feigning interest in mundane things

Mitt Romney Practices the Art of Feigning Interest in Mundane Things

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (L) and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (C), listen as Dan Sinykin, president of Monterey Mills, shows them products made at the factory on June 18, 2012 in Janesville, Wisconsin. Mr. Romney continues hs campaign swing through battle ground states as he battles President Barack Obama for votes.
Gosh, I’ve never felt anything like it. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Every president will spend much of his time feigning interest in mundane things, but the skill will be particularly vital for presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, who sorely needs to present himself as someone who understands and appreciates the Common Man and the boring things that the Common Man makes in his factories. Which is why Romney began practicing the art form during a stop on his Every Town Counts But Not Really bus tour yesterday. Here he is at Monterey Mills in Janesville, Wisconsin, pretending to be impressed with a circular fabric thing forced upon him by his tour guide, the mill’s president. You’ve seen the expression before — it’s President Obama’s “childlike wonder” face.

Romney Feigns Interest in Mundane Thing