Zing! Romney on Obama: ‘Bless his heart’; Update: No, it’s not racist

Oh, yes, he did. He dropped the most awesome insult ever.

Swoon! Romney’s point is, of course, correct and needs repeating. But the “bless his heart” is getting more play as of now; it was the delicious final touch on the pro-freedom message. Of course, lefties react in typical fashion.


But most Twitter users delighted in his turn of phrase.


Some think that Romney should not be allowed to use the oh-so-awesome Southern slam.


We disagree and are totally on board with anyone using “bless your heart,” Southern or otherwise. To mix it up, he should add a little “isn’t he just precious?” That always adds some extra oomph.

Keep it coming, Mitt! More of this, please. Remember: No more Mr. Nice Guy. Keep the mitts off and stick with the fired up passion.


A preemptive “don’t even try it” to the media: It is not racist in the slightest. “Bless your heart” is totally an equal opportunity disguised obscenity. It’s very PC that way. And polite!

  • Love of Country

    Bless His Heart is a great dig on so many levels ….. hope to hear a lot more of it!

  • J Riesbeck

    Go MItt!

  • http://twitter.com/pjcostello Paul Costello

    I want an “Aren’t you special?” quip next!

    • http://www.facebook.com/julie.preece.12 Julie Preece

      Love it

  • Pingston

    ‘Bless his heart’ is not exclusively Southern. What a dumb, myopic claim. Don’t people leave their block? My relatives in Michigan, Canada, California all use it. It’s a way of being nice to somebody while critiquing their actions.

    • LightSabre

      But it did originate in the South. I know, as, I’m from the South. My ancestors coined the phrase. You see, they knew Joe Biden’s ancestors.

    • http://profiles.google.com/sanddog Ms Anonymous

      “Bless his heart” may have migrated out of the South but understood properly, no one would ever suggest it’s a “nice way” of saying anything. It’s one of the most cutting remarks a Southern woman could possibly utter.

      • http://www.facebook.com/marbylee Marby Zacuto Lee

        I learned “bless his heart” from my Alabama born-and-raised mother in law. She and the rest of the family have kindly not held my California upbringing against me and have welcomed me as an adopted Southerner. I use the phrase all the time because it’s perfect for so many situations, and here in CA the receiver doesn’t know he’s being insulted… :-)

        • Spasticq

          Maybe that’s the case for the Californians you know Marby, not the case for the ones I know. I’m SoCal born/raised, I and most folks here that I know…know exactly what Bless you heart means and we know it’s an insult.

          • http://www.facebook.com/marbylee Marby Zacuto Lee

            Well Michelle, I am also So Cal born and raised, and I didn’t learn of this phrase until I moved to Nor Cal, so bless my heart, I must have been raised fairly ignorantly.

          • BigDogJunction

            Funny, because I’ve been in Southern California and the Central Valley, for the past 30 years. And not a single one of the thousands of people I have known over the years, have ANY concept of the meaning behind, “bless his heart…”

      • SpaceRacer423

        “Bless his heart” translates to: “That poor retard.”

        • https://www.facebook.com/ritchietheriveter Ritchie The Riveter

          Or “that naive/ignorant child” …

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Donald-Arey-III/100001713622116 Donald Arey III

    Is this less or more insulting than “He’s a nice guy, But…”?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000094964069 Heather Ann

      More. At least how I’ve seen it used.


      • Cyborg0012

        Really! I’ve never seen it used in a nice way, at all.

    • Cyborg0012

      In the South… oh yeah… watch this video of one of our local pols blistering a reporter and you’ll have your answer. She blesses him so much you’d think he was possessed. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLJ8bP5a0_8

    • jc collins

      It’s a “more in sorrow than in anger” kinda thing. “He meant well, but …” It’s affectionate, but cutting, as opposed to “Bless his pointy little head” cf “It just breaks my little (chrome vanadium drop forged in Taiwan) heart”

  • CynicOwl

    While I’d love to see a can of whoop-ass opened, a “bless his heart” is good for starters.

  • WJGBalderama

    ‘That Obama, man…he’s one smart…alecky guy.’

  • WJGBalderama

    From an Asian(-American) perspective, the phrase ‘bless his heart’ translates to ‘the man tried his best, but he just doesn’t have the smarts.’

    • Cyborg0012

      Roughly. I work in the South and my boss is a big one for using this phrase. It translates to “You just angered my a great deal, but I must act professional.”

    • Vicioussss

      Bless his heart (he rides the short bus.)

      • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

        For us it was it had a couple of meanings, either: “You dumb a**.” Or, if it was a woman saying it to another woman, “Beotch.”

  • Botzilla

    Next time replace “Bless his heart” with “that worthless piece of s%^&”

    “President Obama, that worthless piece of s%^&, has tried to substitute government for free people, and it has not worked.”

    much better

    • http://profiles.google.com/sanddog Ms Anonymous

      “Next time replace “Bless his heart” with “that worthless piece of shit”

      “Bless his heart” encompasses that and more.

  • mommadona

    Condescending by the Chosen One of the White Horse Prophecy ~ hey ~ it’s how he rolls!

    He’s the #MormonManchurianCandidate ~ THEY are gonna SAVE the United States and Jesus is gonna ascend to the faithful in Missouri ~ didn’t you get the memo?
    Reality Check, America ~ this bunch is just NOT that into you, m’k? They have another planet to get all prepared for. You are just a step in the path for the Dominionist zealots now in control of the #PerpetualPoliticalMachine formerly known as the GOP
    Karl Rove is a Mormon, also. I rest my case.

    • J. Cox

      Awww..bless your heart for trying to get a point across.Next time take your meds before hand.

    • https://www.facebook.com/ritchietheriveter Ritchie The Riveter

      Phuleeze … as long as a candidate is willing to support government’s legitimate mission – securing our unalienable rights, nothing more, nothing less – I don’t care if he is a hermaphroditic American of Martian descent.

      The far-more-real threat is the condescending, arrogant Progressives who believe that they are the ones we have been waiting for … waiting for them to solve our problems FOR us via the coercive force of law, [sarc] because they are so much smarter than the rest of us [/sarc].

      Mr. Romney’s description of Mr. Obama, after his “blessing” here, captures the difference between the two PERFECTLY.

    • Spasticq

      Harry Reid, the most powerful Democrat in Congress, is also a Mormon. Betcha didn’t know that as you frothed at the mouth typing your insane slam on Mormons. Bless your heart, I rest my case.

    • Cyborg0012

      Seek help.

      • CptNerd

        Bless her heart, she’s trying so hard…

    • Mark81150


      Has your mothership called lately boomer?

      Another I hate teh Mormons bridge dwelling troll… a great many of us know Mormons, I have a copy of the Book of Mormon here on my bookshelf, and the nice ladies who gave it to me, didn’t even look like they were.. ?… “Dominionist” demons…..

      You’re a nutjob.. you know that don’t you?

      can we, after this little rant, explore the good “bless his heart” rev. Wrights views?.. or are liberals still hypocritically declaring those off limits while spewing hate at Mormons?

      Wrights, a zealot nutjob, not Mitt… and only a delusionally blind fool can’t see that.

      • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

        I got a free Book of Mormon myself (never read it). My husband used to be Mormon too and just laughs at all these assumptions placed on Mormons. He loves the magical underwear one.

    • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ Penny Robinson Fan Club

      Isn’t it sad when cousins marry?

    • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

      Bless your little heart.

      Go Michelle! Yes, my state has Hairy Weed… :-(

      • Cyborg0012

        Sorry about the Harry Reid thing. Wish you guys could get rid of that jerk.

        Hey, you ever notice these people never have an issue with Dingy Harry’s religion, but when it comes to Mitt they through a fit?

        • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

          Oh we will! We will.
          Yeah it’s pathetic that they have such a double standard. It’s the same religion for both of them. It’s just Mitt is better at following it than Sen. Weed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dgottschalk1 David Gottschalk

    Perfect caption for Obama’s O-I-H-O picture. Bless his little heart.

    • stillinthe60s

      I think its perfect for pretty much everything Obama tries to do. Obama’s stimulus didn’t keep unemployment below 8% like he said…well BHH. Obamacare is going to cost a trillion and a half more than Obama said it would…well BHH. Obama said GM’s successful again…well BHH. Obama tells the Catholic Church it has to pay for birth control and abortions…well BHH. Obama told small businessmen, “You didn’t build that!”…well BHH. Obama said he would veto any legislation that would stop his 716 billion dollars in Medicare cuts…well BHH. Heh!

  • wildguy21

    I’m pretty sure we’ve all heard Sarah Palin, who is far from Southern, use the “bless his heart” terminology without an outcry. Which is really saying something.

  • allenbarr

    yes bless his heart as his administration let leak after leak out of military missions out putting lives and families in possible danger. no one really knows how much has been leaked out and to who or for what reasons.

  • elkh1

    Wish the Dems said “bless his heart” racist, then they’d lose all the votes in the South.

  • http://twitter.com/species_x Species X

    “You are a sad, strange little man and you have my pity” – Buzz Lightyear.

  • $23438681

    New small business signs: Bless his heart, I did build this.

  • shoutingboy

    I think this one actually *does* count as a “dog whistle”–I’ll bet that most blue-county people had no idea this morning that “bless his heart” is an insult.

  • halcrawford

    Love the liberal outrage over “Bless His Heart” – meanwhile, they remain silent over Biden’s use of “y’all”.

  • radioone

    J. R. Ewing, bless his heart, he just loves his family…isn’t he precious.

  • Cyborg0012

    Hey, here is some of my local hilarity with a “bless you” towards the end. You can see how vicious it can be intended. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLJ8bP5a0_8

  • rivers

    Not from the South, but my grandma and aunties would say bless your heart when in spite of good intentions you made a mess of something you were not capable of doing. It’s a verbal pat on the head to a tearful kid who has has royally screwed up.

    • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

      I use it a lot when dealing with internet trolls.

  • http://profiles.google.com/segesta65 A Smith

    When the adorable 8 year old girl with Down Syndrome that lives next door does her best to shoot baskets with the big kids (who help her and cheer her on), I think “Bless her heart.”

    But the analogy fails because The One is not adorable, or sweet, or athletic in any way.

    • jc collins

      “I tried, Coach, I really did, but they were just too big for me”. Well bless his heart (big, like a lion).
      LOLKitten v Rottweiler, Well bless his heart (big, like a lion).
      Tried to take on the USMC in a bar fight, Well bless his little heart (poor dumb sombitch, got a little brain to go with it).

    • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

      But he is mentally handicapped.

  • nc

    It’s like a grown up patting a child on the head.

    Yeah, just like that.

    • Mark81150

      exactly like that.. and my grandmother wielded that phrase like a Samurai warrior, with the same result.. bloody carnage, with just the right tint of contempt.


    Indeed; a classy way to say ‘get the hell out of the peoples’ house as you suck eggs, poser.’

  • Mark81150


    Nothing like damned by faint praise to really drop the hammer.

  • Peldor

    If only he had preceded “bless his heart,” with a good old fashioned “with all due respect”, it would have been perfect!

  • $29520529

    He next should say, “Obama is as sharp as a pound of leather.”

  • $8266073

    If Biden can use Y’all, Romney can use BHH…althought Palin coined it last night first when talking about Akin. Hmmmm.

  • BeeKaaay

    He needs to continue this for another 2 1/2 months. MORE PLEASE.

  • Laika

    In the South, and this is ABSOLUTELY true (born and raised in South Carolina), ‘bless his heart’ or her heart means one of two things. Either that sentiment exactly or the exact reverse. Usually the exact reverse. It is a very, very polite way of connoting that someone is beneath contempt. ANYONE in the South could tell you how it was meant by the slightest variation in intonation. I don’t think Mitt Romney, who is NO Southerner meant the latter. It’s just a very, very Southern ‘thing’ to sweetly and politely use ‘bless his heart’ or ‘God bless him’ to mean #$#$#$@#%@#%. I promise you that’s true. I would bet most of what I’ve got Mitt Romney doesn’t know that or if he does, I’m tremendously amused. Remembering, as I say this that Obama is no Southerner either.

    I assure you that ANYONE in the South knows, with the correct intonation (and Romney doesn’t have it) that ‘Bless his/her heart’ or “God bless him/her’ is about the end of the world of slams.

  • cmblake6

    AWESOME! Reblogged under tag: bitchslap!

  • SClanding

    Just a more gentile way of telling Obama…..
    “Here’s your sign..”
    ie…..Stupid, but way toooo stupid to know they are imbeciles.

  • http://www.toprightnews.com John Urban

    I wonder if Mitt Romney got the idea from Sarah Palin, who laid down not one but TWO “bless his heart”s on Todd Akin on Greta’s show the night before!

  • Jeff H

    He should’ve made it “bless his little pea-pickin’ heart”.

  • RebeccaH

    I love it! My mother and aunts (who were very Southern) could slice people into ribbons by using that phrase. Go Mitt!

  • BillPhill12

    Wanna have some fun with Romney’s “Bless His (Obama’s) Heart”? Join in th new #hashtag >>> #BlessObamasHeart

  • http://theraineyview.wordpress.com/ Serena

    So the Leftist punditry is trying to cram racial implications into that expression? Well bless their little hearts, they mean well. Aren’t they precious? No offense.

  • Liars Never Win

    #BlessObamasheart he thinks the #navyseals are going to forget he got them killed with his big mouth.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeff.tappan.5 Jeff Tappan

    According to a buddy of mine from South Carolina, it’s a slapdown delivered by an iron glove, wrapped in the finest silk. Let’s say your cousin was a straight-A student, peren-nial volunteer of the local shelter and hospital. She was an accomplished equestrienne and was very active in the church choir and Sunday School. But, she was not graced with an overabundance of good sense. Your 95-year-old maiden Aunt Hattie would say of her, in a tone dripping with Tupelo honey, ” Oh, she’s just the sweetest child, bless her heart ” . It doesn’t get worse than that.