Ann Romney: "I don't consider myself wealthy"

Mitt and Ann Romney

Proving that she might just be as painfully clueless as her husband when it comes to their exorbitant wealth, Ann "Two Cadillacs" Romney was quoted this week saying, "I don't even consider myself wealthy."

The unfortunate sound bite came during an interview with Fox News, which was actually about her struggles with M.S. and breast cancer and otherwise pretty heartwarming:

"Those that are suffering from M.S. or cancer or any disease I feel like I want to throw my arms open and say, welcome to my family and welcome to the place where I've been and, so, you know, we can be poor in spirit and I don't look - I don't even consider myself wealthy which is an interesting thing. It can be here today and gone tomorrow, and how I measure riches is by the friends I have and the loved ones I have and the people I care about in my life [...] having gone through a difficult period in my life with M.S. and with breast cancer it has  softened my heart and made me realize there are many people suffering in this country and they are suffering from things that aren't financial - and some people are suffering from things that are financial as well - but those that are suffering for me, I just have a larger capacity for love, and for understanding."  

Hmm. Well, it's a heartfelt sentiment, to be sure, and definitely quite a bit more sympathetic than her husband's "I love to fire people" outburst. However, while the idea of spiritual wealth is an important one, dismissing the influence of your own wealth in a nation where access to healthcare often depends on it — or, for that matter, dismissing your own wealth when the top concern across all voter demographics right now is the economy — doesn't seem like the wisest political move one could make.

Will someone please tell this family that pretending not to know you're rich when you have $250 million in the bank will never, ever be a good look, regardless of the context? It's starting to get cartoonish.

Commentarium (10 Comments)

Mar 07 12 - 11:08pm

I like the "we can be poor in spirit" part before she says, "I don't consider myself wealthy." Poverty: it's only a state of mind.

Mar 08 12 - 12:28am

Is Ann "Two Cadillacs" Romney a cousin of Arthur "Two Sheds" Jackson?

Mar 08 12 - 9:28am
hichft discovered

As usual, Nerve misrepresenting Romney's "fire people" quote to further their agenda. Not at all surprising.

He wasn't talking about firing people as in workers, he was talking about the freedom to fire people who were not performing properly, as opposed to how the Democrats and the unions would have it where private businesses are forced to retain underperforming labor because of overregulation.

Mar 08 12 - 4:44pm

Perhaps he should, then, be more careful when he makes the choice to hire someone before being stuck with an employee he can't "abort".

Mar 09 12 - 11:22pm

Now don't get crazy, KingPellinore. Unlike a woman's uterus, a man's corporation is NO place for government interference.

Mar 12 12 - 4:40pm

Nonsense hichft dicovered. That was absolutely not the context of Romney's remarks.

Mar 09 12 - 10:25am

This shows just how incredibly out of touch the ultra-wealthy are. Somehow I think she would be more aware of her financial status if she was one of the working poor and went to get a breast cancer screening at Planned Parenthood, but couldn't because the Repubs gutted their funding.

Hey, hichft. Unions are a tenth of what they used to be and gov't regulation has done little to help them, hence the decades long erosion of their ranks. I suppose if you owned an American company that was unionized you would fire them all and send the jobs to China like a good American businessman should.

Mar 09 12 - 12:57pm

much like michael moore declaring he isn't part of the 1%.

Mar 09 12 - 11:21pm

He said he wasn't aligned with the interests of the 1%, not that he didn't economically fall within that bracket. And he was right.

Mar 11 12 - 12:04pm

Since when did mindset come into who is the 1%?

As long as they support us, they aren't the 1%?

How much extra did Moore give to the feds this tax year, since he's under taxed?

And donating to political campaigns or PACs doesn't count.