Mitt Romney doesn't like to apologize. He even named his book No Apologies! But even the most dogged apology-haters are forced by the laws of polite society and the gaffe police to say they're sorry every once in a while. Romney went through the horrible torture of apologizing to a woman last week, after her restaurant hosted an event for Romney but Romney didn't take time to meet her. But his apology technique was flawed, delivered in the "make fun of the person you're apologizing to" style, which you can really only get away with until about 5th grade, even then only with the most indulgent parents.
Romney held a roundtable with Iowa voters in the Main Street Cafe of Council Bluffs Friday. After the Des Moines Register reported Bauer said some of her stuff was broken and she didn't even get to meet the candidate, Romney personally called from his plane. Crisis averted. But in a follow-up interview with KPTM's Nicole Ebat, Bauer said the apology wasn't very nice.
"Stuff got broke. My table cloths they just got ripped off, wadded up and thrown in the back room," [Bauer says]...
That's when Romney called Bauer himself. She says he explained that it was just a misunderstanding that she did not get to meet him, but the phone call didn't smooth things over for her.
"He responded 'well, I'm sorry your table cloths got ripped off, wadded up and thrown in the back room' and I took it as mocking," she said. "We're the ones he's wanting to get the votes from, you'd think we would have been treated better."
Despite the title of his book, Romney does apologize sometimes. But going through his track record on apologies, it's clear there are some things Romney is more likely to apologize for: breaks in social decorum. The things he won't apologize for? Anything related to his social status -- or civil liberties.