Is This Mitt Romney’s Way of Flipping the Bird at the Losers He Conned and Fired?

There’s something deeply tribal about the below image of Mitt Romney with his buddies at Bain Capital in 1984. It’s more than just an expression of joy at making money: it’s the glee of spiking a football before the losers you have outmaneuvered and defeated.

Notice how they’re holding up their dollar bills. It’s as if they’ve been seized in combat, in a zero-sum game, from the pockets of clueless others.

The dollars are middle fingers. The gesture is hostile. Freud would have a field day with this image.

Look.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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1 Response to Is This Mitt Romney’s Way of Flipping the Bird at the Losers He Conned and Fired?

  1. andrewclunn says:

    Not a fan of Romney, but I think you’re reading a bit much into this.

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