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.

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