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Romney Pretends Not To Enjoy Dressage

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Romney Pretends Not To Enjoy Dressage


Mitt Romney tried to distance himself from the elite horse-dancing sport of dressage on Wednesday night, telling NBC’s Brian Williams that he doesn’t know anything about it – and doesn’t plan to watch his wife’s horse compete in the upcoming Olympics.

“It’s a big, exciting experience for my wife. I have to tell you, this is Ann’s sport,” Romney said. “I’m not even sure which day the sport goes on. She will get the chance to see it, I will not be watching the event. I hope her horse does well.”

“But just the honor of being here and representing our country and seeing the other Olympians is … something which I’m sure the people that are associated with this are looking forward to,” he added.

Romney’s coolness towards dressage is certainly a new development. The presumptive Republican nominee has talked extensively about his love of horses, and he has been deeply involved with his wife’s Olympic contender, Rafalca, in the past. The Romneys have invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in the horse, and Mitt himself personally picked the music that Rafalca “danced” to at the World Cup.

Even if he couldn’t attend, it would be odd for a supposed family man — and Olympic enthusiast — to be unaware of what day his wife’s horse is competing.

While it’s possible that Romney has suddenly sworn off dressage, it seems more likely that this is simply campaign posturing. Given all of the mysteries surrounding Romney’s tremendous fortune, he probably doesn’t want to be too closely associated with an ultra-expensive hobby like “horse ballet.”

If cheering Rafalca on in person could repair some of the damage that Romney’s done in Britain so far, however, perhaps he should consider awkwardly grinning and bearing it.

Romney’s full interview with Brian Williams can be seen here.

Henry Decker

Henry Decker was formerly the Managing Editor of The National Memo. He is currently an Online Associate at MRCampaigns.

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  1. ObozoMustGo July 26, 2012


    What ever happened to the crook Jon Corzine and why isn’t the Obozo justice department going after a guy that stole $2BILLION in client money?

    Shheeeeshhh! For anyone objective who is reading this, you should look elsewhere for better coverage of this scandal because the useful idiots at The Memo will NEVER bring this matter up. The Obozo campaign propaganda machine will NOT allow it.

    Those wondering why the Department of Justice has refused to go after Jon Corzine for the vaporization of $1.6 billion in MF Global client funds need look no further than the documents uncovered by the Government Accountability Institute that reveal that the now-defunct MF Global was a client of Attorney General Eric Holder and Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer’s former law firm, Covington & Burling.

    There’s more.

    Records also reveal that MF Global’s trustee for the Chapter 11 bankruptcy retained as its general bankruptcy counsel Morrison & Foerester–the very law firm from which Associate Attorney General Tony West came to DOJ.

    And more.

    Have a nice day!

    1. DukeDacat July 27, 2012

      Picture this:…OMG, Mitt and Mitt’s horse all in the same picture………….
      How would you be able to identify the real “horses’ Ass”……….
      I am just saying… Have a nice day…

    2. highpckts July 27, 2012

      Again so sad! I wouldn’t look too closely at your GOP contender to find much worse than that!!

      1. ObozoMustGo July 28, 2012

        I suppose Corzine’s corruption and crimes are OK with you?

  2. Tim Wilson July 26, 2012

    This man will say and do anything. But to throw your wife’s hobby under the bus and say that he doesn’t know when their horse is competing… I think it’s going to be a bit chilly in the Romney household for a while.

  3. Tim Wilson July 26, 2012

    This man will say and do anything. But to throw your wife’s hobby under the bus and say that he doesn’t know when their horse is competing… I think it’s going to be a bit chilly in the Romney household for a while.

  4. Bullies For Romney July 26, 2012

    Mitt Romney also said the Brits talk funny, drive on the wrong side of the road, don’t brush their teeth enough and the reason they don’t build computers is because they haven’t figured out how to get them to leak oil… very suave… On his MI6 meeting, Mitt Romney commented, “It was an honor to meet Mr. James Bond 007 in the flesh.” In related news, Mitt Romney assigns the ass of his wife’s dressage horse, Rafalca, to be official spokesperson for the remainder of campaign. The British have Mr. Bean and the American’s have Mitt Romney… difference is Rowan Atkinson plays Bean as an idiot. Romney isn’t playing. The British react, “This Mitt Romney person is some sort of American Borat, right?”

    1. joyscarbo July 28, 2012

      You can’t insult Mr. Bean like that!!! LOL!! Mr. Bean (the character) would be a much more qualified and suitable candidate for the neocons! He makes more sense not talking than Mitt does when he opens his pie-hole!!!

  5. Valari Anne July 26, 2012

    What a jackass. He obviously thinks everyone in the 98% is too stupid to see through his act.

  6. Valari Anne July 26, 2012

    What a jackass. He obviously thinks everybody in the lower 98% is too stupid to see through this act.

  7. Caitlin Quinn July 27, 2012

    So much for a healthy marriage life. Most spouses sit through whatever sport their partner wants to watch

  8. Dominick Vila July 27, 2012

    Expressing enthusiam for an elitist sport, and flouting his wealth, are poison for Mitt Romney and both he and his handlers know it. I expect to see him in every NASCAR event between now and election day holding a beer and donning a baseball cap. I wonder if it will be a Bud or Miller light…I guess that will depend on where he is at…

  9. montanabill July 27, 2012

    I’m sure this pertains to something, but for the life of me, I can’t see what. Looks just more stuff being thrown against the wall.

  10. Elsa July 27, 2012

    I would like him better if he would just say he enjoys it. His comment makes him sound so detached from his wife – almost as if he was humoring her. I don’t care if it is ultra-expensive, he can afford it. I care that he is pretending, again, that somehow it has nothing do with him. Who is the real Romney?

    1. joyscarbo July 28, 2012

      I agree….he knows he totally loves it…atleast that’s an honest statement that he can convey some real sincerity.
      But at the end of the day, he is who he has proven himself to be: a completely disgenuine, elitiest jackass.

  11. William Deutschlander July 27, 2012

    You are correct Mitten, your conceit, your greed, your selfishness, your self righteousness is a glaring LIABILITY that you must hide with everything else you have touched!

  12. ObozoMustGo July 27, 2012

    Even foreigners can see that which the useful idiots on the left in America cannot.

    This quote was translated into English from an article appearing in the Czech Republic as published in the Prager Zeitung of 28 April 2011.

    … “The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting an inexperienced man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America . Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama. It is less likely to survive a multitude of Idiots such as those who made him their president.”

    Have a nice day!

    1. highpckts July 27, 2012

      Is that it! That’s all you have! Apparently you post the same comment everywhere! So sad that that is all you can quote again and again!!

    2. Maynard July 28, 2012

      Gosh, now that the Czech Republic’s Prager Zeitung of over a year ago called Obama a prince of fools, I wonder if they’ll call Romney the king of fools. But that would make Romney Obama’s father. Then again, I really don’t think it matters. Of course, I am just one of “a vast confederacy of fools” and a member of “a depraved electorate.”
      Wait! I didn’t vote for Obama.
      But now that his opponent is Romney, I will.

    3. joyscarbo July 28, 2012

      Wow…you’re quoting a former communist country to support Mitt Romney?!! Now I KNOW you’re really worried that Mitt can’t win!!!

      Although I do have to applaud the Czech Republic. Their infant mortality rate is really quite impressive for a still fledgling country and government- #8 in the world. Bravo, Czechs, for saving the lives of infants in your country with your non-nationalized healthcare system.

      You’d think with the USA being the wealthiest country in the world would be #1. The sad and pathetic reality is that we’re #34 in saving our infants from untimely death. Cuba and South Korea has better infant mortality rates than we do. Chew on that reality for a minute.

      It’s also interesting to know that- with the exception of the Czech Republic- all remaining country’s in the top 10 have nationalized healthcare. So…it would seem that your Czech Republic’s healthcare system is an exception and not a rule.

      But lets not stop there….what about the other end of the spectrum? What about life expectancy? The Czech Republic is a crappy #44 in the world for Every country in the top 10 have nationalized healthcare. The USA are #38 in the world- average life expectancy is 80. Another pathetic showing for the USA.

      So, you see, I really don’t care what the Czechs say about Obama. They haven’t been without communism long enough to demonstrate an opinion that has been built on decades of successful government.

      The real lessons we can learn from our own infant mortality rates and life expectancy is that Healthcare reform certainly can’t hurt our infants or elderly…it can only help.

      Bozo…I hope you have a wonderful weekend! My best to you and your family!

      1. ObozoMustGo July 28, 2012

        Hi Joy! Nice to hear from you again. I hope you and Mr. Joy are doing well. How’s your new job?

        Re: Czech Republic… first off, it’s NOT the country that is making the satement. It’s an individual writer. Secondly, the operative phrase you make in the first sentance of your post negates everything else you write about the Czech Republic…. that is “FORMER communist” country. The very idea that you think that a country who was under the thumb of vicious communist rule is NOT qualified to know the difference between freedom and socialism is not only laughable, but downright dishonest on your part. If ANYONE is capable of knowing the difference between socialism and freedom, it is they. Therefore, they (meaning the individuals) are more qualified to speak out objectively about false leaders like Obozo than are others who have known only freedom and liberty. For they have experienced both sides. The statement that is made in that paper is 100% accurate. Obozo is a fool, but the biggest problem in America is that there are actually people who buy his bullsheet and the false promise of collectivism that he preaches. THAT is our problem.

        On the topic of infant mortality…

        First, your citing of the study that places American healthcare #34 is from a study that was done by the socialists at the UN. The chief criteria they used to do the study included whether or not a country had socialized medicine. So all of you useful idiots out there that keep harping on a phony study have no clue what the hell you are talking about. The study was intentionally flawed from the beginning. America’s healthcare is THE BEST in the world, hands down. Don’t believe me. Believe the people from all over the world who, when their life is on the line, choose to come to America for treatment if they have the money. Given the choice, they ALL will come to America. 10’s of thousands of Canadians come to America each year for treatment. WHY???? Because, what some piece of crap bureacrat at the UN says means absolutely nothing when a person’s life is on the line. Only a fool cannot see this. Actions speak louder than bureacratic studies.

        Second, I find it quite ironic that someone like you that is a staunch supporter of the murder of defenseless infants in the womb actually has the balls to be concerned about infant mortality! Can you spell H-Y-P-O-C-R-I-T-E??? You rely on such phony studies and data as a way to support your socialist ideals and deep seated belief in the fantasies of collectivism/ socialism, but that doesn’t make them true. Plus, I am certain that the numbers you cite are most exaggerated like any leftist must do to support their feelings. For example, you can say that country A has in infant mortality rate of 100% greater than country B. While that sounds awful and allows a leftist nut to make their point, the reality may actually be that country A has a rate of 2 in 10,000 while country B has 1 in 10,000. So using the % to make a point is really nothing short of a bold faced lie. Like all socialist ideals and methodologies. It’s just that some people are too stupid to know this. Know, Joy, that I don’t count you amongst the stupid so much as I count you amongst those that have been duped!

        Regardless of who says it, I know you don’t care about anything critical that anyone says about Obozo. You are sucked up into the cult of personality and he is almost a religious figure for you and others. This blinds you to the volume of absolute outright lies that flow from his fetid pie hole EVERY time he speaks. For example, why would he give a speech to the NAACP in Selma, AL, and create a story that his father and mother were inspired by the march across the bridge which gave them the courage to “hook up”? That his birth was a result of that inspiration? These are his words, not mine. The TRUTH is that he was born in 1961. The Selma march didn’t happen until 1965. There are literally hundreds of these examples of his lies about his own past. Now, what in the hell are you doing supporting a man that would so easily lie where no lie need be told? WHY???? The man is a fraud. Everything about him is a fraud.

        Have a great weekend, Joy!

        1. joyscarbo July 28, 2012

          First of all, Wikipedia isn’t a left or right organization. If you LOOK instead doing a lot of NAME CALLING, you would find that these stats are contributed from multiple sources- not just the United Nations. I’m not going to cite every reference, but you can go find it for youself. That’s something you didn’t even bother to do before going off half-cocked, like the highly reactionary ultra-conservative you are. If you aren’t proud of our country’s infant mortality rates, then do something pro-active (instead of reactionary) to change them. As a nurse- and working in pediatrics- I do everything I can every day to ensure that every child that comes into my clinic is given first-class care. Most of those kids are poor. Furthermore, if the FACTS that I cited aren’t “real,” then tell what is. You conveniently fail to give your version of global infant mortality rates.

          And as I’ve said before, I am proudly and steadfastly PRO-CHOICE. I believe and practice that given all the options, women are more than capable- intellectually and emotionally- to choose their own path in family planning without the religious right or political interference. I really don’t give a fly fig about your personal beliefs. You’re never going to know what it’s like for woman who is facing a pregnancy alone, so shut your pie hole. If you want to do something “pro-active” about abortion, why not join in doing something positive to reduce the need for abortion? I do this every day. I educate women of all ages about their options and proper use of birth control. So why not try being part of the solution instead of being part of the judgemental and unrealistic problem?

          I find it disturbing that you paranoid right wingnuts are always claiming that statisitics that don’t match their twisted and idiotic belief system is somehow “socialist, marxist and wrong.” We have A LOT of trouble with our current healthcare system. I should know, I’ve been working in this country’s healthcare system on the frontlines- ERs, clinics and hospitals- for more than 17 years now. It’s a messed up system that only really works for those who have the most cash. I remember 15 yeras ago, a cancer diagnosis meant a patient would get treatment. Now, a cancer diagnosis is includes treatment and diagnostic test that means you’re probably not going to be able to afford, even with insurance. Patients are now talking about how they’d not consider treatment choices because they don’t want to bankrupt their families. That’s a national shame.

          I make no apologies for my concern for my country’s infant mortality rates and life expectancies rates. I’m not turning my back and using ridiculous political beliefs to somehow wish it away. The USA isn’t the expert on all aspects of life. We can learn from other countries that may be doing something different than we are. Pretending that we’re perfect is the worst.

          1. ObozoMustGo July 29, 2012

            sheesh, Joy…. got you a bit riled up, didn’t I? And you are correct, we are not perfect. Never have been. But America is an idea…. an ideal worth pursuing generationally that is based upon the premise that man can govern himself without kings and tyrants and overbearing governments. And while we are not perfect, we are a hell of a lot closer to it than any other country on this earth.

            While you may work in the medical profession and pediatrics, I don’t. You have your chosen lot in life, I have mine. And how do you know I do nothing to support or help poor people? You don’t. I commend you for doing the work you do, but don’t for a second think that you can condemn me for what I do. I don’t think we’ve ever discussed what I do.

            Re: infant mortality rate. I really don’t care what it is here in America. I do know that it’s infinitecimally low, though maybe not the most infinitecimally low. You’re in that profession so you should care about it. And I did look. And I learned that many countries define “IMR” differently, like Japan and Singapore who are at the top. It doesn’t matter though, because what I said yesterday still stands. Going from 2 in 1000 to 7 in 1000 is not statistically significant enough to warrant more government control and more taxes. I would venture to guess that our IMR is higher than Singapore’s because we have a huge number of single, unwed mothers, many of whom are hooked on drugs while pregnant while I can assure you that Singapore has little to none of that. But again, it’s not statistically significant. However, a leftist nutjob can be an alarmist by claiming that the US IMR is 350% higher than Singapore’s, thus creating the illusion of a problem. There is no problem, Joy. And I feel better about that knowing you’re personally working in the field to reduce it! (that’s a compliment, my friend).

            Have a nice day!

  13. gargray July 27, 2012

    We all like horses, we just can’t afford to own one.

  14. Maynard July 28, 2012

    The horse has a long and noble history. It has helped humanity more than any other animal with the possible exception of the dog. That it should be the only animal that competes in the Olympics in partnership with humans is appropriate. Therefore, for Mitt to downgrade his wife’s contribution is absurd.

    It is not the horse’s fault that we have degraded our natural environment and squandered our resources on war and weapons making maintaining and training horses such a luxury.

  15. joyscarbo July 28, 2012

    Screw the dressage…I don’t care. BRING ON THE DEBATES!!! Barrack Hussein Obama will DECIMATE Romney! Obama is a keenly intellegent and is acutely articulate and will leave Mitty crying for his rich daddy to rise from the dead to save his pampered, powdered ass. Remember how McCain got schooled?!! This is going to be even better- it’ll start with Mitt’s upper lip sweating and then he’ll start stuttering. I won’t be surprised if he tries to pull a Reagan…”Well, now, Barrack, there you go…” But he won’t be able to hide the look of idioacy on his face.

  16. Mvf Muir July 28, 2012

    Romney is a pathological liar. Don’t believe anything that comes out of that guy’s mouth.

  17. daffodilly July 29, 2012

    Aren’t thoroughbred horses used by wealthy people as a tax dodge? Does it have to be a runner or can a dancer qualify as well? If the money pored into it is a dodge, would it be better spent buying clothes or school supplies for poor children? Oh, sorry. We are supposed to keep the sweaty masses ignorant!

  18. Willis Bilderback August 2, 2012

    I could care less whether the man likes dressage or is partial to NASCAR. All I know is that if my wife were participating in the Olympics I’d be proud to sit by her side and give her every ounce of support I could, no matter whether I enjoyed the sport or not.

  19. Jeff Hall August 2, 2012

    Romney picks politics over his wife’s passion, the thing his wife loves. Tells you everything you need to know about his character.

    I would have told my advisers to go pound sand, I love my wife and this is what she loves and I will be there beside her in London when the horse competes.

  20. Dave Benjamin August 3, 2012

    He’s afraid of what the “common man” might think if he took an interest in dressage. What a douchebag. You have to wonder which Romney we’ll see in office if he gets elected.

  21. John Jensen August 3, 2012

    How embarrassing.


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