What’s a Veep candidate to do when he and his party are accused of not giving a flying fuck about the plight of the poor and the homeless in this country???
If you’re Paul Ryan, you plan a stop at a soup kitchen with your family while you are in town for a Town Hall meeting.
What better way to show that you have compassion for the 47% and don’t actually regard them as pathetic leeches who should just disappear while the disciples of Ayn Rand have their way with America?
No man who hangs out with the homeless and spends time feeding and talking with them, actually listening to their stories and hearing their concerns can be THAT bad, can he – after all, THAT’S WJWD, ammirite????
So off Paul Ryan went to a Youngstown Ohio soup kitchen, where he mingled with the homeless, served meals, cleaned dishes, and talked openly with the clientelle in full view of photographers and reporters who recorded every move and exchange that Ryan had with the disenfranchised Americans.
I am impressed.
Paul Ryan dug down into the well of Christian charity and showed some human warmth and compassion instead of the typical, smarmy condescending asshattery that usually flows from the Rmoney/Ryan campaign in regards to America’s poorer citizens, and ……………………………. wait, what’s that you say?
Paul Ryan arrived at the soup kitchen a little late?
Hey, man, town hall meetings do not always end EXACTLY on time….I’m sure he jetted over there as quickly as he could.
What’s that? He missed the 10 am-11:30 am serving time?
Well, hey, cut him some slack…….at least he mingled with the people there who had been served and helped the staff clean up.
WHAAAAAAT? The patrons were gone and the staff had already cleaned up by the time he arrived?
Well, surely he spoke in earnest with the staff to find out what their average day is like and how many people they reach on a daily basis, and offered some ideas on how to better serve and empower the homeless of the area. He CERTAINLY would not take the time to fake a photo op of he and his family scrubbing dishes that had already been cleaned would he………..only a total douchehydrant would do something that douchehydrant-y, RIIIIGHT?
Well ,guess what?
PAUL RYAN IS A TOTAL DOUCHEHYDRANT.
Via the Washington Post:
After greeting and thanking a handful of volunteers from St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Canfield, Ohio — who said they typically visit the St. Vincent DePaul Society every Saturday and serve food from 10 to 11:30 a.m. — Ryan, his wife and their young children headed to the kitchen, donned white aprons and offered to clean up some dishes.
Ryan stood at the sink and took some large metal pans that did not appear to be dirty, soaped them up and rinsed them, remarking as the cameras clicked and the TV cameras rolled that he had spent a summer washing dishes when he was younger.
“We had a Hobart, though, which was — you get calluses on your fingers because it’s so hot,” he said, referring to the Hobart industrial dishwashing machine.
A few minutes into the dishwashing, reporters were escorted out of the building and onto a press bus.
As Ryan exited the building some minutes later, a small group of people, some of whom appeared to be homeless, seemed to engage Ryan, and the candidate stopped for several moments and spoke with them.
The campaign escorted photographers from the bus for Ryan’s exchange, but reporters were not allowed to do so. Ryan’s motorcade took off for the airport a few moments later.
A campaign aide said that the exchange was not open to press because it was an impromptu conversation.
Oh, hey….another photo of Paul Ryan.
I cannot emphasize enough how much of a shit I don’t give if conservatards think Joe Biden laughing during the debate was “disrespectful”.
Paul Ryan deserves about as much respect as Lindsey Lohan’s parents and sobriety coaches.
Big fat ZERO.
UPDATE, 10:29 am:
Hat tip to the lovely Deborah, who just alerted me to this:
Update #2 10/16/12 -
As mentioned in the comments by Becky, the director of the charity running that Ohio soup kitchen, Brian J. Antal, says that the Rmoney/Ryan campaign did not clear the visit with the charity’s board and he is not happy with Ryan’s shenanigans.
“We’re a faith-based organization; we are apolitical because the majority of our funding is from private donations,” Antal said in a phone interview Monday afternoon. “It’s strictly in our bylaws not to do it. They showed up there, and they did not have permission. They got one of the volunteers to open up the doors.”
He added: “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.”
What was that thing in the Bible about bearing false witness, Mr. Ryan?
Jesus thinks you’re a dumbass.