You're Flying Mitt Air

So, Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, had the misfortune to be on board a plane that suffered an electrical fire. Much to everybody’s relief, the plane landed safely and Mrs. Romney, and all the other passengers are okay. Let’s all thank the fates for that. But commentators couldn’t help but notice the following quote from Mitt as he explained what happened.

“I appreciate the fact that she is on the ground, safe and sound. And I don’t think she knows just how worried some of us were,” Romney said. “When you have a fire in an aircraft, there’s no place to go, exactly, there’s no —¬†and you can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem. So it’s very dangerous. And she was choking and rubbing her eyes. Fortunately, there was enough oxygen for the pilot and copilot to make a safe landing in Denver. But she’s safe and sound.”

(link, hat tip)

As you can imagine, political commentators had a field day, Stephen Colbert in particular.

Anyway, it’s as I was talking about this quote with Erin that I had something of a revelation. At first, she couldn’t believe that Mitt had uttered these words, but then I showed her the quote.

She tilted her head to one side and said, “you know what this tells me? It tells me that Mitt Romney has never flown coach. I mean, how else would he not have seen the stewards’ demonstration and heard the phrase “in the event of the loss of cabin pressure…”

Now, it was my turn to express disbelief. “That doesn’t make sense,” I said. “Because they give the same demonstration in business class. He’d have heard it there.”

That’s when it hit me: forget about coach, the guy’s never flown first class. The guy’s never flown commercial. He’s probably mostly flown private jet, where such a demonstration probably wouldn’t come up.

Anyway, that was my chuckle this evening. Especially after Stephen Colbert’s take here (assuming the link stays live.


Stepping away from politics, here’s a cool video. Check out Grover and the Cookie Monster spoofing The Hunger Games, The Avengers, Doctor Who and The Newsroom, all in under four minutes. I especially liked the shot at Twilight.

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