Hey Mitt, I Want an Apology!
Hey Mitt! I Want an ApologyBY CATHY STODDART, BSN, RN
It was about 10:30 p.m. and I was entering my 15th consecutive hour of working when I heard it. As I bent over to empty urine from a catheter for the umpteenth time that night,the words Mitt Romney shared with his rich donors at a May fundraiser reached my ears from the TV of one of my patients. I have to say that I was glad that the newscaster repeated it because I literallycould not believe my ears.
I was immediately angry because Romney's "off the cuff" words made me feel small and meaningless - he called me a bum. I'm a working nurse and I couldn't help but relate his message to my life. I felt insulted that because I have borrowed thousands of dollars in federal student loans that in Mitt's eyes, I am somehow not a contributing member of society - that I have no worth.
Then I thought about my dad, Ed Thompson. My dad was an amazing man. A Korean War veteran, he went to the Veterans Administration for some of his medical care, he was on Medicare, he worked from the time he was 10 years old on my pap's farm, in the coal mine in Ohio and in the steel mill. He provided for us, elevated and educated us. He was a respected man in our community. Mitt Romney called my dad a bum, and men like him, not worth his time.
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