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Oct 18 2012

Paul Ryan Washes Clean Pots and Pans at Photo Op

Presidential campaign photo ops are often staged and inauthentic, but the Romney/Ryan campaign took this to a whole new level this past weekend when Paul Ryan went to a soup kitchen to show that he is so generous and concerned about the plight of the less fortunate that he was willing to roll up his sleeves and clean pots and pans that were already cleaned long before he got there.

First of all, he didn’t even have permission to be there. The charity goes out of its way to be non-partisan and did not approve the request, but they got a volunteer to open the doors. Brian Antal, president of the charity, said:

“The photo-op they did wasn’t even accurate. He did nothing. He just came in here to get his picture taken at the dining hall.”

Ryan had stopped by the soup kitchen for about 15 minutes on his way to the airport after his Saturday morning town hall in Youngstown. By the time he arrived, the food had already been served, the patrons had left, and the hall had been cleaned.

Upon entering the soup kitchen, Ryan, his wife and three young children greeted and thanked several volunteers, then donned white aprons and offered to clean some dishes. Photographers snapped photos and TV cameras shot footage of Ryan and his family washing pots and pans that did not appear to be dirty.

It was the least he could do to help. Literally, the least he could do.

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  1. 1
    cry4turtles

    This happened in Youngstown and was all over our news in Western PA. What a clown.

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    Abby Normal

    I’m not sure about this being a whole new level. I pretty much assume any planned photo op is this honest. A whole new level would have been dressing up the VIP lounge at the airport to look like a soup kitchen so the candidate wouldn’t have to go out of their way.

  3. 3
    cswella

    Literally, the least he could do.

    Eh, I’m sure he knows someone with mediocre photoshop abilities who could allow him to do less.

  4. 4
    had3

    Cleanliness is next to godliness, but not so close to honesty.

  5. 5
    caseloweraz

    “Mission accomplished.”

    Mission photo-op, that is.

  6. 6
    Sastra

    Many, many moons ago I read an article in MS. Magazine criticizing religious right anti-feminist icon Phyllis Schafly. The writer pointed out that a publicity photo for Ms. Schafly which showed her in her own kitchen, smiling and taking a lovely cooked casserole out of the oven, did not show her wearing oven mitts. For taking a hot casserole out of an oven.

    Well, sure, it was posed. But didn’t the Happy Homemaker know you’d need to put something on your hands, on an occasion like that?

    It would have been fun if someone had noticed that Paul Ryan and his happy family were pretending to wash clean pots and pans using, say, floor wax and tissue paper.

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    Mr Ed

    Paul Ryan cares very deeply about the 47% of moochers and is more than willing to give up minutes of his time to look like he cares.

  8. 8
    Chiroptera

    At least he doesn’t eat arugula in his salads. Thatreally shows how out of touch with the average American a candidate is!

  9. 9
    Worldtraveller

    Sastra, you actually aren’t that far off. Note that Ryan’s sleeves are barely rolled up past his wrists, he doesn’t bother to take his watch off. Now, most people who wash dishes for a living actually wear gloves, but that has more to do the long term effects of constant detergent and warm/hot water than anything else.

  10. 10
    busterggi

    An accurate photo would have show Ryan sending his maid to wash the dishes but she would have charged for her time and he’s too cheap for that.

  11. 11
    Modusoperandi

    Sastra “Many, many moons ago I read an article in MS. Magazine criticizing religious right anti-feminist icon Phyllis Schafly. The writer pointed out that a publicity photo for Ms. Schafly which showed her in her own kitchen, smiling and taking a lovely cooked casserole out of the oven, did not show her wearing oven mitts. For taking a hot casserole out of an oven.”
    Apparently someone hasn’t memorized their D&D Monster Manual. Phyllis Schlafly (pg84) is immune to fire.

  12. 12
    tubi

    It was the least he could do to help. Literally, the least he could do.

    Well, he could have prayed for them.

  13. 13
    blf

    Well, he could have prayed for them.

    Well, Lying did prey on them… does that count?
    And it probably was praying too: “We can cut my taxes even further by getting rid of stupid shite like this. Please ensure these mooching scumbags can’t vote…”.

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    skinnercitycyclist

    It would have been fun if someone had noticed that Paul Ryan and his happy family were pretending to wash clean pots and pans using, say, floor wax and tissue paper.

    Eh, I find it every bit as fun that Ryan spoke of the “calluses” he used to get from washing dishes in his youth.

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