“At the same time, it was possibly an insult.”
NYT confused by Mitt Romney’s “obsession” with… asking people questions about themselves.
I guess if you live in cosmopolitan, multicultural New York, you just assume everyone is exactly the same as you and therefore you already know all about them!
Wow, there really are two Americas…
Mr. Romney likes to congratulate people. For what, exactly, is not always clear.
“Congratulations,” he told a grandmother at an event on Thursday night, presumably because she had a large brood.
Over three consecutive days last week, he congratulated a girl who said she was attending college, a woman who said she owned a small business and a mother who said she was going back school. “Congratulations!” he exclaimed upon learning that a woman had three children.
The New York Times seems particularly irked by Romney’s (albeit amusingly incompetent) attempts to guess people’s national origins. Normal people actually care about race and culture. So do the readers of the NYT, but they’re obliged to pretend they don’t.
A few tips for Romney and his handlers:
- I know someone once told you there are lots of ethnic French Canadians in New Hampshire. But while it’s semi-clever to ask “Are you French Canadian?” in that particular sate, not every state is in fact New Hampshire (Iowa especially) although at this point in the race I’m sure it feels that way.
- Don’t ask a Sicilian to spell his name. It only confuses him.
- Please follow the Dave Barry Protocol and never ask a woman if she is pregnant unless you can literally see a baby’s head coming out of her body.
(PS — Just a reminder: the NYT will close its doors within the next five to ten years.)