Conan tweaks Romney’s commencement address: ‘I don’t think God cares’

By Stephen C. Webster
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 8:45 EDT
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Failed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks to graduates at Southern Virginia University'. Photo: Screenshot via TBS's "Conan."
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Late night talk host Conan O’Brien aired a sketch Tuesday night that tweaked failed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s recent commencement address given to graduates at Southern Virginia University, editing the former Massachusetts governor to show him telling the crowd: “I don’t think God cares.”

Of course, that’s not what Romney really told the heavily Mormon university. What he really said was that the women in 2013′s graduating class should really try to “have a quiver full of kids” as soon as possible, and not really focus on career or financial success.

Conan’s version was a little shorter, and right to the point. “I gotta say, I watched the speech,” he said. “I think think losing that election has really gotten to him.”

The footage opens with Romney walking onto the stage to applause. “Every one of you here today, as a graduate, every single one of you, you will look back with regret,” he begins. “And all this has led me to the conclusion that you may find somewhat surprising. I don’t think God cares.”

“It’s a memorable speech,” Conan said.

“Yeah, I like that he kept it short,” sidekick Andy Richter said.

This video is from “Conan,” aired Tuesday, May 7, 2013.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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