Mitt Romney’s ‘invisible’ garbage man trashes him in union campaign spot

At first, the new campaign video from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees seems to be a dialed-back take on Priorities USA’s infamous “Mitt Romney gave my wife cancer” spot. Really, though, aside from the “victim” still being alive, it’s essentially the same line of attack. Mitt Romney’s garbage man, Richard Hayes, knows that his body’s going to break down from hauling Romney’s trash each week, and Romney just doesn’t care.

Hayes says that sometimes residents give him and the other trash collectors hugs. Not Romney, though. He was too busy counting his money to say hi, or something.

AFSCME claims the ad is the first in a series.



It turns out that Romney spent some time as a garbage man himself.

  • sybilll

    This is just too stupid to even come up with a snarky reply.

    • WI4Walker

      So Romney won’t talk to his garbage man and Obama won’t talk to foreign leaders. Even?

  • Jack Deth

    Geeeeeee…. If a garbage man has a respiratory problem, shouldn’t his doctor have recommended the garbage man wear a mask while working?

    Just asking.

    This is even more lame and weak than the Bain thing Zero has run into the ground with no recognizable positive effect.

  • Garth Haycock

    Why do so many in unions want praise for doing their job? Guess what? You’re SUPPOSED to do your job.

  • Joey Cosentino

    I have NEVER in my 33 years of life EVER even ONCE spoken with the garbage man. Most times no one was home when they came to pick up the garbage OR they came very early in the morning when everyone was rushing to get ready and get out the door. This has GOT to be the single most idiotic thing I have EVER heard. I’m going to guess that MOST garbage men just want to pick up the damn garbage and move on to the next house… they don’t have time to standing around chatting with homeowners!!!

    • James Atkins

      My garbage man never gets out of his truck… wonder why he doesn’t like me.

    • Maria

      You’re right they don’t have time to chit-chat since they’re on a tight schedule.

      • MileHighinAZ

        Well said, Josey, James & Di. My rural area in AZ has FOUR competitive, privately owned garbage collection companies. Not one of them has a person who picks up the garbage can by hand (I haven’t seen that done since…I-don’t-know-when); every company has trucks with robotic arms that manipulate the required company-owned can. Is San Diego saying they can’t afford those trucks, and that they’re using some antique vehicles from the ’80s?

  • Joey Cosentino

    At the end of the video there are FOUR more videos of public service workers… ALL smearing Romney! What kind of lunacy is this???

  • Hank DeCat

    Hmm, Romney doesn’t understand how it feels to be an “invisible” garbage man? Actually he does — turns out he spent a day working as a garbage man when he was running for gov. of MA to get a feel on different public sectors jobs & made the same comment about feeling “invisible” and further commented how everyone who works that hard deserves “our respect” (page 251 of his book No Apology):

    “One day I gathered trash as a garbage collector. I stood on that little
    platform at the back of the truck, holding on as the driver navigated
    his way through the narrow streets of Boston. As we pulled up to
    traffic lights, I noticed that the shoppers and businesspeople who were
    standing only a few feet from me didn’t even see me. It was as if I was
    invisible. Perhaps it was because a lot of us don’t think garbage men
    are worthy of notice; I disagree – anyone who works that hard deserves
    our respect. (251)”

    Link here:

    • IV_SCOUT

      Wow, good catch.

      • Hank DeCat

        LOL! Maybe people should read the books these candidates write. :-)

        eta: BTW, I posted it in a comment to the video on YouTube, but it’s pending approval, so I’m sure it will not see the light of day there.

        • RaggedyAnn46

          I went to youtube and saw no comments. Now I know why. No one with half a brain would have anything good to say about it.

          • TugboatPhil

            I think the Obama campaign will be hiring people with half a brain to write positive comments.

          • Millie Williams

            They pay 11.00 an hour, more than I’m making…hmmmmm…. :)

          • RaggedyAnn46

            LOL I’m sure you’re right!

          • Kyle Bradelle

            People with half a brain are already voting Republican. :7

          • TugboatPhil

            Very true. See, even with a partial brain, a person can think somewhat.

            The people voting for Obama have no brain, no soul, no personality and they have reverted to walking on all fours and have lost the ability to even be hunter-gatherers.

        • grais

          I hear Obama’s books are full of stories of his hugging garba…uuuh…sanitation engineers.

    • AfricanAtlantian

      That’s actually pretty cool, and quite human coming from Romney. +1 man.

  • googily_moogily

    The filthy rich and their filthy garbage. I expect to see a photo of Obama HUGGING his garbage man.

    • RaggedyAnn46

      Said the same thing before I saw your reply. Perfect photo-op for B.O.!

  • William J. Miller

    I work at a distribution center. My job is to make sure thousands of pieces of product go out to the stores in the chain each week. I have never gotten a hug from a customer who bought said product. Jerks. s/o

    • GaryTheBrave

      I’m a truck driver that brings product to distribution centers and I’ve never been given a hug by dc employees. You heartless b******d! /sarc

      There have been a few times when I’ve been called names that imply my parents were never married and that my mother was a female dog. Thanks. /sarc off

  • Rafael Eduardo Peña-Rios Riber

    so by that logic, i should go at least once a month to my water, energy and gas companies to hug and congratulate all the workers just because they are doing their job?

    • William J. Miller

      I show my appreciation, once a month, by paying the damn bill.

    • Maria

      Don’t forget to hug and goose your mailman/woman.

      • TugboatPhil

        Goosing, Di?! You intrigue me!

        • Maria

          You never might get chocolates in your mail next time.

  • CalCon10

    This goes beyond parody.

    Perhaps there’s an AFSCME “unfair labor practices” complaint for “non-hospitable work environment” coming.

    P.S. What sane person hugs a garbageman (I don’t care how nice he is) while he is at his duties, in his no-doubt fragrant working clothes?

    • RaggedyAnn46

      I’m a germaphobe and I’m not coming within five feet of my garbage collectors, nor shaking their hands, much less giving them a freakin’ hug!

  • Cosmic Girl

    Uh…not sure what happened to my last comment, but here we go…Flashback: Romney was trash collector during Gov. campaign; felt ‘invisible’.

  • Cosmic Girl

    Hey Richard…I’ve met you and you’re a big baby. You get a paycheck for your work…now get a life! So, what do you want? You want Mitt to love all up on you? Just do your job, get your paycheck and use some of those duckets to see a therapist ’cause you’ve got emotional issues.

  • KateNE

    What? I am lower middle class and have never seen nor talked to my garbage man. This is seriously a thing? Wow, I am a terrible person and didn’t realize it until now. By the way, does anyone really think Obama has ever spoken to his garbage man?

    • weRbroke

      He’s probably never taken the garbage OUT…he has people.

      • Rafael Eduardo Peña-Rios Riber

        if you have trash, you didnt take it out! someone else made that happen

  • Love of Country

    I don’t go out of my way to hug stinky, liberal, backstabbing liars either.

    Leave it to a pathetic troll like this guy to give garbage collectors a bad name.

  • Clorinda Madsen

    Three points.

    First: Hello. That is an automatic garbage truck. Why are the drivers getting out and grabbing the cans and moving them in to position? Or were they putting them back? That goes WAYYYY beyond the scope of the job. We have automatic trucks. A driver comes around and activates the mechanism. Garbage dumped. If no trash can is on the curb, no garbage picked up.

    Second: And how often is Mitt Romney in residence at his CA address. Didn’t he only buy it in the last few years?

    Third point: Garbage men make good money. They generally don’t belong in that “moocher 47%” category. Quick research into La Jolla, CA sanitation workers’ salaries shows that the average salary is $75 THOUSAND.

    • RJD

      I agree with all of your points, and regarding number 2, I also wondered how much they’ve been home to hug the guy? He’s been campaigning all over for more than a year. This is the craziest thing!!

  • GoSellCrazySomeplaceElse

    Oh no. Romney takes out the trash, but doesn’t take in the trashman.

  • Guest

    I’ve actually thanked them a couple of times. They have never said thanks for the business though. Oh well, maybe next year I’ll get a Christmas card. :^)
    If I was working, I could afford a card for them. I have made it a habit to pay attention to everyone, kind of a throwback from growing up as a shoe-shine boy.

  • vetgal1970

    What a cry baby.

  • weRbroke

    Good Grief! My garbage person makes the rounds at 4 am. If he/she noticed my can wasn’t at the curb, they sure as hell DIDN’T make the 30 ft walk to retrieve it from beside the garage, EVER. Had they just ONCE made the trip, perhaps I would feel compelled to leave them a thankyou note. Since they don’t CARE if the can is there or not, why should I care if they don’t get a HUG? LAME.

    • RaggedyAnn46

      And heaven forbid if you must get rid of something that won’t fit in the can. Around these parts, if it’s not in the container, then you are SOL!

      • weRbroke

        Where my sis lives, if you do not have the can facing the RIGHT WAY, they will NOT get out fix it, they leave your can full and drive off. Those mechanical arms can’t function if peeps don’t put the can in just the right way so it can grab on. Lots of fun when fighting snow berms, slush and ice in those 5 months that our area can see winter road conditions. Twice, the snow plow coming after can put out has spun it away and she went without a paid service that week. They don’t do refunds either…SOL, screwed by county road crew.

  • tjp77

    Public employee unions should be illegal. Period.

    Oh, and nobody ever hugged me for doing my job either.

    • GaryTheBrave

      Why are there government-run trash operations when there are companies that already do that? Waste management as an example. It’s time to privatize disposal.

      • AfricanAtlantian

        Wow, why are they’re are publicly-run trash ops?! You obviously, haven’t had your city or county pick up your trash, ever. Do you want to pay WM prices for them to handle your refuse? I feel like I have to explain the same argument about how if you have a bunch of people participating/paying in a group, the cost per person goes down. Have you never bought group passes to a water park or fair or anything? Ever bought a Groupon?!

        Bottom line: Privately-held companies like WM and MUCH MUCH SMALLER outfits are looking out for THEIR bottom line, and will not be compelled by their own moral compasses to do right in the handling of garbage; Unless you’re FOR MORE Gov’t Regulation and Oversight (EPA/OSHA/Health Depts) of trash and recycling ops so they don’t pollute your water table or let trash pile up for a month before collecting it.

        Sadly, right-wing schizoids like you are not for those things.

        We cannot TRUST private corporations to do anything but make the most $$ for their shareholders. They must be COMPELLED by LAW and suitable services must be AFFORDABLE and AVAILABLE for everyone….

        Kinda like healthcare, Doofus.

        • redheadgrl

          WM is a $13B company with over 44,000 employees and you call that a small outfit? Also, when your local gov’t requires you to use one trash removal company, your price may look low, because the hike usually takes place in your property tax. And, the local gov’t company is usually getting a kickback, which also increases your price or property tax.
          I, as an American, believe I can properly choose a company to dispose of my trash/recycling without gov’t involvement. It’s a shame some people think Americans can’t even make a basic decision like trash removal.

          • AfricanAtlantian

            No, wrong again, Doofus. I said WM and other much smaller outfits.

            EDIT: {Also, you’re talking kickbacks?! Rofl! Now its about corruption. More false equivocation logic. “So, but the gov’t is getting kickbacks.” You still don’t address the fact that private waste companies that will only look out for their bottom line and not the proper handling of waste materials.

            GG n00b.}

            Reeding compreehenshun iz funduhmentul.

          • redheadgrl

            Of course private wast companies are looking out for their bottom lines – THAT’S HOW COMPANIES STAY IN BUSINESS. Also, I would bet that the trash company your local government uses is a PRIVATE company with a GOVERNMENT contract. If you are really in the ATL.
            Thanks for the insult BTW, makes you look like a great debater. It must really be fun to have a real-life conversation with you.
            Best of luck.

          • AfricanAtlantian

            I’ve lived in several cities, and I’ve had both public and private waste management services. I do not denigrate one for the other. Both are needed and necessary in their applicable environments.

            We all can’t be condescending jerks all the time. I’ll take your snootiness as a compliment.

          • Grandma HeadInjury

            Said the guy who resorts to “Doofus” and jokes about reading comprehension. Looks like the term “condescending jerk” is evidence of projection here….

          • AfricanAtlantian

            Would you prefer sarcasm warnings?
            *sarcasm ahead, danger!!*
            I’m sure we’ll take your expert armchair opinion to heart.
            *all clear!*

          • Grandma HeadInjury

            Nah, your hypocrisy is fine the way it is. Carry on with exposing yourself for the person you really are.

          • AfricanAtlantian

            Why thank you, Mr. Nobody! Good day sir!

          • Grandma HeadInjury

            You’re welcome, Mr. Just-Found-Twitchy-and-Looking-for-the-Attention-Mommy-Never-Gave-Me. And a good day as well to you.

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          • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

            I think your definition of ‘snootiness’ and mine greatly differ. She wasn’t ‘snooty’. You’re just condescending and rude. Good day, ‘Mr. Nobody’. I think that’s the term you used…

          • AfricanAtlantian

            You keep inserting yourself into a conversation to make a point about someone’s character. I think that makes you condescending too.

            Have a great day! 😀

          • GaryTheBrave

            All the private trash companies know where the landfills are located. They pay the fees, get their trucks inspected and licensed, get business licenses, and obey all the laws. If you think their rates are high it is likely because of the cost of abiding by the laws, rules, and regulations you libs love to impose on business.

          • AfricanAtlantian

            If I could roll my eyes any harder, they’d fly out the window, find you, and smack you.

            You’re talking about operational specifics and dodging my point. Waste management services (a lot like healthcare, education, military, police, and fire services) should not be available only to people who can afford it. There should be affordable and proper waste disposal services for everybody. I’ve never actually minded the cost of waste management charges by my city or private company even when it went up (I’m not driving that crap to the dump, are you?). Sure, I’ve complained as a consumer, because who wants to spend another 10 or 20 bucks a month/year/whatever to have someone take out your trash? That’s human. What’s not human is creating conditions for illegal dumping and disgusting health conditions from improperly removed or piled up trash.

            And you expect me to sit here and take your word that private companies care or consider about these things above their profits?

            Sorry, that bucket just don’t hold water.

          • tiorbinist

            “Reeding compreehenshun iz funduhmentul.” Actually, so is spelling, thinking about what you are saying, proofreading before hitting return…

            It’s kind of unfortunate when you say things like “Wow, why are they’re are publicly-run trash ops?!” and then expect everyone to take you seriously.

            Then again, it’s about the same when you accuse someone of being KKK because they said they were white and didn’t kiss Obama’s butt, then call someone else a “right-wing schizoid[s]” for disagreeing with you. I suggest you look up schizoid. It might be educational.

          • AfricanAtlantian

            You are so funny. Making assumptions about me like you know me. It’s cute and creepy at the same time. Doesn’t change what was said. Have a nice day. 😉

        • weRbroke

          Public/private partnerships always turn into moneypits, just ask Valerie jarret about her days as a slumlord of Grove Parc, BEFORE they lost the bid for Olympics in 2016. Place mysteriously went from Berlin-Bombed Out-look to getting a funnel of $$$$$ to fix the mess that she allowed to happen on her WATCH. Sad that poor people had to live in such squallor while just a few blocks over, obama lived in nice house, he didn’t pay much attention to those projects either.

          • AfricanAtlantian

            I would like to ask her about that, however, neocon drama queens are too busy using the issue as a political cudgel rather than caring about the people who were affected. “SHE WAS OVER/OWNED/WAS SOMEHOW INVOLVED WITH SHITTY PROPERTY, THAT MAKES HER A BAD PERSON!!!OMG!!one!1111!!!”

            You see how stupid that sounds?
            I dislike public-private partnerships too. I would like to see separation of public and private duties and a commensurate level of oversight where necessary. Government isn’t the only answer, but neither is giving everything to individuals whose stated legal purpose is to make as much money for their investors as legally possible. It just doesn’t sit right with me when I apply common sense to it.

          • weRbroke

            LMAO. stop making excuses for VJ…or any other POS that takes on something and MAKES IT WORSE. Those peeps in Grove Parc were IGNORED. PERIOD. That land was to be the new site for the Olympic Park in 2016, until the bid attempt failed. Take a look around at all the PROJECTS…who runs them and what hope do the people that are stuck in them have to run on? More Foodstamps? Obamaphone? SAD that gov induced poverty keeps sucking in more and more peeps and they are too buttblind to see the free ride must end.

        • Steven Tibbs

          we cannot TRUST public employee unions to do anything but line thier own pockets. there is no free lunch, every bill comes due. the profit margin is what keeps the private companies honest. unlike government operations, private operations face competition. get your head out of oblamas hind quarters and think. by the way, this slavish loyaloty to oblamas is why your people don’t have any politicial clout.

          • AfricanAtlantian

            I would hope that profit margins would be a means to control private companies’ behavior, however, we have seen time and time again, where profit margin drives companies to cut corners and scale back services while charging customers more to pad said profits.

            ” unlike government operations, private operations face competition.” — So I guess you haven’t heard of price-fixing/gouging.

            “get your head out of oblamas hind quarters and think.” — I am thinking, and sharing my thoughts with you. I think that’s why you’re so nasty, angry, and can’t say anything other than right-wing fallback insult/talking points

            ” by the way, this slavish loyaloty to oblamas is why your people don’t have any politicial clout.” — Let’s address a few things here:
            1. You’re misspelling the president’s name on purpose do disrespect him.
            2. You’re demonstrating your lack of knowledge of what it means to have a slave mentality.
            3. You’re making an argument that assumes that “my people” have no political clout. If that were the case, then why are so many of “your (political) people” trying so hard to disqualify, revoke, and discourage “my people” from voting? Could it be that they do fear what may happen if “my people” get out and vote in droves?
            4. You’re demonstrating your lack of basic knowledge on demographics in the United States.

            Take off your ‘Captain KKK’ pajamas, and go put on your big boy pants. Then after you’ve read the 2010 Census and a few polls from this year, and the demographic breakdowns of the 2008 election, then you can come talk to me and insult me by proving me wrong.

            Otherwise, get stuffed, fool.

            PROTIP: Don’t say what someone else says and change one word to flip the argument around. It makes you look intellectually lazy.

  • Maria

    I’ve never hugged my garbage man either nor talked to them. Heck I don’t even know what they look like since I’m not out there when they come!
    Seriously, that man should stop his whining and be glad he has a job in this economy. I bet you if Romney tried to offer him a hug he’d turn it down.

  • Mickey James

    As a aircraft mechanic, I’ve gotten millions of people to their destinations, and not one thank you or hug.

  • TVree

    I, and million of other white tax payers, help pay Obama’s salary. Not once has he given me a hug, handed me a gatorade, or thanked me. Obama doesn’t care about white voters.

    • TugboatPhil

      True, but he has done something of a sexual nature to us, against our will.

      • AgntOrngVctm

        Yes, his VA “health care” took a perfectly good prostate cancer and through the marvels of rationing via. budget cuts, turned Moby into a cold fish. Yeah, I looked down after the operation and said “Conquistidore my ass”.

    • AfricanAtlantian

      Why do you feel it necessary to mention that you are WHITE? I pay taxes too…

      Thanks for taking off your white hood.

      BTW, there are millions of white people who don’t pay taxes either. Hint: it’s not because they are rich.

      • dantes44

        What was the main reason you voted (assuming) for Obama?

        • AfricanAtlantian

          I see what you’re doing, and I’m calling you an ass for it, since you’re in the mood for ASSuming things.

          It would be better to give all the posters here the benefit of the doubt that they voted knowing the issues and weighing matters of policy and their chosen candidates plan for the future.

          • dantes44

            So I assumed correctly. Thanks.

          • tiorbinist

            @AfricanAtlantian: “It would be better to give all the posters here the benefit of the doubt that they voted knowing the issues and weighing matters of policy and their chosen candidates plan for the future.” It might be. At least the majority of people who frequent conservative sites are likely to have. However, enough people voted for Obama in 2008 to make it impossible to assume that the majority of Americans voted on issues, policy or their candidate’s plan for the future, since all Obama has ever had was a plan for the future that was based on empty ideology. And yet, he got elected. That really damages the argument, doesn’t it?

          • AfricanAtlantian

            Wow you managed a post without an insult. I issue the same challenge to you about what the GOP platform is other than ideology or policy born from ideology. Ideology is inescapable. What is though, are sweeping generalization of people who voted a particular way because you dont like who they voted for.
            I don’t agree with all of Obama’s policies. Some for going to far, others for not going far enough. I can agree to disagree. What I won’t except is the argument that my guy is better than your guy even though my guy can’t tell either of us what he really wants to do in office.
            And let’s not start with GOP legislation on the whole, we’ll be here all night talking about abortion bills and amendments to bills vs straight up jobs bills.

          • tiorbinist

            So let me get this straight: your approach to politics this year is to hang around conservative sites making fun of people, whining that you can’t tell the difference between a person with no governing experience or business experience even after 4 years in office as President of the US, and a successful businessman with a Governership behind him, but all you are willing to do is whine about them because discussing the legislature is too much effort?

            I think that isn’t what you are after, but I could never tell by the way you are posting. You present as a loki-wannabe, so upset that you can barely control your fingers from swearing every-other-word, insulting anyone who dares to question or oppose you while taking umbrage at anyone who says anything you can act insulted about, and then claim that no one can tell who or what you really are. Well, that last bit is certainly working.

            On the other hand, GOP legislation in the face of a Democratic Senate (whose only purpose is to block all legislation because the law-makers are GOP-majority) and a president who vetos (directly or by pocket) anything that doesn’t increase spending, debt, taxes and misery for people who pay taxes while using his Executive Order abuse-of-power to ‘make’ laws out of nothing, and a Supreme Court which repeatedly fails to rise to Constitutional levels of balance of power… it’s all kind of a farce, isn’t it?

            Have you ever, in your life, seen a Congress go for 4 years without making a budget? Have you ever seen a government “for the people, by the people, of the people” screw the people quite like the bill that the then-speaker of the house justified passing without reading as “When we’ve passed it, they’ll find out they like what’s in it.” (Paraphrase)

            I haven’t.Of course, I’ve only been hanging around this mortal coil for a little over 55 years, and my study of history isn’t up to the level of a PhD wearing a “Constitutional Scholar” label.

            So maybe you have the answer. Maybe kvetching about how the Dems and Repubs are not giving you a choice for one of the many offices up for grabs this year is the right way to think. Maybe it’s best that we all encourage in-fighting about race, being insulted at each other, and generally sticking our noses in the air and being isolationist, with the “I’m so much better than you are and you can’t even tell” mentality of your posts taken on by each and every one of us.

            Maybe you’re just a troll.

      • BobTheUmp

        Does anyone else find it ironic that AfricanAtlantian is insulted that someone would identify themselves ethnically. AfricanAtlantian? C’mon, I cannot be the only one to spot the hypocrisy. Really?

        • AfricanAtlantian

          My choice of a handle for forum posts does not diminish what I said. So your irony there falls kinda flat, broseph.

          • BobTheUmp

            Bull. Your choice of handles is exactly on point and plainly diminishes the authority of your jibe. Good for the goose…

          • AfricanAtlantian

            You must be high on your own ego. Tell me exactly how my handle diminishes my questioning of identifying yourself and a mass of other tax payers by race? Other tax payers not good enough for either of you? Their money is beneath your government? Give me a break fool. Go sit down and feed your geese.

          • BobTheUmp

            Kidding, right? You lead with your handle. It is the precursor to any comment you make as it is not a name given but a name chosen. I have no problem you questioning someone’s self identification. I wrote it was ironic that a person who leads with an ethnic self identification would do so. It is even funnier in that you questioned TVree and then had the hubris to answer your own question with the implication that he or she was a Klan member. But, ad hominem attacks of that sort are certainly the way to win an argument. Like when you called me a fool. Yep, you win.

          • tiorbinist

            Um, actually, it does. You are the only one identifying yourself based on race… and I’ll bet it isn’t even an accurate self-identity. Have you, for instance, ever set foot on the continent of Africa? I don’t identify myself as a Ukrainian or Muskovite Russian, even though that was the nationality of my father’s parents. There just isn’t a need. I also don’t include the word “Mishlinge”, and I could probably make a case (at least, if you aren’t a “the Holocaust never happened” type) that there is more to be upset about 6 million of your people being slaughtered by a government while the supposedly-more evolved and civilized 20th century world looked on and did nothing, than merely being black.
            As for identifying himself as White, TVree was making a point, not playing a race card: Romney’s black garbage collector whines about not getting a hug from Romney, who is white. TVree offers the counter, he’s white, and never got offered anything but higher taxes, less health care, more government control, higher unemployment, snap judgements and lectures about how you shouldn’t make snap judgements… in short, no hugs from Obama. That’s contrast and irony. And not a little sarcasm. You immediately played the race card, “Thanks for taking off your white hood.” News, bro: all whites are not KKK members.

            It’s that kind of “You have insulted me” reaction that we see these days from liberals. It is not possible to talk realities with them. If you point out truths that they can’t deny, they are insulted. And you must die, because you dared to insult them. This is your response to irony and sarcasm: instant play-the-race-card-and-be-insulted.

            dantes44’s conclusion seems pretty obvious on that basis. I note also that he has given you plenty of chances to deny his premise: all you have managed is to be insulted (and insulting) and wish you could swear more.

            So sad.

          • AfricanAtlantian

            Thanks for not reading the thread. Have a nice day.

          • AfricanFloridian

            No, you’re still wrong, the fact that he mentions he was white doesnt have anything to do with the statements of the video, not until you pointed it out and made a big deal of it. If he said he was black you wouldnt have said a word. If he said he was latino, you wouldnt think anything of it. But since he’s white, for some reason that gives you ammunition against him and suddenly he’s a racist.

            Heres a news flash, even black people support racism. And you are the provided proof.

        • Judy Anderson Hamby

          I’m going to start referring to myself as a WASP – White Anglo Saxon Protestant. Been called that forever, may as well start using it.

      • Grandma HeadInjury

        Paging Elizabeth Warren! We have a fellow race-pretender of yours on board!

        • AfricanAtlantian

          Paging the mental ward: one of your patients has escaped.

          • Grandma HeadInjury

            Same thing, but thanks for the clarification….

      • TVree

        I mention I am white, because I am white. I’m racist? Excuse me? How about you put that race card back in your pocket. If anyone is racists it’s you. You see someone mention they’re white you immediately say they belong to the KKK. The Democrats started and maintain the KKK, so look at your own party before you start slinging mud. I can’t help you’re not intelligent enough to understand satire. Go back to HuffPost articles.

  • RaggedyAnn46

    Is this some kind of a joke? Seriously!!! Is it?

  • nc

    Who knew garbage smelled so much like desperation?

  • disqus_LASIg6epmj

    Most of the time I’m not even around when the garbage folks are here and if I pass them or whatever, I’ll wave but I’ve never heard of hugging them.

  • RaggedyAnn46

    I’m now fully expecting to see a photo-op of B.O. hugging the garbage collectors outside White House.

  • Netmilsmom

    I’ve talked to my garbage guys. They are wonderful. BUT, they actually speak to me. Maybe this guy is just anti-social.

    • GaryTheBrave

      I would speak to my garbage collectors but I don’t speak Spanish and they don’t speak English. I wave though, and yes, I do use all my fingers.

  • Paul C.

    Anything but the ECONOMY!!

  • Thom Harris

    They’ve been watching the Oscars, Emmys, Tonys and Golden Globes way too much. Hollywood is the only place that requires admiration on an ongoing basis. The unions want a piece of that.

  • LightSabre

    This is too insane for words.

  • ACF

    Normal garbage man = do job.
    Union garbage man = stand there waiting for a cookie.

  • Snarky D

    Obama hugs his garbage men. I’ve seen Axelrod and Plouffe get big ‘ol hugs before.

  • Gary L Monks Sr.

    Unions are leeches on the public. Politicans like them because they outright steal from members paychecks and give it to the politicans.

  • TugboatPhil

    Stop the video at 0.09. See the things sticking up from the top of the truck? That’s a set of hydraulically operated “claws” that fit around the round part of the top of the trash can, which you can see at 0.18. There are NO people that get out of the truck and lift anything on those kinds of trucks. The driver does it all.

    Mr Hayes, you are not worthy of a hug, a water, or even your coveted Gatoraid. You get a paycheck, a health care plan (which is probably exempt from Obamacare) and you are government union member. You are NOT part of the 47%. You are part of the public sector union leeches that are draining treasuries around the nation.

  • conservmommy

    Mitt was already at the office working, when the garbage was picked up. Sorry about the lack of ‘hug’, but Mitt was already at work.

  • Tony Musto

    You have to be kidding me. Everyone wants a hug now for doing their job???

    toughen up Mr trash man! Do your job and do it well. You’re reward is your paycheck no hugs and hand shakes. What happened to the real men?

  • GaryTheBrave

    He was probably laughing after the shoot. They probably paid him a few thousand to read the script. He likely doesn’t care if Mitt or anyone else on his route talks to him.

  • John (it true me am)

    Really… he wants hugs? HUGS? I don’t hug my best friends, why on earth would I hug my garbage man?
    If a grown man is just going around hugging everyone in a day to day setting, that’s just creepy.

  • RosiesSeeingRed

    Between this and “you didn’t build that,” the working taxpayers in this country who are carrying the load have about had it with Obama, and ads like this motivate us even more to show up at the polls in November.

  • Bill

    love it – this ad is paid for by the very same union that has bankrupted several California cities and will soon bankrupt Illinois and California. This scummy organization that purports to represent public employees, has robbed the public coffers for years. Let’s review, AFSCME bargains with local, county and state governments for higher wages for their members, and then uses the proceeds of that bargaining (higher dues because of higher wages) to support candidates that will continue to be friendly to AFSCME through the use of ads like this one, then once the union friendly candidate gets in office AFSCME prepares for the next round of bargaining (robbing) city, county and state government officials – the very same that they supported in the previous election. Everyone see the pattern?

    It is time for the folks that pay this bill make the choice to make the politicians that create this ever-growing bill pay at the ballot box. Ignore the ads and vote these union lap dogs out of office. This is the only way city, county, and state governments will be able to recover. And “let me be clear”, if BHO gets another four years he will use executive powers to bail out California, Illinois, and any other democrat controlled local, county or state government so the music will keep playing – and who will pay that bill? Answer: our children and grandchildren, that is if they have job in the dismal future that would represent an Obama second term.

    AFSCME makes me sick, and I am not crying any tears for the poor government worker that is hurt that Mitt Romney does not know who he is. Do your job, be thankful you have a job in this dismal economy, and stop crying that someone that lives in LaJolla is more rich than you. Ever think that the rich people in LaJolla pay some of your salary through their taxes?

  • AfricanAtlantian

    The ad sucks. There’s so much more that Romney is doing BADLY that he can be challenged on. Bad call by Dem operatives. I would have made the trash man say “Romney doesn’t care about my union rights so that I have workers comp and disability in case I hurt myself hauling out his and his neighbors trash.”

  • Madelyn Martine

    Really…they are trying to equate Romney’s supposed “no hugs” to OBAMA’s not speaking or meeting or being in the vicinity OF THE HEADS OF STATE????? His total abdication of responsibility for Fast and Furious, and the latest horror in the Middle-East should make all who see this spit in disgust.

  • Joe W.

    I have NEVER hugged my garbage man either. Never hugged my grocery checker, bank teller, dry cleaner, barber or shoe salesman. I didn’t realize I was such a bastard….

    • brianmouland

      I didnt smile at the clerk when I paid the city bill last week shoot me!

  • Jimmy Romines

    Garbage men are, in fact paid for their routes, not by the hour, so the faster they get the route done, the sooner they are done for the day and can get home with their wages, at least that’s how the privately run garbage pickup is run in my area. So they don’t exactly have time to chit chat since they aren’t getting paid to stand there.

    Of course, union infested public sanitation disposal probably pays them some ridiculous amount per hour, so they can just stand around and chat on your dime.

  • Apologianick

    I think this ad is excellent! After all, if this is how far the campaign is having to go to impugn Romney, we’re in good condition! Here we hear it’s supposed to be a close race and we have an attempt to knock out Romney with his garbage man? Simply incredible.

  • dantes44

    “One day I gathered trash as a garbage collector. I stood on that little platform at the back of the truck, holding on as the driver navigated his way through the narrow streets of Boston. As we pulled up to traffic lights, I noticed that the shoppers and businesspeople who were standing only a few feet from me didn’t even see me. It was as if I was invisible. Perhaps it was because a lot of us don’t think garbage men are worthy of notice; I disagree – anyone who works that hard deserves our respect. ”

    -Mitt Romney



  • Joseph Phillips

    Boohoo! I was brought to tears that Mitt didn’t give this man a hug. Poor guy… sniffle, sniffle. #sarcasm

  • Steven Tibbs

    can we hear about Olamas garbgeman? i hear the chosen one likes to hug men.

  • WingedBishop

    If this guy is using his company’s time looking for hugs at work there is probably something not right upstairs and there is certainly something wrong with his work ethic.

  • Kyle Bradelle

    I don’t hug the kid who bags my groceries either. #here’satissue

  • orringtonmom (D)

    ok, so this is what they do in california? hug the garbage collectors? no, this is a serious question.

    look, i know times are tough and you are lucky to have a job, but if it is “killing you” to do it, you have the option to do something different. to say romney makes your job harder because he doesn’t hug you, talk to you or shake your hand is really… incredibly stupid.

    seriously, if this is considered a good political ad concept, i’m for hire… how hard can it be?

  • deanothewiseman

    I’ve never even seen my garbageman that I know of, I’m usually doing something called “working” when he comes by. Even if I wasn’t, I’m not sure he’d want me to slow him down by asking for a hug.

  • 1water

    But wait, it gets better: the section in the book recalls the moment Romney became a trash collector for a day. […]
    “During my campaign for governor, I decided to spend a day every few weeks doing the jobs of other people in Massachusetts.
    Among other jobs, I cooked sausages at Fenway Park, worked on asphalt
    paving crew, stacked bales of hay on a farm, volunteered in an emergency
    room, served food at a nursing home, and worked as a child-care
    assistant. I’m often asked which was the hardest job – it’s child care,
    by a mile.”

  • kbielefe

    For a lot of jobs it’s an honor to be invisible. That means you’re doing your job well. When you pick up your phone and get a dial tone, I helped make that happen, but unless the service goes down you never notice my contribution at all, and that’s how I like it.

    • AfricanAtlantian

      Indeed. There are many service industries like that.

  • civet

    This, my friends, is what happens when everyone gets a trophy. If people don’t laugh this ad off the air and it doesn’t do more harm than good to Obama’s campaign, then we truly may have reached the point of no return in this country.

    • AfricanAtlantian

      This is what you said sounds like to me. “zOMG the country will implode! Defeat Obama!”

      I hate this ad too. Dumb call. Don’t think its as involved directly with the Obama2012 campaign as people are letting on though.

      I gotta give you credit, at least you spelled his name right. So many people spell it wrong on purpose with quasi-african words mixed in to be racist and disrespectful.

      I disagree with you but I respect you.

      • civet

        And thank you for not immediately calling me a racist simply because I disagree with this administration’s beliefs/policies/tactics. That seems to be the go-to tactic for most on the left these days.

        For what it’s worth, you translated me pretty well. Obama’s policies will lead/are leading this country the way of Europe, which is caving in on itself – imploding, if you will – as we speak ( Google European debt crisis) so, yes, I do feel we must defeat Obama to keep it from happening here.

        I’ve seen enough to feel comfortable believing the Obama campaign would bless this ad in a heartbeat, but you may be right that they haven’t so we’ll just respectfully agree to disagree.

        • AfricanAtlantian

          See you’re the kind of person I would like to debate over coffee.

          I would encourage you to see more and learn more directly about the Obama campaign. I feel as though there is this heightened state of fear that so many conservatives or right leaning voters are being whipped up into.
          I’ll ignore the quip about googling the euro debt crisis, which FYI I have been following. While the euro debt crisis is very serious and there is plenty of fault to go around, I want to point out something that I believe ruins the debate when we talk of social reform, social programs and the social contract:
          A lot of the time when someone on the left says “hey we should have a European styled health system” those who disagree immediately rage like they want euro everything. Not true.
          Case in point:
          I think we should have health and transit systems modeled after Europe and every other modern society. I don’t think we should have euro government or currency.
          I also am a believer in the notion that what made and still makes the US great, is that we’ve always taken a best-in-breed or best practices approach and forged innovations or better solutions out of what everyone brings to the table. We did not spend 3/4 of our history reinventing the wheel. We got right to work with what we had and made it better. It doesn’t mean the US always did the best thing or the right thing. We did always aspire to better, though, and we didn’t fire a president just because we didn’t like him. Look at Bill Clinton George W Bush.
          Substantively, what makes you personally feel like the president is going to or wants to ruin the country?
          I really want to know your honest intellectual assessment, no talking points.

          • civet

            Had to wait to get home from work before I could reply. Too bad. Was thinking I was having a reasonable debate with a sincere, if wrong-headed individual but I’ve seen some of your other posts. You throw the race card around like I mention above, which is an automatic DQ.

            For the record, though – and I know this is in such simplistic terms it sounds like a talking point, but it still holds true – I “personally feel” this president believes in equality of outcome over equality of opportunity. That’s not how we roll and it’s awful for the country. You can nitpick some details – yes, healthcare needs some work, but forcing people into what is obviously a corrupt and over-priced system is not a suitable answer – but the bottom line is that bringing everyone down to try and even things out has always been a failure. Sometimes catastrophic.

            And I don’t want to fire Obama because I don’t like him – although I feel he and his administration have shown me enough to make me not like any of them (not the blind hatred of a Bush Derangement Syndrome sufferer but a genuine and well-earned distrust and disappointment). I want to fire him because he’s proven himself to me to be incompetent, divisive, and more than a little dishonest.

            Again, though; I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree.
            Maybe you, too, should take a closer look at his campaign and performance thus far. You may be wearing hope-colored glasses.
            And work on playing that race card a little closer to the vest. I’m sure there will come a time to throw it down for real. Not that people care anymore. It’s been played more times by the left than Freebird on the jukebox in an Alabama Waffle House. I don’t even hear it anymore.

            Best of luck to you

  • Mom2Ian03

    Didn’t know we are supposed to hug our garbage men. Give me a break.

  • lana ward

    The Dems are a pitiful bunch. What an embarrassment.

  • Larry A Singleton

    If there’s a picture of a Poster Boy for Sleeze this guy ought to be on it. What a scumbag. First of all did you notice the trash cans he was “lifting”? Cities now have requirements where you can only use those piece of crap 80/90? gallon trash cans that that fat ass doesn’t have to lift. In addition to limiting how much trash we can throw away. There’s an arm on the truck that lifts the containers FOR HIM. All that fat ass does is roll it out. When I was a kid I lived in Devore. The country. We used to clear out our back forty of rocks and load them in 55 gallon drums and set them out on the street for the garbage men to pick up. We NEVER heard a complaint. Did this low-life complain about his masters and the obscene fees they charge for taking a load to the dump?

    Second of all. HE’S GOT A F-ING JOB!!! And the question that goes with it is; Is this a UNION job? (If so read a report by Matthew Vadum; “Government Unions: How they rob the taxpayer, terroize workers and threaten our Democracy. Read the book Plunder which is also about public employee unions. And whether its public employee or not. Unions are not the same as they used to be. I belonged to unions on the railroad and the Carpenters and was royally screwed by both.)

    What a rotten stinking ingrate. To actually have a job in the first place and then DEMAND that his “customer”, (and let’s not quibble, this guy is a WHORE. He might as well trade his uniform in for a halter top and net stockings), acknowledge his “service”! This SOB has been bought and paid for. Unfortunately the guy he’s screwing doesn’t even get a “reach around”. Mitt get’s his good name smeared, and he’s “screwed over”, by a guy he doesnt’ even f-ing KNOW!

    In the Old West he would be known as a low-down dirty coward. A Yellow Dog.

    What a punk.

    Larry A. Singleton
    Riverside, CA

  • vetgal1970

    I’ve got some bad news for Mr Hayes. When his body breaks down, AFSCME won’t care either.

  • disqus_BktOMwqkBg

    The topic under discussion here is garbage men. If you want to swim in the sewer, feel free to wander over to Kos.

  • Nathan Love

    Sorry if I offended you. Just a joke. No need to get snippy.

  • AfricanAtlantian

    I dont agree with the ad, but just because the person on the ad was black, its okay to assert that you’re a white taxpayer? It doesn’t matter. It shouldn’t matter. I’m a tax payer and Obama hasn’t given me a hug. I’m not miffed about it. I think there’s plenty he needs to be doing other than getting his FG’s on with random constituents.

  • dantes44

    Geeze, in that wall of text of an answer you could have included your answer to my original question. What was the main reason that you voted for Obama?

  • AfricanAtlantian

    Geez, in all of your ass-hattery you would maybe discern that the reason why I voted why I voted is my own damn business. Nothing in your projected smug sense of self will take away from the fact that you’ve openly admitted that you think that people vote *only* along racial lines. Why are we voting again in the first place?

    Edit: ** to satisfy @KAdams

  • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

    Um. People do vote along racial lines. They also vote in spite of them. 2008 was the result. As far as saying he was ‘white’, what’s the problem with setting a baseline for your comment? Why must you assume that he’s being ‘racist’ by proclaiming he’s white? Since we’re talking about asses, and all that…

    So we’re to discount every black person that says they are voting for Obama because he’s black, huh.. Well, to be fair, he’s only half black.

  • AfricanAtlantian

    Sure @FatBrando:disqus , that exists. Notice carefully how I didn’t say that it doesn’t happen at all. Also, please notice, that I was questioning his reason for qualifying his statement with saying he was a white taxpayer. I didn’t call him a racist and if you are inferring that I thought it was racist, then maybe it was racist, maybe just a little bit. I even said myself, that I am a taxpayer (didn’t have to say what kind) and that I would prefer that the POTUS not constantly go around getting random hugs from constituents.

    Lastly, I’m not telling you to discount every black person who voted for Obama, maybe you should take that up with @dantes44:disqus who seems to think that people will only vote with their eyes and not with their brains or hearts.

  • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

    You told him thanks for ‘taking off his white hood’.
    You also said: ‘Nothing in your projected smug sense of self will take away from the fact that you’ve openly admitted that you think that people vote along racial lines.’ I was merely offering proof as to the reason Dantes44 probably could have for ‘openly admitting’ to thinking people vote along racial lines. You know, things people have said were the reason they voted for Obama.

    One more thing. America isn’t a democracy. It’s a republic.

  • TVree

    In fact you did call me a racist. You told me to take of my KKK hood. You sir are the racist in this group. Your hate-filled rhetoric doesn’t belong here.

  • AfricanAtlantian

    Allow me to asterisk that for you… *Only* vote along racial lines.
    An as for the hood, I thanked him for doing so. I don’t have to ask people to reveal themselves for who they are, they just naturally do.

  • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

    You don’t have to edit for my clarification. However, as far as the hood, you said ‘I didn’t call him a racist’. You inferred by thanking him for taking off his white hood, that he is racist, because a ‘white hood’ is the symbol most commonly identified with the KKK, is it not? While you admitted a little later that you maybe thought it might be, the white hood reference shows that you implied, if not implicitly stated, he is a racist. Also, in a quick preview of Dantes44 replies, I don’t see where he said he feels people vote *only* along racial lines.

  • dantes44

    No, I didn’t say everyone votes along racial lines. But it is becoming obvious that you do. C’mon, you’re anonymous. What was the reason you voted for him?

    ps – did you watch the total epic failure at last nights debate? LMFAO!

  • AfricanAtlantian

    Dude… I don’t spend my days hanging around conservative sites like I have nothing better to do (as some other fool accused me of doing). This thread is days old and yes I watched the debate last night. Romney came off as a grinning Jackal who was glad to misconstrue and lie by omission while vomiting out talking points when he didn’t have anything cogent to say until he got to his next out-of-context fact. I would have liked to see the President fight a little more in there. However, we did see Romney commit to a lot of stuff on the record, and literally lop off the extremely conservative right-wing of his party. It was quite astonishing that he kept saying he agreed with the President as much as he did, while not giving specifics on what he’d do. I guess that’s magic Mitt-math on his magic calculator which was deemed mathematically impossible by fact-checkers unless he could somehow guarantee the massive expansion of the taxpayer base. I also was intrigued that he avoided saying specifically what loopholes and deductions he’d closed when directly asked a couple of times. The President played the high hand bluff, and lost the appearance game when he tried to pull the discussion into the Wonk-y details.
    I’m disappointed, true. Not because Romney won in a substantive way. He did so on style points, acting as though he was at a boardroom meeting and he was gunning for the CEO chair. This isn’t a debt-heavy company with spreadsheets and boxes to tick. This is a country (which has a much more robust and complex economy than Spain) where people’s economic and actual lives are on the line.
    My final opinion: Romney was playing checkers–got you on this point, got you on that point, king me king me!! Obama was playing chess, allowing his opponent to make the opening moves and stake out his positions. Next debate, Romney will have TWO opponents, President Obama, and himself.
    Thanks man for being civil

  • AfricanAtlantian

    P.S. — How I voted is my business still and your can lob accusations at me all day. I know the truth and I’m satisfied with my choice.