I know Paul Ryan has his fans. I know everyone has their republic from Alexander The Great to Hitler to Bush and everyone in between, but just because they pull their weight in the world doesn’t mean I have to respect them. I am saying this because last week Rep. Paul Ryan orchestrated the worst photo-op of all time. I know that is a pretty bold statement, but Ryan being such an “upstanding citizen,” and the fact that he’s vying for the position of the Vice President of these United States just boils my blood. You see, Ryan decided to visit a soup kitchen at St. Vincent DePaul in Youngstown, Ohio.
He then volunteered his time to help clean dishes with his family. The only problem is that Ryan came at a spur-of-the-whim for a photo-op and he arrived after most of the people had already left. He was washing dishes with his family – dishes that had already been washed!
Another large issue with Ryan’s “random act of kindness” is that St.Vincent’s prides itself in being a faith-based organization with bylaws stopping it from hosting political candidates, and that the visit jeopardized donations from private individuals. Brian J. Antal, president of the Mahoning County St. Vincent De Paul Society in Youngstown said he’s already received calls from donors threatening to pull their funding, which could really hurt St. Vincent’s. To make matters worse, Antal said they were unwelcome guests who only appeared for a short interval of time.
Now you are probably pondering why I am calling this the worst photo-op of all time. I say this because of the blatant face slapping effect that this has. I understand everyone under the sun has their own photo-ops, but the fact that Ryan didn’t even care to try to defend himself, the fact that he just didn’t care is what truly scares me. This act is just another act by someone who doesn’t care about his actions nor the response he’ll receive from the public. This makes me wonder what truly matters to Paul Ryan. What is he willing to lie about as long as he thinks that he is saving face? Chris Maloney, Ohio communications director for the Romney campaign, said the visit by Ryan was planned and meant to showcase the hard working class spirit.
“Our campaign and Congressman Ryan were pleased to bring attention to the meaningful charitable contributions the St. Vincent De Paul Society makes to people in need,” Maloney said.
Of course after this incident caught the attention of the mass media, Ryan’s people are trying to spin the story that he did in fact clean dirty dishes while he was there. Once again, they are missing the point of the story. You don’t spray a few pots and pans and expect to look like humanitarian of the year. No Paul Ryan, you will not deceive me.