During the first Presidential debate, Mitt Romney made what many perceive to be a racially-tinged comment comparing President Obama to one of his “boys”:
“Look, I’ve got five boys — I’m used to people saying something that’s not always true but just keep repeating it and ultimately hoping I’ll believe it. But that is not the case.”
In some corners, the comment was viewed as reminiscent of the many times African-American men were called “boys” during slavery and beyond as a tactic to humiliate them, degrade them and strip them of their manhood.
What’s worse than likening the President of a free world to a “boy”? Having your child follow your disrespectful lead.
Mitt Romney’s son, Josh Romney (above, far right), told a crowd in Iowa on Tuesday:
“I don’t know if you guys saw the debate last week,” Josh Romney said, as the crowd cheered and applauded. “I take a lot of pride in that, because — I don’t know if you noticed, but I was — me and my brothers were responsible for my dad doing so well. We were the ones, as kids, that kept saying the same thing over and over. And we’d say the same lie over and over. And my dad learned then, not to believe it. While we didn’t go to any of the formal debate preparation, we did the real hard stuff.
So as a father, he learned how to debate an obstinate child. We had a lot of fun, we had a lot of fun watching the debate.”
Did that make you cringe? You’re not alone.
Debate President Obama’s policies all day, if you will, but have respect for him regardless of his political affiliation or his race. To insult an accomplished man by comparing him to an “obstinate child” reeks of elitism and racism, especially coming from an even younger man: Romney’s progeny.