Romney on 9/11: "Lighten Up"
UPDATE: I'm available for comment on my experience with Romney at Jerid@buckeyestateblog.com
I got up late; it was a Tuesday in Cleveland and I only had early morning swim practice MWF's. Showering, I heard Steve, another guy on the third floor of the "Tyler" dorm yell from his room, "holy shit!" From the pitch in his voice I could tell it was serious. In a blink of eye I threw my clothes on as I stumbled into Steve's room still fumbling with my flip flops. I remember their faces - Chris, Steve, Nate - jaws all agape as the four of us watched the first tower smolder. And right then I had that "sinking" feeling that still I get to this day; at the time it was the strongest it'd ever been, thousands of times worse than a few months previous when I'd broken up with my high school sweetheart - an event that I sheepishly admit still haunts me even in adulthood. The rest of the day I recall drunkenly; the haze that I walked through at the time permeates my memory. The clearest thing I feel now, six years later, are those tears that violently rolled off my face into my pillow the night of September 11th.
I don't understand how someone can compare any American to Osama Bin Laden, but pundits are still willing to prey on the emotions that everyone that lived through 9/11 feel, invoking images of the most hate man in America to describe the political opposition. It's a cheap, divisive, whorish move to make. It represents the worst of the politics of hate. It's a move that I expect presidential candidates of all parties to be above. But Mitt Romney is not.
So I asked him about it on Sunday at a townhall meeting in Exeter, NH. In the video, I'm angry. I still am right now. Please, watch this video.