Overheard on CNN.com: Romney's gaffes, you say? Try waxing poetic on politics of the day
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March 2nd, 2012
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Overheard on CNN.com: Romney's gaffes, you say? Try waxing poetic on politics of the day

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Happy Friday. Some of our commenters have been feeling a bit poetic as they react to a story about Mitt Romney's verbal missteps during the GOP presidential race.

Gaffes keep Romney playing defense

Some readers said they weren't sure the remarks in question were gaffes. Others expressed their support of Romney's past success and present views.

A comment below was written in a sort of poetic verse, prompting others to chime in with replies.

"Mitt entered the presidential race
Thinking 'Hey, I’ve got a presidential face.'
But try as he may,
People always would say
That his head contained nothing but space."

"Mitt created jobs and turned companies around
Successful as a governor and fiscally sound
But liberals won't hear
They plug their ears
And vote for massive debts that run the country to the ground."

"Willard, Willard, what do you say?
What lobby group are you addressing today?
Are you the Lib who once ruled Mass?
Or an Obama hater, tea party and crass?
There's no way of knowing
What real views you're showing
So, personally, I think I'll pass."

Another set of semi-poetic comments also appeared. If you've got some literary aspirations, perhaps you'll want to give it a shot as well.

"A recession is when your neighbor loses his job.
A depression is when you lose your job.
A recovery is when Obama loses his job."

"The first was caused by Bush.
Obama prevented the second.
The third is why he will be re-elected."

We hope you'll post a poem in the comments area below; rhyming is optional whichever way you go. Or visit CNN iReport and post a video - your chance to let your sharp analysis show.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

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  1. Anomic Office Drone

    Those stopped being "semi-poetic" the 1000th time I saw them in February, 2009.

    March 2, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. HeadsupYall

    Three years ago, a party en masse
    spit threats harsh and impudent,
    like "none of his bills will ever pass,"
    "he's just a one-term president."

    To that end, they sat on their hands,
    they stalled, posed obstruction,
    offered slogans and rants,
    nearly brought a nation destruction.

    And after three plus years,
    their strutting, their filibusters,
    their weak contenders, the fears
    will fulfill nothing, it's all bluster.

    March 2, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Luke

    Romney. Ahh, the perfect choice for the rich.

    March 2, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Shermie

    Why do we admire Obama?
    He finally delivered Osama
    Into the jaws of hell.
    We never again will face
    An al quaida nirvana!

    March 2, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    Bigotry, hypocracy, twisted ideology, detachment from the world outside our borders, paucity of intellect & lack of vision. Is that what this hapless nation of ours has to contend with while chosing from the likes of Romney, Santorum & Gingrich?
    I certainly hope not.

    March 3, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. 4xi0m

    ‘Tis the year 2012, and all through the nation
    The most popular topic of nonstop conversation
    On everyone’s lips is the less-than-perfection
    Of the candidates for the presidential election

    One sanctifies marriage—so no gays should wed
    (Of course, all bets are off after ‘I dos’ are said)
    His history resembles a bureaucratic typhoon
    But if we elect him, we can vote from the moon!

    One means what he says and says what he means
    His character strong, his intellect keen
    But his policies show him an unfortunate fan
    Of shallow, reactive, verbose Ayn Rand

    One comes with a vest and an ultra-right slant
    Whose medieval perspectives and hellfire rants
    Might even give Edwards a run for his money
    If his name on the ‘net weren’t so gosh-darn funny

    Then there’s the front man, who might be condoned
    If anyone thought he had views of his own
    But his deepest convictions can change on a whim
    The flip-flops of summer have nothing on him!

    So what’s going on? It’s time someone remembers
    A political party’s as good as its members
    In the words of the One with the measuring rod,
    “You cannot serve both money and God.”

    So I would suggest that this party’s position
    Of deeply pervasive self-opposition
    Is a sign of the times, and that times-ey sign says:
    “Four more years, please, Mr. Pres.”

    Wow, this is a lot more fun than it probably should be, but I'd better stop procrastinating. Grad-school drudgery ain't gonna drudge itself.

    March 3, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Diest

    As a veteran who was offered the option of "volunteering" to undergo Chemical testing instead of going to Vietnam in 1969, I wanted to comment on the Wray Forrest story listed on the entry page, but when I tried, I was told that I would not be allowed to write my comment. Why would CNN restrict my opportunity to give first hand input about such a story? Why must my speech be controlled? This effects all of you who wish to participate and should cause concern among each of you.

    March 3, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bill

    Who wants a bigmac? Romney is all talk and won't do anything good for the middle class or "poor people". He will keep the rich people rich and make sure there taxes are low.

    March 4, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Lindy

      Bill, just wondering if you live in a different economy than I do. I don't know anyone in my middle class who is better off now than three years ago.

      March 7, 2012 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    lmao @ bill, i soooo couldnt agree more! A spoiled lil rich boy used to getting his own way. As a native of mich my whole life i had the ahem honor of meeting him many years ago, wasnt impressed with him then and even less now!

    March 4, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mikey

    I think it is clear that one Republican after the other keep saying crazy things and taking themselves out of the election. It started with good ole Herman Cain and one after the other since have dropped like flies. From wanting to declare war in mexico to wanting to declare war on the devil himself there is one thing that all the Republicans have on there mind, and thats a war greater than mankind. They say if you tax the rich they cant afford to make jobs; which I say I agree..sarcastically, it obviously makes perfect since to tax the poor. There is one thing that I agree and that's strict conditions for gov aid such as taking a drug test biweekly for assistance such as food stamps HUD or welfare. Obama has a lot of school and appears to have a good heart focused on real issues such as investing here at home on alternative energy.. so its clear to me pay for things such as alternative energy on the Dem side or pay for another war on the Repub side... The choice is yours and its free thanks to all the veterans and public servants OBAMA 2012 keep it how it is, keep us safe

    March 5, 2012 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
  11. Bill

    I just saved a bunch of money by switching to geico.

    March 5, 2012 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  12. jim

    There once was a Governor from Mass
    Whose inspirations went farther, but alas,
    When pushed to be real, we saw the real deal,
    That his reach had exceeded his grasp

    March 6, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. joshua

    meanwhile Obama has taken our economy to depths not seen since Jimmy Carter. 37 straight months the ecnomic numbers are worse than at anytime under George Bush. As a country, we would have been better off not electing anyone to office in 2008. And the real kicker, Obama's only campaign promise that he has kept is to get gas and energy prices to skyrocket. Congrats to all the liberals who are now reaping what they sowed.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sam

    Waxing they say? lol

    April 28, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Waxing

    This is a good one!

    April 28, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |