During his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, Mitt Romney mocked Obama’s pledge to address climate change, turning it into a punch line.
“President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans — [bites lip and pauses for audience laughter(!)] — and to heal the planet. My promise is to help you and your family.”
The line came at an odd time, considering that Hurricane Isaac had just hit Tampa and delayed the Republican convention — the second time in a row that a hurricane had disrupted the GOP’s premier political event. Now, with Hurricane Sandy barreling down on the East Coast, potentially creating storm surges more than 10 feet high, those comments seem particularly ironic. Here’s a tweet from 350.org’s Bill McKibben:
Watch the video of Romney’s punch line here:
After Romney’s convention speech, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes said the footage would some day “be in documentaries as a moment of just ‘what-were-they-thinking’ madness.”