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Will 'the smirk' come to haunt Romney? [when the media need to bury you, their pit is bottomless]
Telegraph - UK ^ | September 13, 2012 | Damian Thompson

Posted on 09/13/2012 11:33:58 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

That's quite some smirk on Mitt Romney's face as he walks away from the podium in Jacksonville, Florida, having just woven in criticism of Barack Obama to his reaction to the murders in Benghazi. The photograph was taken by Charles Dharapak of the Associated Press, and I suspect it's going to be one of the most significant images of the campaign. Maybe Mr Romney was just unlucky, but on the other hand… are you surprised? Honestly?

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TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: desperation; liberalsdesperate; msm; personalattack; romneyryan2012
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I found this particularly interesting because yesterday while listening to Barack Obama's first press availability on the Libya murders, it struck me that his voice still rang with the same undisguised narcissism it always conveys (there was no hint of emotion for the death of Americans).

Romney smirking?

The idea of "Mitt's smirk" as the new media and blogosphere smear is telling.

I can't post the photo (AP) but it's at the source.

1 posted on 09/13/2012 11:34:04 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Talk about desperation! This is a stretch, even for the partisan hacks in the media.


2 posted on 09/13/2012 11:36:01 AM PDT by whitey righty
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

That is not a smirk! It is a strained smile.


3 posted on 09/13/2012 11:36:11 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Alright, this is no longer borderline - this is over the top psychotic.


4 posted on 09/13/2012 11:37:20 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Want to see a smirk?

Look at the face of the author.


5 posted on 09/13/2012 11:37:36 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Sacajaweau
Ditto! I can't detect anything smirk-like in that photo.

Just a typical Romney smile.

6 posted on 09/13/2012 11:37:45 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (Obama: "If you've got a business -- you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen.")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

There is a great picture in today’s papers of a smiling Obama after he spent the last 4 years ruining America-I wonder if that smile will haunt him?


7 posted on 09/13/2012 11:37:52 AM PDT by proudpapa
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

He’s not smirking. He’s smiling.


8 posted on 09/13/2012 11:37:59 AM PDT by RexBeach (Mr. Obama Can't Count.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Little did the media know the smirk was because Romney knew they had left their mikes on before the conference and he was on his way to send the evidence of their bias to Fox News....


9 posted on 09/13/2012 11:38:06 AM PDT by apillar
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Looks like he’s cringing because of obama’s America if you ask me.


10 posted on 09/13/2012 11:38:11 AM PDT by V_TWIN (obama=where there's smoke, there's mirrors)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

You would have thought he had given the media the infamous Obama middle finger...


11 posted on 09/13/2012 11:38:21 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

LOL.

Oh they need to get real.

That’s not a smirk.


12 posted on 09/13/2012 11:38:20 AM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: DuncanWaring
Smirk?

The author more likely has a sneer ... except when he's thinking about Bam-Bam. Don't wanna say what the author is doing when he's thinking about Bam-Bam.

13 posted on 09/13/2012 11:39:26 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
That doesn't even begin to to look like a smirk. It looks like a forced smile when something unfortunate is happening.

These people are nuts. Evil and nuts. Bad combination.

14 posted on 09/13/2012 11:39:41 AM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: whitey righty

Desperation is an understatement. The msm has lost any credibility it had. It is somewhere between useless and worthless.


15 posted on 09/13/2012 11:41:20 AM PDT by Essie
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To: V_TWIN

“There is no art to read the mind’s construct through the face.” William Shakespeare


16 posted on 09/13/2012 11:42:00 AM PDT by urbanpovertylawcenter (where the law and poverty collide in an urban setting and sparks fly)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

It’s always the same for these ninnies, if it’s not racism it’s wealth or unfairness or women screaming about control of their bodies, now a facial expression... we are to believe that a calm and collected facial expression shows heartlessness? My gawd do these people need and enema...


17 posted on 09/13/2012 11:42:33 AM PDT by dps.inspect (rage against the Obama machine...)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

OMG~! They’re RIGHT! It IS a smirk.

And hey Media- I have breaking news you can use: once when Mitt was a kid he played Cops and Robbers- and he was THE ROBBER!!

And once when he was in college- he took the pencil home from a written test!


18 posted on 09/13/2012 11:42:51 AM PDT by Mr. K ("The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum [of good]")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

In terms of inappropriate facial expressions, one only has to look at the arrogance that characterize the multiplicity of 0bungle photos that litter the media.


19 posted on 09/13/2012 11:43:00 AM PDT by Silentgypsy (If you love your freedom, thank a vet.)
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To: Sacajaweau
That is not a smirk on Romney's face but the picture of the fag that wrote this has a smirk on his mouth... or maybe it's stretch marks.

LLS

20 posted on 09/13/2012 11:43:30 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer ("if it looks like you are not gonna make it you gotta get mean, I mean plumb mad-dog mean" J. Wales)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

What smirk? These people are nuts. The desperation of the media knows no bounds. How low can they go? We shall see. Romney should start taking on the media like Newt did during the primaries. Turn it back on them and make them look like the unprofessional, incompetent fools that they are.


21 posted on 09/13/2012 11:45:24 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: All

22 posted on 09/13/2012 11:45:38 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Yesterday I defined Obama’s short outing before the press, before taking off for a fundraiser in Las Vegas, as “deadpan”. It was an obligatory statement devoid of emotion or sincerity. Platitudes, because America expected “something”. In reality, we’re the little people he can’t get away from patronizing.


23 posted on 09/13/2012 11:46:57 AM PDT by bcsco (Bourbon gets better with age...I age better with Bourbon.)
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To: DuncanWaring

Want to see a smirk?

Look at the face of the author.

********************

No kidding. Like the progeny from Chucky the doll getting with a demented leprechaun.


24 posted on 09/13/2012 11:47:16 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (Where would Christianity be if the early believers put their hopes and trust in the Roman empire?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

So friggin what?...


25 posted on 09/13/2012 11:47:26 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Interesting. The "media" have not had their panties in a twist about smirks since the horrible bad old days of Chimpy McHalliburton BushCo.

Let's start keeping our eyes out for stories on the homeless issue and military deaths in AfRagistan.

26 posted on 09/13/2012 11:47:55 AM PDT by Drill Thrawl (I can haz CW 2 now?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The leftist faux-press used the ‘smirk issue’ against Bush for 8 yrs (google bush smirk to remind yourselves). They figure they can make hay with it again.


27 posted on 09/13/2012 11:48:14 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Are they trying to recycle the Bush smirk stories from the last decade?

-PJ

28 posted on 09/13/2012 11:48:46 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too ( It doesn't come naturally when you're not natural born.)
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To: jersey117; All

They think they can box Romney in - “shut him down,” with this kind of journalistic (I use that word laughingly) aggression.


29 posted on 09/13/2012 11:49:22 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Yeah, Bush’s “smirk” really hurt him didn’t it? This keeps getting better and better.

Wait till the Enemamedia starts complaining that Romney’s bowel movements are too regular.


30 posted on 09/13/2012 11:49:36 AM PDT by arrogantsob (The Disaster MUST Go. Sarah herself supports Romney.)
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To: whitey righty
I'll take a smirk over a self-satisfied nose in the air any day.


31 posted on 09/13/2012 11:50:51 AM PDT by Maceman
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To: Maceman

That is one of the most revealing photos in history. Ugly and ridiculous, but revealing.


32 posted on 09/13/2012 11:53:01 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (Where would Christianity be if the early believers put their hopes and trust in the Roman empire?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I suspect it's going to be one of the most significant images of the campaign.

Ha! The Empty Chair is one of the most significant images of the campaign, because it symbolizes Obama's emptiness and failure.

No comparison between the Empty Chair and what is obviously a social smile on Romney's face as he steps away from the podium. Only a loon would label it a smirk and then try to make political hay out of such an innocuous expression.

33 posted on 09/13/2012 11:53:57 AM PDT by BlatherNaut
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To: Silentgypsy

how many times did the MSM frame a halo around obama’s head.


34 posted on 09/13/2012 11:55:15 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: bcsco
Oh right - Has the media even weighed in on the Vegas trip where he was smiling before his adoring drones screaming four more years? You would think that in the aftermath of the crisis he might stay behind and have an all hands meeting or something. He chose to do a cover his a$$ interview with 60 Minutes. Same thing with the hurricane. He waited more than a week to visit New Orelans and the media couldn't even come up with a meaningless critical quip - such as a smirk. Nothing..... f'n crickets. I'm at the point where I rarely even have Fox News on. It's talk radio and the internet most of the time.
35 posted on 09/13/2012 11:56:51 AM PDT by jersey117
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To: Political Junkie Too
Are they trying to recycle the Bush smirk stories from the last decade?

George W.'s Smirk: A Chatterbox Investigation"........But since personality is also to some extent genetically based and, moreover, can be passed environmentally from one generation to the next--particularly when father and son share not only the same home but also a few institutional influences (e.g., Andover and Yale)--it is conceivable that the shared smirk signifies a shared ... arrogance."

[Joe Klein on the "Bush Smirk:"] ..."It would be easy to mistake such elaborate body language for arrogance, as more than a few observers have, whereas the true meaning of the tic may be the exact opposite. It may just signify relief--that he has successfully managed to jump another public hurdle without embarrassing himself. Or it may mean nothing at all."....

36 posted on 09/13/2012 11:56:59 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Our ambassador is raped and murdered and Obama goes to Vegas.
Romney gets blamed. The MSM is evil. Fox should be hammering this.
37 posted on 09/13/2012 11:57:05 AM PDT by cruise_missile (')
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To: arrogantsob

Activiaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!


38 posted on 09/13/2012 11:57:37 AM PDT by BlatherNaut
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To: Sacajaweau
That is not a smirk! It is a strained smile.

I think you're right. It's not a smirk, smug and self-satisfied. It's also not a happy or joyful smile.

It's hard to tell since you can't see more than half his face but I'd say it's the expression the face relaxes into after you've had to do something a little difficult and have got it behind you.

You don't want to look exhausted or numbed, especially if you're a politician with the camera's on you, so your face relaxes into a little smile.

Maybe this is more like a smirk:

This Romney thing is hard to fathom: a barely perceptible micro-expression somehow taken as revealing something deep about the man, but people do tend to read a lot into politicians depending on whether they support or oppose them. If someone is ready to believe a President of the other party has killed dozens of people here at home who could cause him trouble, the "arrogant, smirking" thing shouldn't come as a surprise. And "the Bush smirk" did work against Bush. Maybe not in the reelection campaign, but certainly by the end of his term.

39 posted on 09/13/2012 11:59:54 AM PDT by x
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Why so panicky liberals? hahahahaha!


40 posted on 09/13/2012 11:59:56 AM PDT by 1035rep (Obama: "I killed Bin Laden" ...you didn't do that. Somebody else made that happen.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Romney always has this look on his face. It is just how he looks; like him or not. For someone to say he is smirking is the ultimate in media bias. Unbelievable.
You could find probably 1,000 pictures of him with the same look on his face.
41 posted on 09/13/2012 12:04:51 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Encourage all of your Democrat friends to get out and vote on November 7th, the stakes are high.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

A smirk!?

That’s all they’ve got? The MSM are desperate.

I say, Mr. Romney, embrace the smirk! They can’t shame you with something you’re not ashamed of. And you have nothing to be ashamed of. (It’s not like having adulterous sex with an intern in the Oval Office, then lying about it, for example.)

generally (proudly smirking for lo these many years)


42 posted on 09/13/2012 12:05:58 PM PDT by generally (Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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To: 1035rep
Why so panicky liberals? hahahahaha!

Because at that press conference they saw that Romney will hold his own just fine against the Won - that he sounded presidential - and everyone listening could see the contrast between the "apologizing for free speech" Obama and Mitt Romney calling him on it and telling the world how he would handle an attack on Americans and free speech.

43 posted on 09/13/2012 12:07:35 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: jersey117
Has the media even weighed in on the Vegas trip where he was smiling before his adoring drones screaming four more years?

Of course not. Criticism is only for GOP candidates. They're evil. Obama is god.

44 posted on 09/13/2012 12:09:26 PM PDT by bcsco (Bourbon gets better with age...I age better with Bourbon.)
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To: Psalm 144
That is one of the most revealing photos in history. Ugly and ridiculous, but revealing.

Back in the days when I was dating my liberal ex-girlfriend, I honored her request that I watch Obama's inauguration.

I remember that there was video being broadcast of him in the waiting area just before he came out for his coronation. He had that exact same expression on his face as he prepared to take the oath of office. It was absolutely chilling.

45 posted on 09/13/2012 12:10:02 PM PDT by Maceman
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Somehow this whole Libya-Egypt thing is being blamed on a man who isn’t even n government.


46 posted on 09/13/2012 12:10:02 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: HereInTheHeartland
Romney always has this look on his face. It is just how he looks...

Correct!


47 posted on 09/13/2012 12:10:15 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: x

This is the one I think of the most, because it reminds me of the old Eddie Murphy routine:

"I got some ice cream I got some ice cream ... and ... I'm ...gonna ...eat ...it ....all."

"You don't have no ice cream! You didn't get none ! You didn't get none ! 'Cos you are on the welfare, you can't afford it. You can't afford it, and your father is an alcoholic!"

48 posted on 09/13/2012 12:10:40 PM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

That was my take on it too. Romney is right on target.


49 posted on 09/13/2012 12:11:39 PM PDT by 1035rep (Obama: "I killed Bin Laden" ...you didn't do that. Somebody else made that happen.)
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To: whitey righty

I question the guys sanity.
Isn’t Damian the name always given to satan’s offspring?
Liberals are beginning to liquify in front of us.


50 posted on 09/13/2012 12:15:46 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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