Mitt Romney is clearly a fish out of water when mingling among everyday Americans.
At a campaign stop in April, Mitt Romney met with a group of hand-picked supporters at Bethel Park in Pittsburgh. Among them were a teacher, an occupational therapist, a corporate airplane mechanic and a former school bus driver. He was markedly uncomfortable judging by the video. So much that he found himself nervously joking about cookies specially baked for him by a popular local bakery, Bethel Bakery, as not being sure about them, they must have come from 7-Eleven or whatever.
John Walsh, the bakery's owner, said "When I heard it, I thought, 'Oh, my goodness. This guy has no idea how beloved this institution is that provided these cookies' ... We wanted him to be welcomed with the best in the burgh, and he had no idea."
This and many other examples have earned Mitt Romney the reputation of not being able to connect with working class Americans. We've learned what Mitt Romney isn't -- a man of the people. But we don't really know who Mitt Romney is.
He has been dubbed an etch-a-sketch candidate because his campaign easily changes tack and positions. He has done it so often that John Huntsman in the Republican presidential primary referred to him as a "perfectly lubricated weather vane."
The 47% kerfuffle is the latest and perhaps the most prominent of Romney's list of faux pas because it reveals the 'real' Romney. At a recent $50,000 a plate private fundraiser held by Marc Leder, co-founder of private equity firm Sun Capital Partners, Mitt Romney addressed his well-heeled donors. There was a stark contrast in his comfort level there compared to the picnic-table venue at Bethel Park.
Among his peers, the .1%, and thinking the public will never see this, Romney candidly expressed what he thought about half of the American population and exposed who he really is when he said, "There are 47% who are with him (Obama). Who are dependent on government, who believe that they are victims, who believe government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to healthcare, food, housing, to you name it. But that's -- it's an entitlement and the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. My job is not to worry about those people -- I'll never convince them ... that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives ..."
Just who are these 47% Romney does not worry about? Many of them are 'you people' on Medicare and Social Security. You are also those who followed the rules and worked hard all your life and through no fault of your own lost your jobs, then lost your homes when the 'makers' through their 'greed is good' mentality exported jobs overseas, defrauded you and collapsed the economy.
According to Romney, you, formerly the backbone of what built America, are now the moochers, freeloaders, takers and personally irresponsible. Imagine, after having paid into these programs, expecting healthcare, food, and housing. Some believe Romney didn't mean these people, but who else could it be since only 4% of the population is on welfare.
Who are the other 43% if not seniors; students; those, whose wages have been forced down below the tax threshold so they pay no income tax; and the unemployed frantically looking for work?
So we've now learned who Mitt is. A more important revelation is that if Romney is not worried about appealing to this 47% class before the election, why would he worry about them after the election?
Perhaps that explains why Romney and Ryan's plan to fix Medicare shifts more of the cost to seniors and their plan to fix Social Security reduces payouts to seniors through privatization.
It explains why his first act as president is to repeal Obamacare which helps the 47%. It explains why Republicans blocked the Democratic bill to reduce student loan rate increases. It explains why, by a 58 to 40 vote, Republicans blocked Democrat Patty Murray's Veterans Jobs Corp Act which would have trained and employed veterans for jobs in forests, wildlife refuges, parks, cemeteries and other public lands.
When one becomes president of the United States, they are president to 100% of Americans, not only 53%.