Video: Romney booed at NAACP for pledging to repeal ObamaCare

posted at 12:01 pm on July 11, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Give Mitt Romney a lot of credit, first for agreeing to appear at the NAACP convention at all. Barack Obama won’t make an appearance this year; he’s sending Joe Biden instead. Romney had decided to focus on the economy, but part of that focus dealt with eliminating expensive and wasteful government spending — including ObamaCare, which he pledged again to repeal. The result? A cascade of boos:

“I will eliminate expensive non-essential programs like Obamacare, and I will work to reform and save Medicare and Social Security, in part by means-testing their benefits,” Romney said, according to prepared remarks.

The crowd was not amused.

Romney got light applause from the crowd when the promised to “defend traditional marriage,” a position that put him at odds with both President Obama and the NAACP.

We can see a smile break out on Romney’s face, and for good reason.  This gives him all sorts of instant credibility on the Right and in the middle.  The middle will be pleased to see that Romney went to the convention at all, in the face of overt hostility, plus the NAACP audience comes across as a bit immature.  The Right has doubted Romney’s commitment to repealing ObamaCare at times, but this shows that Romney is willing to repeat that pledge anywhere, even when it’s guaranteed to turn the audience against him.

So now, the focus should shift to Obama.  Will he defend his flip-flop on gay marriage at Focus on the Family? His changing tax positions at the Chamber of Commerce?  Obamanomics at an Americans for Prosperity convention?

I’d guess … no.

Update: Credit where it’s due — the NAACP convention audience gave Romney a standing ovation at the end.


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That’s good!!!

Schadenfreude on July 11, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Looters and moochers got the message.

Schadenfreude on July 11, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Brilliant speech politically and in terms of substance.

GOPRanknFile on July 11, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Next up, Democrats start saying repeal of OPbamacare is racist.

rockmom on July 11, 2012 at 12:04 PM

The middle will be pleased to see that Romney went to the convention at all, in the face of overt hostility, plus the NAACP audience comes across as a bit immature.

and racist

50sGuy on July 11, 2012 at 12:04 PM

I wonder how many votes he picked up there.

The Rogue Tomato on July 11, 2012 at 12:04 PM

What is also important to note, is the Romney received a standing ovation from the crowd at the end of the speech and there was far more applause throughout the speech then boos. It was an effective bold speech.

nswider on July 11, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Go Mittens !!

birdhurd on July 11, 2012 at 12:04 PM

People aren’t amused about Romney taking their free Obama handouts.

rubberneck on July 11, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Why are they booing means testing? That entails that only actual -poor- people get these benefits.

“Culture of dependence,” indeed.

ebrown2 on July 11, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Romney is for freeing people from their modern day bondage.

Obama is for keeping them ‘shackled’ in modern day ‘plantations’, for votes only, exploited, uneducated, dumbed down, dependent from diapers to Depends.

That is the difference.

Looters s/b starved.

Moochers should wake up and pitfork their ‘masters’.

Schadenfreude on July 11, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Good for him. He went into enemy territory and didn’t change his message.

nswider on July 11, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Hey stranger!

gophergirl on July 11, 2012 at 12:06 PM

The audience would have booed Romney no matter what he said…

zoyclem on July 11, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Obamacare is part of the reparations package so long demanded by blacks and Leftists. The white man owes them.

Charlemagne on July 11, 2012 at 12:06 PM

The Right has doubted Romney’s commitment to repealing ObamaCare at times, but this shows that Romney is willing to repeat that pledge anywhere, even when it’s guaranteed to turn the audience against him.

This was a smart move.

Kataklysmic on July 11, 2012 at 12:06 PM

I’m impressed that he said that to that audience.

Maybe, just maybe someone will tell the truth.

Obama is the Liar of the World and a desperate demon.

Schadenfreude on July 11, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Boldness that would make Reagan proud!

Crefonso on July 11, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Yeah, b/c blacks will get waaayyy better care under Obamacare. They already have the highest rates of heart disease and many other problems that plague their race. I don’t know how anybody could think that Obamacare is going to improve their access to or produce improved healthcare for them?

The NAACP audience = sheep.

JAM on July 11, 2012 at 12:06 PM

TFGRP will go outside his comfort zone by playing the front nine at Augusta…without a 3-wood! Wow!

Bishop on July 11, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Romney is quickly earning respect from various conservatives (including mine).

nobar on July 11, 2012 at 12:07 PM

I was lukewarm in the beginning, crossing my fingers, but now I’m starting to really like what I’m hearing from Romney and where he’s saying it. Am I a flip flopper? LOL

NJ Red on July 11, 2012 at 12:07 PM

I have a feeling Mitt knew he was going into the lions den, but if he hadn’t gone, he would have gotten he!! for not going? I admire him for going and giving a speech he knew might not go over very well?
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letget on July 11, 2012 at 12:07 PM

He should have asked them how has their lives approved under Obama. That would have really raised the roof.

rubberneck on July 11, 2012 at 12:08 PM

One almost wonders if the crowd wouldnt have even known to “boo” had Romney said “Affordable Care Act” instead of “Obamacare”? How many in the audience can separate Obama from the legislation itself…

Jeddite on July 11, 2012 at 12:08 PM

gophergirl on July 11, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Hey! Its been awhile since Ive commented, but I do read the comments often lol.

nswider on July 11, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Nicely done, Mitt.

kingsjester on July 11, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Moochers booing, good times. I may actually be starting to like Romney. Starting. The rest is up to him.

Bmore on July 11, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Props to Romney for going there and making the speech.

This gives him all sorts of instant credibility on the Right and in the middle. The middle will be pleased to see that Romney went to the convention at all, in the face of overt hostility, plus the NAACP audience comes across as a bit immature. The Right has doubted Romney’s commitment to repealing ObamaCare at times, but this shows that Romney is willing to repeat that pledge anywhere, even when it’s guaranteed to turn the audience against him.

Yes, yes, and yes.

conservative pilgrim on July 11, 2012 at 12:09 PM

“Give us free stuff, honky !!!,” they yelled politely.

viking01 on July 11, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Well played by Mitt and Team Romney!..:)

Dire Straits on July 11, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Obamacare is part of the reparations package so long demanded by blacks and Leftists. The white man owes them.

Charlemagne on July 11, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Nothing, nada, nichts, rien…

I love this. Romney should run on the philosophical difference of Capitalism vs. socialism/communism and one America against the hyphenated one.

The NAACP is a racist organization.

To expect this little of Obama, the first black president, is the ultimate form of racism.

Schadenfreude on July 11, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Will he defend his flip-flop on gay marriage at Focus on the Family? His changing tax positions at the Chamber of Commerce? Obamanomics at an Americans for Prosperity convention?

Ed – please tell me you’re not holding your breath…

CycloneCDB on July 11, 2012 at 12:10 PM

So now, the focus should shift to Obama. Will he defend his flip-flop on gay marriage at Focus on the Family? His changing tax positions at the Chamber of Commerce? Obamanomics at an Americans for Prosperity convention?

Hahahahaha!!!!!!! That’s a joke, right? Like Nancy Pelosi, Barry only appears before FRIENDLY crowds.

GarandFan on July 11, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Com ‘on Hot Air, Townhall reports that Romney got a standing ovation for his straight talk. If you read his remarks, he’s d*mn impressive in the Lion’s Den. Seriously. Check out his well placed tid bits on how his Father wrote the civil rights provision in the Michigan constitution. Nice job, Mitt!

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2012/07/11/romney_receives_standing_ovation_for_straight_talk_at_naacp_convention

LetsBfrank on July 11, 2012 at 12:11 PM

This group would have boo’ed Lincoln.

Electrongod on July 11, 2012 at 12:11 PM

You invite someone into your “house” and then you disrespect them. . . what a classy bunch of people.

“I am afraid that there is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don’t want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public.”~ My Larger Education (1911) Booker T. Washington (1856–1915)

SpiderMike on July 11, 2012 at 12:11 PM

nswider on July 11, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Hello!..Good to see you!..:)

Dire Straits on July 11, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Be sure to make a note of this video. It’s one of the few times you’ll see someone actually get booed for promising to repeal ObamaCare.

T-Rav on July 11, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Moochers should wake up and pitfork pitchfork their ‘masters’.

Schadenfreude on July 11, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Romney showed both respect and courage in appearing before a group that will not support him. He spoke plainly and clearly. He was dignified and I believe pointed to some weaknesses that Obama has in the Black community,particularly his position on Charter Schools. The problem I had was that Romney sees Public Education to be a Federal Government issue. I see it as reserved for the States. His reminding the attendees of his family’s support for Civil Rights going back to his father’s term as Governor of Michigan might have struck a chord.

K Michael ODonovan on July 11, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Still, Biden will be talking to the NAACP tomorrow and he will score big by pointing out that he sees many coloreds in the audience whom he considers just as clean and articulate as President Bark.

Bishop on July 11, 2012 at 12:11 PM

My favorite parts were actually when they punctuated what he said with organ music, lol.

nswider on July 11, 2012 at 12:12 PM

This group would have boo’ed Lincoln.

Electrongod on July 11, 2012 at 12:11 PM

LoLz..Good point!..:)

Dire Straits on July 11, 2012 at 12:12 PM

They wanted someone who was going to lie to them, clearly.

Red Cloud on July 11, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Lib talking heads gave him an F- for criticizing dear leader natch

cmsinaz on July 11, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Dire Straits on July 11, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Thanks, you too! :)

nswider on July 11, 2012 at 12:13 PM

The right should not shy away from the topic of racism. The true racists are on the left. This year the meme will be used in every dot and comma from the left. Don’t be afraid. If you are not a racist it’s all a detraction from the real issuses, a cover up from the big disaster Obama is.

Schadenfreude on July 11, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Had Romney in turn mocked them to their mooching little faces, I’d be singing praise to the Heavens for him.

Bmore on July 11, 2012 at 12:13 PM

If an all white audience had booed Obama, the “Racist Squads” of MSNBCBSABCMSLSD would be out in full riot gear demanding all whites apologize.

portlandon on July 11, 2012 at 12:13 PM

“I don’t give them Hell. I just tell the truth about them and they think it’s Hell.”

Little Boomer on July 11, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Obama can stay in his bubble. If he came to this Nebraska town he would be boo’d out of town

cntrlfrk on July 11, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Bishop on July 11, 2012 at 12:11 PM

LoLz..:)

Dire Straits on July 11, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Gotta give the man credit for that.

Ukiah on July 11, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Video: Romney booed at NAACP for pledging to repeal ObamaCare

The NAACP just wants to make sure that everyone knows how anti-American they are – for those who still had doubts. They don’t care if America goes down the tubes so long as the President is black.

Pathetic, disgusting, and repulsive.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 11, 2012 at 12:13 PM

I would boo him too….IT’S ROMBOCARE!!!

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on July 11, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Lib talking heads gave him an F- for criticizing dear leader natch

cmsinaz on July 11, 2012 at 12:13 PM

That means the speech was really REALLY good

gophergirl on July 11, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Did they remove the knifes and forks…?

Electrongod on July 11, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Limbaugh is playing excerpts from the speech. And providing his usual spot-on analysis:

“I thought I was in a funeral home watching this.”

Del Dolemonte on July 11, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Michelle Malkin has balls, as usual.

Ok, President Obama. Romney went into NAACP lion’s den. When will YOU venture outside your bubble? cc @davidaxelrod @Messina2012

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Plus, didn’t they say that Mitt is “too white to speak at the NAACP”?

Schadenfreude on July 11, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Always liked Romney. Met him in VA when he was here compaigning. Like my boss (more right wing than I am) said, “If you like Romney from just seeing him on TV, if you meet him in person, you will want to go to be with him”.

Man-crush!

BTW, barack sucks (and he is beginning to realize it)

DuctTapeMyBrain on July 11, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Lib talking heads gave him an F- for criticizing dear leader natch

cmsinaz on July 11, 2012 at 12:13 PM

That means the speech was really REALLY good

gophergirl on July 11, 2012 at 12:14 PM

+ 100..Hammer meet nail!..:)

Dire Straits on July 11, 2012 at 12:15 PM

When Rep. Cleaver afterwards said that Mitt should not have criticized the President in front of a black audience was an excessively racist comment on the part of Cleaver. Remember, the NAACP was founded by white people.

DAT60A3 on July 11, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Obama goes outside his bubble every time he leaves Martha’s Vineyard or walks off of the golf course.

gwelf on July 11, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Plus, didn’t they say that Mitt is “too white to speak at the NAACP”?

Schadenfreude on July 11, 2012 at 12:15 PM

What do you expect?

The NAACP is a racist organization. The don’t vote based on policy or ideas. They vote based on race.

tetriskid on July 11, 2012 at 12:16 PM

I would boo him too….IT’S ROMBOCARE!!!

Can.I.be.in.the.middle on July 11, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Take a state policy and make it national..

Obama and the dems did that…

Electrongod on July 11, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Nobody cheers the guy who reminds them that nothing is free.

Jim Treacher on July 11, 2012 at 12:16 PM

N ational
A sociation
A dvancement
C ommunist
P eople

Wake up folks, you’re being fooled by the Jessie Jacksons and Obamas of the world. They like you kept down, while they live better than kings and emperors.

Schadenfreude on July 11, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Plus, didn’t they say that Mitt is “too white to speak at the NAACP”?

Schadenfreude on July 11, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Mitt is really too smart to speak at the NAACP.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 11, 2012 at 12:18 PM

I’m not surprised that Romney wanted to speak to the NAACP.

I’m surprised that he was allowed to do so.

Cody1991 on July 11, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Lion’s den.

More like a rat’s nest.

UltimateBob on July 11, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Schadenfreude on July 11, 2012 at 12:15 PM

So the bar has been set. It will be interesting to see what Plugs has to say tomorrow. Oh wait… peppered with “show us your papers”… “Swiss bank accounts”… “taking your Medicare and Health care away”… in his clean and articulate manner, of course.

VietVet_Dave on July 11, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Humm … interesting.. A candidate that went into the supposed oppositions den and told them a lot of what they did not want to hear.. and maybe, just maybe some things they need to hear..

Character matters.. Obama has very little of that , and what little he does have sucks..

Lesson 101 in how to gain respect.. Good job Romney.

RockyJ. on July 11, 2012 at 12:19 PM

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Everyone is just a Honkey to these people.

portlandon on July 11, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Of course Mitt got booed for his stated wish (but let’s see if it happens) to revoke O-tax. It’s the only ‘achievement’ the racist reparations-wanting NAACP and other liblets can point to though it does nothing for those who the Democrats claim to champion.

I call this booing a simple matter of grasping at straws. The racial NAACP has nothing else about which to brag of their precious half-white Obama.

Liam on July 11, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Lion’s den.

More like a rat’s nest.

UltimateBob on July 11, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Slime bucket.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 11, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Obviously the folks at the NAACP meeting wanted someone to tell them what they wanted to hear, not what they needed to hear.

How’s that 14.6% unemployment rate working out for you Black folks? Or are you just happy for the same old Democratic HAND OUT, rather than a HAND UP?

GarandFan on July 11, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Maybe he should have said as governor he once denied a white person government assistance?

Good Lt on July 11, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Boos for thee but not for me. Wonder if the Secret Service is going to investigate.

Portia46 on July 11, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Props to Romney for this. I know he was no one’s first choice, but these kinds of moves are heartening.

The Count on July 11, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Booed at the NAACP? Is that bad?

curved space on July 11, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Barack Obama won’t make an appearance this year

This year, by summer, he’ll be whiter than his own mother and more Christian than Jesus Christ. He needs the toothless hicks from the Virginias back, but won’t get them.

Schadenfreude on July 11, 2012 at 12:21 PM

I got a real charge out of the organ playing/punctuation–a closet Mitt fan?

Does anyone know the size of the audience?

herm2416 on July 11, 2012 at 12:22 PM

What’s up with Rush today? He’s going off on Romney and his speech.

I love Rush, but I think he’s missing the forest for the trees on this one.

conservative pilgrim on July 11, 2012 at 12:22 PM

It would still be better had he skipped it. The NAACP is a racist organization, and it candidates should not feel required to address it. Had both candidates this year skipped it, including the first black president, that would’ve deeply hurt its credibility as an organization.

EricW on July 11, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Lion’s den.

More like a rat’s nest.

UltimateBob on July 11, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Slime bucket.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 11, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Sh*t hole filled with moochers.

Bmore on July 11, 2012 at 12:22 PM

More accurately, Romney went into the Liar’s Den to speak.

RSbrewer on July 11, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Rush just called Romney at this event “Snow White with testicles”.

mapper on July 11, 2012 at 12:22 PM

WE WANT FREE SH*T!

Chuck Schick on July 11, 2012 at 12:22 PM

What is also important to note, is the Romney received a standing ovation from the crowd at the end of the speech and there was far more applause throughout the speech then boos. It was an effective bold speech.

nswider on July 11, 2012 at 12:04 PM

With a speech like that. I believe next January we will be referring to him as President Romney. He looks rather presidential, as I see it. Great job Mitt!

WV. Paul on July 11, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Ok, President Obama. Romney went into NAACP lion’s den. When will YOU venture outside your bubble?

Probably never, but it’s within the realm of possibility only if knives & forks are removed first.

itsnotaboutme on July 11, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Remember when Tingles Matthews called West Point “the enemy camp?”
What does he call this bunch?

50sGuy on July 11, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Doug Powers: How to get NASCAR tickets cheap
http://michellemalkin.com/2012/07/11/nascar-tickets-cheap/

StewartIII on July 11, 2012 at 12:23 PM

After the Pigford Farms fiasco, there’s no reason for this voting group to …….

Never mind. I’m not interested in being banned.

Cody1991 on July 11, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Lion’s den.

More like a rat’s nest.

UltimateBob on July 11, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Slime bucket.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 11, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Maggot pile.

viking01 on July 11, 2012 at 12:24 PM

TFGRP?

T The
F First
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R ?
P President

What is the rest?

Oil Can on July 11, 2012 at 12:24 PM

I’m not sure why R’s need to continue this tedious practice. Every 4 years, get booed at the NAACP. What’s the point?

These democrat house slaves already love their current owner.

lorien1973 on July 11, 2012 at 12:24 PM

If the NAACP were really interested in advancing colored people, one would think that they would spend most of their time trying to make one of the 50 or 60 black nations around the world half-livable rather than trying to destroy the one nation that is so free and inviting that blacks the world over are dying to emigrate to here. But, advancement is not their concern. From the actions of the NAACP it appears that they don’t even know what the word “advancement” means.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 11, 2012 at 12:24 PM

The “black family” has long been reduced to matriarchies that are dependent on the State. Generational dependency.

It follows that black youths are blueprinted to be dependents of the State, and this dependency makes them tailor-made for Socialism.

Of course, they booed.

And white families aren’t far behind.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 11, 2012 at 12:24 PM

the NAACP audience comes across as a bit immature.

The word you’re looking for is “racist”.

Go RBNY on July 11, 2012 at 12:25 PM

He needed to do it, it was the smart thing to do. He knew he’d get sh!t for it. And really, who cares? The squishes will have happy faces, along with the independents and the rest of the white guilt crowd.

Meanwhile, O’Butthead will just line up more Hollywood fundraisers with his BFFs Clooney, Bon Jovi, etc.

He is so toast in November it’s not even funny.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on July 11, 2012 at 12:25 PM

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