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Obama taunts Romney: Afflicted with "Romnesia"

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WASHINGTON--Stumping in Fairfax, Va, on Friday, President Barack Obama added a new line of attack against Mitt Romney--saying his rival is going through "Romnesia."

Below, Obama on "Romnesia"...

The choice between going backward and moving forward has never been so clear.

But now that we're 18 days out from the election, "Mr. Severely Conservative" wants you to think he was severely kidding about everything he said over the last year. He told folks he -- he was the ideal candidate for the tea party. Now, suddenly, he's saying, what, who, me? He's forgetting what his own positions are, and he's betting that you will too. I mean, he's changing up so much and backtracking and sidestepping.

We've got to -- we've got to -- we've got to name this condition that he's going through. I think -- I think it's called "Romnesia."

That's what it's called. I think that's what he's going through.

I -- I'm not -- I'm not a medical doctor, but I -- but I do want to go over some of the symptoms with you -- -- because I want to make sure nobody else catches it. (Laughter, cheers.)

It's -- you know, if you say -- if you say you're for equal pay for equal work, but you keep refusing to say whether or not you'd sign a bill that protects equal pay for equal work, you might have "Romnesia." If you say women should have access to contraceptive care, but you support legislation that would let your employer deny you contraceptive care, you might have a case of "Romnesia." If you say you'll protect a woman's right to choose, but you stand up in a primary debate and said that you'd be delighted to sign a law outlying -- outlawing that right to choose in all cases, man, you definitely got "Romnesia."

And -- and -- now, this extends to other issues. If you -- if you say earlier in the year, I'm going to give a tax cut to the top 1 percent, and then in a debate you say, I -- I don't know anything about giving tax cuts to rich folks -- (laughter) -- that -- you -- you need to -- yeah, you -- you need to get a -- a -- a thermometer take your temperature because you -- you probably got "Romnesia."

If -- if you say that you're -- you're -- you're a champion of the coal industry, when while you were governor you stood in front of a coal plant and said, this plant will kill you -- - that's "Romnesia."

So -- so the -- I -- I think you're being able -- you're beginning to be able to -- to identify these symptoms. And -- and if you come down with a case of "Romnesia" -- -- and you can't seem to remember the policies that are still on your website --- or the promises that you've made over the six years you've been running for president, here's the good news: "Obamacare" covers pre-existing conditions.

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