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Wed Jul 25, 2012, 12:41 PM

Romney Adviser's 'Anglo-Saxon' Comment 'Stunningly Offensive,' Obama Side Says

Source: ABC

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The Obama campaign swiftly responded, calling the anonymous attacks "stunningly offensive" and even the reporter who sat down with the Romney advisers warned the "remarks may prompt accusations of racial insensitivity."

"We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he feels that the special relationship is special," the Romney adviser told British newspaper The Telegraph. "The White House didn't fully appreciate the shared history we have."

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After reading an initial ABC News report about the comments, Obama advisor David Axelrod tweeted "Mitt's trip off to flying start, even before he lands, with stunningly offensive quotes from his team in British press."

Vice President Biden also criticized the remark. "Despite his promises that politics stops at the water's edge, Gov. Romney's wheels hadn't even touched down in London before his advisers were reportedly playing politics with international diplomacy," Biden said.

"The comments reported this morning are a disturbing start to a trip designed to demonstrate Gov. Romney's readiness to represent the United States on the world's stage... This assertion is beneath a presidential campaign," the vice president said.


Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/romney-aides-cite-anglo-saxon-heritage/story?id=16853252

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Reply Romney Adviser's 'Anglo-Saxon' Comment 'Stunningly Offensive,' Obama Side Says (Original post)
maddezmom Jul 2012 OP
Turbineguy Jul 2012 #1
yardwork Jul 2012 #21
nolabear Jul 2012 #2
Raven Jul 2012 #3
onehandle Jul 2012 #4
flamingdem Jul 2012 #5
aint_no_life_nowhere Jul 2012 #6
LibertyLover Jul 2012 #34
truthisfreedom Jul 2012 #7
DearAbby Jul 2012 #23
coldbeer Jul 2012 #30
cindyperry2010 Jul 2012 #8
zonkers Jul 2012 #11
rocktivity Jul 2012 #20
annabanana Jul 2012 #9
xxqqqzme Jul 2012 #10
Liberal Veteran Jul 2012 #17
DearAbby Jul 2012 #24
bupkus Jul 2012 #12
mac56 Jul 2012 #19
blm Jul 2012 #13
Populist_Prole Jul 2012 #14
SoapBox Jul 2012 #15
SouthernLiberal Jul 2012 #16
Iliyah Jul 2012 #18
KT2000 Jul 2012 #22
bluesbassman Jul 2012 #25
Fresh_Start Jul 2012 #26
Berlum Jul 2012 #27
bobthedrummer Jul 2012 #28
cosmicone Jul 2012 #29
Democrats_win Jul 2012 #31
yurbud Jul 2012 #33
yurbud Jul 2012 #32
yurbud Jul 2012 #35
yurbud Jul 2012 #36
DallasNE Jul 2012 #37
Dash87 Jul 2012 #38
applegrove Jul 2012 #39

Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 12:43 PM

1. Offensive to most of the world, yes

but not to the as yet undecided teabagger who doesn't want a Mormon in the Whitehouse.

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Response to Turbineguy (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 02:25 PM

21. I can't imagine that there are too many of those left undecided.

It seems to me that Romney has the racist vote tied up. I think that this was a really stupid mistake on his part - just the latest of a series of spectacular blunders. Romney is so stupid, racist, and out of touch he doesn't even know how out of touch he is.

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 12:46 PM

2. How "Whiter than Thou". When "Holier" just isn't working.

Romney's strong suit is that he's just so, so likeable, doncha think?

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 12:47 PM

3. Stunningly ignorant too given how

diverse a country England has come to be.

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 12:48 PM

4. White Power! nt

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 12:48 PM

5. I feel a political ad coming on

but can't figure out what the Obama campaign could do without being over the top.

God save the Mitt

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 12:49 PM

6. Is the origin of the Romney name even Anglo Saxon?

I read somewhere that the original name was Romenel or something similar and that it was a French Norman name from the time of William the Conqueror. The Normans of course were originally Viking men who invaded northern France and never left, taking French wives and becoming a Norse-French hybrid.

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Response to aint_no_life_nowhere (Reply #6)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 03:32 PM

34. As one of my SCA friends once said

"Normans - they're just Vikings in drag."

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 12:50 PM

7. Umm... Mitt? Barack's mom is mostly English. Anglo-Saxon enough for you?

Or does he have to be related to the Queen?

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Response to truthisfreedom (Reply #7)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 02:34 PM

23. I remember reading

Obama is related to Royalty, his Mother's side.

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Response to DearAbby (Reply #23)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 03:12 PM

30. Just google his family.

His grandfather served as a sergeant in WWII and
his great uncle was in Normandy shortly after D-Day.

Sounds like patriotic Americans to me!
(not draft-dodgers)

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 12:50 PM

8. dog whistle politics at it's finest via

the rethuglican party

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Response to cindyperry2010 (Reply #8)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 01:10 PM

11. Can't beleive I never heard that term before. Thanks. You nailed it. nt

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Response to cindyperry2010 (Reply #8)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 02:20 PM

20. With his track records at Bain, the Olympics, and the MA governor's mansion now unuseable

all he has left is running talking points up a flagpole and taking credit for the ones that get saluted -- "What, nobody's buying in to our Anglo-Saxon heritage meme? Then it never happened!"


rocktivity

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 12:54 PM

9. "That guy ISN"T an Advisor.. Never saw him before in my life..

Just some random guy saying random stuff. We have never ever ever had anything to do with him"

funny as hell

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Response to annabanana (Reply #9)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 01:02 PM

10. That was always the excuse

the W campaign used whenever a car showed up at a campaign event w/ an anti w bumpersticker. It was always the fault of some overzealous local campaign volunteer.

This rmomey campaign advance advisor has suddenly become an 'aide'.

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Response to annabanana (Reply #9)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 01:59 PM

17. Romney retroactively removed him as an advisor?

I wish I had that kind of power of time and space.

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Response to Liberal Veteran (Reply #17)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 02:35 PM

24. He often pays travel expenses for people

he has never seen or employed?

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Response to bupkus (Reply #12)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 02:10 PM

19. Absolutely.

Also, lecturing to and squaring off with the NAACP.

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 01:16 PM

13. Just proves that GOP has NO IDEA what 'American exceptionalism' really means.

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 01:30 PM

14. Even the right has to face palm this

A couple of people I know, and they're latent right-wingers...became so due to Obama being elected,, were even embarrassed. Even if they deep down agree with the sentiment, even they realize what an impolitic remark that was.

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 01:35 PM

15. Oh Mittens?!? What is your favorite color???

...uh, white of course.

Snarkage.

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 01:40 PM

16. I am doubly offended

Firstly, because it's hard to not think of 'Anglo-Saxon' in this context as code-talk for 'not brown skin'. Which makes his 'we' pretty divisive from the get-go.

And then there is the fact that while I am certainly pale-skinned enough for Mr. Romney's 'advisors', to the best of my knowledge, there isn't a drop of Anglo-Saxon blood in my veins. My ancestors were mostly Scots/Irish Celtic, with a possible early admixture of Norman/French, so I am offended on my own behalf as well.

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 02:05 PM

18. Tell your gopper friends that these statements were not

taken out of context, this was actually said unlike what the Mitten's campaign did with Pres O's statement about businesses.

This is how his campaign really feels, so its beyond any logic how people of color can support the GOP, but you do have idiots in every race. You even got gays supporting them as well, please give me what they are smoking, please!

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 02:27 PM

22. after raygun was elected

Roselyn Carter said that he made people feel comfortable with their prejudices. The GOP lives through bigotry.

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 02:36 PM

25. "But Ann and I love people of color!"

"We employ them in all of our homes!"

You just know that's what's running through his mind when he gets called on BS like this.

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 02:49 PM

26. as an american of non-anglo saxon descent I am offended

and unlike Mitt, I actually pay taxes to maintain this country

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 02:56 PM

27. Willard's Tighty Whitey CamPain has shit its shorts. Once again.

Hate and division are so Republican, and so unAmerican.

Willard and his Chickenhawk Republicon cronies need a Tighty Whitey Wedgie

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 03:03 PM

28. His Church didn't allow black men (misogyny) to hold services or be on the governing board

until 1979 or so.

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 03:10 PM

29. After the colossal blunder ...

is Romney going to flip-flop once again and become retroactively black?

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 03:20 PM

31. An important quote form another DU thread on this issue

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014176161-

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According to the telegraph, the adviser suggested that Mr. Obama could not understand the depth of the relationship between the two countries because he cannot fully appreciate the shared "Anglo-Saxon heritage."
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To me, this makes the racist nature of the comments clearer. For instance, why can't Mr. Obama fully appreciate the shared A.S. heritage? ANY American CAN appreciate the shared heritage. One has to laugh because the thing that would make one appreciate this heritage more is an English Literature course. You know, the thing that those greedy GOP bastards try to cut out of education.

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Response to Democrats_win (Reply #31)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 03:28 PM

33. so no part of Obama's white half is in his brain?

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 03:26 PM

32. It will be a tremendous help in his summits with the Aryan Nations

in prisons and at monster truck pulls.

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 03:37 PM

35. My ethnic background did not help me at all when I visited Europe ESPECIALLY

when I ran into people who shared my Scottish ancestry.

I could not understand what the fuck they were saying even when I'd put my eyeballs three inches from their lips.

The worst thing was I couldn't say, "Do you know English?" because that's what they were speaking.

The only way your ethnic background could help is if you were from that country and were old enough to remember the culture and so forth.

Or if it's an oppressed country and you're the leader of a more powerful one.

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 03:39 PM

36. the only time someone else being white would mean something to me...

would be if I was in an African or Asian city where no spoke English, and I had some hope that the other white guy did, so he could be my sherpa.

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 04:01 PM

37. Note That The Romney Team Has Not

Asked for a retraction from the newspaper, only calling it a "false quote". Since the newspaper was likely prohibited from using actual quotes it seems odd to attack them in this manner. Besides, Romney could clear it up by releasing the full statement so we can then decide how "false" it really is. That they haven't done this is an indication of how much of a dog whistle attack this really is. How did they think the newspaper would play this story?

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 04:04 PM

38. A perfect example of a racist dog whistle

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Response to maddezmom (Original post)

Wed Jul 25, 2012, 06:23 PM

39. Seems that Mitt and his crew are neophytes where foreign policy and relations are concerned.

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