Romney “binders full of women” comment goes viral

Even before the end of the second presidential debate a well-meaning comment from Mitt Romney about how as Governor of Massachusetts he had his staff seek out women to work in his administration and ended up with “binders full of women” who were qualified went viral with a tumblr and a facebook popping up almost immediately.

In response to a question from an ‘undecided’ audience member about women in the economy, Romney told a story about his first days in office as Governor.

“All of the applicants seem to be men,” Romney said, adding that his staff told him that almost all of the qualified applicants were men. “And I said well gosh, can’t we find some women who are also qualified?”

Romney explained that he made “a concerted effort” to find more women to work in his administration.

“I went to a number of women’s groups and I said can you help us find folks, and they brought us binders full of women.”

Romney said that he was “proud” to say that after he was fully staffed the University of New York did a survey of every state administration and “concluded that mine had more women in senior leadership positions.”

With no real zingers from from Tuesday evening’s debate, social media lovers threw their energy into creating and pushing a “binders full of women” meme.

Less than two hours after the seemingly innocuous after the comment the facebook page, which is clearly run by an Obama supporter, had more than 84,500 likes. 

A tumblr of the same name had also garnered a large following, playing off popular memes like “Texts from Hillary” but also creating its meme of out of women and binders.

Update: The discussion about women in the economy was one for the 10 most tweeted about moments in the debate, though it was not in the top 5 making the socially viral binders full of women meme even more perplexing.

 

 


Comments

Polititainment

Clooney throws fit after Obama name-calling

No one puts President Barack Obama in the corner — at least not on George Clooney's watch.

Fallon jabs Obama with 'depressed panda' joke

This depressed panda joke is definitely going to turn any frown upside down.

George Will to Colbert: Liberals don't want change

Conservative commentator and hapless Chicago Cubs fan George Will swung by "The Colbert Report" Tuesday to plug his new book, "A Nice Little Place on the North Side," but naturally, the conversation didn't stick to baseball.

Clay Aiken: voters 'might wonder'

Former "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken concedes that voters "might wonder" about his candidacy for Congress for a new ad.

Los Angeles GOP #StandingWithSriracha

Forget #StandWithRand -- the GOP is now choosing to #StandWithSriracha.

White House

President Obama bows to ASIMO the robot

Finally, an individual to match the administration's artificial intelligence.

Donald Trump is really upset with the way Obama walks

President Barack Obama just can't seem to do anything right, especially in the eyes of real estate mogul Donald Trump.

Obama misses 67 percent of his shots playing basketball at Easter event

President Barack Obama went 1-for-3 shooting baskets at a White House Easter event Monday, prompting basketball scouts to question the leader of the free world's scoring ability ahead of this June's NBA Draft.

PETA is peeved with Michelle Obama and used little girls to tell her about it

First Lady Michelle Obama has earned the ire of three young girls. But they're not upset with her less-than-filling "Let's Move!" school lunches. Instead, these youngins are upset about the real eggs used in the White House Easter Egg Roll.

Jay Carney: “Never been a more transparent administration”

Despite consistent objections by journalists that the White House overly restricts press access, Press Secretary Jay Carney believes that there has "never been a more transparent administration."

Congress

Arkansas US Sen. John Boozman having surgery

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — U.S. Sen. John Boozman is undergoing surgery at an Arkansas hospital.

Republicans are winning the Twitters this year

Congrats, Congressional Republicans -- you're winning the Twitters so far in 2014!

Rep Black: GOP budget makes a path to a bright future

Our nation is $17.4 trillion in debt and out of control Washington spending has no end in sight. In fact, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that on our current trajectory we will return to $1 trillion annual budget deficits by the year 2022.

Cruz: Impeach Holder

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) pulled no punches when criticizing Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday, as he called on Congress to impeach the Department of Justice head.

Pelosi: GOP not acting on immigration because of race

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) pulled the race card when speaking about Republicans' inaction in passing comprehensive immigration reform and said "race has something to do" with the GOP not bringing such legislation to the House floor.