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The Romney Clan Parrots Limbaugh's Racist Obama Slurs

October 30, 2012

When Rush Limbaugh slandered Sandra Fluke as a "slut" back in March, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said only, "It's not the language I would have used." But when it comes to Limbaugh's repeated slurs of the first African-American President of the United States as a "little boy" and a "man-child," that's pretty much the same language Mitt Romney and his family now use all the time.
As Mother Jones revealed this week, during a closed-door fundraiser in March, Ann Romney warned her well-heeled guests, "This is a frightening world, and we need a grown-up, and we need someone that understands the economy." As it turns out, that's not the first time Mrs. Romney, who her husband says "reports to me regularly" about the concerns of American women, compared President Obama to a child. As she told Candy Crowley of CNN on August 31:

"I'm hearing from so many women that may not have considered voting for a Republican before that said, it's time for the grown-up to come, the man that's going to have -- take this very seriously and take the future of our children very seriously."

Of course, there's nothing the Romneys take nothing more seriously than moving into the White House, even at the cost of casually trafficking in racial stereotypes.
As with a fish, the rot starts at the head. Confronted earlier this month with President Obama's accurate statement about the $5 trillion, 10-year cost of the GOP ticket's tax plan, Mitt Romney countered:

"I've got 5 boys. I'm used to people saying the same thing over and over again hoping it becomes true."

Like father, like son, Josh Romney ascribed his dad's win in the first contest with Obama to the fact that as a father "he learned how to debate an obstinate child." Ann Romney, too, got in on the act. The same Mrs. Romney who has been telling women voters they "need to wake up" and Hispanics to "get past your biases" had some choice words to describe the President's response to her husband's primetime dissembling:

"it's sort of like someone that's, you know, in the sandbox that like lost the game and they're just going to kick sand in someone's face and say, 'you liar.' I mean, it's like they lost, and so now they just are going to say, OK, the game, we didn't like the game. So to me, it's poor sportsmanship."

As it turns out, those good sports of the Romney family also like to play with the Birther lies vomited forth by the likes of Limbaugh and Donald Trump. When Tagg Romney isn't joking about "taking a swing" at President Obama, his brother Matt got laughs from New Hampshire Republicans when he brushed off requests for his father's mystery tax returns this way:

"I heard someone suggest the other day that as soon as President Obama releases his grades and birth certificate ...then maybe he'll do it."

While he later apologized on Twitter ("my bad"), there was no need for Matt to say sorry to dad. After all, Mitt Romney happily accepted the endorsement of--and a fundraiser/birthday party for Ann from--Birther Donald Trump. And as it turns out, in August Mitt Romney told an audience in Michigan:

"Now I love being home in this place where Ann and I were raised, where both of us were born," the GOP hopeful told the crowd. "Ann was born in Henry Ford Hospital, I was born at Harper Hospital. No one's ever asked to see my birth certificate, they know that this is the place that we were born and raised."

All of which helps explain why so many of Mitt Romney's Republican supporters refuse to believe President Obama was born in the United States. A recent survey, after all, found that half of Americans continue to harbor prejudices against their black countrymen; Republicans (79%) were more likely than Democrats (32%) to express racial prejudice on questions measuring explicit racism. And another poll found that 40 percent of Americans and 73 percent of self-identified Republicans do not believe that Barack Obama was born in the United States of America.
And that's music to the ears of World News Daily editor and Birther conspiracy author Jerome Corsi. You can often find him on Rush Limbaugh's radio show. Or on Mitt Romney's campaign plane.


Jon Perr
Jon Perr is a technology marketing consultant and product strategist who writes about American politics and public policy.

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