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Media Mocks Romney about His Airplane Windows Comment


Perhaps a supercharged political environment needs nonissues and nonsense to act as comic relief? This seems to be the case with presidential Mitt Romney’s seeming gaffe when he complained that airplane windows don’t open. The comment came after he reported that his wife’s plane had to make an emergency landing.

“I appreciate the fact that she is on the ground, safe and sound. And I don’t think she knows just how worried some of us were,” he told the Los Angeles Times. “When you have a fire in an aircraft, there’s no place to go, exactly.”

He identified the problem in that “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.”

Despite what Hollywood depicts, where an open window or door in an airplane creates an immense and turbulent vacuum, the true problem is that the air at cruising altitude is low in oxygen. Opening windows would of course be a mistake, so the internet had a laugh at Romney’s expense.

But there is some ambiguity if it was a mistake. Some of those present to the comment recognized it as an obvious joke. The New York Time’s Ashley Parker reported the event and when asked about it, she said, “Romney was joking.”


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She claimed it was a self-evident joke. “The pool report provided the full transcript of his comments on Ann’s plane scare, and it was clear from the context that he was not being serious.”

William Everitt, who was also present, explained the situation, as reported in The Blaze:

“Basically he was retelling the story and when he said ‘I don’t know why they don’t have roll down windows on airplanes,’ he looked at the audience and everyone laughed. It was a clearly delivered joke…There were 1,000 people there that will tell you the same thing.”

There was some laughter at the remark, but the timing of the story tended towards the intentness of the story. Politically minded commentators love it when they can condemn this candidate or that without being immediately challenged for their remarks. Blatant mistakes make a heyday for such people. In this case, it is unclear whether or not Romney pulled a Bush. Watching him deliver the comment it seems he did make a gaffe regarding the quantity of oxygen at high altitudes.

  • shampoovta

    Yes jokes about Mitts wife in a flaming airplane is always a hoot. When he loses this election he can do stand up.

  • Carl Distel

    Everyone laughed? No, that’s not true, and why would you report that without checking the video yourself. It took 30 seconds to find it.


    A couple people laugh. Not Mitt though, he doesn’t — as you would if you were actually telling a joke.

    And far from it being 1000 people laughing – it was more like 3 or 5.

    The Blaze reports lies and other repeat them. Welcome to right wing media in America today.

  • Anonymous

    He’s obviously got a sense of humor. Unfortunately, politics has gotten to the point that no one laughs any more. Its way too serious. Everyone just needs to lighten up a bit.

  • Spinache

    “condemn this candidate or that”…oh, really! When was the last time you saw anyone in the mainstream media condemn Obama. In this article you even managed to “condemn” Bush, for crying out loud! You are all a flock of obedient Obama sheep.

  • deshaml

    A joke? With Ann standing right there? He’s even more cold and heartless than I imagined.

  • Don

    I like how the LIBERAL MEDIA tries to make a big deal out of everthing Romney says. The man can not even tell a joke without it being turned on him. I would like to hear Obamas reasoning for calling his own Grandfather a “UNCLE TOM NIGGER” in his book. Our fine president is clearly a racist, but that just seems to be kept in the background! But considering the rag this is posted on I doubt if it will make print!

  • dave

    I think it’s a similar remark that he made on Hemp Farming and Cannabis.

    The very idea that a conservative is for the costly War-on-Drugs failure and holding farmers back from growing a valuable crop of Hemp in their rotation is just,, well,, just as absurd as windows that open in a pressure cabin.

    Sorry Mitt, you might be very wealthy and articulate somewhat well, but you do have a lot to learn about being a leader for the good of all the people.

  • PunkyAmerica

    Anonymous: It would be easier to lighten up if the usual crap coming out of Romney’s mouth wasn’t so factually challenged. I didn’t think anyone could ever out-lie a Bush, but Romney leaves that family of fabricators in the dust!

    Don: You’re joking, right?

    Spinache: People like you and Don think the media is ‘liberal’ whenever it tells the truth about what a conservative did or said, or fails to lie about what a Democrat did or said. The rest of us just expect the media to tell the truth, and not tell the lie. At any rate, the mainstream media is overwhelmingly owned and managed by…..CONSERVATIVES!.

    Disclaimer: I’m a real progressive, and no real progressive supports Obama.

  • http://www.coursesonline.com.au/ Online Training

    Well Well Well at least that lightened up the mood!

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