Today’s alleged Romney gaffe: He doesn’t know that you can’t open the windows on airplanes or something

posted at 8:37 pm on September 24, 2012 by Allahpundit

It depresses me to think that the left might actually have convinced itself that Romney doesn’t have a sixth-grader’s grasp on air travel, so I’m not going to think it. I’m going to chalk up the blog tizzy over this today to a dearth of hard news combined with the fact that it’s irresistibly fun to imagine your opponent is much, much stupider than he obviously is. How many jokes about Obama’s “57 states” have we enjoyed, right? Well, here’s the left’s version of a “57 states” gaffe:

Romney’s wife, Ann, was in attendance, and the candidate spoke of the concern he had for her when her plane had to make an emergency landing Friday en route to Santa Monica because of an electrical malfunction.

“I appreciate the fact that she is on the ground, safe and sound. And I don’t think she knows just how worried some of us were,” Romney said. “When you have a fire in an aircraft, there’s no place to go, exactly, there’s no — and you can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem. So it’s very dangerous. And she was choking and rubbing her eyes. Fortunately, there was enough oxygen for the pilot and copilot to make a safe landing in Denver. But she’s safe and sound.”

Two possibilities. One: A guy with a joint degree from Harvard Law and Harvard Business, who’s made hundreds of millions of dollars through his keen grasp of business, and who’s been flying regularly for decades (imagine the amount of campaign travel in the past five years alone) somehow hasn’t figured out yet that cabins are pressurized at high altitudes. Somehow, the thousands of safety demonstrations he’s endured at the beginning of each flight, replete with the bit about maybe needing oxygen masks if something goes wrong, just didn’t sink in. Hopefully one of his 10-year-old grandchildren can pull him aside and explain the basics before he ups and opens the cabin door on his next flight so that he can get some fresh air.

Two: He’s being misunderstood. Obviously you can’t open the windows at high altitudes, but suffocating to death from smoke inhalation due to a fire in the cabin seems “sub-optimal” too. But what if … the windows could be opened at low altitudes? The pilot could bring the plane down to a few thousand feet (a la skydivers) to reduce the pressure differential and then a few windows could be opened to flush out the smoke and save the passengers’ lives. Could that be what Mitt Romney, Harvard grad, tycoon, and frequent air traveler, meant? Or is he already secretly planning to build the world’s first jumbo jet with a convertible top, so that you can pop the lid and feel the breeze in your hair at 35,000 feet? I hope someone in the media gets to the bottom of this quick, because there are a lot of bloggers out there tonight who seem genuinely unsure.


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I don’t care if he doesn’t know the difference between a pressurized cabin and a log cabin. Still better than the SCOAMF we have.

Gingotts on September 24, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Obama just had an ad on prime time Monday night football dinging Romney on China.

Wigglesworth on September 24, 2012 at 8:40 PM

bishop!

PolAgnostic on September 24, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Fortunately, there was enough oxygen for the pilot and copilot to make a safe landing in Denver.

There is barely enough oxygen in Denver when you are on the ground..

Electrongod on September 24, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Clearly this will cost him fifteen, perhaps even twenty points in the national race.

Paradol Ex on September 24, 2012 at 8:41 PM

More squirrel misdirection tactics. Anything to make Romney and not Obama the news story.

Charlemagne on September 24, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Dang nab it! Third.

PolAgnostic on September 24, 2012 at 8:41 PM

The guy’s wife was in a serious situation. Give him a break.

I hate the media.

gophergirl on September 24, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Obviously you can’t open the windows at high altitudes, but suffocating to death from smoke inhalation due to a fire in the cabin seems “sub-optimal” too.

It is the natural reaction to try to open a window when there is smoke. Suffocating due to smoke inhalation seems like a horrible way to die.

Fallon on September 24, 2012 at 8:42 PM

How are those jobs coming, Obama?

faraway on September 24, 2012 at 8:42 PM

So much for Hugh Hewitt’s outstanding show today listing 100 reasons NOT to vote for Barry.

There’s no way I can vote for Mitt now….///////////

Cody1991 on September 24, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Flying squirrel!

forest on September 24, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Democrats: Uh, er, um, Mitt Romney is rich, stupid, and evil. That’s all we got.

Punchenko on September 24, 2012 at 8:43 PM

He has probably flown in smaller private airplanes a lot where the windows in the cock pit do open.

parteagirl on September 24, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Hey, he probably thinks you can let a dog ride on the outside of an airplane. /sarc

hepcat on September 24, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Great articles lately at Hillbuzz regarding the eeyores/fifth columnists posting columns here at Hotair. Romney will win by at least 7 % points.

allahallahoxenfree on September 24, 2012 at 8:44 PM

How are those jobs coming, Obama?

faraway on September 24, 2012 at 8:42 P

When they perfect solar power 747s…

Jobs will be a flowin’

Electrongod on September 24, 2012 at 8:44 PM

When I was in the AF on a particular multi-crew aircraft (modified 707 airframe) we did have a procedure to clear smoke from the aircraft in emergencies. Part of that procedure was to open one of the windows in the cockpit area, so it can be done. Not that dumb of a statement at all.

Centurion68 on September 24, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Oh quit being so wee weed up about it !

burrata on September 24, 2012 at 8:45 PM

The word of the day.

Unskewed.

Game on.

FlaMurph on September 24, 2012 at 8:45 PM

I wonder if any CNN reporters were rummaging around inside the plane after the fire..?

d1carter on September 24, 2012 at 8:46 PM

sigh

deflection
distraction
desperation

ALL = communists

we will fight them on the beaches
we will fight them in our cities
etc

give me churchille and reagan
Now and we have a chance.

losarkos on September 24, 2012 at 8:46 PM

He was saying “too bad they can’t do that?
Meaning figure out how to get clean air into a cabin from the outside if filled with smoke.
He isn’t stupid and to pretend he is makes whoever is attempting it a dumb ass!

Delsa on September 24, 2012 at 8:47 PM

I want one of those convertible jets.

rbj on September 24, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Quick, someone ask Obama what the capital of Israel is so he can prove how smart he is!

JavelinaBomb on September 24, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Mitt Romney, it is about time to pull out the long knives, and I don;t care if it goes against your nature.

Just in case you forgot what long knives look like, this is what long knives look like.

I’m sure those guys could use the work…

JohnGalt23 on September 24, 2012 at 8:48 PM

OT good news from Politico of all places!!:

President Barack Obama is trying hard to win veterans, but it looks like they’d prefer a new commander in chief.

Even as Obama leads in Colorado, Florida, Ohio and Virginia, Mitt Romney is up by double digits among veterans in those states. Nationwide, he’s got a commanding 20-percentage-point lead over Obama and has even overtaken the president with younger veterans.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0912/81616.html

faraway on September 24, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Romney is toast for sure this time! No, really! I mean it! Stop laughing, wingnut!

ZK on September 24, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Electrongod on September 24, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Wait a minute..I refuse to get on a 747 powered by solar energy..:)

Dire Straits on September 24, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Too bad Obama can’t fly to all 57 states.

bgibbs1000 on September 24, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Mitt Romney could announce that little green men landed in Ohio today and asked for Taco Bell. I’d still be first in line to vote for him. Obama is THAT bad.

BettyRuth on September 24, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Cockpit/flightdeck windows open on most jets. I saw the pilots open that window and put out the American flag when the Endeavour was landing in California a few days ago.

JPeterman on September 24, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Dire Straits on September 24, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Wise man.

thatsafactjack on September 24, 2012 at 8:51 PM

OT (but this is a silly thread anyway)

wrt 2016 the movie

Separately on Monday, Lionsgate Home Entertainment said it will release the movie Oct. 16 on DVD and Oct. 12 on pay-per-view.

so now we can see it in the comfort of our couch

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/filmmakers-2016-obamas-america-fox-news-373478

r keller on September 24, 2012 at 8:51 PM

I don’t care if he doesn’t know the difference between a pressurized cabin and a log cabin. Still better than the SCOAMF we have.

Gingotts on September 24, 2012 at 8:40 PM

I’ve seen this before…..and I’m somewhat new here, but what does SCOAMF mean?
o_O

avagreen on September 24, 2012 at 8:51 PM

The scariest thing about this non-gaffe “gaffe” is that it will undoubtably give Chris Matthews an erection.

Pork-Chop on September 24, 2012 at 8:52 PM

It depresses me to think that the left might actually have convinced itself that Romney doesn’t have a sixth-grader’s grasp on air travel, so I’m not going to think it.

Of course they have convinced themselves that Romney doesn’t have a 6th grader’s understanding of air travel. They’re voting for Obama after the last 4 years — if that isn’t proof of exactly how stupid they are, what more do you need?

Dark Star on September 24, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Ambassador Stevens, what’s your take on this?

Bishop on September 24, 2012 at 8:52 PM

This is so silly. People can be so petty. They are the ones that look stupid for making a big deal out of nothing.

Terrye on September 24, 2012 at 8:52 PM

S Q U I R R E L!!!!!!

pathetic

cmsinaz on September 24, 2012 at 8:53 PM

avagreen on September 24, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Enter it in your browser search bar… you’ll find it pretty quick.

thatsafactjack on September 24, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Judging from Michelle O’s photo on Drudge, she does NOT find any of the “57 states” jokes funny.

DrStock on September 24, 2012 at 8:53 PM

I’ve seen this before…..and I’m somewhat new here, but what does SCOAMF mean?
o_O

avagreen on September 24, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Stuttering Clusterf*** of a Miserable Failure.

Dark Star on September 24, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Didn’t Obama think we give kids with asthma breathalyzers? Next.

ctmom on September 24, 2012 at 8:53 PM

…in the same situation…JugEars would smoke in his plane…and then would blame the smoke on an electrical fire.

KOOLAID2 on September 24, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Pork-Chop on September 24, 2012 at 8:52 PM

*shudder*

cmsinaz on September 24, 2012 at 8:54 PM

here’s no — and you can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem.
============================================

Well,if it was Obama,he’d be Shrooming,jus say’n!!

canopfor on September 24, 2012 at 8:55 PM

President Barack Obama is trying hard to win veterans, but it looks like they’d prefer a new commander in chief.

Even as Obama leads in Colorado, Florida, Ohio and Virginia, Mitt Romney is up by double digits among veterans in those states. Nationwide, he’s got a commanding 20-percentage-point lead over Obama and has even overtaken the president with younger veterans.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0912/81616.html

faraway on September 24, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Too bad that the current administration appears to fail to support the active military vote.

DrStock on September 24, 2012 at 8:56 PM

This.
Is.
All.
They.
Have.

thebrokenrattle on September 24, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Ambassador Stevens, what’s your take on this?

Bishop on September 24, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Bishop:Ahem,RPG’s suck up air!(sarc):)

canopfor on September 24, 2012 at 8:56 PM

He grasped me firmly, but gently, just above my elbow and guided me into a room, his room. Then he quietly shut the door and we were alone.

He approached me soundlessly, from behind, and spoke in a low, reassuring voice close to my ear. “Just relax.”

Without warning, he reached down and I felt his strong, calloused hands start at my ankles, gently probing, and moving upward along my calves, slowly but steadily. My breath caught in my throat. I knew I should be afraid, but somehow I didn’t care. His touch was so experienced, so sure. When his hands moved up onto my thighs, I gave a slight shudder, and partly closed my eyes. My pulse was pounding. I felt his knowing fingers caress my abdomen, my ribcage.
And then, as he cupped my firm, full breasts in his hands, I inhaled sharply.

Probing, searching, knowing what he wanted, he brought his hands to my shoulders, slid them down my tingling spine and into my panties. Although I knew nothing about this man, I felt oddly trusting and expectant. This is a man, I thought. A man used to taking charge.

A man not used to taking ‘No’ for an answer. A man who would tell me what he wanted.

A man who would look into my soul and say . . . .

“Okay ma’am, you can board your flight now.”

VorDaj on September 24, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Then there was the time that Obama tried to walk through a window back into the Oval Office.

Romney puts a dog on the roof. Obama eats dog.

Romney pins down a kid for a haircut in prep school. Obama humiliates a fat black girl in prep school.

They really don’t know how to stop.

de rigueur on September 24, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Wait a minute..I refuse to get on a 747 powered by solar energy..:)

Dire Straits on September 24, 2012 at 8:49 PM

I misspoke….

It will be the 101 Yugo…

Electrongod on September 24, 2012 at 8:57 PM

cmsinaz on September 24, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Glad to see you back!!..:)

Dire Straits on September 24, 2012 at 8:57 PM

All major airline jets have cockpit windshields that slide back below 10 thousand feet.

Delsa on September 24, 2012 at 8:57 PM

I dunno, Allah. I don’t think you laid the sarcasm on quite thick enough.

PerceptorII on September 24, 2012 at 8:57 PM

thatsafactjack on September 24, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Good evening!!..:)

Dire Straits on September 24, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Judging from Michelle O’s photo on Drudge, she does NOT find any of the “57 states” jokes funny.

DrStock on September 24, 2012 at 8:53 PM

She has sunk back into…

I am not proud of my hair….er..I mean…my country…

Electrongod on September 24, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Dire Straits on September 24, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Glad to see you! :)

thatsafactjack on September 24, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Desperation.

Philly on September 24, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Remember this ?
THIS is what is called a genius

burrata on September 24, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Obama just had an ad on prime time Monday night football dinging Romney on China.

Wigglesworth on September 24, 2012 at 8:40 PM

I saw it did you notice they ask for 10 dollars at the end hahaha real desperate

Conservative4ev on September 24, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Judging from Michelle O’s photo on Drudge, she does NOT find any of the “57 states” jokes funny.

DrStock on September 24, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Moocherelle – January 2013

VorDaj on September 24, 2012 at 9:01 PM

I dunno, Allah. I don’t think you laid the sarcasm on quite thick enough.

PerceptorII on September 24, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Yup. allah , not so great.

the_nile on September 24, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Dire Straits on September 24, 2012 at 8:57 PM

thanks good buddy….was able to peruse hot air while out of town
:)

cmsinaz on September 24, 2012 at 9:01 PM

As we know from his Choom Gang days, Obama is opposed to airing out smoky cabins.

Fezzik on September 24, 2012 at 9:01 PM

So sad. Romney makes a good point. There should be a way to ventilate the airplane. Another non-gaffe gaffe.

MrX on September 24, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Yeah that is it… Obama just won re-election… (super extreme sarcasm)…

mnjg on September 24, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Remember this ?
THIS is what is called a genius

burrata on September 24, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Which one is the genius??

JPeterman on September 24, 2012 at 9:02 PM

faraway on September 24, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Is it safe for the veterans to release results like that with this lunatic in the White House? Lord only knows what he’ll do between now and January 20.

cmsinaz on September 24, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Are you back or did you just get Wi-Fi? I was wondering about you this morning, thinking you sure do get long vacations!

Didn’t Obama think we give kids with asthma breathalyzers? Next.

ctmom on September 24, 2012 at 8:53 PM

And Paralegals are the go-to people for heat stroke!

Night Owl on September 24, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Flying squirrel!

forest on September 24, 2012 at 8:43 PM

thread winner!

dissent555 on September 24, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Stuttering Clusterf*** of a Miserable Failure.

Dark Star on September 24, 2012 at 8:53 PM

I was going to say: go to ace.mu.nu, click on the “Comments” link for any post on the page, and read steevy’s first comment. That’s SCOAMF.

JeffWeimer on September 24, 2012 at 9:04 PM

If there’s a fire, you don’t want to introduce oxygen. Ventilation would reflash an out fire.

wolly4321 on September 24, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Judging from Michelle O’s photo on Drudge, she does NOT find any of the “57 states” jokes funny.

DrStock on September 24, 2012 at 8:53 PM

She has a 2 X 4 up her butt, she can’t look happy.

Night Owl on September 24, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Night Owl on September 24, 2012 at 9:04 PM

hey there-
no vacay, was working out of town for a few weeks…only had my kindle fire wifi available but unable to post :(

will be back in the groove with the rest of the HA am crew tomorrow

cmsinaz on September 24, 2012 at 9:10 PM

dissent555 on September 24, 2012 at 9:04 PM

2nd that

cmsinaz on September 24, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Let them have their fun. Obama had a bad week.

faraway on September 24, 2012 at 9:12 PM

I guarantee there are mechanisms in place to ventilate a cabin, and the pilots were trained and smart enough not to do it. You don’t fan flames.

wolly4321 on September 24, 2012 at 9:13 PM

a dearth of hard news

You’re not serious, right? That was sarcasm, right?

Midas on September 24, 2012 at 9:14 PM

udging from Michelle O’s photo on Drudge, she does NOT find any of the “57 states” jokes funny.

DrStock on September 24, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Michelle Obama hails from insanityville aka Chicago where they have the most draconian and insane food rules in schools. THey serve three hots/day, you aren’t allowed to bring your own, and they only serve “healthy” foodstuffs. The students are forced to take the food from the line. They summarily dump it into the trash. There are no figures of authority to enforce consumption.

May they all rot in hades forever and ever, amen (apologies schadenfreude!)

tom daschle concerned on September 24, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Judging from Michelle O’s photo on Drudge, she does NOT find any of the “57 states” jokes funny.

DrStock on September 24, 2012 at 8:53 PM

She has a 2 X 4 up her butt, she can’t look happy.

Night Owl on September 24, 2012 at 9:06 PM

I think her photo tells me she has just pinched one…….

Delsa on September 24, 2012 at 9:14 PM

OT: Green Bay & Seattle are putting on quite a show!

Ugly on September 24, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Oh good grief. IT WAS A JOKE!
Sarcasm I fact, which seldom comes across in print.

“Gee, I don’t know why the sailors can’t go on deck on the submarine” kind of joke.

Curmudgeon on September 24, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Where’s Tony747 to give us the good oil on procedure?

OldEnglish on September 24, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Or is pinching one. I saw another photo of she and her hubby on the set of “the View”
She could not have been farther away. They are such frauds.

Delsa on September 24, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Which one is the genius??

JPeterman on September 24, 2012 at 9:02 PM

IMHO,
the guy who put this picture online ;-)

burrata on September 24, 2012 at 9:17 PM

What no PPP poll showing that this “gaffe” cost Romney 43% support?
Get with it ,Mr. AP.
Markos is going to be so disappointed if you don’t.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on September 24, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Look at the photo of her now on Drudge
http://www.drudgereport.com/
Oh my God

Delsa on September 24, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Judging from Michelle O’s photo on Drudge, she does NOT find any of the “57 states” jokes funny.

DrStock on September 24, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Will she still be proud of her country when her hubby goes down in defeat 2012?

petefrt on September 24, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Quick!!!

Look over there ______________> A shiny object.

In other news, O-Upchuck referred to four dead Americans as a “bump in the road.”

Nothing to see. Move along.

GrannyDee on September 24, 2012 at 9:20 PM

r keller on September 24, 2012 at 8:51 PM

You can watch it on Utube. I had the link but can’t find it. Got it off HA a couple of day ago

Barred on September 24, 2012 at 9:21 PM

windows open in non-pressurised planes

gerrym51 on September 24, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Gee, I wonder why they’re talking about this gaffe.

Hmmmmmmmmm

The latest from Gravis Marketing in Ohio shows President Obama leading by just under 1-point in Ohio 45.2 to 44.3 with a large undecided vote at 10.4. The party ID was D +10 (Dem 41, Rep 31, Ind 28) which is high compared to 2008 at D +8 (Dem 39, Rep 31, Ind 30) and 2004 at R +5 (Dem 35, Rep 40, Ind 25).

D+10 poll and Barackabama eeks out a 0.9% lead.

SouthernGent on September 24, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Oh my God

Delsa on September 24, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Indeed. That face looks like surgery might be required.

Night Owl on September 24, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Look a Squirrel

Grunt on September 24, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Or is he already secretly planning to build the world’s first jumbo jet with a convertible top, so that you can pop the lid and feel the breeze in your hair at 35,000 feet?

A convertible top been an option on Aloha Airlines 737s since 1988:

http://www.aloha.net/~icarus/

Reno_Dave on September 24, 2012 at 9:23 PM

windows open in non-pressurised planes

gerrym51 on September 24, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Hot air balloons supply a lot of air too.

Night Owl on September 24, 2012 at 9:23 PM

his dad, president romney the elder, didn’t mean he was literally brainwashed, either.

sesquipedalian on September 24, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Does Drudge have a semi-infinite supply of bad Michelle O photos? He keeps changing her photo, and one is as bad as another!

DrStock on September 24, 2012 at 9:25 PM

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