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Mitt Romney Was Joking About Airplane Windows
New York Magazine ^ | 09/25/2012 | Dan Amira

Posted on 09/25/2012 10:03:41 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum

The Internet was tickled silly yesterday when it learned that Mitt Romney lacks an even basic understanding of the airplanes he has flown on probably thousands of times at this point in his 65-year life. It seemed almost unthinkable that a guy as obviously intelligent as Romney would fail to grasp that, because the cabin is pressurized, opening a window, as Patrick Smith of Ask a Pilot put it to the Atlantic's James Fallows, "would be somewhere between extremely inconvenient and catastrophically dangerous." And guess what: It's still unthinkable. Because Romney was joking. 

The Los Angeles Times story that relayed Romney's airplane remark to the world was based off a pool report written by the New York Times's Ashley Parker. When we asked Parker this morning whether it seemed as if Romney made the mark in jest, she left no doubt. "Romney was joking," she e-mailed. Parker told us that while the pool report didn't explicitly indicate that Romney was joking, it was self-evident that he was. "The pool report provided the full transcript of his comments on Ann's plane scare," she said, "and it was clear from the context that he was not being serious."

The Blaze hears the same thing from William Everitt, who attended the Saturday night Beverly Hills fund-raiser where the remark happened:

"Basically he was retelling the story and when he said ‘I don’t know why they don’t have roll down windows on airplanes,’ he looked at the audience and everyone laughed,” Everitt told TheBlaze. “It was a clearly delivered joke … There were 1,000 people there that will tell you the same thing.”

So, let this be a lesson to us all: When a gaffe seems too good to be true, it probably is.



TOPICS: News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: humor

1 posted on 09/25/2012 10:03:44 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

From the start it was obvious that Romney was joking when talking about Anne’s minor incident when her plane’s cabin filled with smoke and government regulation forced the pilot to make an emergency landing.


2 posted on 09/25/2012 10:11:54 AM PDT by Uncle Slayton
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Unless it’s Biden or his wife - THEN it’s probably true.


3 posted on 09/25/2012 10:12:46 AM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

So, let this be a lesson to us all: When a gaffe seems too good to be true, it probably is.*******

That is unless it’s the wonder child musing about the Austrian language while in Austria.


4 posted on 09/25/2012 10:13:47 AM PDT by bereanway
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To: Uncle Slayton

How can anyone joke about airplane windows after seeing Goldfinger?


5 posted on 09/25/2012 10:15:26 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

A search of Google news shows dozens of news sources reporting (before this news story) that he was serious about the statement). Folks are tittering about it on social media.

“Journalists” are lower than lawyers and prostitutes.


6 posted on 09/25/2012 10:17:00 AM PDT by RabidBartender (If pigs could vote, they'd vote for the guy holding the slop bucket.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

This is right out of the “Karate Kid”...use a person’s strength against them. What Romney did was use the joke to show how much the MSM is biased that they can’t even see the joke when it’s there. The only fools in this episode are the idiots who call themselves journalists.


7 posted on 09/25/2012 10:17:41 AM PDT by Portcall24
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

So the “gaffe” was by the idiots that took this story and ran with it.


8 posted on 09/25/2012 10:21:19 AM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Ignorance is bliss- I'm stoked)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Reminds me of a group I oversaw years ago. One of my staff would dutifully write anything and everything he heard in the meetings in his notes.

One day I clued in the rest of the team that I was going to see “if Jim was listening or just writing”, so in the middle of a discussion, I said something that, on the face of it, sounded normal, but was utter gibberish. About 30 seconds later, I “got distracted”, then asked Jim what I had just said. He read the gibberish, WORD FOR WORD, then turned bright red as soon as he realized it.

I think we cured him of his “write first, think later” phase...


9 posted on 09/25/2012 10:23:45 AM PDT by ssaftler (With apologies to Gene Kranz: "Obama is not an option")
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To: Uncle Slayton

“. . .and government regulation forced the pilot to make an emergency landing”

Not government.

There is no “government regulation” forcing a pilot to declare an emergency. . .the pilot declares an emergency (based upon his judgment and the situation). Any pilot with any brain in his head would declare an emergency land in that situation.


10 posted on 09/25/2012 10:24:40 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Hey, maybe Obama was joking about the 57 states...


11 posted on 09/25/2012 10:41:15 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

It must NOT be treated as a joke, but as a true statement to show that Romney is not competent to be President of the United States. It must be used to show that Obama is more competent in EVERY WAY than Romney, to include building and creating businesses.

(Sarcasm off)


12 posted on 09/25/2012 10:55:57 AM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: ssaftler

You sound like a really fun guy to work for.


13 posted on 09/25/2012 10:56:14 AM PDT by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: RabidBartender

“Journalists” are lower than lawyers and prostitutes.”

Rush: There are no journalists anymore. They’re just libs with bylines.


14 posted on 09/25/2012 12:04:06 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Harry Reid [PERVERT-NV] has Vickie-the-goat in lingerie & stiletto heels, tied-up in his office!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

When you tell jokes so badly that people can’t tell whether or not you’re being serious, maybe you should just not tell jokes any more.


15 posted on 09/26/2012 7:38:25 AM PDT by stable
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To: stable
When you tell jokes so badly that people can’t tell whether or not you’re being serious, maybe you should just not tell jokes any more.

The people there all laughed.

You weren't even there, so you simply accept what state-controlled media tells you.

How's that prefrontal lobotomy working out for ya?

16 posted on 09/26/2012 7:41:05 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: stable
FTFA: "Basically he was retelling the story and when he said ‘I don’t know why they don’t have roll down windows on airplanes,’ he looked at the audience and everyone laughed,” Everitt told TheBlaze. “It was a clearly delivered joke … There were 1,000 people there that will tell you the same thing.”

This is the person who wrote the pool story that everyone else is using as their source.

Is she lying and you know more than she does, when she was there and you weren't?

17 posted on 09/26/2012 7:43:02 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: stable
Now I understand why you are so comfortable lying.


18 posted on 09/26/2012 7:45:27 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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