Mitt Romney’s Stump Speech: Just Make Stuff Up
Rod Dreher highlights this clip from a recent Mitt Romney stump speech where he makes a claim that is completely untrue:
Andrew Kaczynski, however, takes note that there are plenty of pictures on the Internet of those darn foreigners putting their hand over their heart when their nation’s anthem is played. Even the Chinese!
This is hardly the most important thing in the world, but what is it that possesses a politician to just make up out of thin air something so meaningless and inconsequential? Romney is hardly the first politician to do this, but that doesn’t really excuse it. What’s the point of even making the claim at all? Is Romney trying to suggest that Americans are so self-conscious about their patriotism that we need to make believe that people who live in other countries don’t love their country as much as we love ours?
It’s really all pretty silly. Especially given the fact that, as the guy who saved the Salt Lake City Olympics, Romney really should know about this stuff.