Eyewitness photograph from a Balloon Juice reader.
And the “scandal” continues! First, eyewitness reports:
Shirley Basore, 72, says she was sitting in the hairdresser’s chair in wealthy Grosse Pointe, Mich., back in 1963 when a rumpus started and she discovered that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and her governor, George Romney, were marching for civil rights — right past the window.
With the cape still around her neck, Basore went outside and joined the parade.
“They were hand in hand,” recalled Basore, a former high-school English teacher. “They led the march. We all swung our hands, and they held their hands up above everybody else’s.”
But wait! I thought yesterday we learned that it doesn’t really matter if Romney actually marched with King, as Romney told us it all depended on what the meaning of the word “is” is:
“If you look at the literature, if you look at the dictionary, the term ‘saw’ includes being aware of in the sense I’ve described,” Romney told reporters in Iowa. “It’s a figure of speech and very familiar, and it’s very common. And I saw my dad march with Martin Luther King. I did not see it with my own eyes, but I saw him in the sense of being aware of his participation in that great effort.”
I hope that clears things up. Meanwhile, the Powerline is ready to forgive and forget, however they are really mad at someone- the press! Take it away, Deacon:
Even assuming that this 29 year-old report accurately quoted Romney, I would have thought that the statute of limitations period on misrepresenting one’s self to the press in 1978 has expired.
Who knew! There is a statute of limitations for lying to the press! I bet this only applies to Republicans, though (even though they don’t lie, they “misrepresent”). Your turn, Hindrocket:
So it is possible that George Romney never marched “with” King, although he certainly did march in his support. Of course, King participated in a great many marches and demonstrations. Mitt Romney and his brother Scott both remember their father marching “with” King, and there is no reason to assume they are wrong, even if it didn’t happen in June 1963.
But what a petty controversy! If only reporters would dissect statements made by, say, Joe Wilson, John Kerry and Barack Obama with the same microscopic zeal–hostility, really–with which they examine every word uttered by Mitt Romney.
Or Bush or Cheney. Poor Mitt. He just can’t seem to get a fair shake. Times are rough for wealthy unprincipled businessmen with no core beliefs but a whole lot of ambition.