The worker who secretly taped Mitt Romney railing about the 47% was hoping he’d get a chance to get a quick photo with the candidate, considering that Bill Clinton took time to thank the staff during a previous outing.
Mr Romney however, unlike Bill Clinton who at a previous dinner had taken the trouble to go backstage to thank the chefs and pose for photographs and sign autographs with waiters and bar-staff, was too busy to stop and departed without making a courtesy call.
The unnamed employee for a high-end catering company had placed his Canon sure-shot camera on the bar and recorded the now-infamous speech that arguably did more to determine Mr Romney’s electoral fortunes than anything the former Republican candidate ever said in public.
“I felt it was a civic duty. I couldn’t sleep after I watched it,” the unnamed Barman told the Huffington Post yesterday hours before he was due to reveal his identity in an interview with US television last night, “I felt like I had a duty to expose it.” “It was tough,” the man added of his decision to release the video in a teaser clip released by MSNBC, “I debated for a little while but in the end, I really felt like it had to be put out. I felt I owed it to the people who couldn’t afford to be there themselves to hear what he [Romney] really thought.”
…At the time, he said, pandering to a room full of wealthy donors: “There are 47 per cent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what … who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims.
“These are people who pay no income tax. … and so my job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”