Still riding high from a stellar debate performance Tuesday night, President Barack Obama expressed concern for his opponent, Mitt Romney, at a rally in Virginia. It’s not that Mitten’s is a liar, the president joked, he’s simply suffering from ‘Romnesia.’
“Now that we’re 18 days out from the election, ‘Mr. Severely Conservative’ wants you to think he was severely kidding about everything he said over the last year,’’ Obama said to laughter of approximately 10,000 supporters. “He’s forgetting what his own positions are, and he’s betting that you will too. I mean, he’s changing up so much and backtracking and sidestepping.’’
Flashing that million dollar grin, the POTUS continued:
“We’ve got to — we’ve got to — we’ve got to name this condition that he’s going through. I think — I think it’s called ‘Romnesia.’ ”
The crowd roared with approval.
“I’m not a medical doctor, but I — but I do want to go over some of the symptoms with you because I want to make sure nobody else catches it,” said Obama, clearly enjoying the crowd’s response.
“You know, if you say you’re for equal pay for equal work, but you keep refusing to say whether or not you’d sign a bill that protects equal pay for equal work, you might have Romnesia,’’ Obama said. “If you say women should have access to contraceptive care, but you support legislation that would let your employer deny you contraceptive care, you might have a case of Romnesia.”
Building up to the biggest laugh yet, Obama told the excited crowd, that, luckily, there’s a way to make Romney well:
“If you come down with a case of Romnesia and you can’t seem to remember the policies that are still on your Web site, or the promises that you’ve made over the six years you’ve been running for president, here’s the good news: Obamacare covers preexisting conditions.’’
See President Obama’s diagnosis below:
Vice-President Joe Biden continued the bit in Florida, saying that it’s a communicable disease that Mitten’s running mate, Paul Ryan, has obviously caught:
“Boy, I tell you what, I hope y’all don’t get Romnesia. It’s a bad disease. It’s a bad disease and it is contagious,” said Biden.
“All of sudden Paul Ryan the budget hawk- the guy that introduced a whole budget that already passed … the House of Representatives,” the VP continued. “All of sudden he doesn’t remember it. He doesn’t remember it. He doesn’t remember what it does to the vital programs that mean so much to working people.”
Twitter lit up with the hashtag ‘Romnesia,’ and Republicans have of course attacked the Obama campaign’s new tone as being desperate and ugly.
“The latest rhetoric from President Obama and Vice President Biden tells voters everything they need to know about their campaign,” said Romney spokesman Ryan Williams. “While the president and vice president desperately resort to the kind of campaign they once denounced, Mitt Romney is focused on getting Americans back to work and delivering a real economic recovery.”
Poor Mr. Williams. Maybe he’s forgotten that Mittens compared the president to his dishonest sons; or that Josh Romney called Obama an “obstinate child.” Mr. Williams apparently also forgot that Tagg Romney said that he wanted to “take a swing” at the POTUS during the debate.
Williams could have simply forgotten these things, but more than likely, he’s suffering from ‘Romnesia.’ It is, after all, contagious, according Vice-President Biden.
The GOP may not like this new campaign humor, but reducing Romney to a joke, a punchline, someone to be mocked, not elected, is bound to strike the right tone with undecided voters. ‘Romnesia’ says to them: Come on, you’re too intelligent to vote for this guy.
In 18 days, the Obama campaign will find out if the new game-plan worked, or if the joke is on them.