Colbert dings Romney campaign’s ‘Anglo-saxon’ blunder

By David Ferguson
Thursday, July 26, 2012 8:46 EDT
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Colbert on Anglo-saxons
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Wednesday night on “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert took aim at the Romney campaign’s gaffe upon arriving in London, when an aide told reporters that a President Romney would restore “Anglo-Saxon” values to the the U.S. and U.K. relationship.

The remark has been widely derided as overtly racist, but Colbert doesn’t see what all the fuss is about.  Isn’t there something a little…”foreign” about President Barack Obama?

“I know he’s been in office for  few years now,” Colbert said, “but Barack Obama just doesn’t seem American to me.  And you know what?  Mitt Romney agrees with me.”

The host then played a clip of Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA), the presumptive Republican nominee talking about how President Obama’s world view is “upside-down” and “foreign to the American experience.”

“Yeah, it just seems foreign,” agreed Colbert, but what exactly could it be?  His funny middle name?  His foreign father?  What on earth could the Romney campaign be getting at?

One Romney aide forgot the rule that these things should only be implied and inferred, however, when he or she made the “Anglo-Saxon heritage” remark to the press, a remark the campaign has since announced was never made, and if it was, the campaign strenuously insists that it isn’t what the candidate himself believes.

Colbert for his part sees nothing wrong with the characterization.  In fact, he said, it doesn’t go far enough.

“We must acknowledge our common Anglo-Saxon heritage, but what about our shared Battle of Hastings heritage, when our shared French Norman heritage conquered our shared Anglo-Saxon heritage by shooting an arrow through our shared King Harold’s eye?” he asked.

What, indeed?

Watch the clip, embedded via Comedy Central, below:

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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