Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney went to a place where few men like him have gone before on Wednesday morning: the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) convention.
As the oldest civil rights group in the country, this year marks the NAACP’s 103rd Annual Convention, which is taking place in Houston. As a group dedicated to civic engagement, the NAACP uses its power to keep its over 500,000 members informed by hosting a presidential debate during every election year. In 2008, Barack Obama and John McCain went head-to-head in debate, an event which may have accounted for the 95% African American turnout for Obama in the subsequent election. Despite warnings that any attempt by Romney to sway voters from Obama at this year’s NAACP convention would be a lost cause, it was not enough to stop him.
Not only did Romney show up, he inspired his own trending hashtag on twitter, #ThingsRomneyShouldSaytotheNAACP, before getting booed off stage.
Here are 13 things Romney should have said (or probably thought about saying):
#ThingsRomneyShouldSaytotheNAACP I'm not like George Bush. I like black people. I even let my kids watch the BET (sometimes).— Charles Brown (@thatloudgaykid) July 11, 2012
#ThingsRomneyShouldSayToTheNAACP"In my defense most of the people I laid off and stole pensions from when I was at Bain were white."— Top Conservative Cat (@TeaPartyCat) July 11, 2012
#ThingsRomneyShouldSaytotheNAACP"I'm here to break your dependence on government so you can return to the glory days of 1950 and 1850!"— Top Conservative Cat (@TeaPartyCat) July 11, 2012
#ThingsRomneyShouldSayToTheNAACP "That bus out there isn't going to wash itself."— William K. Wolfrum (@Wolfrum) July 11, 2012
#ThingsRomneyShouldSaytotheNAACP You know, R. Kelly based Trapped in the Closet on things that happened to me.— Mark Campbell (@MrWordsWorth) July 11, 2012
In 2008 Barack Obama spoke to you. In 2012, Joe Biden is speaking to you. Kind of says it all, doesn't it? #ThingsRomneyShouldSaytotheNAACP— Joel Pollak (@joelpollak) July 11, 2012
#ThingsRomneySHOULDSaytotheNAACP: Thank you for having me. MLK and Lincoln were both Republicans. I'm out, goodnight.— JD Nelson (@JDNelson_68W) July 11, 2012
#ThingsRomneyShouldSaytotheNAACP"Barack is only half black! I am willing to be 100 percent black for your vote"— Your Savior (@ameanmudda) July 11, 2012
I would have spoken to you when I was governor, but I thought the NAACP was a basketball organization. #ThingsRomneyShouldSaytotheNAACP— Nicronon (@Nicronon) July 11, 2012
#ThingsRomneyShouldSayToTheNAACP "im not racist, i follow barack obama on twitter!"— Jordan Bulka(@TropicFever) July 11, 2012
#ThingsRomneyShouldSayToTheNAACP, I'm not prejudice, I watched roots twice and met Bobby Brown— Tony Roberts (@TonyTRoberts) July 11, 2012
It's NOT the color of your skin that'll get u any special favors, it's the content of your Swiss bank acct. #ThingsRomneyShouldSaytotheNAACP— DittoWatch (@DittoWatch) July 11, 2012