that mommy would come home.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 06:30 PM

54. Maybe she just mixed up her soundbites...

the right-wing is all for taking away women's right to choose.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 07:12 PM

55. I wonder

How many of her domestic staff were working women who had no choice?

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 07:18 PM

57. Comming from her, this is an odd comment too "sometimes life isn’t easy for any of us.”

What could she possibly know about how hard life can be?


Mrs. Rmoney, you are not one of us!

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Tue Apr 24, 2012, 09:53 PM

58. Maybe someone should show her what minimum wage living is so she will understand how easy she has it

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Wed Apr 25, 2012, 09:09 PM

59. Thank goodness that we value those people too.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Wed Apr 25, 2012, 10:36 PM

60. No doubt about it

Ann has a few loose screws as does her husband. These people are just 'off'

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Wed Apr 25, 2012, 10:41 PM

61. And someone asked me why I thought the POTUS was going to CRUSH

Mittens in November. Really? Is it that hard to see? Both RMoneys have what I like to call 'Stupid Tongue'.

Google George W. Bush and Bushisms for further reference.

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