One thing that American had hoped was over when George W. Bush left office was the confusion of the President and his inability to speak plain, ordinary sentence and even express basic ideas. After all Mitt Romney for all his faults has not one but two degrees from Harvard. (Of course Mr. Bush went to Yale, but that’s another story.)
So it is with some dismay that we learn that Mr. Romney in trying to express sympathy for the recent murder/massacre of Sikhs in
them Sheiks instead.
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee correctly spoke of the Sikh religion earlier in the day when he observed a moment of silence at a campaign event in
. But at the Illinois fundraiser, he
instead talked about the “sheik temple” and the “sheik people.” Sheik is an
Arabic honorific, whereas Sikh is a religion with roots in Iowa South
The campaign was quick to explain, Mr. Romney wasn’t confused, he was tired.
Romney spokesman Rick Gorka said the candidate “mispronounced similar sounding words,” noting that he was clearly referring to the
shooting and not trying to offend
people of Sikh faith. Wisconsin
Gorka also pointed out that the comment came at the end of a long day of campaigning. Romney left his New Hampshire home at 7 a.m. and traveled between three states, holding three events and taping an interview before he took to the microphone at the evening finance reception in
Of course, what was making him tired was (A) raising all that money
The event raised between $1.8 million to $2 million. Romney’s Iowa campaign co-chairman, David Oman, said it was “the largest and most successful presidential fundraiser we have ever had in the history of the state of
And (B) criticizing President Obama for spending too much time raising money.
Apparently no harm was done to the campaign by the gaffe of Mr. Romney because Sikhs, not being
Iowa millionaires, were not invited to the