GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan has some explaining to do about a recent trip to volunteer some of his time.
While on a campaign stop near Youngstown, Ohio, Ryan and his wife, Janna, thought it would be a great idea to drop in on a local soup kitchen. Problem is that the Mahoning County St. Vincent De Paul Society had given away all of the food to the needy and many of the workers/volunteers had gone home.
Never fear. Ryan stayed for a whole 15 minutes to greet the remaining volunteers and get a photo op washing ALREADY-CLEAN pots and pans. He would have stayed longer, but he had a flight to catch.
The charity is non-partisan, so they didn’t invite Ryan or his team. They don’t involve themselves with any political campaigns. The candidate kind of barged in on the soup kitchen thinking it may resonate well with voters in the all-important Ohio.
“The photo-op they did wasn’t even accurate. He did nothing. He just came in here to get his picture taken at the dining hall,” said Brian J. Antal, the charity’s president, to The Washington Post. [SOURCE]
Now that’s pretty sad. Ryan and Co. were at this place for an entire 15 minutes? If this isn’t the definition of photo op, then I don’t know what is.
This underscores my point about the Romney/Ryan ticket as a whole. There is a lot of talk and surface elements, but no substance. As well-rehearsed as they are, you’re telling me they couldn’t pencil in an hour or more to feed the needy IN REAL TIME on the campaign trail?
The Romney team explained away the confusion saying they were trying to highlight the work of the soup kitchen. Yeah right!