After a week of basically implying Mitt Romney’s a criminal, all of a sudden Team Obama is suffering some major butthurt after being called out by John Sununu.
On a Romney campaign press call this morning, former New Hampshire governor and White House chief of staff John Sununu said he wished President Barack Obama “would learn how to be an American.” Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith responded by releasing a statement saying Mr. Sununu’s “meltdown” was evidence Team Romney wants to “change the conversation” after the controversies over Mr. Romney’s offshore assets and his departure from Bain Capital.
Calling someone a felon is fine. Suggesting Obama learn the American economic system is a meltdown. OK.
John Hinderaker from Power Line was in on the call today and notes how it will all be spun.
Then it was back to the media-formerly-known-as-mainstream. Garrett Haik of NBC News wanted to know how the issue of Romney’s tax returns “plays into the argument about what someone understands re business.” Sununu said the tax return question is merely a distraction, no matter how many Romney releases the Democrats will always want more.
The last question came from Sarah Boxer of PBS: Expanding on the tax return question, a new Obama ad is running in Pennsylvania that says Romney’s returns may show that he didn’t pay any taxes at all. Any comment on that? Sununu said that the ad “shows how stupid the Obama campaign is.” To think that someone who has been in the public eye all his life and has been Governor of Massachusetts didn’t pay any taxes is ridiculous. The IRS would have been beating down his door. (I love, by the way, how liberals talk as though paying taxes were optional, so that everyone gets to pay whatever he wants.) Sununu concluded by saying that “Obama’s ad shows they are clearly and unequivocally a bunch of liars.”
So you can see what is happening. The Romney campaign puts on a devastating show, and the only thing the Democratic Party reporters are interested in is how they can spin it back to Obama’s talking points. It will be interesting to see whether any word of what actually happened in today’s call will see the light of day in the media-formerly-known-as-mainstream. If you didn’t see it here, would you see it anywhere? I doubt it.
Sununu echoed the sentiments on Fox this morning. Video via Charlie Spiering.
“He has no idea how the American system functions,” Sununu said. “And we shouldn’t be surprised about that, because he spent his early years in Hawaii smoking something, spent … another set of years in Indonesia, and frankly when he came to the US he worked as a community organizer, which is a socialized structure, and then got into politics in Chicago.”