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An Aloof Romney in a Plane Encounter
The New York Times' The Caucus ^ | November 6, 2011 | Emmarie Huetteman

Posted on 11/06/2011 8:26:27 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Mitt Romney was polite as he took his seat in coach next to Carolyn McClanahan of Jacksonville, Fla., on a recent Delta flight to Boston. He thanked her when she said she appreciated his efforts to reform health care as the governor of Massachusetts and even posed for a photo with her.

As a physician who heads a financial planning company and prides herself on having read every page of President Obama’s health care reform bill, Ms. McClanahan, 47, recognized that it’s not every day you’re seated next to a presidential candidate on a two-hour flight. According to Ms. McClanahan, about an hour into the flight — which Mr. Romney mostly spent reading USA Today and using an iPad while wearing headphones — she told him her idea for improving the American health care system: slashing overhead costs by switching to an electronic billing system.

“He looked at me blankly and said, ‘I understand,’ then put his iPad headphones in and kept reading,” she said.

While Ms. McClanahan said Mr. Romney was probably exhausted, she was disappointed he showed so little interest. Even another passenger’s request for a restaurant recommendation in Boston elicited little from Mr. Romney, she said. “I can’t give you any,” he said, according to Ms. McClanahan. “You’ll have to ask someone else.”(continued)

(Excerpt) Read more at thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Politics; Travel
KEYWORDS: bishopromney; elitist; kingromney; mittromney; romney; romney2decide4ever; romney2decide4u; romney4newking; romney4yourlord; romneyaboveall; romneytheking
Coach? Is the Gulfstream G550 in the shop, Milt? That's like "Diamond" Jim Brady riding in a third class train car.
1 posted on 11/06/2011 8:26:28 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Would she rather have BS artists like Clinton or Obama lie to her?


2 posted on 11/06/2011 8:30:32 PM PST by whitedog57
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Proof positive that he is either a Manchurian candidate or has already been gotten to by the Pod People.

/sarc

3 posted on 11/06/2011 8:31:37 PM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: None

Now if Romney flew on a private jet he’d take heat on that also.


4 posted on 11/06/2011 8:34:24 PM PST by RBIEL2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Not defending Romney...but has this story been vetted? Romney flying commercial? Coach? Alone, with no advisors?


5 posted on 11/06/2011 8:35:22 PM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I dislike Romney, but I HATE people who want to talk to me on an airplane!


6 posted on 11/06/2011 8:36:30 PM PST by Mr Rogers ("they found themselves made strangers in their own country")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

WTH?

I smell BS. Presidential Candidates don’t travel alone. They have their staff with them. And that staff would be seated next to Romney.

Is she sure it wasn’t one of the paid double-actors to look like Romney? I think she got duped.


7 posted on 11/06/2011 8:37:58 PM PST by parksstp (Articulate Conservatives look for Converts. RINO's look for Democrat Heretics.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Smells like a stunt to me.


8 posted on 11/06/2011 8:39:15 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Mitt Romney was polite as he took his seat in coach ....

Probably easy to squeeze into that middle seat with all the snake oil he peddles.

9 posted on 11/06/2011 8:39:19 PM PST by edpc (My silence IS an answer)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

When was this? I doubt Mitt would fly coach, but even if he did, he’d probably be sitting next to a staffer, likely a scheduler.


10 posted on 11/06/2011 8:41:35 PM PST by Darren McCarty (Anybody but Romney or Obama)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think this is BS, or a stunt. Does anyone believe that Romney flies on a public carrier, or flies coach?
Puh-Leez.


11 posted on 11/06/2011 8:43:36 PM PST by sockmonkey (Freepers, please turn yourself in at attackwatch.com)
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To: sockmonkey

And no security? Total BS.


12 posted on 11/06/2011 8:46:38 PM PST by txhurl (If Perry's a RINO, so are Gingrich and Cain.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Does seem odd. I am from Boston and know people who have worked for Romney, run into him in town or a store and every one of these folks said he was very friendly and down to earth.

His state police driver and he used to talk all the time when he was governor.

I really have to wonder about this article. I disagree with Mitt’s politics and I would not say the man was an arrogant jerk.


13 posted on 11/06/2011 8:55:19 PM PST by warsaw44
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m no Romney fan, but after talking all day, they last thing I would want to do is gab for 2 hours with a stranger on a plane.


14 posted on 11/06/2011 8:58:33 PM PST by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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To: warsaw44

I’m guessing it was a Mitt Romney look-alike. I knew a guy who looked like Tom Selleck’s identical twin. Same dimples even. Rather than get into a long discussion with people that he wasn’t Tom or have people get upset, he just let people take pictures with him.


15 posted on 11/06/2011 9:01:18 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: warsaw44

I once flew one row behind Rudy Guiliani coming back from Europe (business class). He and his travel companion were the last on the plane and the first off. I never saw him in the lounge before the flight so he must have been in a private security area until everyone else had boarded and was already seated. I was the third person off the plane at JFK and he had two uniformed NYC police escorts and a third person from immigration meet him at the door and walk with him down the jetway and through immigration and customs.


16 posted on 11/06/2011 9:08:34 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Romney is like Green Kryptonite to me, but I sympathize with him here.

Living in Asia a few years, I thought of myself as a language whore. Everywhere I went, so many people had one thing on their minds: intercourse with me. You have intercourse with the close friends you make, but that leaves little time for strangers.

One time, riding a train, someone sat down next to me and said: Are you an American? In Chinese I said: No, I'm Russian, hoping he'd leave me alone. The guy behind me said to the guy next to me: Did he say he was Russian? And then he sat down with us blasting away in Russian. I could only bust out laughing.
17 posted on 11/06/2011 9:16:15 PM PST by jobim
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“As a physician who heads a financial planning company and prides herself on having read every page of President Obama’s health care reform bill, Ms. McClanahan, 47, recognized that it’s not every day you’re seated next to a presidential candidate on a two-hour flight. According to Ms. McClanahan, about an hour into the flight — which Mr. Romney mostly spent reading USA Today and using an iPad while wearing headphones — she told him her idea for improving the American health care system: slashing overhead costs by switching to an electronic billing system.”

I suspect at the least her bio is fiction, “physician AND head of a financial planning co.”, yet her only comment on Obama’a foolish healthcare plan (which she also says she has read in it's entirety) is to switch to electronic billing? Planted article to give credibility to Obamacare and knock Romney. Figures that the one thing that I'd respect about him (ignoring her) is probably fiction.

18 posted on 11/06/2011 10:05:02 PM PST by Mr. Fabtastic (Cain is rapidly gaining on Fred Gwynne as my favorite Herman.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think I would have asked to change seats...


19 posted on 11/06/2011 10:17:27 PM PST by bigbob
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To: parksstp

“WTH?

I smell BS. Presidential Candidates don’t travel alone. They have their staff with them. And that staff would be seated next to Romney.”

I agree. I despise Romney and find him totally repulsive and rarely do I pass up an opportunity to take a shot at him, but this sounds like a total setup. First off, I doubt Romney’s flown coach for decades (if ever). Second, as you say, if he were on a commercial flight at all (which is highly unlikely given his multi-million dollar campaign budget), he would be surrounded by staff and security detail. They’d probably have most of the first-class seats booked up.

No-this is total BS, and it’s no big surprise that the NY Times ran with it. Just shows how little credibility they have these days.


20 posted on 11/06/2011 11:01:17 PM PST by lquist1
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To: mylife

Bingo !


21 posted on 11/06/2011 11:58:47 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Maybe his campaign doesn't have all the money he claims it has.

Besides, I have to side with Romney here. He doesn't owe these people anything, I mean really-- kibitzing about the healthcare mess while he's trying to get a few moments privacy? Expecting him to have a restaurant reco just off the top of his head? Shee-it, these weemen are crazy, and apparently think they are something special. Bad idea, girls.

22 posted on 11/07/2011 12:10:18 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Mitt Romney does not interact with humans.


23 posted on 11/07/2011 2:07:03 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

OH ! Bro!
Want to know what a “unreported service in kind campaign contribution “ looks like ? This is a classic ! Here Emmmarie Huettman donates a $25.000 campaign contribution through The New York Times to the Romney campaign which will never enter the campaign dnoation ledger as a “service in kind”..

Watch how this makes the rounds in those so called “conservative” pundit websites and talk shows.


24 posted on 11/07/2011 3:01:13 AM PST by mosesdapoet (To punish a province let it be ruled by a professor Fredrick The Great paraphrased)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I gotta say, I don’t blame him for avoiding the attempted Obamacare talk, but not a single Boston restaurant recommendation (for a MA resident on his fourth political campaign)?

That’s just inexcusable!


25 posted on 11/07/2011 3:07:46 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: lquist1

Why is this less believable than Romney lies,
Romney dog abuse, Romney fascism, and Romney coverrups?


26 posted on 11/07/2011 4:04:28 AM PST by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: hinckley buzzard
Besides, I have to side with Romney here. He doesn't owe these people anything, I mean really-- kibitzing about the healthcare mess while he's trying to get a few moments privacy? Expecting him to have a restaurant reco just off the top of his head? Shee-it, these weemen are crazy, and apparently think they are something special. Bad idea, girls.

Gotta disagree here. As improbable as the encounter seems, a candidate for the Presidency simply cannot appear disengaged when in public. Seeking privacy by flying coach? For a public figure? Ain't gonna happen.

Very unlikely that it was him. If it was, however, it was likely a calculation by the campaign to make him appear like just another business traveler, part of the 99% and not the 1%. But I guess they forgot to clue in the candidate because he took it as just a flight and not a public appearance. If it was him.

27 posted on 11/07/2011 6:06:48 AM PST by NonValueAdded (At 4 AM, it is a test; at 2 PM, it is a demonstration)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I’m still trying to picture Mitt in coach with the little people.


28 posted on 11/07/2011 7:32:29 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Diogenesis

“Why is this less believable than Romney lies,
Romney dog abuse, Romney fascism, and Romney coverrups?”

Well, I’m not sure what you mean by “dog abuse” “fascism”, even “coverrups”, but I don’t think it’s hard to level the charge that Romney is a liar. When he says he’s been as “consistent as a human being could possibly be”, that is clearly a false statement, not to mention also being an insult to the intelligence of anyone with an IQ higher than Forrest Gump.

No-I have no personal dislike for Romney, he seems like a nice enough guy. But I vehemently oppose him as our nominee because he’s brought flip-flopping to a level never before seen. There’s no way to know for sure where he really stands on anything, but if his record as gov of Mass is any indication, he is politically on par with Scott Brown, who is the second or third most liberal Republican in the Senate-and there’s a lot of competition in the Senate for the top RINO award. Since Brown was Romney’s point man in the Mass state senate, his politics are a good indicator of how Romney might govern.

Being a RINO is bad enough, but what’s worse with Romney is he’s unelectable too. With the transparency of his flip-flopping plain as day for all to see on YouTube, it wont take a billion dollar budget to educate the public to this fact. Conservative turnout will be more depressed than with McCain, and there is a very real possibility of a 3rd party getting around 20% of the vote if Romney gets in-especially if it’s a case where he splits the vote roughly 4 ways and gets no more than 30% to 35% in any contest. This will enrage conservatives, cause we’ll know we’ve been played by the “divide and conquer” strategy of the GOP elites.

Bottom line-there is really nothing redeemable about nominating Romney. Still, all that said, I think this airplane story is utter nonsense.


29 posted on 11/07/2011 8:19:13 PM PST by lquist1
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To: lquist1
The MSM is holding the other stories like Romney's dog abuse.

"But the details of the event are more than unseemly - they may, in fact, be illegal. Massachusetts's animal cruelty laws specifically prohibit anyone from carrying an animal "in or upon a vehicle, or otherwise, in an unnecessarily cruel or inhuman manner or in a way and manner which might endanger the animal carried thereon. "An officer for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals responded to a description of the situation saying "it's definitely something I'd want to check out." The officer, Nadia Branca, declined to give a definitive opinion on whether Romney broke the law but did note that it's against state law to have a dog in an open bed of a pick-up truck, and "if the dog was being carried in a way that endangers it, that would be illegal."


"Dog on Roof? What Was It Like for Romney's Pooch? - Scientists Say Dog Likely Experienced Wind-Whipped, Uncomfortable Trip - "Before beginning the drive, Mitt Romney put Seamus, the family's hulking Irish setter, in a dog carrier and attached it to the station wagon's roof rack. e'd built a windshield for the carrier, to make the ride more comfortable for the dog,".. Jordan Kaplan, the owner of Petaholics, a dog walking service in New York City,
and a lifelong dog owner and dog lover, said Romney's actions were uncalled for"


"Romney's dog - This is a distinction Mitt Romney probably could do without, but he is surely the first presidential candidate to be attacked for putting a dog with diarrhea in a carrier and tying it to the top of a station wagon. Romney's defense: Seamus liked it. [like the citizens under Romney's RomneyCARE, etc.?] "


"As the oldest son, Tagg Romney commandeered the way-back of the wagon, keeping his eyes fixed out the rear window, where he glimpsed the first sign of trouble. ''Dad!'' he yelled. ''Gross!'' A brown liquid was dripping down the back window, payback from an Irish setter who'd been riding on the roof in the wind for hours. As the rest of the boys joined in the howls of disgust, Romney coolly pulled off the highway and into a service station. There, he borrowed a hose, washed down Seamus and the car, then hopped back onto the highway."

"Story about dog on car roof comes back to bite Romney - 200 comments from readers complaining of animal cruelty"

Romney's bad behavior Exposed by Seamus

"Romney Loses Nomination Over Dog Abuse? - Romney was traveling that summer with his wife, five sons, and Seamus to his parent's cottage on Lake Huron. But hours into the ride, Seamus apparently suffered diarrhea, which ran down the back window of the car. .David Kravitz wrote on BlueMassGroup, a liberal blog. "It also strikes me as classic Romney: it solves a problem efficiently, in a business-like manner, and with no regard whatsoever for the suffering that the solution may cause."

30 posted on 11/08/2011 4:22:59 AM PST by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He’s flying on a commercial flight in COACH??? I really, really don’t like Romney at ALL, but this sounds like a really idiotic idea - even if it was a calculated publicity stunt (he takes flights in coach, he’s just like all the rest of you plebeians)!

There is a reason you don’t usually sit next to a Presidential Candidate on a Commercial Flight — his campaign management team are idiots, IMHO. Either that, or he’s totally out of money (yeah... right...).


31 posted on 11/08/2011 7:58:44 AM PST by LibertyRocks
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To: NonValueAdded

I agree with you... And, I’m guessing this was definitely a publicity stunt... A very STUPID stunt if I’m being honest (not like I want to help him NOT to do these stupid things...).


32 posted on 11/08/2011 8:00:46 AM PST by LibertyRocks
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I am surprised the NYT stopped at he did not want to communicate with “the people” angle and did not pass go and accuse the robot of sexual harassment


33 posted on 11/08/2011 8:03:01 AM PST by chuckee
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To: Diogenesis

“The MSM is holding the other stories like Romney’s dog abuse.”

Okay-thanks for enlightening me. This is a new one I had not heard before, but you’re right-this will surely come out in the general election if Romney is the nominee.


34 posted on 11/08/2011 5:25:31 PM PST by lquist1
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