How do you spell Mitt Romney – that is so easy to do, “P-h-o-n-y” or “L-i-a-r”.
Last night I saw a clip on the news of Mitt Romney talking about how he met former Navy SEAL Glen Doherty, who was later killed in the attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Romney said he and his wife crashed a nearby party – a private party in which the Romney’s pushed their political agenda by introducing themselves not only as neighbors but as
Romney appears to have grossly embellished the story. He makes it sound like he and Glen talked for quite a while and that he was deeply moved by Glen’s service not only while in the Navy but as part of a security team for the State Department overseas.
Barbara Doherty, Glen’s mother, protested Mitt Romney’s use of her son’s death for political gain.
Mrs. Doherty’s comments were very specific. She is quoted as saying, “He shouldn’t make my son’s death part of his political agenda. It’s wrong to use these brave young men, who wanted freedom for all, to degrade Obama,” She closed with, “I don’t trust Romney.”
Romney’s campaign told ABC News today that the Republican candidate will respect Mrs. Doherty’s wish and stop telling the story on campaign stops about how he met Doherty a few years ago.
To add insult to injury, Romney’s campaign again used Glen Doherty’s death to their advantage by saying, “Gov. Romney was inspired by the memory of meeting Glen Doherty and shared his story and that memory, but we respect the wishes of Mrs. Doherty,” campaign spokesman Kevin Madden said.
In a nutshell, Romney’s campaign agreed to not talk about Mitt meeting Glen any more but they again talked about it before talking about respecting the wishes of Mrs. Doherty.
Mitt Romney and his campaign cronies are scum for getting their last lick in after acknowledging that Mrs. Doherty was very clear in not wanting her son’s death used for political gain and also as an opportunity to put down President Obama.
So, why does this bother me so much? Let me expand.
I could understand a politician trying to use a by chance meeting of a military person for political gain – most politicians would have done the same – maybe not to the same degree – but they would have talked about meeting Glen Doherty and the brief discussion they shared.
What I take exception to and what deeply bothers me is that Mitt Romney, after meeting and talking to Glen Doherty, came back around, not once, but twice and reintroduced himself to Glen.
The real man in that meeting was Glen Doherty. When Mitt reintroduced himself, Glen told Romney nicely that they had just met and they had talked – and both men had a good laugh – and the laugh was because Mitt totally forgot not only meeting Glen but he obviously forgot the whole conversation that they shared.
So, in a nutshell, just how much did the conversation matter to Mitt?
Glen was the better man – he did not spin a story showing how ridiculous it was for Mitt to reintroduce himself to Glen an additional two times. It was funny that night but Glen did not keep bringing it up. He realized that he met a politician that night who immediately forgot him – that was it.
So, how do we know about this background story? Well, one of Glen’s friends, Elf Ellefsen, recalls hearing Doherty talking about meeting Romney in which Doherty used less than glowing terms.
Doherty said the meeting was comical. Ellefsen said that Glen said that Romney approached him ultimately four times – using this private gathering as a political venture to further his image. Each introduction started out with the same opening line. Glen believed it to be very insincere and stale.
The following is quoted from ABCNews:
““Honestly it does make me sick,” Ellefsen said in the interview with KIRO’s Libby Denkmann. “Glen would definitely not approve of it. He probably wouldn’t do much about it. He probably wouldn’t say a whole lot about it. I think Glen would feel, more than anything, almost embarrassed for Romney. I think he would feel pity for him.”
Brandon Webb, another former SEAL and Doherty’s best friend, was with Doherty when he met Romney and remembers Romney reintroducing himself twice.
“Glen and I both gave him a hard time when he reintroduced himself to us a second time. Mitt took it well and we all had a good laugh about it,” said Webb, managing editor of SOFREP.com, for which Doherty was a contributing writer.
But, he remembers Doherty being respectful about Romney.
“Glen was very respectful about our encounter with Mitt Romney. That was the kind of guy Glen was. He respected everyone regardless of their differences and that’s what made him such a great human being,” he said.“