What’s a P90X’d, spooky granny-starver like Paulie Ryan supposed to do when he needs some “I’m on your side, poors, REALLY!” cred? Why, simply put in some time at a soup kitchen – easy peasy.
Except, Paulie being Paulie, putting some actual effort into the enterprise would have simply been too much (or coordinating, apparently):
The head of a northeast Ohio charity says that the Romney campaign last week “ramrodded their way” into the group’s Youngstown soup kitchen so that GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan could get his picture taken washing dishes in the dining hall.
Brian J. Antal, president of the Mahoning County St. Vincent De Paul Society, said that he was not contacted by the Romney campaign ahead of the Saturday morning visit by Ryan, who stopped by the soup kitchen after a town hall at Youngstown State University.
Timing also appears to be something he didn’t have, well, time for:
He added: “The photo-op they did wasn’t even accurate. He did nothing. He just came in here to get his picture taken at the dining hall.”
Ryan had stopped by the soup kitchen for about 15 minutes on his way to the airport after his Saturday morning town hall in Youngstown. By the time he arrived, the food had already been served, the patrons had left, and the hall had been cleaned.
Upon entering the soup kitchen, Ryan, his wife and three young children greeted and thanked several volunteers, then donned white aprons and offered to clean some dishes. Photographers snapped photos and TV cameras shot footage of Ryan and his family washing pots and pans that did not appear to be dirty.
UPDATE: CBS now has video:
That brings up the other interesting thing about this debacle: WHY did the Associated Press go along with this obvious fraud?
Don’t bother answering that – it was a rhetorical question.