Today’s outrage: Romney looking forward to more vacations in … France

posted at 3:24 pm on April 23, 2012 by Allahpundit

Alternate headline: “Confirmed: He’s a RINO.”

No, I kid. Romney’s fondness for France is, I think, already common knowledge among righty activists thanks to Newt running one of the dumbest attack ads of the primaries against him back in January. It’s not purely academic either: He spent two and a half years there in his early 20s on his LDS mission and evidently liked it enough that he’s willing to give this answer even now, despite the fact that “French” has always been a byword for elitism in some parts of America. Kind of nice to see him being unabashedly honest, the political consequences be damned. The lefties at HuffPo and Daily Kos have seized on the clip as evidence of hypocrisy because Romney once criticized The One for taking “elaborate vacations” as president, but watch and you’ll see that that’s a red herring. Romney never says he wants an “elaborate” vacation (unless all French getaways are inherently elaborate) and he never says he’d take vacation there during his presidency. What this is about is clear enough from this aside in ABC’s write-up:

“The best memories were with my wife on vacations from time to time in France,” said Romney, who has been criticized for being “out of touch” and has made several comments that have highlighted his wealth during his campaign.

Just the ol’ “France = elitism” charge coopted for the Democrats’ messaging about Romney’s wealth. (In the dKos post, he’s referred to at one point as “Mr. Car Elevator.”) The GOP had fun using John Kerry’s Frenchiness against him eight years ago, but anti-French sentiment was much higher then because of their opposition to the war. If Romney had to run in an age of “freedom fries,” would he have given this same answer?


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its the younger folk that voted that way. I need to find an island and just go live there. There is no hope for the future with such idiots walking about.

upinak on April 23, 2012 at 5:17 PM

I know, mind boggling indeed…I recommend Sky island, off the Scottish coast, if you stand that sort of weather :-)…splendid island…though mind you, the Scots are pretty much of a left persuasion generally, too :-(…

jimver on April 23, 2012 at 5:25 PM

This particular episode is “ed and honda bond over Romney France vacations”.

kim roy on April 23, 2012 at 5:08 PM

They’re in adjacent cubicles. You must note that theirs is a full-time job.

Mobys, Inc.

Prufrock on April 23, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Greetings: just a quick reminder that, if Romney is elected, you will be picking up the costs of his vacation, just as you do with Obamas, because he, too, will fly in Air Force One and travel with gangs of Secret Service, a coterie of aids, enough communications equipment to star a war, if necessary, and all the other things that run up a President’s tab.

urban elitist on April 23, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Mitt owns his vacation house here in New Hampshire. As President, he’ll only have a short 1 hour hop from Andrews AFB to Pease, which has a runway long enough for the Space Shuttle to land on, and then from there it’s less than 30 minutes to his house on Lake Winnipesaukee by limo.

On the other hand, your hero Dear Leader for 3 Christmases in a row has forced dozens of his staff members to give up the holidays with their own families to travel 5 time zones west to Hawai’i.

BTW, earlier this year O’bama himself said Hawai’i was “in Asia”, so by your “logic” for the past 3 years he has vacationed in a foreign land, not in the US.

How come he never vacations in Chicago? This should be rich.

Del Dolemonte on April 23, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Most rich people know only how to make money for themselves, not sure why that attitude is something that should be great for someone trying to increase prosperity across the board…

libfreeordie on April 23, 2012 at 4:38 PM

This is not the absolute stupidest thing anyone has ever written here – the antics of the recently departed and unlamented liberal4life and 0bamaderangementsyndrom[sic] guarantee that. But it’s got to be up there.

Do you know anything about economics at all? And before you ask, no, all that stuff you learned from your professors about dialectical materialism does not count.

RINO in Name Only on April 23, 2012 at 5:28 PM

jimver on April 23, 2012 at 5:25 PM

jim, don’t you know that traveling and politics is a bad idea, especially in areas that hate americans to begin with. Just enjoy the world.

upinak on April 23, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Because the right has bene playing identity politics with gun ownership, hunting, baseball pitches, NASCAR and pickup trucks for quite a while now. Its just hilarious seeing all of that turned on its head while you leap to support Mitt Romney who is, in no way shape or fashion, representative of “flyover” or “real America” or whatever other term you use to refer to middle and working class white culture.

libfreeordie on April 23, 2012 at 4:34 PM

LOL! How has the Right been playing identity politics with NASCAR? I remind KeninCT on a regular basis that there are 25 NASCAR races in his Blue State alone this season (3 this month) and I regularly point out all of the other Blue States that have major racetracks with NASCAR races.

Del Dolemonte on April 23, 2012 at 5:30 PM

jim, don’t you know that traveling and politics is a bad idea, especially in areas that hate americans to begin with. Just enjoy the world.

upinak on April 23, 2012 at 5:28 PM

oh, believe me, I do :-)…am a nomadic spirit myself, and me and my spouse do travel and relocate a lot, partly it’s her job, partly we simply love adventure…for most part, we enjoy ourselves wherever we go…

jimver on April 23, 2012 at 5:37 PM

How do you know I oppose the Ryan plan? If I oppose it – it’s only because it doesn’t go far enough to cut government.

You’re voting for Willard because you’re a big government Republican. You must be – since that’s what he is.

HondaV65 on April 23, 2012 at 4:55 PM

“WaPo:
I can’t believe these wingnuts are sticking with the Ryan plan”

I can’t believe it either. Utterly stupid.

HondaV65 on May 24, 2011 at 7:42 PM

The Ryan plan has done nothing but put the GOP on DEFENSE – not a good place to be when poised to retake the Senate and the House. We’re sunk now – only way we succeed is by EDUCATING the American public on why this is important. Might could have done it with a GOP President using the bully pulpit …

But we’re not gonna do it in 18 months – that’s for sure.

Thank you GOP elites for this wondrous political suicide.

HondaV65 on May 24, 2011 at 7:52 PM

Notice how the TrueCons always support the idea of true conservatism – ie, opposition to “big government Republicanism”…except when they support political expediency. So confusing!

The Count on April 23, 2012 at 5:38 PM

France is the most popular tourist destimation in the world. They have great food, great wine, great shopping, great museums, and well dressed attractive women. Just the thought of going there gets women excited. One of the great places on Earth to vacation. How is this a news story?

ZippyZ on April 23, 2012 at 5:41 PM

No topic is too stupid for the Left to get motivated about when they’re this desperate to avoid talking about the mess they’ve made of the economy. But why shouldn’t the Lefty trolls on here run their mouths? Afterall, they have several cheerleaders among the zombie army of paranoid ABR misfits who prefer ObaMao get that magical, unaccountable, dangerously “flexible” second term rather than the GOP nominee gain the White House. Curious sentiment for those who claim to be “conservative.”

cicerone on April 23, 2012 at 5:43 PM

France is the most popular tourist destimation in the world. They have great food, great wine, great shopping, great museums, and well dressed attractive women. Just the thought of going there gets women excited. One of the great places on Earth to vacation. How is this a news story?

ZippyZ on April 23, 2012 at 5:41 PM

lets not forget Normandy Beach… a hot spot for many Americans, no matter what the age.

upinak on April 23, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Just a couple of months ago, those trolls were saying that Romney couldn’t be the nominee because he was the least electable candidate and it was better to nominate a big government, pro-unions RINO like Santorum because it was vital to take the Presidency out off Obama’s hands even with a RINO.

Now it’s vital that keep Obama in the White House to make sure he “gets the blame”.

joana on April 23, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Are there two angryeds? One minute he’s calling me a RINO because I make a comment critical of Rick Santorum, the next minute he’s playing the race card, or declaring how stay at home mothers are “intellectually stagnant” and bragging that he (she?) hates to change diapers and pays lowly people to do that for him.

Buy Danish on April 23, 2012 at 4:58 PM

just one angryed, but plagued by bi-polar disorder or a mild form of multiple personality disorder…so, he’s neither expected nor required to have all his personas agreeing with each other in the same thread :-)….

jimver on April 23, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Funny how the linked ABC article makes absolutely no mention of how many vacations the Romneys have taken in France since they were married 42 years ago. Seems to me they would have made a big deal out if it if they vacationed there every year.

Del Dolemonte on April 23, 2012 at 5:46 PM

One of the great places on Earth to vacation. How is this a news story?

ZippyZ on April 23, 2012 at 5:41 PM

it isn’t…just a slow news day in the dem (known also as lala) land…

jimver on April 23, 2012 at 5:48 PM

“WaPo:
I can’t believe these wingnuts are sticking with the Ryan plan”

I can’t believe it either. Utterly stupid.

HondaV65 on May 24, 2011 at 7:42 PM

The Ryan plan has done nothing but put the GOP on DEFENSE – not a good place to be when poised to retake the Senate and the House. We’re sunk now – only way we succeed is by EDUCATING the American public on why this is important. Might could have done it with a GOP President using the bully pulpit …

But we’re not gonna do it in 18 months – that’s for sure.

Thank you GOP elites for this wondrous political suicide.

HondaV65 on May 24, 2011 at 7:52 PM

Notice how the TrueCons always support the idea of true conservatism – ie, opposition to “big government Republicanism”…except when they support political expediency. So confusing!

The Count on April 23, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Ouch.

In any case, there seems to be a very high correlation between the talking-points of these “TruCons” and DNC/Obama’s babbling.

It’s almost as if they’re actively campaigning for Obama.

joana on April 23, 2012 at 5:49 PM

I have vacationed in France many a time; spent at least 10 summers of 2 weeks of more visiting different areas of France.
Really nice…and it reminds me a lot of the United States.

If you get the chance do visit France.

albill on April 23, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Most rich people know only how to make money for themselves, not sure why that attitude is something that should be great for someone trying to increase prosperity across the board…

libfreeordie on April 23, 2012 at 4:38 PM

hahaha, creating jobs for people doen’t qualify as ‘increasing prosperity across board’ in your circles??? then what does? confiscating rich people’s wealth like Chavez does in Venezuela, or like the commies did back in the Soviet Union…we all know what that worked out for them…or maybe yo mean just tax them into oblivion, yeah, we know, the socialist, indirect way…

jimver on April 23, 2012 at 5:51 PM

‘doesn’t qualify’ that is…

jimver on April 23, 2012 at 5:52 PM

upinak on April 23, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Alaska will be the easiest to defend.

Cleombrotus on April 23, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Now it’s vital that keep Obama in the White House to make sure he “gets the blame”.

joana on April 23, 2012 at 5:45 PM

I love this argument:

1. Obama gets re-elected
2. Obama gets blame when economy implodes even worse than it already has.
3. ????
4. People embrace conservatism!

I mean, #4 is obviously the most likely result! What other political response could there possibly be to a massive global economic meltdown?

RINO in Name Only on April 23, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Most rich people know only how to make money for themselves

libfreeordie on April 23, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Breathtaking in its stupidity, this quote tells you all you need to know about the typical O’bama Democrat.

What about all of those rich financial advisors who made their fortunes making other people rich?

And even Community Organizers like O’bama make others rich. The only difference is, he wants to redistribute other peoples’ wealth via regulatory confiscation to people who don’t deserve it.

Congratulations, my friend, your brainwashing by the Democrat Public Education System was a total success.

B+

Del Dolemonte on April 23, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Wow! France is a nice place to visit, who would have thought?

Tater Salad on April 23, 2012 at 6:05 PM

I wonder if ObamaChavez would like to reaffirm his comments, in the wake of the Secret Service scandal, on Columbia being a nice place for a vacation?

Tater Salad on April 23, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Mitt Romney does have a record in Massachusetts, of driving around in the State Troopers old escort vehicle, a Crown Vic, and not requesting a special brand new car to drive around in; not redecorating the governor’s office; cutting staff; restructuring government; and not giving in to the people who thought he should be vacationing on Martha’s vineyard with the Shhooshy people. He’s been going to NH all these years. The Romney’s are interested in governing, they are not interested in vacationing, you idiots. And they can pay their way when they want to go. I think they know the value of a buck better than Michelle.

Fleuries on April 23, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Alaska will be the easiest to defend.

Cleombrotus on April 23, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Depends. But, we have enough California Dems up here who would give up their freedom for a new coach purse.

upinak on April 23, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Now it’s vital that keep Obama in the White House to make sure he “gets the blame”.

joana on April 23, 2012 at 5:45 PM
I love this argument:

1. Obama gets re-elected
2. Obama gets blame when economy implodes even worse than it already has.
3. ????
4. People embrace conservatism!

I mean, #4 is obviously the most likely result! What other political response could there possibly be to a massive global economic meltdown?

RINO in Name Only on April 23, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Even if we get past “It’s Bush’s fault”, I know one Obamabot who insists that Obama is a brilliant man and would have solved all of the world’s problems if only the evil Republicans hadn’t blocked his every move. When I point out that during his first 2 years in office, the D’s had a filibuster proof majority, he still blames the R’s because you couldn’t expect all the D’s to always agree on everything.
He watches MSNBC and CNN and reads HuffPo.
I agree, the vote for Obama to keep him in office so he takes the blame for the global economic meltdown is one of the least rational arguments on Hot Air. I wish it were less common.

talkingpoints on April 23, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Ouch.

joana on April 23, 2012 at 5:49 PM

You liked that, didn’t you? I can expose HondaV65 and these other sanctimonious faux-conservative clowns all day long, but it doesn’t matter. They’re almost as deranged as liberals.

The Count on April 23, 2012 at 6:20 PM

One of the great places on Earth to vacation. How is this a news story?

ZippyZ on April 23, 2012 at 5:41 PM

I have been to France and I would disagree with both you and Mitt. Normandy Beach was the only place that was memorable. I had a better time in Austria and Italy. Italians are much more likable than the French too!

melle1228 on April 23, 2012 at 6:30 PM

SOOO. At least WE won’t be paying for it like we’ve paid for 3+ years of vacations for Obama and friends.

unlisted on April 23, 2012 at 6:33 PM

I had a better time in Austria and Italy. Italians are much more likable than the French too!
melle1228 on April 23, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Whatevs.

Buy Danish on April 23, 2012 at 6:43 PM

As long as President Romney pays his own way and for his own personal expenses and doesn’t bow to foreign governments or anyone else, I’m fine with him vacationing in France or anywhere else he wants to go and can afford to visit.

Please note that Obama’s vacations in Hawaii are not paid for by him, nor is Hawaii necessarily an “American” experience. Neither is Martha’s Vineyard.

Lourdes on April 23, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Whatevs.

Buy Danish on April 23, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Back at ya… I swear you comment just to get attention.

melle1228 on April 23, 2012 at 6:49 PM

And the kos people just may be upset about the idea of President Romney vacationing in France because they don’t want any U.S. authority influencing the growing socialism there.

“Growing socialism” in France is no laughing matter. It’s like considering a new liberal movement that is Left of San Francisco.

Lourdes on April 23, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Mitt Romney does have a record in Massachusetts, of driving around in the State Troopers old escort vehicle, a Crown Vic, and not requesting a special brand new car to drive around in; not redecorating the governor’s office; cutting staff; restructuring government; and not giving in to the people who thought he should be vacationing on Martha’s vineyard with the Shhooshy people. He’s been going to NH all these years. The Romney’s are interested in governing, they are not interested in vacationing, you idiots. And they can pay their way when they want to go. I think they know the value of a buck better than Michelle.

Fleuries on April 23, 2012 at 6:08 PM

I believe you. :)

Lourdes on April 23, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Aside from vacationing in France or anywhere else beyond the White House, I’ve been wondering if First Lady Ann Romney will keep a few of her horses there and install a riding track around the White House grounds. There’s room there for a track and certainly enough running space for two horses, perhaps four.

Lourdes on April 23, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Back at ya… I swear you comment just to get attention.
melle1228 on April 23, 2012 at 6:49 PM

I try to stay on topic.

Buy Danish on April 23, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Back at ya… I swear you comment just to get attention.
melle1228 on April 23, 2012 at 6:49 PM

I try to stay on topic.

Buy Danish on April 23, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Sure you do– like responding to a post that wasn’t directed to you.. RIIIIGHT.

My fault I disagreed with your messiah Romney.

melle1228 on April 23, 2012 at 7:08 PM

He watches MSNBC and CNN and reads HuffPo.

talkingpoints on April 23, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Tell your Leftist friend that MSNBC’s exit polling in 2008 showed O’bama setting an alltime new record by getting 70% of the high school dropout vote. They later mysteriously vanished the poll results from their website when this Inconvenient Truth began to be publicized.

Del Dolemonte on April 23, 2012 at 7:21 PM

When you watch the video, it seems he is asked about France for some reason, he didn’t just volunteer that he wanted to go on vacation to France, I think American’s don’t need to feel slighted.

Fleuries on April 23, 2012 at 7:25 PM

I’m really starting to throw up in my mouth…. what have we done, when will we learn???

PaCadle on April 23, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Aside from vacationing in France or anywhere else beyond the White House, I’ve been wondering if First Lady Ann Romney will keep a few of her horses there and install a riding track around the White House grounds. There’s room there for a track and certainly enough running space for two horses, perhaps four.

Lourdes on April 23, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Ann has a nice stable and track at the Romney summer lakefront home here in New Hampshire.

There actually were stables at the White House until the early 20th Century; the evil automobile did them in. I’m surprised Jackie Kennedy never revived the tradition.

Del Dolemonte on April 23, 2012 at 7:30 PM

I don’t care about this. I do care about RomneyCare and Romney’s liberal record as Massachusetts Governor.

Phil Byler on April 23, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Sure you do– like responding to a post that wasn’t directed to you.. RIIIIGHT.
melle1228 on April 23, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Pffft. Your response was non-responsive to the post you responded to (which wasn’t “directed to you”, but I digress).

Buy Danish on April 23, 2012 at 7:47 PM

I try to stay on topic.

Buy Danish on April 23, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Is that why we haven’t seen you on the student loan thread?

katy the mean old lady on April 23, 2012 at 8:10 PM

So no – I’m not really into “sympathy” for missionaries – since I’ve done EVERYTHING they’ve done plus dodge bullets.

HondaV65 on April 23, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Well, Honda, I know a missionary to India who worked with Mother Teresa who died of leprosy because of his work with the children of India. He housed and fed no less than 10K every day of the year. But he died doing what he loved.

Didn’t have to dodge what you you refer to as bullets . . . it was that leprosy “bullet” that got him.

And then there was Jim Elliott who didn’t die dodging bullets. It was the knives and arrows that got him. His most famous quote . . . “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”

Missionaries are not there to secure or defend an area. They are there to make the lives of those those they come to serve better.

Voter from WA State on April 23, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Have a 90+ year old relative still working as a missionary in India. She has dodged gunfire many times.

And a late great-uncle of mine and his wife were missionaries in China during WW 2. Dodged bullets a lot.

Del Dolemonte on April 23, 2012 at 9:53 PM

My wife speaks such good french she passes for a native. Does that make her some kind of 2nd class conservative Allah?

More AP smack down of the anti-Obama movement. With friends like him who needs enemies?

I think he’s Schumer’s mole in the right wing blogosphere.

rcl on April 23, 2012 at 10:37 PM

I try to stay on topic.Buy Danish on April 23, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Is that why we haven’t seen you on the student loan thread?

katy the mean old lady on April 23, 2012 at 8:10 PM

I will comment when and where I want, than you very much. Maybe I should follow your example and make comments about csdeven (a Mormon who I’d wager doesn’t drink) – someone you don’t know, but don’t like, being a drunk who hangs out at bars at Hoboken. Or make comment like this. You seem to enjoy gossip and stuff…

Buy Danish on April 23, 2012 at 10:39 PM

There is ZERO chance that Romney is as bad as Obama. ZERO.

Voter from WA State on April 23, 2012 at 7:52 PM

I’m a Palinista and very conservative and was heartbroken when she decided not to run. Having seen what she went through I respected her choice.

I’ve liked (and still like) Perry, Cain, Gingrich, Bachmann, Santorum and the others who put themselves out there.

My last choice would have been Romney because of his leanings towards liberalism and not being conservative enough, in my opinion.

However, after the “hot mic” episode where it was extremely clear that Obama would make any deal for his ease and expediency, it no longer became about my comfort level, but of getting a very dangerous, lazy and stupid man out of office.

Romney may be many things, but he would have never said that to Medeved, nor would it have occurred for him to do so.

I’m not ecstatic and have hoped that a lengthened primary might have changed things, but I’ll settle (yes settle) for a toughened up Romney because I do know without hesitation that he loves his country and that’s enough for me, all things being equal.

Sometimes being pragmatic is the only choice. Who knows, he may even pleasantly surprise us. I do know that it could never be as bad as an unencumbered Obama.

/off soapbox

kim roy on April 23, 2012 at 11:09 PM

At this point, France appears to be a far better vacation destination than the place Mr. Obama is thinking of taking Michelle for their next vacation — Cartagena, Colombia.

unclesmrgol on April 24, 2012 at 1:02 AM

I think it’s the unfortunate, but probably appropriate, comparison with Romney’s colleague from Massachusetts, John Francois Kerry and his love of french vacations. Oh, those idle rich :-)

mozalf on April 24, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Alternate headline: “Confirmed: He’s a RINO.”

No, I kid

Yeah right.

DannoJyd on April 24, 2012 at 3:13 PM

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