"Corporations are People, Too!" — Mitt Romney, August 11, 2011
Speaking to an occasionally rowdy crowd two days before the Ames Straw poll, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made what seems likely to become a much-discussed flub, declaring to a group of Iowans that "corporations are people."
Pressed by an attendee at the Iowa State Fair on Thursday as to why he was focusing on entitlement reforms as a means of deficit reduction over asking corporations to share part of the burden, the GOP frontrunner shot back:
"Corporations are people, my friend... of course they are. Everything corporations earn ultimately goes to the people. Where do you think it goes? Whose pockets? Whose pockets? People's pockets. Human beings my friend."
Later that evening, Mitt Romney and his lovely wife Ann were putting away the dishes after a lovely house party.
"Aren't the Exxon Mobil's LOVELY people," Ann said as she swiped away a droplet of water from a wine goblet.
"I'll say they are," Mitt said with a wink. "I love having them over. They're even more fun than the Wal-Mart's."
Ann's face squinched as she considered the Wal-Mart's.
"They're nice and all that, but don't you think they're a little..."
"On the cheap side?" Mitt finished the thought for her.
"Exactly. Now the Berkshire-Hathaway's. Those are some people who love a good time and don't care how much they spend."
"You took the words right out my mouth, honey," Mitt said. "Same thing with the Apple's."
"I wish we could have the Apple's and the Microsoft's over at the same time," Ann said with her hands on her hips. "They're all so nice, if they could only get along with each other."
"Now, honey," Mitt said, putting his arms around his wife's waist. "We can't go solving everyone's problems. People are people, no matter what their differences are."Continued on the next page