Hey, Fox and Drudge: Here’s Video of Mitt Romney Attempting a Southern Accent From March – Not Five Years Ago

The right-wing-o-sphere is ablaze over a five-year-old non-secret video being promoted by Fox News et al as a devastating “October surprise” bombshell that shows then-Sen. Obama addressing a historically black college in Virginia in what is actually a fairly passable Southern accent.

And yes, affecting an accent that is not one’s own in an attempt to appeal to a particular audience is pandering — but it’s also something almost all politicians do. See for example the video above from March — seven months ago — in which Jon Stewart skewers Mitt Romney for attempting to use Southernisms to appeal to white voters in the Deep South during the Republican primaries.


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  • JoeBob
    October 3, 2012 - 9:51 am | Permalink

    Stewart is worth $80 million. His rich jokes are things he could afford, and then some. He could have 50 cars, and hundreds of large flat screens.

  • Borat
    October 3, 2012 - 11:50 am | Permalink

    Yeah, except Stewart actually earned his money.

  • Phil
    October 4, 2012 - 1:01 pm | Permalink

    It is not about the accent (but I understand how you want to focus on the because that is not the real issue of pandering). It about he rant about that hurricane Andrew and 9/11 got the Stafford act waived and folks hit by Katrina were not getting that help. Because government did not care about them as much. Knowing full well that 10 days before that speech congress voted to waive the Stafford act for Katrina. The biggest thing he should have to answer for on that is how can he make that speech like that and been one of the 14 people that voted AGAINST waiving the act for Katrina victims. He is one of the people who felt they were not as important.

  • October 5, 2012 - 5:52 am | Permalink

    Wrong, Phil. You should check everything you hear on Fox. They are propagandists who support the Republican Party at any cost, not reporters, and they lie:

    Then-Senator Obama did vote to waive the Stafford Act for Katrina relief. In fact, he was one of the Senate’s major proponents for waiving the Stafford Act.

    In 2007, two similar supplemental spending bills contained funding for Katrina relief that was not subject to Stafford Act restriction. At the time Obama opposed one version of the bill because it did not contain a timeline for U.S. withdrawal from Iraq. In a May 24, 2007, statement explaining his vote against the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, Obama said: “With my vote today, I am saying to the President that enough is enough. We must negotiate a better plan that funds our troops, signals to the Iraqis that it is time for them to act and that begins to bring our brave servicemen and women home safely and responsibly.”

    While Obama voted against the 2007 supplemental spending bill Eric Bolling is referring to, he voted for the other version of the supplemental bill that included both a timetable for U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq and a waiver for the Stafford Act that would provide relief to New Orleans.

    In fact, Obama was a strong, consistent proponent of waiving the Stafford Act for Katrina recovery. According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune (accessed via Nexis), Obama had called for unrestricted relief funding in January of 2007.

    Remember. Fox News won a court battle to ensure that they had the right to distort the news. Why would a real news network want or need legal cover to lie?

  • Phil
    October 5, 2012 - 6:50 am | Permalink

    I did find out after my post about the fact it was attached to that bill. But still remains he miss represented the facts just like you say fox did. He stood in front of that crowd and portrayed it like nothing was being done but with 3 bills you speak of one of which was passed the relief was going through our system of government.

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