So, I waited tables for several years, both during and then right out of college. My brother still waits tables. So I know, and hear, a bit about how the waitstaff can get ignored or disrespected, as if they’re not even there. Which is why I was curious to see the bit on “The Ed Show” last night, the interview with the guy who shot the famous Mitt Romney “47 percent” video.
That video really did have a huge impact on the election, threw Romney into sharp relief. I’m not so dumb as to claim that OBAMA IS A MAN OF THE PEOPLE!!!, diametrically opposed to Romney. But this was Romney the plutocrat being a plutocrat.
Right in front of, not just the people who paid $50,000 a plate to hear him speak, but people who probably desperately aspire to make $50,000 a year.
The men and women serving the food and drinks – do you think it dawned on Romney that they were anything other than plebes put there to do his bidding? He was basically talking down about the serfs in the presence of serfs. And the people who shelled out big money to hear him speak nodded their heads, yes, yes, the grasping 47 percent – WAITER WHERE’S MY DRINK?
Actually one of the most remarkable aspects of the video was where Romney is talking about visiting China to buy a factory, how the barbed wire and guard fences weren’t meant to keep the workers in, they were meant to keep aspiring workers out, because peasants in China are so desperate to make what we here in America would consider starvation wages. One got the idea, from the video, that Romney thought the “47 percent” in this country ought to be that driven, that hungry.
Interesting stuff. With Obama, we know what we’ve got. With that video – we see what we avoided.