Even after last night’s comedy roast, President Obama has zingers to spare. On the trail at George Mason University today, Obama unleashed an extended riff on “Romnesia,” a long overdue portmanteau, which he explained with all the verve he’s been missing and then some. “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,” said the president of Mitt Romney. “He told folks he was the ideal candidate for the tea party, now he’s telling folks, ‘What? Who me?’ He’s forgetting what his own positions are. And he’s betting that you will too.” Then he really went in.
“I’m not a medical doctor, but I do want to go over some of the symptoms with you because I want to make sure nobody else catches it,” he said, revving up. “You know, if you say you’re for equal pay for equal work, but you keep refusing to say whether you’d sign a bill that protects equal pay for equal work, you might have Romnesia.” Obama continued, “If you say women should have access to contraceptive care, but you support legislation that would let employers deny contraceptive care, you might have a case of Romnesia.” People started to get the hang of it at this point.
“If you say earlier in the year that I’m gonna give a tax cut to the top one percent and then in a debate, you say, ‘I don’t know anything about giving tax cuts to rich folks,’ you need to get a thermometer and take your temperature, because you’ve probably got Romnesia.” And so on.
But we’ll let the president have his punch line: