Mitt Romney has managed to Google Bomb himself after stating that his comments in a leaked video last month were ‘completely wrong’.
If you do a Google image search for the term ”completely wrong’, then you will be flooded with images of Romney. A Google spokesperson replied to Slate.com, who originally noticed the search results, stating that it is not malicious at all and is down to the media hype that was kicked off after Mitt Romney apologised for his ill-fated words. Looks like this bomb is going to last for a while then.
A Google spokesman confirms that this is not an intentional “Google bomb.” The search results for “completely wrong” are the natural result of a flurry of recent news articles associating Romney with the phrase. How long this will persist, then, simply depends on how long the quote stays in the news—and, to a lesser extent, how many bloggers write posts like this one, which have the effect of perpetuating the association. Sorry Mitt.
The video in question was leaked last month by Mother Jones and showed the Republican presidential challenger talking at a fundraiser behind closed doors at the home of private equity mogul Mark Leder. In one of his replies to a fundraiser he said that 47% of Americans were not worth worrying about for his election campaign as they are not tax payers and expect hand outs from the government. The comments didn’t sit too well after they were leaked.
Here is a section of the transcript from the video recording that Mitt Romney apologised for:
Audience member: For the last three years, all everybody’s been told is, “Don’t worry, we’ll take care of you.” How are you going to do it, in two months before the elections, to convince everybody you’ve got to take care of yourself?
Romney: There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. And I mean, the president starts off with 48, 49, 48—he starts off with a huge number. These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect. And he’ll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich. I mean that’s what they sell every four years. And so my job is not to worry about those people—I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. What I have to do is convince the 5 to 10 percent in the center that are independents that are thoughtful, that look at voting one way or the other depending upon in some cases emotion, whether they like the guy or not, what it looks like. I mean, when you ask those people…we do all these polls—I find it amazing—we poll all these people, see where you stand on the polls, but 45 percent of the people will go with a Republican, and 48 or 4… Download: stopped%20recording