47% video creator, Scott Prouty, speaks

If there was one defining moment from the 2012 presidential campaign, it was the release of the now-famous Romney 47% video.

In September 2008, the Lehman Brothers collapse caught the McCain campaign off guard and Obama was able to capitalize on that moment to take over the momentum in the final six weeks of the campaign, but the 47% video was perhaps more powerful.

In Romney’s own words, American voters were able to see the real Romney. Romney conveniently ignored the handouts of the 1% – the real “takers” – and instead bashed those most in need.

In reality, Romney’s 47% remarks were mostly an assault on retired American who receive Social Security — though in Romney’s mind, he surely was using the moment to attack poor minorities, who he thinks take from the system and give nothing back. Of course, Big Oil taking billions each year doesn’t count nor do Federal Reserve handouts for Wall Street to the tune of $83 billion per year. No, you’re only a “taker” when you’re “the help.”

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What’s interesting to watch in the interview with Scott Prouty is how he came to record the meeting, then release part of it, then all of it. Prouty felt that Romney was dismissive towards millions of struggling Americans, starting with the wait staff working Romney’s event that evening.

After the initial release of the video, Romney provided his hallmark multiple-answers-to-one-question. That too helped define Romney in the campaign. Instead of “Romney, the business executive” it become “Romney, the man who will tell whoever is in front of him exactly what they want to hear.”

Worth noting as well is how Prouty had previously worked a fundraising event where Bill Clinton spoke. Unlike the aloof Romney, Clinton was much more personable with everyone including the staff, who he took the time to personally go meet. For those familiar with the best-selling book The No Asshole Rule, you probably already know where Romney fits in. People who kiss up, and kick down, tend to be less than pleasant pleasant in their heart of hearts. Voters had the chance to see the real Romney, who was described during the campaign as “the guy who just fired you,” and had little, if any, empathy for the man

Prouty makes some great points in the interview when he points out that Romney needs to take personal responsibility for his own words. While Romney and the Republicans often like to attack the least fortunate, and say that they need to take responsibility, it’s clear that even today Romney refuses to accept responsibility for his own actions.

The interview is just under 10 minutes, you really want to watch all of it.

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  • hollywoodstein

    As a sad bookend to this out of touch Romnster story, the woodstein was at a fundraiser for presidential hopeful Kerry, when the hired help was too high to help, so for some unknown reason the woodstein was nominated to tend the bar.

    After brief remarks, and photos Kerry repaired to the bar. The woodstein approached to ask, What’ll you have? At which point an aide literally threw himself across the bar between the Senator and the woodstein and ordered a mineral water no ice with lemon or lime. Ah yes, I remember it well. In any case, again the aide lunged awkwardly across the bar to intercept the drink and hand it to the senator, who never acknowledged the woodstein.

    Right then, I knew he would lose. The caricature of aloof New England windsurfer would stick.

    Preparing to leave the premises the aides accounted the checks, and realized the woodsteins was not included. Belated apologies were harrumphed, but the Senator never approached and when informed I had decided to repurpose it to local candidates, they left without so much as a backward glance.

    Always work the room.

    Including the staff.

    Especially the staff.

    The great ones do.

  • hollywoodstein

    Seriously, he was worth at least a 100 million in ad dollars if not the whole election. He should never tend bar again. Unless he wants to.

  • hollywoodstein

    Whatever that is.

  • hollywoodstein

    Get this man a lifetime sinecure.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Won’t happen. Grammar mistakes and misspellings are commonplace here, where the substance of an argument or post is presumed to be of higher importance than perfect English diction and presentation.

    In other words, if an uncorrected misuse of ‘who’ for ‘whom’ is your objection to sharing…well, you won’t be sharing many posts from AmericaBlog at all.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Disgusting is an appropriate name for you. Buzz off troll.

  • Montana

    Great job Scott Prouty! Willard fumbled after disclosure, and when he
    lost the election, he went back to the same words, so come on Willard,
    face it, your own words lost the election, man up Willard, man up.
    Willard didn’t even get all registered GOP voters out to vote for him,
    plus the GOP states that passed all those voter restriction, tick people
    off, and all those states elected President Obama. Willard was the
    worse candidate ever, even England dubbed Willard “Mitt the twit”. We
    have been sick and tried of all your Corporate Welfare and tax breaks
    and the fact that you don’t pay any federal income taxes, but hey keep
    your ill gotten money, we don’t want you or your money. Willard you
    were taught an important message….You can’t buy everything with money!

  • Riley

    After correction, please delete this comment. Thanks.

  • Riley

    Please correct “… including the staff, who he took . . . ” to be “… including the staff, whom he took . . . ” Thanks. After that correction, I would like to send several key people the link to this page.

  • Disgusted

    Scott Prouty, your a bastard. You know you are and you now want to be seen. If you really thought what you did was correct, you would not have had to come out now.

  • Drew2u

    Scott Prouty, Bradley Manning, and Aaron Swartz are all American Heroes in my book: One shining the light on elitism, one pulling back the curtain on war crimes, and one standing up for tax-payers’ freedom of information.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    It was an amazing interview. I hope it starts a trend of nailing these bastards when ever , where ever. The Chinese factory story was stunning, but Rachel didn’t follow it up to my great disappointment, because back in the day Ton Delay visited just such a ‘factory’ in the Marriana’s run by a Chinese company and called it God’s work.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Oh, I know. Money is the root of political corruption and sociopathy.

  • Naja pallida

    Really, if you’re already at the point of paying $50,000 a plate to listen to Mitt Romney blather plutocratic nonsense, you’re beyond redemption. How they treat the staff is just a symptom of a much bigger problem.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Yeah, it was interesting how Prouty commented that he’d made sure he had what he heard was Romney’s preferred drink ready — a diet Coke with lemon — and Mittens simply took it from him as if he didn’t even exist, not a word of thanks.

    And then there was the anecdote about how the first words out of Mitt’s mouth walking through the door was how he wanted to be fed right away.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Actually, Ed Schultz devoted nearly all of his show last night to the Scott Prouty interview, and it was amazing to watch.

    (Funny moment: Upon first seeing him, I said to my wife, “He looks like a bartender.” The next words out of Prouty’s mouth were, “I was bartending that night.”)

    Anyway, the part I found fascinating was how it wasn’t the 47% remark from Romney that got under Prouty’s skin and eventually prompted him to go public with the video, but Romney’s description of his tour of the Chinese factory Bain had purchased. How Romney saw nothing wrong at all with having twelve young women crammed into each small dormitory room, stacked three high in bunk beds, in a factory surrounded by barbed wire and guard towers. Workers who knew not to look up even when ‘executives’ were touring, for fear of punishment. Young women working in near slave-labor conditions, being paid crap wages, and doing jobs that used to be done in America by workers treated with decency and respect. And Mitt thought it was wonderful. A capitalist pig’s paradise.

    True, the meme or impression that came later was that Mitt Romney would say absolutely anything he thought his current audience wanted to hear. By extension, this meant he was speaking to those $50k/plate donors…and like most plutocratic bastards, in his mind the catering staff was invisible. They were non-persons. But the real truth is Mitt Romney was always his most genuine, animated and engaged emotionally in what he was saying, when he was speaking the language of the Plutocratic Bastard Class.

    If there was any doubt, we need only remember Romney’s post-election conference call, where he once again claimed the real reason Obama won was because the president was giving away “stuff” in the form of undeserved access to healthcare and other benefits. Or his more recent interviews on Fox, when he tried to assert much the same thing — a move that prompted Prouty to finally go public, to explain exactly why he did what he did, and to provide the full story behind the video that, at minimum, deeply influenced an election.

    And throughout it all, Prouty came across as genuine. A guy who knew the message would have been lost if he’d gone public before…and throughout the interview clearly wasn’t all that comfortable talking about himself or accepting praise. I do hope he’s able to pursue his dream of going to law school, and that those who owe him a debt of gratitude make sure he has access to some job security and a means to make a living.

  • nicho

    I can tell a lot about a person by how they treat service personnel. I once had a boss who always referred to male waiters, bartenders, etc. as “Fellah.” Females were “Honey” or “Sweetheart.” And he didn’t ask — he demanded. “Hey, fellah, give me another drink.” He was a major dick.

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