Last week, Ann Romney’s plane was forced to make an emergency landing due to an electrical fire that filled the cabin with smoke. On Saturday, Mitt was quoted saying the following:
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. And she was choking and rubbing her eyes. Fortunately, there was enough oxygen for the pilot and copilot to make a safe landing in Denver.
OK, I don’t expect a presidential candidate to know a great deal about airplanes. It’s not exactly in their job description. However, I would expect a well educated person that travels extensively by plane to know something as basic as air pressure. Honestly, did he never wonder why his ears pop? Did he never ask why oxygen masks drop in an emergency? Has he never heard the safety warnings about securing your own mask before helping anyone else secure theirs?
I knew this when I was 7 and took my first plane ride. Where’s Mitt been this whole time? How many movies use this as a plot device? Dozens? Hundreds? This is pop culture fodder and he’s never come across it? I guess Mitt doesn’t watch Family Guy.
This is George H.W. Bush’s “price of milk” moment all over again. It’s worse, actually, because it’s not that hard to understand how a millionaire doesn’t go grocery shopping. It’s very hard to understand how such a basic fact of something Romney does almost daily could escape him. It’s like not knowing what turbulence is. Let’s hope he’s not feeling particularly heroic the next time the plane fills with smoke.
It’s going to be fun watching the personalities on Fox act like this is no big deal and how only elitist snobby liberals would even pay attention to trivial stuff like air pressure and airplane safety.
And people wonder why the right is the laughing stock of the world…
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