Did anyone watch the debate last night? Well, I did. I’ll admit, I didn’t watch much of the first one. I get tired of the misrepresentation of what either candidate thinks he can do. I mean, come on, it’s not one man who runs our government– Thomas Jefferson and the boys made sure that three branches of government would make sure that no president could just put his plan into action. Anyway, I wanted to watch last night because I like the idea of a town hall meeting that gives real Americans the opportunity to ask questions that represent real concerns of We The People.
My favorite part of the debate was something that made me laugh. I laughed so hard that I made my husband rewind the television seven times so I could write the words exactly. (Yes, Tom was annoyed, but he knows I have my own agenda: fodder for my blog!)
A young lady named Catherine Fenton asked the following question: In what new ways do you intend to rectify the inequalities in the workplace, specifically regarding females making only 72 percent of what their male counterparts make?
Barrack Obama went first. Next, Candy Crowly told Mitt Romney it was his turn to respond.
This is what he said: ”Thank you, an important topic, and one which I learned a great deal about, particularly as I was serving as governor of my state, because I had the chance to pull together a cabinet, and all the applicants seemed to be men. And I went to my staff and I said, how come all the people for these jobs are all men? They said, well, these are the people that have the qualifications. And I said, well, ….”
He paused. Why did he pause? To focus his thoughts? To catch his breath? To remember to get milk for the morning?
All I know is that his pause made me anticipate him giving this response:“Yes, that sounds about right. Women cannot be qualified for real government jobs.” And then I pictured him pointing into the camera and winking.
Of course he didn’t say it, nor did he gesticulate the way I imagined. However, could the pause be because he was thinking it?
Anyway, the continuation of his response was just as good!
“Gosh, can’t we find some women that are also qualified? And so we took a concerted effort to go out and find women who had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet. I went to a number of women’s groups and said, can you help us find folks? And they brought us whole binders full of women.”
Mr. Romney! Whole binders full of women? I thought you were a religious man! Binders full of women? Maybe that’s how the Mormons find new wives.