"Romney’s ‘Growing Up’ Michigan Ad Features Picture Of Mitt Atop Helipad At New York World Fair"
Mitt Romney’s latest Michigan ad, entitled “Growing Up,” features a photo of himself as a young man with his father, then-Michigan Gov. George Romney (R) as Mitt narrates, “I remember going to the Detroit auto show with my dad.”
However, as Jed Lewison at Daily Kos points out, the photo Mitt uses (seen at right) to tout his Michigan roots was not taken at the Detroit auto show. It was actually taken at the 1964 World Fair in New York.
What’s more, commentor TheCrank notes, is that Romney and his father took the photo not among the masses at the World Fair. Rather, it appears that the two were looking down on fair atop a 120-foot helipad. Note the position of the giant blow-up car in the photo above on the following map of the 1964 World Fair (red circles are ours):
It is not clear from the photo whether the Romneys arrived at the fair by helicopter or simply climbed the helipad on their own.
Romney, who has tried effortlessly during the campaign to present himself as an everyday man, was hurt earlier this year when it was revealed that despite being worth in excess of $250 million, he paid a tax rate of less than 15 percent in 2010 and has accounts in notorious tax-dodging havens like the Cayman Islands and Switzerland.
The image of Romney atop a helipad will give critics who view him the former Massachusetts governor as an out-of-touch elitist more fodder.
Huffington Post points out another headache for Romney’s campaign with the “Growing Up” ad: it features the presidential hopeful driving a Canadian-made car.
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