Liberals peed themselves with glee when a Los Angeles Times report indicated that Mitt Romney believed airplane windows should open to let air in if there was an in-flight emergency.
Romney was discussing his wife’s harrowing early landing after the plane she was riding in experienced an electrical fire.
Here’s how the comment was originally reported by the Los Angeles Times based on a pool report filed by New York Times reporter Ashley Parker.
“I appreciate the fact that she is on the ground, safe and sound. And I don’t think she knows just how worried some of us were,” Romney said. “When you have a fire in an aircraft, there’s no place to go, exactly, there’s no — and you can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem. So it’s very dangerous. And she was choking and rubbing her eyes. Fortunately, there was enough oxygen for the pilot and copilot to make a safe landing in Denver. But she’s safe and sound.”
Here’s what Ashley Parker told New York Magazine about the quote today.
The Los Angeles Times story that relayed Romney’s airplane remark to the world was based off a pool report written by the New York Times‘s Ashley Parker. When we asked Parker this morning whether it seemed as if Romney made the mark in jest, she left no doubt. “Romney was joking,” she e-mailed. Parker told us that while the pool report didn’t explicitly indicate that Romney was joking, it was self-evident that he was. ”The pool report provided the full transcript of his comments on Ann’s plane scare,” she said, “and it was clear from the context that he was not being serious.”
Of course, if no one had asked, she wouldn’t have offered this information. She’d have let it just sit out there.
So, no, the business genius self-made billionaire doesn’t think that airplane windows should open. No word on whether he can name all 57 states, though.