Romney Apologizes To Nation’s 150 Million ‘Starving, Filthy Beggars’

Romney Apologizes To Nation’s 150 Million ‘Starving, Filthy Beggars’

September 18, 2012 | ISSUE 48•38 | More News

 

SALT LAKE CITY—Seeking to limit the fallout from a videotaped speech in which he asserts 47 percent of Americans “pay no taxes” and do not take “personal responsibility and care for their lives,” Mitt Romney hastily called a press conference today to apologize personally to the “150 million starving, filthy beggars [he] might have offended.”

Saying that he deeply regretted his choice of words at a private $50,000-a-plate fundraising function in May—during which he argued “[his] job is not to worry” about the lower-earning half of the nation’s populace—Romney personally appealed to the country’s “dirt-caked garbage pickers and toothless street urchins” for forgiveness.

“First and foremost, I would like to offer a heartfelt apology to all the whores, junkies, bums, and grime-covered derelicts out there who make up nearly half our nation,” a visibly contrite and solemn Romney said outside a campaign stop at a local high school. “Let me assure you that I in no way meant to offend any of the putrid-smelling, barefoot masses out there. My campaign is not about dividing this nation, but about bringing all sides together—the rich, elegant members of the upper class, as well as the 47 percent who are covered in flies and eat directly from back-alley dumpsters.”

“I am fully committed to building a better future for every American,” Romney continued, “and that means ensuring all 150 million grease-and-urine-soaked members of our society get a fair shake.” Continue reading “Romney Apologizes To Nation’s 150 Million ‘Starving, Filthy Beggars’”

Chicago Teacher Strike Stretches To Fourth Day, Negotiations Continue (PHOTOS, LIVE UPDATES)

Chicago Teacher Strike Stretches To Fourth Day, Negotiations Continue (PHOTOS, LIVE UPDATES)

09/13/12 11:10 AM ET

Chicago Teacher Strike Day Four News Updates
A family waves at a large group of public school teachers as they march on streets surrounding John Marshall Metropolitan High School on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012 in West Chicago. Teachers walked off the job Monday for the first time in 25 years over issues that include pay raises, classroom conditions, job security and teacher evaluations. (AP Photo/Sitthixay Ditthavong)

CHICAGO — The Chicago Teachers Union president says a deal to end the city’s first teachers’ strike in 25 years is close, but she’s pushed back her timeline a bit.

Just hours after predicting students could be back in class by Friday, Karen Lewis said it might be Monday instead. She spoke to reporters Thursday morning on her way into negotiations.

Negotiators say they made substantial progress the night before. Lewis says signing off on a final proposal would require a meeting by union delegates and that could take some time. Continue reading “Chicago Teacher Strike Stretches To Fourth Day, Negotiations Continue (PHOTOS, LIVE UPDATES)”