2012 Election | Education | Jerry Falwell | Mitt Romney

Mitt's Speech At Liberty University: VIDEO (Updated)


The man's just not a very good speaker. Smarmy. Sitting through this video's not fun. (His very first line is a joke at the expense of President Obama, written so poorly and told so awkwardly that nobody in the audience seems to get it.)

If you do sit through this video, bear in mind what's going on: This is the certain Republican nominee for the American presidency delivering the commencement address at the school founded by Jerry Falwell, who blamed 9/11 not on religious fundamentalism, but on gayfolk, lesbians, "abortionists," and pagans (and about whom Romney has several nice things to say), and which canceled its participation in last year's CPAC because GOProud would be there. Viva liberty!

Weirdly, it's also a school that hosts a class on comparative religion, which includes instruction on the heresies of Mormonism.

As one might expect, Romney's commencement address drew a rather tepid reaction from the crowd. His biggest applause line:

Marriage is between one man and one woman!


(UPDATE: The video below cuts off the very beginning of Mitt's speech, in which he praises the vaguely anti-gay founder of Chick-fil-A, Truett Cathy. A full transcript may be found here.)


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  1. This coming from a man whose family tree includes people who believed marriage was between one man and a woman, another woman, and another woman.

    STFU Mitt.

    Posted by: chris | May 12, 2012 2:14:03 PM

  2. Bottom line: A Pentecostal Madrassa doesn't go for Mormon "cultists." The first intentional applause line on the economy demonstrates that.

    Posted by: Marie Cohn | May 12, 2012 2:25:55 PM

  3. It's not just gay folks who will suffer. It's national suicide with this prehistoric artifact in the White House.

    Posted by: Richard | May 12, 2012 2:27:33 PM

  4. i'm a straight female RN and Mitt Romney i'm glad you have taken the role of "judicator" away from Jesus and judge the hell out of everyone who isn't like you. My gay best friend deserves better than you and so don't i

    Posted by: julia | May 12, 2012 2:34:35 PM

  5. How does it end? I lapsed into coma 5 minutes in.

    Posted by: melvin | May 12, 2012 2:36:31 PM

  6. It's not all sunshine and lollipops at Liberty University in regard to Mitt Romney being asked to give this year's commencement speech. As stated above, Evangelicals do NOT like Mormons, believe they're heretics, and that they aren't Christian. (And frankly they're right about that. Just because Jesus is IN The Book Of Mormon doesn't mean squat. The mythology is entirely different. Jesus shows up fairly often on South Park, but that doesn't make South Park a "Christian" show, now does it? Same difference when you get right down to it.)

    Back when it was announced , the comments about it grew to 700+ VERY pissed-off fundies who DID NOT like the fact a heretic would be speaking at their graduation! Liberty deleted the ENTIRE comments section then put the announcement back up, no comments allowed. The whole story was covered by a few blogs several weeks back.

    Keep in mind this is a school where some students complained when the Drama department [someone should ask God why Liberty U even HAS a drama dept!] was putting on a production of Peter Pan when Jesus isn't in the play, plus it has that evil pagan fairy Tinkerbell in it!

    Posted by: Caliban | May 12, 2012 3:12:04 PM

  7. Hopefully this idiot university will be the only university that will invite this idiot nominee to speak.

    Posted by: mike128 | May 12, 2012 3:19:35 PM

  8. According to the Mormons marriage is supposed to be between One Man and as many women as he wants.

    As a Mormon with one wife Mitt's not keeping faith with his faith

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | May 12, 2012 3:41:12 PM

  9. Want to be he's a sociopath?


    Posted by: Oliver | May 12, 2012 3:47:36 PM

  10. Romney’s Magic Mormon Underwear protects him from the evils of the world including socialism, homosexuality and taxes on his inherited wealth. Can these sacred garments also make it rain down enough cash for a victory in the race since well over 90% of public offices are bought in our country? Drop by to discuss tighty whities and the role of money in politics at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/05/mitt-romneys-magic-mormon-underwear.html

    Posted by: Brandt Hardin | May 12, 2012 3:52:13 PM

  11. Lord he's boring. I couldn't even listen to all of it. Lord he's boring. And all the lip smacking!!!

    Posted by: daws | May 12, 2012 4:06:47 PM

  12. Just think... several future Supreme Court Justices may be sitting in that very Liberty University graduating class right now.

    Posted by: JONNY NYNY2FLFL | May 12, 2012 4:48:03 PM

  13. what was the lip smacking or was it some sort of slirping

    he kept making some funny/ off sound

    Posted by: say what | May 12, 2012 4:51:29 PM

  14. What a terrible speaker. He needs to take a course in Effective Presentation. ugh!

    Posted by: Maleka | May 12, 2012 5:58:50 PM

  15. So the phoniest, most pandering, most transparently hypocritical shyster to ever seek public office, a man who changes his mind in the middle of a sentence, who has the charisma of a chair, who made his money on the backs of the unfortunate, who believes in a phony religion with absurd tenets dreamed up in the drunken haze of a cult leader, who attacked a young man with scissors, yammers on about "values" and "freedom" at a phony university where freedom of speech, action and thought do not exist, where "values" consist of dogmatic decrees from Christofascists, established by one of the most insane, divisive zealots and snake oil salesmen ever to litter the planet, a university whose only goal is to train future religious fanatics of tomorrow to clog our courts and twist our legal system into a theocracy, a university with faculty and board stacked with liars, bigots, extremists, tax cheats, academic frauds and other revisionist nuts, a university whose media arm daily repeats old lies about minorities and invents new ones, a university whose legal wing distorts and rapes the legal system. Makes perfect sense.

    Posted by: Frank | May 12, 2012 11:26:44 PM

  16. CALIBAN - Have I told you lately that I love you?

    Posted by: TJ | May 13, 2012 12:27:02 AM

  17. Faith based politics = Faith based hate. Jerry Fallwell and his ilk are bigots. My favorite bumper sticker of the 1970s....THE MORAL MAJORITY IS NEITHER. God is neither a Democrat or Republican, no matter what Republicans think or pray.

    Posted by: Jerry Pritikin aka The Bleacher Preacher | May 13, 2012 5:59:21 AM

  18. Good post Frank. It's the most inappropriately named institution on Earth. Ought be called "Theocracy University".

    Posted by: St. Theresa of Avila | May 13, 2012 9:38:24 AM

  19. There's something mysterious about Mr. Romney's faith. Even he is terrified to share it with our nation.

    Posted by: newz4i | May 13, 2012 11:20:33 AM

  20. He is going to make a lot of political comedians very happy with this speech.

    Posted by: VDUFFORD | May 13, 2012 11:55:59 AM

  21. Complete this sentence:

    "Marriage is between one man and one woman...."
    A) ...for all time.
    B) ...at a time.

    If you pick (A) then you should want to outlaw divorce.

    If you pick (B) then you favor serial monogamy, which is like polygamy over time.

    Clearly society choses (B). Which underscores the hypocrisy of the Republican argument. Divorce is more damaging to children than any other factor in a marriage. And yet Republicans not only want to keep divorce legal, they wallow in it.

    Posted by: Liberty U. exam question | May 13, 2012 7:01:02 PM

  22. You can be sure that many of those students and faculty at Liberty Indoctranation Center believe that Romney is heading to "hell" because he is a Mormon. That is one of the fundamentalists teachings.

    Posted by: andrew | May 14, 2012 2:59:49 AM

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