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

Delsa on September 24, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Nice ladies do not use that term, although we snicker when other people do it.

Night Owl on September 24, 2012 at 9:25 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

Mama ain’t happy ;-)

burrata on September 24, 2012 at 9:25 PM

This can only mean that after the poll showing the middle class supporting Romney by a wide margin, the left will be moving from the “The Republican candidate is eeeeviiiillll” to the “Republican candidate is stupid” meme. Aren’t those the two options they always use? You are either stupid or evil.

But hey, Barry “breathalyzer = inhaler” Obama and Joe “wheelchair = regular chair” Biden are perfect guys.

On a different note, Biden says that we have 650,000 troops in Afghanistan, but he is soooo sharp. /sarc

ptcamn on September 24, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Yes because Obama didn’t say anything about the assassination of our ambassador being a bump in the road or anything like that. Nor did he go on The View, skipping the U.N. Imagine if Bush had done that. They’d have howled like stuck pigs.

UnderstandingisPower on September 24, 2012 at 9:28 PM

This totally makes Romney unqualified to be President. It’s not like Obama did something so dumb as to have 3 days notice that an American ambassador was in serious danger and did nothing about it. Now, THAT, would make someone unqualified to be President.

KateNE on September 24, 2012 at 9:28 PM

With all the know it alls in the media not a one remembers general science in ninth grade when the teacher lights steel wool and thrusts it into a jar of oxygen and it bursts into flames. We lost some astronauts in a capsule when sparks and oxygen mixed. Did the flight attendant drop the O2 masks? Pure oxygen would be very dangerous.

mixplix on September 24, 2012 at 9:28 PM

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?

You don’t suffocate. That’s what Oxygen masks are for.

Windows are sealed shot for a reason. They should never ever be opened, ever. If you really really need to open to get rid of smoke (that ventilation can not for some reason take care of) and you manage to lower the altitude then planes have doors that can be opened.

I give Mitt a pass as he said something quickly that he didn’t think about. It’s a non-issue. If however this is his actual excuse and thought process he must be retarded. No doubt.

lester on September 24, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Man that is bad pic for sure……..
But speaking of Moochie, how does she get away with her gaffe of the Underground Railroad. Seriously, a recently proud African American is so clueless to think slaves actually ” rode” this railroad that was never a railroad at all. And she has a law degree ? Oy vey !

Yet white folk are the unenlightened ones.

FlaMurph on September 24, 2012 at 9:31 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

He’s openly mocking the wench. Is he priming Barackabama and Moochellabama for a bombshell?

SouthernGent on September 24, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Jeebus…

Barry’s REAL poll numbers must really be in the toilet if this is what it’s come to. Poor JugEars

roflmao

donabernathy on September 24, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Why do people insist that Biden is the winner of the stupid award?

“I’m just eye candy.”

President Barack Obama on Monday sought to woo women voters at a taping of the daytime talk show “The View,” by flirting with his wife and bearing gifts for the hosts, but he could not escape tough questions on the economy that have dominated the election.

When host and veteran journalist Barbara Walters kidded Michelle Obama about bringing the president as her “date,” Obama quipped, “I’ve been told I’m just eye candy here.

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/09/barack-obama-ive-been-told-im-just-eye-candy/

Cody1991 on September 24, 2012 at 9:32 PM

This pic of Mooch on Drudge needs a caption !!

burrata on September 24, 2012 at 9:34 PM

+$16 Trillion in debt, high unemployment, QE3 is devaluating our currency on a daily basis, food and energy prices are going to explode, China and Japan are getting ready to dance…

… the Middle East is on fire, Iran wants to get that guy out of the well, all of the leaders are in town, and all Pantload wants to do is be eye candy on ‘The View’.

But that Romney guy…


“Whaaaaaaaaat aaaabout your gaaaaaaaffffffffes?”

Seven Percent Solution on September 24, 2012 at 9:34 PM

All of my lefty friends, including an old girlfriend, have been seizing on this with glee. “THE ELECTION IS OVER!!!” For some reason, they didn’t appreciate my mentioning the bumps in the road being “corpsemen”. I guess they just don’t speak Austrian.

Physics Geek on September 24, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Cody1991 on September 24, 2012 at 9:32 PM

I guess he’s eye candy in the same way that any child would choose a candy with the name “Boston Baked Beans”. Remember those? I still haven’t tried them.

Night Owl on September 24, 2012 at 9:37 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

Watched it tonight, via http://www.1channel.ch/
Great film.

the new aesthetic on September 24, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Actually some aircraft, especially older ones do have windows that open. Check out a Piper Cub or a B-17.

Linh_My on September 24, 2012 at 9:37 PM

“I flew in a plane that had to make an emergency landing because the horn didn’t work.”

- Joe Biden

fogw on September 24, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Remember those? I still haven’t tried them.

Night Owl on September 24, 2012 at 9:37 PM

I never tried them either. They look like rabbit droppings.

Cody1991 on September 24, 2012 at 9:43 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
Mama ain’t happy ;-)

burrata on September 24, 2012 at 9:25 PM

It looks like she ate half of the chili pepper in her hand.

RickB on September 24, 2012 at 9:44 PM

It has been my experience that stupid people often have no grasp whatsoever of what a smart person says, so the stupid person assumes the smart person is the stupid one.

Remember, the left keeps telling us that Obama is smart. To misquote James Garner from “Support Your Local Sheriff:”

“I’ve been around Obama all afternoon and I haven’t seen him do one smart thing yet.”

Wino on September 24, 2012 at 9:47 PM

ROMNEY: “Why can’t we open windows on aircraft?”

OBAMA: “Benghazi attack occured due to Youtube Video causing a spontaneous reaction involving heavy weapons and RPGs.”

No Contest…

Varchild on September 24, 2012 at 9:51 PM

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

Electrongod on September 24, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Cheyenne is a hundred miles away, and a thousand feet higher… try running with a full combat load and be a smoker at that altitude…

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All that aside… Lefty’s..

If you’re gonna make hay out of a man rambling abit after having a near stroke over his wife’s safety.. and possibly suffocating or burning to death in a closed pressurized cabin…..

Then either.. you’re a completely heartless cynical steaming pile of dog waste…

or

You’re quite literally so stupid, you can’t even spell airplane, and will believe anything your blue tribe tells you… anything.. like Mitt never paid taxes for ten years.. and the IRS never noticed.. so stupid you tell your friends, Mitt gave a steel workers (who just HAPPENS to be a highly paid staff member now with a “minder” to jeep him from saying something stupid to the press).. cancer.. and then.. why. why he laughed… gasp…

You progressives are really a new low when a man has a scare like that and has a moment of rambling…. and YOU find it just awful….

another reason to believe when you’re a progressive, you embody the worst of man’s features.. and the compassion and empathy of a Gulag camp guard..

mark81150 on September 24, 2012 at 9:56 PM

On a severity scale of 1 to 10, this “gaffe” was about a 2.

Stoic Patriot on September 24, 2012 at 9:57 PM

I guess he’s eye candy in the same way that any child would choose a candy with the name “Boston Baked Beans”. Remember those? I still haven’t tried them.

Night Owl on September 24, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Grew up on those.. and Dad loved those french burnt peanuts.. if you have to ask, you’ve never seen them.

mark81150 on September 24, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Oh, by the way, as a smart person who can think (and therefore not a democrat), Romney said, simplified:

There is no way to get oxygen into an aircraft from outside. I don’t know why they don’t have a system for getting oxygen from outside the aircraft to the inside. It is actually a simple engineering problem to compress even insufficient pressure air to the point where it can be brought into an aircraft lacking oxygen to help save those inside lacking oxygen.

You’re welcome, stupid democrats, for the translation. Now, go tell yourselves how smart you are again (at least apparently so when compared to nearby democrats).

Wino on September 24, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Oh, silly religion. Killing, threatening, manipulating, scaring, stoning, Etc in the name of whatever god or gods they think is the right one.

“Imagine all the people…”

kastor on September 24, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Grew up on those.. and Dad loved those french burnt peanuts.. if you have to ask, you’ve never seen them.

mark81150 on September 24, 2012 at 9:59 PM

I don’t have to ask, but I don’t think I ever tried those either. I liked red licorice and wax lips. I think you can still get all that stuff at 5 Below!

Night Owl on September 24, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Grew up on those.. and Dad loved those french burnt peanuts.. if you have to ask, you’ve never seen them.

mark81150 on September 24, 2012 at 9:59 PM

YUM!

I love burnt peanuts.

gophergirl on September 24, 2012 at 10:08 PM

You can’t airbrush her enough! There is no such thing as a good photo of Aunt Esther

Delsa on September 24, 2012 at 10:10 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

This is the link to the Ohio poll you mentioned above…

http://www.scribd.com/doc/106848007/Report-Ohio-Sep-21-22-2012-1

mnjg on September 24, 2012 at 10:33 PM

I hope someone in the media gets to the bottom of this quick,

I really hope you’re not holding your breath on this…

RoadRunner on September 24, 2012 at 10:36 PM

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

OldEnglish on September 24, 2012 at 9:16 PM

I’m no Tony, but a close second. ;)

The fact is, pressurized airplanes are full of holes all over the place. The two biggest ones being Outflow Valves which control the rate of air coming in and out of the cabin. So all aircraft have a controlled leak so to speak. As far as a smoke? We have a “dump valve” up front in the cockpit (at least in my aircraft) that acts as a ” window” if you will to rid the smoke ASAP. It’ll most definitely dump the cabin of pressure. But at least we’ll be able to see the instruments.

Hawkerflyer on September 24, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Less than two hours after I read this, I get TWO posts on my FB page about it from one of my most unhinged leftie friends…lol, what a waste, I highly doubt many people are going to buy that Romney is dumb…

ellifint on September 24, 2012 at 10:41 PM

So what…Harvard grad Mooch thinks slaves actually rode on an underground railroad, as if there was a vast subway system in the 1800s just for slaves.

OxyCon on September 24, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Truthfully, I read it as a joke. He says the windows don’t open, then “I don’t know why they don’t do that.” That sounds like an off-the-cuff har har joke to me. Whatever, the only way to know would be to see the video, but certainly he doesn’t think you can open windows… that’s something that really really dumb people might believe he believes.

DaveS on September 24, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Jeebus Crow, it was a joke.

JohnBrown on September 24, 2012 at 10:57 PM

He was referring to the fact no none can exhaust the cabin. Period. It cannot be done.

pat on September 24, 2012 at 11:33 PM

He wasn’t asking why can’t they open the windows. He was asking why can’t they get fresh air into the cabin from outside. Well, there are a number of issues to overcome. If you create a system, you must create a contingency for its failure.

Bringing external air into a pressurized cabin has the potential for a catastrophic pressure imbalance if not precisely managed.

Bringing external air into the cabin may be bringing a concentrated source of smoke with it, if the problem is greater outside than in. If the trouble source is engine-related, you may be bringing fuel vapors into the cabin, making the entire internal environment volatile.

Emergency cabin air does not deploy due to smoke, but due to significant drop of cabin pressure. The concentrated oxygen in the emergency cabin air would increase the flammability in the cabin, increasing the hazards already present.

Freelancer on September 24, 2012 at 11:34 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

Mama ain’t happy ;-)

burrata on September 24, 2012 at 9:25 PM

…and she has a staff of seven or something of hairdressers, makeup artists etc…to make her look that good?

KOOLAID2 on September 24, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Hawkerflyer on September 24, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Thanks for the info, Hawkerflyer. I seem to remember reading somewhere that such emergencies dictate descending to below ten thousand feet, where cabin pressure is no longer a problem, but I may be mistaken on this.

OldEnglish on September 24, 2012 at 11:43 PM

You can actually open either the left or right side cockpit windows on a 737B (been studying fot the 737B type rating)

tank_killer69 on September 25, 2012 at 12:09 AM

“He’s openly mocking the wench. Is he priming Barackabama and Moochellabama for a bombshell?”

SouthernGent on September 24, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Oh God I hope so.

sablegsd on September 25, 2012 at 12:09 AM

True old English. The 10000′ thing is mostly due to pressurization issues. Smoke in the cabin or cockpit? All bets are off as It is one of the most dangerous things to go through. Some operators carry EVAS systems onboard which is basically a hood type thing that the flight crew can wear that has its own smoke clearing system and is portable so we can walk around the cabin ( if necessary). But they are expensive to maintain so companies get rid of them unfortunately. :(

Hawkerflyer on September 25, 2012 at 12:11 AM

You can open the side cockpit windows on Hawkers as well.

Hawkerflyer on September 25, 2012 at 12:13 AM

mittens has early onset alzheimer’s

Pragmatic on September 25, 2012 at 4:53 AM

mittens has proven his dumbness a multitude of times during his campaign….he is truly pathetic…he should also send Ann home now…she’s not very helpful!

Pragmatic on September 25, 2012 at 4:56 AM

again, thank-you allah and ed for making our guy sound like an idiot. consistancy is laudable and you 2 being stealth progressives have the ability in spades to flame mitt without sounding too much like robert gibbs, good job! just reread the comments here to get a feel for all the peeps trying to explain to YOU what he was trying to say!

tm11999 on September 25, 2012 at 5:56 AM

Aren’t those the two options they always use? You are either stupid or evil.

Yes, and the worst one was stupid, evil AND an “Actor” who just happened to end the Cold War.

RADIOONE on September 25, 2012 at 6:37 AM

It’s sickening to think that this once great Republic and those brave patriots that fought for and stood by her are being replaced by wormy, incompetent two-bit politicians and moronic left wing journalists. These are very sad times.

rplat on September 25, 2012 at 8:36 AM

Or is he already secretly planning to build the world’s first jumbo jet with a convertible top,</blockquote

It sounds like he's planning on being a ressurection of the late Howard Hughes–of Blue Goose fame?

Well, I just don't think a giant jumbo convertable jet would be able to store enough fuel to fly over all 57 states. Maybe if Obama's green energy friends could super glue some of those big wind farm props vertically on the fromt of the wings….

Don L on September 25, 2012 at 8:55 AM

“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.”

“I don’t know why they don’t do that” is a fragment of a sentence in a man’s concern for his wife, and anyone else flying who can’t get oxygen from outside the aircraft.

Don’t do What? Figure out how to get the passengers some oxygen from outside the aircraft. Get someone on it.

Fleuries on September 25, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Well a lot of military aircraft have window that open…here
A c-130 with the windows open…in case of smoke or damage in the cockpit, they can open the windows to clear the air…

Here

right2bright on September 25, 2012 at 10:46 AM

I think Romney knows and always has that you can’t open the windows and why.
And I think Obama knows and always has known there are 50 states.

I know I’m likely alone on this…but sometimes you just gotta think outside the box.

P.S. Is there some sort of go to file to suggest parallel ‘gaffes’ every time someone makes one?
Sure as heck seems so

verbaluce on September 25, 2012 at 10:53 AM

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.

Sorry Allah. You missed this one. You have forgotten something very, very important.

You have forgotten a piece (13 Aug. 2012) by Jim Geraghty in which he lays out how every GOP candidate in the media narrative will be…must be…reduced to a caricature of one of three things:

In the national media narrative…every Republican figure is reduced to one of three things: Old, stupid, or evil.

In his piece Geraghty points out that since they cannot paint Rep. Ryan as old or stupid, the media will portray him as evil.

But what about Romney? Well…he looks good for his age, so old is out. We thought “stupid” was out because of his success in everything he touches, so obviously they have had to go after him on evil too.

But this little quote allows them to fall back into the Quayle/Bush default and try out “stupid”…just to see if it will fly for a bit.

We have to change the old saying…now three things are inevitable…death, taxes and media narratives.

Blaise on September 25, 2012 at 11:13 AM

You can open the windows on the planes I fly, but, they max out at about 9k ft in altitude. :)

JadeNYU on September 25, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Also, I think they are trying to push the “he’s stupid” angle with this in order to distract from the “he was very worried about the wife whom he loves very much” angle to the statement.

The latter angle is one that will likely play very well with most voters so they need some way to try to erase it.

JadeNYU on September 25, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Saying a dumb thing is saying a dumb thing.

Take your lumps and move on.

The more you argue about it the more stupid you look.

Dave Rywall on September 25, 2012 at 2:05 PM

The scariest thing about this non-gaffe “gaffe” is that it will undoubtably give Chris Matthews an [election-with-an-r]*.

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

How could anyone tell?

:-)

*[my firewall was programmed by Mrs. Grundy]

Mary in LA on September 25, 2012 at 2:39 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

Mama ain’t happy ;-)

burrata on September 24, 2012 at 9:25 PM

“♫Michelle,
Ma belle,
Frown and messy hair,
You look like hell,
Unholy hell… ♫”

Mary in LA on September 25, 2012 at 2:50 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

Mama ain’t happy ;-)

burrata on September 24, 2012 at 9:25 PM

“♫Michelle,
Ma belle,
Frown and messy hair,
You look like hell,
Unholy hell… ♫”

Mary in LA on September 25, 2012 at 2:50 PM
——-

Such childish, disrespectful a-holes.

Dave Rywall on September 25, 2012 at 2:55 PM

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