Is Mitt Romney Smarter Than A Third-Grader?
As loathe as I am to date myself too much, it is true that I was a third grader during the Carter administration. As far as current events went at the time, the big thing that caught my eye was a rash of oil tanker spills. For a while it seemed like there was a major spill every month or so. (Although this was long before the Exxon Valdez, so “major” is a relative term.)
At any rate, I was a thinker — a problem solver! I came up with what seemed to me to be a brilliant solution to the spills — one which, frankly, I couldn’t believe no one had thought of. So I wrote a letter to President Carter suggesting that the problem could be avoided in the first place if, instead of oil tankers, we took to the skies and transported oil via cargo plane. (I know. Genius, right?)
One of the nice women in the White House wrote me a lovely letter in response, thanking me for my concern and ingenuity, and affixed the President’s signature. I was thrilled! But of course my idea was never implemented. Because it was an ill-informed idea, unable to pass scientific, or even logical , scrutiny. But I was 8 years old.
I tell this story today, because that same sort of thinking is evident in Mitt Romney’s comments on Friday. Following an incident in which a plane carrying his wife Ann suffered an electrical malfunction resulting in some degree of smoke and fire, and necessitating an unscheduled landing, Romney had this to say:
When you have a fire in an aircraft, there’s no place to go, exactly, there’s no — and you can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem. So it’s very dangerous. (LA Times)
Makes you wonder, huh?