The liberal media is downright embarrassing itself, now. First, the way the Romney’s traveled with their dog on vacation was supposed to be a huge scandal, then it was the expose on Romney’s ‘shocking’ bully-boy antics in prep school, then it was Ann Romney’s supposed bizarre and unseemly love of horseback riding, then Romney supposedly had a “supermarket scanner moment” because he was so “amazed” by WaWa’s touchtone ordering thingie.
All of those bombshell stories were supposed to damage Romney’s campaign, but they fizzled badly.
They’ve really got the goods on them, this time, though….
Feast your eyes on these two insanely extravagant one percenters vacationing as only the richest of the rich can:
Whoever heard of such a thing? Americans – on vacation – on a lake – on a JET SKI!!11!
Seriously, I’m blushing for this Boston Globe columnist, Joan Vennochi – she must have drawn the short straw, or something, to write something this hack-worthy:
The last thing Mitt Romney needs is a John Kerry moment that conjures up F. Scott Fitzgerald’s description of the very rich: “They are different from you and me.”
But like an early Independence Day gift to Democrats, there it was: the image of a grinning Mitt and wife, Ann, enjoying a perfect summer day on a jet ski on Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, N.H., where the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee owns a lust-inducing lakefront vacation home. The photo of the contented pair skimming joyfully over the water is a natural bridge to the next, less-quoted, line from Fitzgerald’s 1926 short story, “The Rich Boy”: “They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft, where we are hard, cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand.”
It’s a Kerry moment, that’s what it is.
Romney would say he was born comfortable, and not as rich as he became from investing in struggling companies, and making millions whether they lived or died.(the fiend) But, during a slow holiday news week, the photo was featured in newspapers and websites, including the Romney-friendly Drudge Report. It was quickly compared with a September 2004 shot of Kerry windsurfing off Nantucket, tacking back and forth in the gusty air. Back then, Republicans swiftly turned the footage of the Democratic presidential nominee, which was also taken by news crews, into a deadly campaign spot that hit on two levels. It showed a candidate in an elite setting, engaged in a sport not considered a touchstone for the common man or woman. It also reminded voters of Kerry’s propensity for shifting with political winds.
Let me make something clear. Lurch wasn’t ridiculed just because he was fulfilling every preconceived notion anyone ever had about him by engaging in a sport “not considered a touchstone for the common man or woman.” Not to be mean, but – he was ridiculed because he looked like a dork:
I wonder why she threw in that bit about “reminding voters of his propensity for shifting with political winds”….It seems weird and out of place. Did people really think that about the photo? Or is she trying to make a cute little passive aggressive dig at Romney….hmmm…gosh….I just can’t say…
The Romney picture on the other hand, is perfectly fine. They both look very fit for their ages, and Romney looks mildly embarrassed to be taking a back set to his lovely wife. It’s a charming picture.
Unfortunately for Kerry, too many of the pictures from his 2004 campaign reeked of “photo op” and had an aura of trying too hard to make him look cool, or human, or normal….and it didn’t work.
The very MSMers who are trying to make political hay out of the Romneys going for a ride on jet skis, probably averted their eyes every time the Obama’s went on one of their many expensive, truly extravagant vacations. Michelle and the girls’ Aspen vacation last February, in fact, marked the 16th vacation in 3 years for Obama family.
Here is a full list of the 16 vacations, first compiled by The Washington Examiner:
— President’s Day 2012, Michelle and the girls go to Aspen to ski.
— Christmas 2011, the first family goes to Hawaii for an extended vacation.
— Summer 2011, the family visits Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., for the annual beach break.
— June 2011, the first lady, her mother and daughters travel to South Africa and Botswana.
— President’s Day 2011, the first lady and first daughters travel to Vail to ski.
— Christmas 2010, the first family goes to Hawaii.
— August 2010, post-BP oil spill beach trip to Panama City Beach, Fla.
— August 2010, Obama travels to Chicago alone for a weekend 49th birthday bash (and fundraiser).
— August 2010, the first lady and daughter Sasha travel to Spain for a mother-daughter vacation.
— August 2010, the family spends summer vacation in Martha’s Vineyard.
— July 2010, the first family goes to Mount Desert Island, Maine.
— May 2010, the first family takes a four-day trip to Chicago.
— March 2010, first lady and daughters spend spring break in New York City.
— Christmas 2009, the family goes to Hawaii for the winter break.
— August 2009, everyone heads to Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Canyon for a short vacation.
— August 2009, the first family takes its first vacation from the White House at Martha’s Vineyard.
When the Obama family vacations in Hawaii over the Christmas holiday each year, they traditionally spend a full day… jet-skiing, grilling, and playing volleyball.