Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Mitt Masters Coded Language: A Euphemism for "White"

It's Olympic Week in the UK. That's the time to show stuff of Empire and how the Brits taught the world how to organise properly ... well, that last bit's a lie if their security shambles is proof of anything. Seriously, though, the Brits are actually prosecuting parts of their media machine, and we could well learn something from that.

Still, everyone here's excited beyond belief -not only because of the Olympics (which I choose to refer to as the "Corporate Games"). They really are the Corporate Games. What else would you call a three-week meeting of multi-millionaires, who pretend to be amateurs, for the purpose of playing games for which their corporate sponsors will reward them far more than a gold medal. I mean, how many "amateur" athletes have a luxury Jaguar, retail price $125,000, given to them by the company in exchange for promoting their product? World champion heptathlete, Jessica Ennis, does ...

By the way, she wouldn't know a real job if she saw it, but that's beside the point. There's another reason to be excited too ... Mitt Romney's coming to the Olympics!

I know, it's too wonderful to comprehend. He arrives today. In fact, he's probably already here, just 60 miles up the road from me. Exciting, innit?

The Corporate Games should sit very well with Mitt, because "Corporate" was his middle name before it actually was "Mitt." Besides, he's here to watch his $77,000 tax write-off compete in the dressage event, but he's also here to show Europeans that he has a better grasp of foreign policy than the current Democratic incumbent.

Yet in coming to the UK first, it appears there's something else on Romney's agenda. It would seem he's appealing to the traditional stiff-upper-lipped image of a Britain from days of yore, seeking to remind a certain demographic of Brit that Obama ... well, isn't really like "one of them," which would explain the President's total misunderstanding of the British psyche. As the whiter-than-white Daliy Torygraph  Daily Telegraph reports, quoting an anonymous Romney staffer:-

As the Republican presidential challenger accused Barack Obama of appeasing America's enemies in his first foreign policy speech of the US general election campaign, advisers told The Daily Telegraph that he would abandon Mr Obama’s “Left-wing” coolness towards London.
In remarks that may prompt accusations of racial insensitivity, one suggested that Mr Romney was better placed to understand the depth of ties between the two countries than Mr Obama, whose father was from Africa.
“We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he feels that the special relationship is special,” the adviser said of Mr Romney, adding: “The White House didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have”.
Kindly note the bit in bold, which isn't a quote by the Romney staffer, but an insinuation by the snide, little Tory bastard who wrote the article, and - believe me - the Telegraph and all who read it are no friends of Barack Obama. His ascendency to the Presidency frightens them to the point of causing a preponderant blush to cascade over their pasty white British skin. A black man in the White House could herald a black man in Number 10!!!

But, of course, President Obama's Kenyan father, whom he saw exactly twice during his lifetime, had far more influence on his understanding of American history than his Kansas-born-and-bred mother who bore the very English-sounding name of Stanley Ann Dunham.

Scratch the surface of that article a bit and you'll come up with the truth, which New York magazine easily sussed - that the ubiquitous Romney advisors spoke to the Telegraph anonymously because the candidate had advised them not to be seen criticizing the President to foreign media. However, when asked how Mr Romney's foreign policy would differ from the President's in relation to Britain, the only thing they concretely suggested was that Mitt would ensure that the Churchill bust (which was on loan to Dubya) was placed back in the Oval Office.

I repeat: the bust was loaned to Dubya Bush for the duration of his Presidency by the British Embassy. At the end of the Bush tenure, Obama returned the bust to its rightful owner. For all the kerfuffle that damned thing has caused, I have a suggestion where it might go.

And I understand that as much as Mitt and Mitt's people might like to think that their "Anglo-Saxon heritage" remarks are all about Mitt's lineage, whilst it may be, it's also about something bigger.

Just another bit of coded language and a euphemism for "white."

1 comment:

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