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Obama uses Down syndrome to hit Romney (Shameful Exploitation Alert!)
Red Alert Politics ^ | 10-1-2012 | Paul Bedard

Posted on 10/01/2012 1:03:47 PM PDT by smoothsailing

October 1, 2012

Obama uses Down syndrome to hit Romney

Paul Bedard

In its latest effort to slap Mitt Romney's "47 percent" comment, the Obama campaign on Monday tapped a young woman with Down syndrome to pull at the heartstrings of undecided voters.

The Obama-Biden campaign's web page featured a "letter of the week" from a 25-year-old woman who wrote that "I am one of the 47% of Americans who fall under Mitt Romney's definition of 'entitled' and 'unable to take responsibility for my life.' I have Down syndrome."

The letter comes on the heel of the campaign's TV ad playing in battleground states that uses the audio of Romney dismissing efforts to win over 47 percent of voters dedicated to Obama because they receive some kind of government assistance. While the Romney campaign said the context is about the election and not how he will approach the nation as president, the Obama campaign has made the case that Romney won't look out for those who need help.

Enter "Brittany" and her letter. In it, she said that she is a registered Democrat, and on assistance, which she said makes her part of Obama's 47 percent.

"My mother applied for Social Security's Supplemental Security Income program (SSI) for me when I was 19. I really want to make lots of money and have a hot tub someday, but SSI subtracts my paychecks from my SSI benefits, so I don't have much to put into a savings account," she wrote.

"I am now working for a store, folding clothes and doing returns. I like my job a lot! I make $4.98 an hour and I am allowed to work 25-30 hours a week (I have paid $542.72 in federal, FICA, state, and city taxes this year as of August 31st)," she added in a knock at Romney's other comment that many of Obama's supporters don't pay taxes.

It's full of very cute lines. "I just got my own apartment and share it with another girl like me. I get to pay rent now ($325 a month) and pay for my telephone and cable because I like the Disney Channel. I was not allowed to take my dog with me, but I can hang all of my Hannah Montana posters on my bedroom wall," she wrote.

And, she added, "I have also included my picture, not just because I'm cute, but because I wanted to give you a face of one of the 47% to share with Mr. Romney."

Blogger Jeryl Bier noticed the letter first, calling it an "exploitive cheap shot."


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
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This has to be the most shameful desperation yet to ooze it's way out of the Obama campaign.
1 posted on 10/01/2012 1:03:48 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

So she’s voting for the guy who thinks she should have never been born.


2 posted on 10/01/2012 1:17:59 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: smoothsailing

“Sarah Palin,,please pick up the white courtesy phone”


3 posted on 10/01/2012 1:17:59 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: smoothsailing

You can take a corrupt politician way out of Chicago but you can’t take the Chicago Way out of that corrupt politician.


4 posted on 10/01/2012 1:18:28 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: smoothsailing

Everyone knows who Romney meant, and she isn’t one of them. Everyone knows that he was talking about the able-bodied and healthy people who reside in the ‘safety net’ as though it was a hammock. Nobody is buying Obozo’s shameful spiels..........


5 posted on 10/01/2012 1:20:38 PM PDT by Red Badger (Is it just me, or is Hillary! starting to look like Benjamin Franklin?.................)
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To: smoothsailing

After what these b@stards did to Sarah Palin, this takes the cake.


6 posted on 10/01/2012 1:21:07 PM PDT by Fido969
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To: smoothsailing

“(I have paid $542.72 in federal, FICA, state, and city taxes this year as of August 31st)”

Not really, since she is going to get all of that back with her tax refund. That includes city and state taxes also, just to muddy the waters with stuff that nobody is talking about.


7 posted on 10/01/2012 1:22:39 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: smoothsailing

“I have also included my picture, not just because I’m cute, but because I wanted to give you a face of one of the 47% to share with Mr. Romney.”
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I don’t see a problem with it. The woman wrote with expectations of her story being used. I don’t see all who have Down’s Syndrome as completely helpless and unthinking. I disagree with the young woman’s politics but I am proud of her for making an effort to be involved. Many gifted with more, don’t.


8 posted on 10/01/2012 1:22:41 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: smoothsailing

From the same guy who made the “Special Olympics” bowling joke.


9 posted on 10/01/2012 1:22:44 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: smoothsailing

This, coming from the administration that espouses the extraction of nonperfect fetuses.

Nice.


10 posted on 10/01/2012 1:23:12 PM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: smoothsailing

From the same guy who made the “Special Olympics” bowling joke.


11 posted on 10/01/2012 1:24:37 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: massgopguy

GREAT retort; the Romney/Ryan campaign should use this!


12 posted on 10/01/2012 1:27:33 PM PDT by drew
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To: massgopguy

GREAT retort; the Romney/Ryan campaign should use this!


13 posted on 10/01/2012 1:28:11 PM PDT by drew
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To: smoothsailing

The first thing that came to my mind was Obama’s comments about his bowling score and the Special Olympics.


14 posted on 10/01/2012 1:28:58 PM PDT by Retired Chemist
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To: smoothsailing

Too bad Obama ignored the hideous slurs directed at little toddler Trig Palin, especially from his major donor, Bill Maher while the 2008 campaign was on.

I guess Obama only counts the disabled when it is politically expedient.


15 posted on 10/01/2012 1:30:34 PM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: Red Badger
These are the 47%. Able bodied over 18 adults who have nothing else to do during the day than watch someone dig a hole in a garage.

Taken at the digging of Jimmy Hoffa.

16 posted on 10/01/2012 1:31:17 PM PDT by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage (You had me at 'Meat Tornado'.)
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To: smoothsailing
From her letter:

P.S. My mom and her friend helped me write this.

David Axelrod?

17 posted on 10/01/2012 1:32:07 PM PDT by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: massgopguy

Not just never been born but actively murdered in her mother’s womb and if she happened to survive that, abandoned to die.


18 posted on 10/01/2012 1:41:03 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (Obama at the UN: The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.)
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To: Irenic

From Jeryl Bier, the blogger who is the original source of this news article:

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“Is the Obama campaign just publishing this letter because it is an inspiring story of someone doing the best they can? No. I left out the title of the blog post (Brittany: “A face of one of the 47%”) and one line from the first paragraph of the letter: “ I am one of the 47% of Americans who fall under Mitt Romney’s definition of ‘entitled’ and ‘unable to take responsibility for my life.’”

Leave aside that this woman’s story is the antithesis of what Mitt Romney was trying to get at in his remarks that were admittedly open to distortion. Leave aside that Romney and his family have personally helped many individuals who needed help like Brittany in quiet ways over the years. Leave aside that the Romneys give millions to charity. Later in Brittany’s letter, she writes the following [emphasis mine]: “I have paid $542.72 in federal, FICA, state, and city taxes this year as of August 31st.” So even under the literal interpretation of Romney’s comments being about those not paying taxes, Brittany does not qualify.

The Obama campaign has taken what could have been, with sensitive editing, a feel-good letter from someone who is doing her best under difficult circumstances and wishes to support Barack Obama into a dishonest, exploitive cheap shot at his opponent. The president and his campaign should be ashamed.”

http://speakwithauthority-jsm.blogspot.com/2012/10/campaign-exploitation.html


19 posted on 10/01/2012 1:42:21 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

IOW one of the 47% that were NEVER voting for Romney

not going to vote for romney.

one of the 47% who use the government so need the 53% to support them.

it proves Romney’s point.

Obama is a total douche.


20 posted on 10/01/2012 1:43:29 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: smoothsailing

This from Obama - the person who just essentially banned the use of Flexible Spending Accounts to help with schooling for special needs children.


21 posted on 10/01/2012 1:44:46 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: CrazyIvan
“From the same guy who made the “Special Olympics” bowling joke.”

Precisely! I would hit him with that, bring Sarah Palin into the mix, and highlight the fact that Obama would likely have favored ending this person’s life before birth. Obama has no ethics.

22 posted on 10/01/2012 1:45:17 PM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage
Living in a Detroit suburb, they have little chance to either find work or sell their homes and move to a more suitable state.

Most are either members of or children of UAW members. They are still expecting their 100K per year job for shooting screws at he local GM plant that closed thirty years ago.

23 posted on 10/01/2012 1:51:24 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: smoothsailing
Two simple retorts to that.

1. Obama's party would choose to abort her.

2. Capping FSA's at $2500 will raise taxes on parents of children like her, regardless of their income.

24 posted on 10/01/2012 1:58:52 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: smoothsailing

My suspicion is that this is BS manufactured by zero and his handlers. If this lady can write a letter to the POTUS, she can work and NOT be one of the 47%. Many Down Syndrome people do just that.


25 posted on 10/01/2012 2:01:07 PM PDT by DustyMoment (Congress - another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: massgopguy

This girl probably isn’t real and is more likely a “composite” of his foreign policy advisers, economic advisers, and Chris Matthews (explains the Hannah Montana posters).


26 posted on 10/01/2012 2:02:37 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (Official Romney/GOP-E Platform - We suck less)
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To: Red Badger; Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

Actually no one knows what Romney meant with his stupid remark.

Some think he meant those who collect a government check, others think he means those who don’t owe income taxes in a given year, still others think he means the 53% of Americans who voted for Obama, it doesn’t seem to have made any sense.


27 posted on 10/01/2012 2:04:22 PM PDT by ansel12 (exact)
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To: smoothsailing
I do not think I can have more disgust and disdain for this man or his administration.

Everyone knows he was talking about the freeloaders not this wonderful woman.

My son will always need to be taken care of but my wife and I both work and are very involved in making sure my son learns as much as he can so he can be proud to be a productive citizen. He will never be on his own and neither will he totally dependent, we are making sure of that. We need to take a stand and confront the laze SOB's who have not only both their hands out but their damn feet up when they do it. These people are sick.

There is no way this young woman understands what politics is about and how they are using her.

28 posted on 10/01/2012 2:17:38 PM PDT by New Perspective (Proud father of a 8 yr old son with Down Syndrome and fighting to keep him off Obama's death panels.)
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To: smoothsailing

Easy solution: Show a picture of Downs lady next to a picture of Obamaphone lady.


29 posted on 10/01/2012 2:43:49 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: smoothsailing

This will backfire.


30 posted on 10/01/2012 2:51:49 PM PDT by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else)
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To: smoothsailing

0bama should invite her to the WH for a bowling match!


31 posted on 10/01/2012 2:57:02 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: smoothsailing

I call BS on this person’s story. The average IQ of a Down syndrome adult is about 50, with a range of 20 to 75. My younger brother is mentally retarded, supposedly due to the Rh factor (mother AB-, father O+), and his IQ is 79. He was an anomaly at his “trainable mentally retarded” school because he was the only one who could read and write, although his skills were rudimentary. No way a DS person “wrote” this letter.


32 posted on 10/01/2012 3:09:44 PM PDT by Prince of Space (Be Breitbart, baby!)
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To: smoothsailing
"My mother applied for Social Security's Supplemental Security Income program (SSI) for me when I was 19."

Then she filled out my voter registration form making me a Democrat. She joins me in the voting booth to make sure I check the right boxes.

33 posted on 10/01/2012 3:23:43 PM PDT by informavoracious (Abortions are unproductive wrongs, not reproductive rights.)
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To: smoothsailing

Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) tried this old “personal anecdote” trick at the Town Hall meeting preceding the Senators’ attempts to sell Obamacare to the peasants. The crowd was polite to the mother of a disabled child whom he trotted out to precede him; but they gave him holy hell and groaned and booed him.


34 posted on 10/01/2012 3:44:24 PM PDT by Albion Wilde (Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it. -- George Bernard Shaw)
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To: massgopguy
So she’s voting for the guy who thinks she should have never been born.

It's amazing, isn't it? Completely loony.


35 posted on 10/01/2012 3:49:02 PM PDT by Albion Wilde (Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it. -- George Bernard Shaw)
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To: Prince of Space

From the girl’s letter:

“P.S. My mom and her friend helped me write this.”


36 posted on 10/01/2012 3:51:36 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: informavoracious

My son has Down Syndrome, even if he were high functioning he probably wouldn’t be able to fully understand all the issues to be able to make an informed decision regarding any election. I’d probably be the one making the decision for him.

Well now Romney should put an ad with a special needs child to say how Obama cut back on health savings account his family needs for his medical care.


37 posted on 10/01/2012 3:53:48 PM PDT by psjones (u)
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To: smoothsailing; sickoflibs

what ya bet that bambam has that pic blown up to stadium size for the debate ???


38 posted on 10/01/2012 7:55:16 PM PDT by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: smoothsailing

Oddly, she’s is clearly part of the 47% that would never vote for Romney. But she’s not part of the 47% that Romney was talking about, because she actually has a job and pays taxes.


39 posted on 10/01/2012 7:59:03 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Prince of Space
You are correct. This letter was composed by someone else. There is no way a DS person is able to compose much of anything that is coherant enough to become a complete sentence, let alone a letter like this.

My grandson is barely able to complete sentences coherently, and when asked what he said, he can't repeat, already forgotten. Their attention span is about 5 mins.

She don't know what 47% means.

This administration is dispicable and desperate.

40 posted on 10/01/2012 11:19:37 PM PDT by annieokie (O)
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To: smoothsailing

Since the MINIMUM WAGE is $8.75 an hour, I call BS.

Even a part time person working folding clothes & doing ‘returns’ in a store has to be paid more than $4.98 an hour.

This kind of an ad should have backlash against Obama.


41 posted on 10/02/2012 10:31:33 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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