December 21, 2007

eyes, ears, where's the difference?

Mitt Romney has a thing for metaphors. When he said that he SAW his father march with Martin Luther King (which implies that it happened and that he was actually THERE, which he wasn't), what he actually meant was that he HEARD that his father marched with MLK (which doesn't imply either). Hence:


''I saw my father march with Martin Luther King.''

-- ''Faith in America'' speech, College Station, Texas, Dec. 6


''It's a figure of speech.''

-- News conference, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Dec. 20

[as reported by AP]

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