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Forget chains; Mitt Romney’s old-school whiteboard hits a nerve


Has the celebration of Paul Ryan’s fabled “wonkiness” given running mate Mitt Romney license to embrace his corporate image?

Romney uses a prop at his avail

— Mike O'Brien (@mpoindc) August 16, 2012

At a campaign stop in South Carolina today, Romney pulled out a whiteboard to quite literally illustrate the differences between his Medicare plan and the Obama administration’s — and drove the Left nuts.

Today is the day that Mitt Romney went Glenn Beck on us. #whiteboard

— Markos Moulitsas (@markos) August 16, 2012

NOTE TO ROMNEY: Just because you write it on a whiteboard, doesn't make it true

— ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) August 16, 2012

LaBolt: "The biggest whiteboard in the world isn’t going to get their Medicare distortions past the American people."

— Reid J. Epstein (@reidepstein) August 16, 2012

Steve Benen, producer of MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show,” quickly blogged that Romney had “tarnished the very idea of whiteboard lessons” and “shredded” the whiteboard code of honor.

As a devoted admirer of whiteboards, it pained me to see Romney sully the whiteboard code of honor

— Steve Benen (@stevebenen) August 16, 2012

.@SteveBenen: If there's a whiteboard code of honor, Romney just shredded it

— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) August 16, 2012

Today, Mitt Romney moved from Etch-a-Sketch to Whiteboard…the lies continue!: WE ARE NOT IN SECOND GRADE! Relate…

— Yes We Can (@GoodOleWoody) August 16, 2012

It is nice to see that Romney changed from etch-a-sketch to whiteboard. If our Romney clipart wasn't perfect, we'd change it

— The Democrat Machine (@DemocratMachine) August 16, 2012

#RomneyWhiteboard has more voting rights than African American Pennsylvania voters. #Whiteboardrights

— Red Pill America (@RedPillAmerica) August 16, 2012

Romney used a WHITEboard? Put y'all back in chains, indeed.

— daveweigel (@daveweigel) August 16, 2012

Romney at the whiteboard looks like an office manager illustrating why you're being fired.

— Jordan Ashby (@JM_Ashby) August 16, 2012

Once you’ve become used to the magic of the teleprompter, a white board must seem a little primitive. Doesn’t Romney know what century this is?

#whiteboard cutting edge. Romney shows how to compete in the digital age. @markos @KeithOlbermann @PoliticalTicker

— johny huber (@johnyhuber) August 16, 2012

Some liked the old school approach.

I love that @MittRomney pulled out the whiteboard today to school individuals on his plan to save Medicare. Hard to do with a teleprompter.

— Tommy Bryan (@TommyFromATown) August 16, 2012

Why is everyone so grouchy? I like the whiteboard. How else are you going to explain things like the federal budget?

— Ryan Teague Beckwith (@ryanbeckwith) August 16, 2012

If the “Sorry Everybody” craze of 2004, in which people uploaded photos of themselves holding written apologies for President George W. Bush’s re-election, taught us anything, it’s to never provide the Internet with a photo of yourself holding an alterable sign. Within hours, Romney’s whiteboard had its own tumblr site, the White House posted its own version, and parodies were everywhere.

Romney doodles a picture of Harry Reid on his whiteboard #RomneyWhiteboard

— HuffPost Politics (@HuffPostPol) August 16, 2012

With unemployment numbers again revised upward, is it possible to find the image of a man in a white collar and tie at a whiteboard comfortingly nostalgic?

BTW, if you thought that whiteboard thing of Romney's was silly… heh. Not much business experience, huh?

— Moe Lane (@moelane) August 16, 2012

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