At a campaign stop in New Hampshire last Thursday, Matt Romney — one of GOP hopeful Mitt Romney's thirteen or so monosyllabically-monikered sons — caused a nationwide controversy by joking that his father would release his tax return forms only if President Obama released his grades and birth certificate. "He has not said that he will not do it, he has also not said that he will," Matt told an audience at a Concord senior citizens home, when asked whether Romney would release his tax records. "He's certainly not afraid of anything, not hiding anything…but you know, I heard someone suggest the other day that as soon as President Obama releases his grades and birth certificate and sort of a long list of things, then maybe he'd do it." After the joke failed to get any laughs from the senior citizen residents, Romney then remarked what a tough crowd he was working with that night, before launching into a routine about the poor quality of airline food.
After President Obama's campaign manager caught wind of the joke, he accused Romney the Younger of "pandering to the dead-ender fringe of extremists" in the birther movement, who continue to speculate about the President's eligibility for office even after he produced a copy of his birth certificate in April. Romney later opened a Twitter account to apologize for the statement, retweeting a post from Politico's Emily Schultheis and adding, "I repeated a dumb joke. My bad." No word yet on whether he and his brothers will also apologize for making left-leaning feminist atheists like myself feel guilty for thinking they're sexy.