Kidding, I Hope

I really, really hope that the quote below was made in jest.  I suspect, however, that it might not have been, at least initially.  To set up the quote, it is from Mitt Romney, and he is talking about an incident last week where his wife’s plane had to make an emergency landing when smoke filled the cabin.  Thankfully, they were able to land safely.

“I appreciate the fact that she is on the ground, safe and sound. And I don’t think she knows just how worried some of us were,” Romney said. “When you have a fire in an aircraft, there’s no place to go, exactly, there’s no — and you can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem.”

Click here for an article from regarding this quote, and scroll to the comments section for some interesting perspectives (no major grammatical errors spotted, either).

Now, where do I start regarding Mr. Romney’s comment?  Let’s go with the most obvious place, and the fact that if you opened the window of an airplane at 35,000 feet, you would become unconcious rather quickly, and would probably die.  How does a candidate for President of the United States not understand the reasoning behind windows that do not roll down on airplanes?  Mitt Romney is not an idiot, but clearly lacks comprehension of the basic concepts of physics (pressure and altitude) and biology (lack of oxygen and its effects on the human body).


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