Skip to comments.Romney never saw father on King march
Posted on 12/21/2007 9:58:28 AM PST by Josh Painter
Susan Englander, assistant editor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project at Stanford University, who is editing the King papers from that era, told the Globe yesterday: "I researched this question, and indeed it is untrue that George Romney marched with [Dr.] King."
She said that when he was governor of Michigan, George Romney issued a proclamation in June 1963 in support of King's march in Detroit, but declined to attend, saying he did not participate in political events on Sundays. A New York Times story from the time confirms Englander's account.
A few days after that march, George Romney joined a civil rights march through the Detroit suburb of Grosse Pointe, but King did not attend, Englander said. A report in the New York Times confirms Englander's account of that second march...
Romney has repeated the story of his father marching with King in some of his most prominent presidential campaign appearances, including the "Tonight" show with Jay Leno in May, his address on faith and politics Dec. 6 in Texas, and on NBC's "Meet The Press" on Sunday, when he was questioned about the Mormon Church's ban on full participation by black members. He said that he had cried in his car in 1978 when he heard the ban had ended, and added, "My father marched with Martin Luther King."
Mitt Romney went a step further in a 1978 interview with the Boston Herald. Talking about the Mormon Church and racial discrimination, he said: "My father and I marched with Martin Luther King Jr. through the streets of Detroit."
Yesterday, Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom acknowledged that was not true. "Mitt Romney did not march with Martin Luther King," he said in an e-mail statement to the Globe.
(Excerpt) Read more at boston.com ...
Oh hell. You really can’t trust even the most sincere, heartfelt speech. It is truly amazing the depths these critters will go to while trying to reach the “heights”.
Did the Boston Glob ever run a headline pointing out that Jean Kerry was NOT really Irish as he claimed in the Congressional Record?
Doesn’t excuse Mitt’s claim. Just checking for how much such claims mean to The Boston Glob, a newspaper that ran porn photos as “proof” of US military “rapes” in Iraq.
Also have to ask if the Boston Glob ever pointed out that Bill Clinton COULDN’T have witnessed any black church fires in Arkansas when he grew up.
Even worse, he thinks the Pats may not win the “World Series”. Now if that isn’t a John Kerry moment, I don’t know what is.
It must of just been like the bridge at Selma. Grosse Pointe, that hotbed of racial tension, poverty and snarling German Shepherds. No doubt, after the successful march, countless Detroit blacks were welcomed with open arms into the now racially pacified Grosse Pointe!(click here)
A slick, telegenic LIAR or a totally naive NITWIT, particularly on complex, dangerous, zero-sum, high stakes foreign relations issues.
Entertaining hopeless , fait 'd accompli thoughts of retiring to a beachside hut in Costa Rica.
That's worse than a Kerry moment, it's up in the Kathleen Kennedy-Townsend territory.
I’m no Romney fan, but it’s totally believable to me that he simply and sincerely misremembered.
The Bill Clinton moment on what the meaning of “saw” is was one thing.
Mitt saying on the record, “My father and I marched with Martin Luther King Jr. through the streets of Detroit,” is quite another.
And to have a campaign spokesman acknowledge that the statement was not true is yet another.
If this doesn’t kill Mitt’s campaign, it’s certain to seriously damage it.
Not even close to the Clintoon.
I stood beside Ronald Reagan in his fight against the Evil Empire. Did I really "stand" beside him? No. I saw my parents fight against the evils of communism in their homeland. Did I actually see them do it? No. It is a figure of speech. I saw someone step up to the plate. I saw someone do the right thing. I saw how one person can make a difference. Is this seeing it literally with my own two eyes or seeing it in my mind's eye?
You people cannot be this daft, are you?
I think you better plead the 5th.
I also heard that he drove 30 in a 25 zone and once rode on skates and pulled a girl’s pigtail.
I wonder when this intense scrutiny of Hillary’s record in the MSM will begin?
What part of My father and I marched with Martin Luther King Jr. through the streets of Detroit, was not a lie?
I have no dog in this fight and pray daily for the defeat of all democrats but if we replace them with the same type of political liars what have we gained? Not a damn thing.
Daft? You are a Fool!
You should have taken the 5th. Now you’ve removed all doubt.
What? Are you serious?
“I wonder when this intense scrutiny of Hillarys record in the MSM will begin?”
Did you miss the whole Whitewater thing?
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