The Callous Mitt Romney: The Full Secret Video of Romney’s Private Fundraiser

The Callous Mitt Romney: The Full Secret Video of Romney’s Private Fundraiser

On Monday afternoon, Mother Jones Magazine posted a short leaked video online that captured Mitt Romney at an exclusive fundraising event that offered a rare glimpse of his personal views. Speaking at a private fundraising reception earlier this year with millionaire donors in Boca Raton, Florida, Romney described almost half of Americans as “people who pay no income tax” and are “dependent upon government.”

Those voters, he said, would probably support President Obama because they believe they are “victims” who are “entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it.” With its unvarnished language, the short video clip seems to undermine what Romney’s aides have tried to argue is an enduring attribute that would appeal to independent voters: a sense that Mr. Romney is, at base, an empathetic and caring man.

Now, Mother Jones has posted the full 49-minute secret video of Romney speaking at that May 17th fundraiser, captured raw and uncut. In addition to his denigrating comments about poor people, Romney’s remarks about a critical area of foreign policy set off another media firestorm, generating headlines around the world. Responding to a question about the “Palestinian problem,” Romney said peace in the Middle East is not possible and a Palestinian state is not feasible, telling his wealthy donors that Palestinians have “no interest whatsoever in establishing peace and that the pathway to peace is almost unthinkable to accomplish.”

Romney’s remarks, degrading nearly half of the electorate, sent the Romney campaign, which was already rocked by infighting, into panic mode. The new video confirms the impression of a callous Mitt Romney, who has little idea of how Americans actually live. Further, the additional comments in this full-length secret video solidify previous impressions that Romney can be quite a bully to those who are not a part of his small exclusive group.

The Full Mitt Romney Fundraiser Video-Part One (36:39)

The Full Mitt Romney Fundraiser Video-Part Two (31:04)

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The Last NASA Space Shuttle Launches Safely Into Orbit

The Last NASA Space Shuttle Launches Safely Into Orbit

The last mission in NASA’s decades-long space shuttle program is now underway. As rain clouds hovered ominously and the countdown began to the 135th departure in the 30-year-old shuttle program, the crowd at Canaveral grew still and anxious. Then, Atlantis rocketed safely into orbit on Friday at 11:29 a.m. EDT and is now flying at 17,500 mph around the Earth. The mission will catch up with the International Space Station in two days. The launch of the Atlantis space shuttle marked the last in NASA’s history, closing out a government-funded space program that lasted for 30 years.

Below is the NASA video of the final Atlantis launch. In addition, a second video shows the launching of  space shuttles spanning over three decades, including: the Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour, which flew a total of more than 100 missions.

The Atlantis Space Shuttle’s Last Launch for NASA

A Blast From The Past: Space Shuttles Through The Decades

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