In an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, Mitt Romney looked back (less distantly than previously believed, of course) at his time at Bain Capital. Among the moments upon which he is asked to reflect: the infamous photo, seen above.
When you look at it now, does that photo of you and your Bain colleagues posing with money in your pinstripe suits make you laugh or make you cringe?
Oh, that was a moment of humor as we had just done what we thought was impossible. We had raised $ 37 million from other people and institutions who entrusted us with their funds, and we thought it was a miracle that our group had been able to be so successful in fundraising. And ultimately we were able to yield for them a very attractive return by such investments as Staples (SPLS), which was in our very first fund.
So it’s a happy memory.
We had a great group of people, each one of whom I think of fondly.
I’m sure it was just a moment of humor, at the time. After all, Bain hadn’t yet death paneled Joe Soptic’s wife. They were just raising the first round of the death squad money that would later make it possible to death panel Mrs. Soptic.
But looking back on things, isn’t that a perfect example of Mitt Romney’s sense of humor? Ha ha! Look at this money! I bet it could pay for a lot of cancer treatment! But it won’t, because I’m going to use it for a horse and a car elevator! Ha ha!
I wonder if we’ll ever see a photo like this, full of employees laid off by Bain. Maybe with their pockets turned out, and holding up their unpaid bills, and photos of deceased family members. After all, I’m sure that with the way this campaign is going, Mitt could use a good laugh.