This will certainly add grist to the mill for folks who believe that life begins the instant a sperm tickles the surface of a lucky ovum.
Mitt Romney told a Michigan audience on Feb. 23 that he had “fond memories” of a landmark moment in Detroit history.
Romney recalled he was “probably 4 or something like that” the day of the Golden Jubilee, when three-quarters of a million people gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the American automobile.
“My dad had a job being the grandmaster. They painted Woodward Ave. with gold paint,” Romney told a rapt Tea Party audience in the village of Milford Thursday night, reliving a moment of American industrial glory.
The Golden Jubilee described so vividly by Romney was indeed an epic moment in automotive lore. The parade included one of the last public appearances by an elderly Henry Ford.
That was, indeed, a landmark day in the history of the Motor City — June 1, 1946.
Mitt Romney was born March 12, 1947.
Now, there is a likelihood that Romney was conceived that day, that nine months and nearly two weeks before he was born. But the fact that he can recall with such vivid detail the events of that day — that’s just, well, remarkable!
Has the national mainstream media in the United States said a word about this yet?
Well, the ABC News Blog wrote a loving tome to the Governor, saying he “got his groove back,” but one has to dig down well into the comments to see any mention about the event occuring 9 months before Romney’s birth. ABC, as far as we can find, has not commented further on the event.
In fact, the remarks went unnoticed, unchallenged until a plucky journalist in Canada, working for the Toronto Star, broke out a calendar and did the math.
Even now, days later, nobody outside the typical beltway liberal news sources, i.e. the Huffington Post, the Hill, ThinkProgress.org and (oddly enough) Forbes are all over the story, and have been for literally hours. (Romney made the remarks Feb. 23.) Not a word on CNN or MSNBC. Not a single mention.
(Late Edit — we note with interest that Keith Olbermann has this event listed as “Show Plug #1” in his Twitter account, promoting his Monday night show on Current TV. Check your local listings.)
Thank you, Canada.
Romney watchers may recall that this is not the first time he remembered something that he didn’t see happen.
In 2007, Romney had to acknowledge that he had not watched his father march with Martin Luther King Jr., as he had asserted in a nationally televised debate. Romney said at the time that his father had told him that he had marched with King and that he was using the word “saw” in a “figurative sense.”
“I did not see it with my own eyes, but I saw him in the sense of being aware of his participation in that great effort,” Romney said then.
But historical evidence and news reports showed that George Romney never did march with King. The civil rights leader was supposed to march in Detroit, but he declined to attend.
Such a memory. Still, the Huffington Post deigns to challenge the recall powers of Mitt Romney.
Reached for comment, a Romney aide disputed the notion that the GOP frontrunner had fudged the facts in order to give his biography more emotional pull for Michiganders, who vote in their primary on Tuesday.
“Mitt doesn’t say he was there,” said the aide. “In fact, he says his memory was foggy, he ‘thinks’ his dad had a job there and that he was “probably 4 or something like that.” He was simply telling the story about his dad.”
The full quote does show Romney acknowledging haziness about his recall, which he chalks up, in a joking manner, to being too young to remember.
Yeah. Blastocyst. Hard to get much younger than that!
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