How does GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan have all that time to stay on top of political issues, work on his guns, and help out at a soup kitchen? Easy, just half-ass one those. Obviously, he chose to half-ass a visit to a soup kitchen in Youngstown, Ohio following a Saturday morning town hall meeting.
Washington Post reports on comments made by the soup kitchen’s managerthat they “ramrodded” their way in and only stayed long enough “to get his picture taken at the dining hall”:
Brian J. Antal, president of the Mahoning County St. Vincent De Paul Society, said that he was not contacted by the Romney campaign ahead of the Saturday morning visit by Ryan, who stopped by the soup kitchen after a town hall at Youngstown State University. “We’re a faith-based organization; we are apolitical because the majority of our funding is from private donations,” Antal said in a phone interview Monday afternoon. “It’s strictly in our bylaws not to do it. They showed up there, and they did not have permission. They got one of the volunteers to open up the doors.” He added: “The photo-op they did wasn’t even accurate. He did nothing. He just came in here to get his picture taken at the dining hall.” Antal later told NBC News that Ryan had cleaned some dirty dishes; his original comment was based on secondhand information from a volunteer. Ryan had stopped by the soup kitchen for about 15 minutes on his way to the airport after his Saturday morning town hall in Youngstown. By the time he arrived, the food had already been served, the patrons had left, and the hall had been cleaned.
Watch a pro in action as Ryan comes in and sets the stage: