Mitt Romney shouldn’t quit his day job. The Republican White House hopeful, perhaps inspired by President Obama’s rousing rendition of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” broke into song at a Florida campaign rally last night. So, did he sing some pop song or croon a classic? Well, no. He went with the tried and true patriotic tune “America the Beautiful.” And it is cringe-worthy.
While Romney’s song choice fits his red, white and blue script, little does he — and most people — know, but the song’s creator, Katharine Lee Bates, was most likely lesbian: she lived for 25-years in Wellesley, Massachusetts with a political economy teacher named Katharine Coman, and even wrote what sounds like a bit of a love letter to her long-time roommate in 1891:
It was never very possible to leave Wellesley [for good], because so many love-anchors held me there, and it seemed least of all possible when I had just found the long-desired way to your dearest heart…Of course I want to come to you, very much as I want to come to Heaven.
Though it remains unclear if the women actually got down with one another — and the classification of “homosexuality” had not yet been created — the subtext here seems pretty clear.
Anyway, here’s Romney belting out Bates’ famous song.
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