Among the raft of lofty promises President Obama made to America was his vow to slow the rise of the oceans. Flashback June 2008:
The journey will be difficult. The road will be long. I face this challenge with profound humility, and knowledge of my own limitations. But I also face it with limitless faith in the capacity of the American people. Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth. This was the moment â€” this was the time â€” when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves, and our highest ideals.
Mitt Romney took a light-hearted jab at Obamaâ€™s hyperbole in his RNC acceptance speech:
President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planetâ€¦My promise is to help you and your family.
Which prompted New York Times columnist and eco-concern troll Nick Kristof and his fans to clutch their green-dyed pearls:
@NickKristof Dismissiveness appalling, reaction worse. But good clip to play for independents and moderates.
â€” The One True b!X (@theonetruebix) August 31, 2012
@NickKristof Yes, that was tone-deaf at a bare minimumâ€¦or worse, odd judgementâ€¦or worst, particularly troubling. Strange.
â€” Jeff Shuck (@jeffshuck) August 31, 2012
An intrepid Twitter user tried to help Kristof along with his comprehension skills:
@NickKristof What you are concentrating on, are the oceans. What Romney was concentrating on, was the hubris. Most people get that.
â€” vbspurs (@vbspurs) August 31, 2012
And another chimed in:
@NickKristof He was mocking the way Obama elevated himself into a Godlike Position you dimwitâ€¦ You libs are so touchy and clueless.
â€” Richard Davis (@artisticwoods) August 31, 2012
Alas, poor Kristof is beyond rescue:
@vbspurs If that was his point, i didn't get it at all, either in the speech or in the transcript.
â€” Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) August 31, 2012
mission accomplished. RT @NickKristof: Seriously, Romney's speech esp troubled me by mocking rising seas/climate changeâ€¦
â€” Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) August 31, 2012