Governor Romney loves a clever, non-malicious prank and has been known to pull a few monkeyshines in his lifetime.
Last night, as the spirit of April Fool’s Day began to waft across the Romney camp, Congressman Paul Ryan, Senator Ron Johnson, and Romney aides entered into a conspiracy…
The Republican presidential front-runner was all set to deliver a stump speech at a pancake breakfast in Milwaukee. He was ushered into a ballroom. He waited backstage behind a black curtain. Arrows on the floor showed him where to walk.
An aide warned Romney that, for whatever reason, turnout was low but that he would have to power through the event. “It’s really small,” one aide said, “but it will be okay.”
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) went out first to introduce Romney, “the next president of the United States!” Romney could hear applause, and when his intro music, Kid Rock’s “Born Free,” blared from the speakers, he and Sen. Ronald H. Johnson (R-Wis.) walked out from behind the black curtain.
“It’s completely empty!” Romney said, save for a handful of aides. “There’s nobody there. I thought, ‘Oh, boy, this is gonna look really bad on the evening news, let me tell you.’ ”
It turned out that Ryan and Johnson were in on the prank, which Romney’s traveling aides had hatched up late Saturday night. They had built a fake set for a Romney event. The applause was really a soundtrack played through a set of speakers.
“So not only did they do that, but they caught it on camera,” Romney said. “You guys — this is known as ‘forgive but remember,’ I’ll tell ya. We’re gonna remember this.”
After aides shouted “April fools!” at him, the former Massachusetts governor made his way to the real ballroom, where he addressed an overflow crowd of several hundred supporters and served them pancakes.
Read more and see a good photo here.
Romney shadowman, D G Jackson, caught the prank on video:
A well-executed caper!
is set apart for All Fools’ Day
But why the people call it so
Nor I, nor they themselves do know
But on this day are people sent
on purpose for pure merriment.”
– Poor Robin’s Almanac (1790)
Happy April Fool’s Day, everyone!
► Jayde Wyatt