Romney Booed by NAACP -- But He Asked for It (VIDEO)

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Walk it back, Mittens
This morning presidential candidate Mitt Romney gave a speech at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) convention. Even though 95 percent of black voters chose Obama in the last election, Mittens thought, "What the heck!" and gave it the ol' college try. After all, Bush aced his NAACP speech, so how hard can it be?

Romney was booed.

But he wasn't booed for being a conservative, or a white guy, or even for being Mitt Romney. He was booed for promising to repeal "Obamacare." Sigh. SMH.

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In his speech Romney kind of came at health care reform through a side door. He started out by talking about job creation, and then he said: "I'm going to eliminate every non-essential, expensive program I can find. That includes Obamacare, and I'm going to work to reform and save --"

And that's when the booing started. DON'T WANT, ROMNEY. He actually had to stop speaking for about 10 seconds and wait for it to die down. Check out these photos of the audience reaction. OMG, it's like they're embarrassed for him! But what the hell did he expect?

Black Americans have been overwhelmingly supportive of health care reform. So the idea of repealing the Affordable Care Act is going to go over like a lead balloon at the NAACP. Take away health care reform? Aw hell no! NEXT. I mean, it's no secret that Romney wants to repeal the act. But why even bring it up? Why not focus on topics he knows his audience will connect with him on?

Now here's my super-paranoid, super-cynical conspiracy theory: Maybe he brought it up knowing he'd get jeered in order to rile up racist conservatives who will no doubt call the NAACP audience members rude for booing him. Energize the most extreme members of his base. Oh Lord, please tell me it's not that. Tell me Romney is just tone deaf and out of touch.

Anyway, when Romney finally got a chance to talk again, he followed up with a condescending finger-pointing gesture (awesome, everyone loves that) and a quick mention of a Chamber of Commerce survey showing that three quarters of surveyed business owners said the health care legislation made them feel less likely to hire more people. The audience didn't buy it.

Romney was also heckled when he said, "If you want a president who will make things better in the African-American community, you are looking at him." Which would have been true if they'd projected a photo of Obama behind Romney's head. Missed opportunity!

Darnit, if only black people knew the REAL Romney. "I believe that if you understood who I truly am in my heart, and if it were possible to fully communicate what I believe is in the real, enduring best interest of African-American families, you would vote for me for president."

Whatever. Romney has never been very good at revealing what's truly in his heart. But what's on his mind is not going to win over black Americans any time soon.

Was it a mistake for Romney to mention repealing Obamacare in his speech?

 

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