Mitt Romney Likens Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts to Cleaning Up H.S. Football Field

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney likened Hurricane Sandy cleanup efforts to cleaning up the field after a high school football game ... seriously.

President Barack Obama visited the New Jersey shore on Wednesday with Governor Chris Christie to get an up-close look at storm-damaged coastline.

Meanwhile, Romney was doing his part in Kettering, Ohio, at a campaign rally-turned disaster-relief event. That's when Mitt offered this personal anecdote:

"I remember once we had a football field at my high school. The field was covered with rubbish and paper goods from people who’d had a big celebration there at the game."

"And there was a group of us there assigned to clean it up. And I thought, ‘how are we going to clean up all the mess on this football field?’"

"There were just a few of us. And the person responsible for organizing the effort said, ‘Just line up along the yard lines. You go between the goal line and the 10-yard line."

"The next person between the 10 and 20, and just walk down and do your lane. And if everybody cleans their lanes, we’ll get it done.’ And so today, we’re cleaning one lane if you will."

Trying to burnish his own disaster-relief credentials in the wake of the massive storm?

No doubt Romney would also be a competent and strong manager in this type of situation ... but somehow we don't see this story resonating with the public.


Mitt Romney is nothing but an insensitive and chauvinistic idiot!!!!! And, I agree with Jennifer...this article is pathetic!!!!! Most of all, there is a BIG DIFFERENCE between a football game and a hurricane. Mitt Romney=ULTIMATE JACKASS!!!!!!

@ jaybird369

You Obama lovers are priceless. Obama is a guy who was groomed by a communist, yet your still a fan. Obama has done nothing in the form of governing this country in the past 2 years yet you still talk trash on Romney. Obama has shown NO leadership skills and is the most " Hands Off" President when it comes to bringing people together and leading by example but he will still get your vote! He claims to favor Gay Marriage-(a biggie 4 u) and he has yet to fullfil one damn promise but you still have hope! Who are you people and is there anything that motivates you besides HATE for Romney! Obama is ANTI-American and the Media is sick! Yet you still will vote 4 him! He is a cancer and we all know this! What could you people be thinking! He is not qualified!

@ Independent


@ Independent

Wow, sounds like some dog whistles to me. Rather than call Obama the N word, you call him "anti-American". Sounds like someone gets their "facts" from Fox noise.


Sounds about right that Mitt would be in charge of the cleanup after the football game, since obviously none of the kids from his high school would've invited him to the after party.


Absolutely in poor taste for him to discuss that and go in such detail. And yes, I comoletely understand it was an analogy of how everyone can do their part. But so we really need to hear a crappy story of a wild football night to know that about the destruction of hurricaine Sandy? No. Such poor taste. He's taking his "I've done this before" bulls*** too far.




Really? He was obviously trying to say that if we all came together with a plan that we could handle anything. This article is pathetic! how many people actually have hurricane disaster stories to compare it to?

@ Jennifer

To compare a hurricane that devastated a large part of our country, left almost 100 people dead to cleaning up a football field is disgusting. When in doubt keep your mouth shut.


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If Romney is cleaning up anything, it's a damn site more than Obama is doing.

@ 4 more.. Not years but days.

Romney cleaning up football fields, it not like helping humans when tragically strike. but the moron above already knows that.

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