Goffstown, NH--At a campaign stop in Rockford, Ill., not long ago, Mitt Romney sought to convey his feelings for his wife, Ann. “Smitten,” he said. Not merely in love. “Yeah, smitten,” he said. “Mitt was smitten.” It was a classic Mittism, as friends and advisers call the verbal quirks of the Republican presidential candidate. In Romneyspeak, passengers do not get off airplanes, they “disembark.” People do not laugh, they “guffaw.” Criminals do not go to jail, they land in the “big house.” Insults are not hurled, “brickbats” are.
Comments: The mighty NYT is reduced to this?? Pretty juvenile. Of course they think it's cute when Biden says B*D.
Actually, if you read the article, it comes off more like "Well, he's quaint.." type of thing. Personally, I was always taught that people who use foul language are simply not intelligent enough to come up with a better word. Unfortunately, our society has degraded to the point where even young children are exposed to this (think rap 'music'& MTV) and one wonders how this country goes on as it does.
I'd be more than happy, or 'giddy' as Mitt might say, to have someone in the WH who talks the talk, so to speak.
FTA: A few acquaintances have tried to drag him linguistically into the 21st century. Mr. Finneran, an admitted serial curser, said that after years of working closely with Mr. Romney, he began to fantasize about provoking him to utter a particularly crude word.
So serial cursing is a apparently something to be aspired to...a 21st century linguistic characteristic, if you will. =).
I disagree. Nothing bores me more than people who can't talk without massive amounts of cursing, esp the f word.
Actually, I find this to be a pretty decent article by the otherwise despicable NYT. Something reminiscent of the scene in "2001, A Space Odyssey ", when the apes are puzzled by the mysterious monolith rising in their midst.
Yes, Dennis Miller said it best. This country is ready for a "gosh President". Maybe he can bring back "Happy Days".
I don't agree that this article is useless. By using snark in the form of damning with faint praise, the NYT, as usual, reveals its disdain for those who do not conform to their idea of what is hip behavior.
Romney doesn't swear and uses old-fashioned terms instead of swearing, which the writers here think is somehow smooth. Yes, it's smooth and hip and de rigeur to swear.
What the NYT tried to do and failed miserably to pull off, is to make Romney appear to be an anachronism, a throwback. They tried to paint him as out of touch with modern America. I didn't work and is as transparent as everything else they do to try to trash Romney.
Ask any Christian: The first thing to go is the blue language. I use many of the same terms (heck, darn, dang) Romney does because the Bible tells Christians not to utter profanities -- to keep their language clean. Romney is living his faith, walking the walk. Liberals can't stand that.
By trying to paint Romney as quaint, they want the reader to actually imagine that Romney is going to "take us back to the stone age".
I didn't find the article that critical of Mr Romney. It was just more or less explaining Mitt Romney doesn't drop the F bomb behind close doors. A lot of the words and phrases Mr Romney uses are the same as my Dad and his brothers used when I was growing up. I think its very refreshing to hear them.
I think its extremely sad and disgusting when older people are talking and their language is so filthy. And what is sadder still is that they use those words so frequently they aren't even aware that they say them anymore.
Having a gentle man in the WH again after the punk we have endured these last 4 years sounds great to me!
BO (Before Obama), my language was quite clean except for the occasional scatological reference after a particularly frustrating occurrence. Of course, living on a farm, one encounters scat on a daily basis. AO (After Obama), the frustration, aggravation, and disgust have reached a level that can only be mitigated by more powerful expletives. AR (After Romney), I hope to reclaim my former, cleaner vocabulary. On a side note, my spell check function always flags "Obama". Doesn't do that with "Romney". Maybe it's a sign.
The NYT just did a huge favor for Mitt. WOMEN actually prefer a Gentleman like Mitt to a Thug like J-Z or any of the other Low Lifes from the Hood that Obama hangs with. We like a man who doesn't drop the F Bomb in public, still opens doors for us and just has a basic respect for women. Thanks, NYT, You just helped win a few more women votes for Mitt!
I was taught that people who speak in foul language have a severely limited vocabulary. By using those gross words, they can get by with a very small "dictionary." Street talk is created by the ones who dropped out of school. They have no idea what a Roget's Thesaurus is. My respect for Gov. Romney - may his influence rub off on all Americans.
#17 I agree. "Relentless self discipline" is a trait of a real leader. Look at the child-man we now have masquerading as President. We have been essentially leaderless for four years. Let's put an adult in charge now!
Zippy and Bite-me are the only president and VP in my lifetime to have so little regard for proper speech, manners and decorum. Even the slimy Clinton spoke well and didn't rely on profanity and middle school level slang, at least in public.
We can cut Obama a little slack for his "wee-weed up," his "corpse-man" and his near total ability to construct a compound sentence without reading it from a teleprompter. After all ESL classes cannot always compensate for a grade school education in a Jakarta madrassas' English section.
That being said, there is no excuse for Biden's stage whispered B*D comment to Obama - on national TV no less, It was a despicable display of contempt for both offices, tacitly endorsed by the president.
I don't take offense at the NY Times or CNN for that matter. I don't usually watch CNN anymore, but that's because most doctors offices have switched to Fox. As for the NY Times, it's like the US version of Pravda, and propaganda is Job One. It's the world they live in and they reek of underachievement. I personally like watching Fox. Their people are all smart and good looking. Over at CNN and probably the Times, it's like looking at the bar scene in Star Wars. Can you say Candy Crowley. She just couldn't stop herself from trying to save Bozo from making a complete fool of himself during the second Presidential debate. She succeeded in making more of an idiot out of herself. I mean, didn't she even realize that over 50 million people were watching her every shifty move.
The NY Times is headed for insolvency and I'm sure President Romney won't bail them out. Bad investment and worse record. Then their employee's can sit around and play games like they now do over at the Government Motors Volt plant. I'm sure the new President will cure that problem too.
One of my mental images of President Obama is him seated at a conference table listening to Paul Ryan dissect his healthcare bill (citing how it will cost much more than claimed). The President was at a slight angle to the Congressman, with his elbow on the table and his hand on his face...one finger between his index and little finger stretching out alone across his cheek. While his eyes were glaring, there was a slight smile on his mouth.
A President Romney (should be be so lucky) would never behave like that...probably because it could so easily be misinterpreted.
I would really appreciate someone representing the United States who is careful to not insult God or any person.
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There, NYT. Does that make me an acceptable adult in your world of juveniles?
Maybe if he wins he will have something nice to say to say to ALL AMERICANS. All that we got from the current president was the excessively divisive "we won". NYT can't say anything positive about what obama says so they have to admire his UH , UH , Uh verbage.
I was driving yesterday and I thought about the joke Mitt made at the dinner, when he said I have not had a drink in 65 years. Then I realized, we have a president who smoked pot in HS and even had a gang with dealers, did coke, smokes, ( I don't think he quit), and obviously drinks and is real comfortable with drugs. Him and Biden swear pretty freely, and throw in we don't even know so many things for sure about Obama's background and what we do know is weird, (ate dog, Mom basically abandoned him, raised by two white people and so forth.) How on earth did this guy even get elected. He is really a loser and repulsive as a leader. I would not want him to be my kids teacher. How did we far this low for our standards for our President? I hope this never happens again.
So, if a person can actually string together a complete sentence without using the word, "stuff" instead of a real noun, is suddenly antiquated? It's called using grammar properly. Of course, when you're raised in another country and on drugs by your own admission growing up, everything you do is colored in slang expressions and slack talk - stuff, gonna', somethin'. The he-double hockey sticks to him! It will be a pleasure to hear a real President address us as citizens worthy of such speech!
During the past few years political correctness has gradually enabled public discourse to sink into the gutter through the enabling of the lefty lib's media. Now, even television progrtamming throughout the day and into the, 'quaint,' so called, ''family Hour,'' of early evening programming is liberally littered with language foreign to polite company but a few decades ago.
Is it any wonder THAT the ever, (-and WHATEVER?!!), PC enabling potty mouth media/hollyweird statist agenda venue tools are increasingly shunned by American families? ...Why, even libs know, as they so often say, ''the children are listening.'' But, after all, isn't THAT the point?!!
This is more common than the NYT thinks. I, myself use most of Mitt's mentioned words, along with Jiminy Crickets!, blast it! and the occasional "Shazbat!". When I was in college, the family I stayed with did not allow salty language in their home. Even the term, "it sucks" was considered crass and replaced with the more humorous "it Hoovers greatly!". Even now, years later, I still find myself using this far more gentler term to make my point.
It's almost funny how puzzled the NYT is about Mr. Romney's clean speech. As someone else mentioned, the blue language goes out the door when people walk the walk of being a Christian. And unless I have a dead battery at midnight in Dec. at the airport and there is 14" of snow on the ground and the airport people can't figure out how to jump a battery, then something might slip out, but otherwise I don't cuss and my friends and family do me the honor of minimizing the cussing. It's not as strange as the NYT seems to think. Personally, I think that they are out of touch with reality.
The choice of language used is often indicative of the company kept. When in polite company, my language is very clean. when in the company of the average democrat voter, my language devolves first into drunken Navy speak and then into Steel Workers Union speak.
That Mitt speaks proper English is as much a testament to his character as the company that he keeps.
I would be so happy if we all would start cleaning up our language. When I was younger, I refused to ever swear. Like #4, I was taught the same thing. But over the years, I have found my language completely fall into the gutter and I am ashamed that I have had such a hard time breaking the bad habit. Serial epithets make me sick. You hear that garbage everywhere now too. On TV, in the movies, on the street, etc. I hope that Romney's quaint language rubs off on folks. Some terms may be a bit quirky but I find them endearing. Anything is better than an F-bomb every third word spoken.
Leave it to the Times to go to Tom Finneran to evaluate Mitt Romney. Finneran is known in MA as "Felon Finneran," a former speaker of the MA House who was indicted by federal prosecutors for intervening in congressional redistricting, to the disadvantage of black voters. Need I mention that Finneran is a Democrat? He avoided jail time through a plea bargain, and became a morning radio host in Boston up until a couple of months ago. As for his own language, he normally affects a florid, overly studied rhetoric all his own that is hard to listen to, too much in love with his own voice. He made You Tube notoriety at least once with some lapse into public obscenities on his radio show, and he made a few headlines for taunting Howie Carr's female producer for being overweight. Remind me, who is conducting that War on Women?
As for Romney never swearing, maybe he doesn't need to. That said, it seems to me that Howie Carr has mentioned that Romney famously did explode with anger on one occasion during his term as governor, and, if memory serves, the target was Billy Bulger, known as the "Corrupt Midget," the brother of the Boston crime lord and killer Whitey Bulger and pretty infamous in his own right as the longtime president of the MA Senate. Romney forced him out of his subsequent position as president of the Univ. of Massachusetts.
Romney may not swear but, oddly enough, he was effective at standing up to and defying the criminal enterprise that is the Dem party in MA without any street swagger or public posturing. He doesn't need that crutch to display punk toughness, fake authenticity, or whatever else impresses the Felon Finnerans of the Dem party and their media groupies.
And let me add one other thing to these posts. Contrary to popular belief God's last name is not damn! It will be so refreshing and a blessing to hear clean speech coming from President Romney as a model for our Nation.
He talks like I and most of my friends talk. I would guess that the majority of people do not use the "vernacular of the day" as the article so affectionally defines gutter talk. I wonder how these "hip" people would feel if their 8 year old began using the vernacular of the day.
I’m guessing Michael Barbaro and Ashley Parker, two names new to me, who allegedly wrote this “article” for the New York Times inasmuch as their names appear under its headline, must be in some sort of junior high school work experience program for freshmen. It’s the only thing that explains how this “article” must have come to be. Sad to say, I read every word of it. Come high school, perhaps they’ll discover what loose-leaf binders are. They’ve been all the rage since Thomas Edison, on his lunch break one day, invented the three-hole punch.
In a nutshell, Mitt Romney speaks as a mature, well-educated adult.
By comparison, it’s my observation that Joe Just-An-Obama-Heartbeat-Away Biden speaks like a giggling, garbage-mouthed ruffian prone to out-gaffing everyone within earshot and eyesight; probably even unable to distinguish between an F-Bomb and an H-Bomb.
Finally, in the interest of “Journalism,” the NYT going the way of Newsweek cannot come to pass a moment too soon.
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