(photo courtesy of Democratic Underground)
At a Virginia Campaign event today (Friday October 19), President Barack Obama said that Romney has been “backtracking,” “sidestepping,” and changing position so much that the new condition should be named. He then called it “Romnesia.” This isn’t the first time Obama has either created or repeated a clever turn of phrase regarding Romney’s overall ridiculousness (Romney Hood comes to mind), but this time I have to correct the President.
There already is a name for this condition. It’s called pathological lying. This isn’t the first time the term has been used; likely Barack Obama caught wind of the term sweeping social media and decided to use it for his campaign as an effective publicity move. A Google search for the word will yield over 65,000 results, and it is trending on many social media sites including Twitter.
CNN reports on the President’s speech:
Mr. Obama, speaking before a crowd of 9,000 at a “Women’s Health Security” event, accused his rival of attempting to muddy his positions on issues like the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and free access to contraceptive care in an effort to confuse voters.
See our article “‘Romnesia’: Mitt Has ‘No Memory’ Of Coercing Women On Pregnancy, Adoption Choices” for more information regarding his Romnesia regarding women’s issues.
“Now that we are 18 days out…Mr. ‘severely conservative’ wants you to believe he was kidding on all things he said last year,” the president said. “He’s forgetting what his own positions are and he’s betting that you will too. We’ve got a name this condition that he’s going through. I think it’s called Romnesia!”
Ticking off a list of symptoms that suggest one “might have Romnesia,” the president offered up a solution.
“I’m not a medical doctor, but I do want to go over some of those symptoms so no one else catches it,” he quipped. “If you come down with a case of Romnesia and you can’t seem to remember the policies that are still on your website, or the promises you made over the six years you’ve been running for president, here’s the good news: Obamacare covers preexisting conditions! We can fix you up! We’ve got a cure!”
The not-so-subtle dig in the last paragraph is likely another humorous strike back against Romney’s derisiveness regarding Obama’s healthcare plan as detailed in the Affordable Care Act.
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