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Bus Drivers to Romney: 'We Don't Like Your Attitude!'

County school bus drivers protest Republican presidential candidate's remarks.

 

Spurred to action by comments by Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, members of the union that represents Montgomery County school bus drivers took to a Rockville street on Thursday morning.

About 20 members of SEIU Local 500 waved signs urging passing motorists to “Honk if you love your school bus driver” and depicting a report card giving Romney failing marks on schools, education and working families.

The protest, in front of Montgomery County Republican Party headquarters on Crabbs Branch Way, was prompted by Romney’s comments about school bus drivers.

“When a young person makes the honor roll, I know it took a bus to get to school, but I don’t give a bus driver credit for the honor roll,” Romney said in Manassas, VA, on Aug. 11, the day he tapped Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate.

(Cue up the 7:57 mark in this YouTube video to hear the comment.)

Romney has delivered variations of the line in stump speeches along the campaign trail.

His message is clear, bus drivers said.

“They’re saying that the bus drivers do not contribute to the kids’ education,” said Lia Lee, a supervisor at the Shady Grove Depot who has worked for Montgomery County Public Schools for 11 years. “Yes, they’re not teachers, but they are teaching them self-respect, they’re teaching them how to talk, they’re teaching them how to respect one another on the bus—the same rules as inside that school apply on that school bus.”

Lee added: “We take pride in that statement, ‘no child left behind’ as well.”

Bus drivers are often the first faces that students see when they leave home each school day, said Charles Montgomery, a county bus driver since 1989.

“Some of the kids don’t have people to talk to them,” he said. “When they get on the bus, they want someone to talk to them. We take them to school. We try to show them respect. In order to get respect, I tell them, you’ve got to earn it. We teach them that. We teach them being on time.”

Romney is “trying to put us down,” Montgomery said of bus drivers. “It’s a hard job. And I love it.”

Thursday’s protest was mostly a show of support for drivers, Montgomery said. “But I hope it’s political too. I’m not voting for [Romney].”

Rebecca Smondrowski, a candidate for the District 2 county school board seat from Gaithersburg who attended the protest, agreed with Montgomery that bus drivers set the tone for a child’s day.

Smondrowski said that her son, Andrew, a 16-year-old special education student at , tells her that the bus ride to school—when he talks with his bus driver and bus aide—is the best part of his day.

“Every child’s day has the ability to be made or broken based on every adult that they come in contact with,” she said. “Every adult in our students’ lives is equally important.”

The idea of value was a focus of an Aug. 13 column by The Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson about Romney’s bus driver line.

“What I hear Romney saying, and I suspect many others will also hear, is that the little people don’t contribute and don’t count,” Robinson wrote.

The “PostPartisan” blog highlighted contrasts in reader reaction to Robinson’s column.

“sedwards2” said Romney “wasn’t saying anything negative about bus drivers or ‘the little people,’” but was making a point about “apportionment of merit for one’s achievements.”

“There are people who empty the trash from our offices each night,” sedwards2 wrote. “They are good, hard working and decent people. They may have their own successes and achievements, however they may define them, but they are not responsible for the growth or success of my business.”

Another Post reader took exception with Romney’s remark: “As a Republican I don’t like the bus driver remark either,” wrote “Peterroach.”

“That individual is responsible for the safety for up to 40 kids, often unruly, boisterous children," he wrote. "Romney better think a little more before he talks about such things.”

Protestors Thursday expressed similar sentiment, saying that the lives of the county’s children are in their hands as buses leave depots at 6 a.m. every school day and venture out into rush hour traffic.

“Mitt Romney, you’re so rude! We don’t like your attitude!” the group chanted before union organizers attempted to deliver a petition to the county GOP office.

The petition, signed by protestors, “just asks Mitt Romney to respect bus drivers and working folks who get up every day and contribute to communities,” said Christopher Honey, communications director for SEIU Local 500.

An initial attempt to deliver the petition was met without an answer at the door of the headquarters.

Montgomery County Republican Party Chairman Mark Uncapher did not return a call for comment on Thursday. Uncapher is part of in Tampa, which concluded with Romney’s acceptance speech Thursday night.

Lorna D. Rudnikas September 17, 2012 at 09:04 PM
And one more thing angel, I don't fancy myself at all. Actually it is you and your like friends who bathe in describing others in very negative terms, and who get very, very excited if you think you have touched a nerve. Almost like making a "touchdown"...but not here, honey child, not here. I very much enjoy your efforts to twist and turn and label and show your true colors. No prob Bob, bring it on!
Lorna D. Rudnikas September 17, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Oh, one more thing...what is all this talk of "war" honey child...who are you at "war" with. Them's are some strong words coming from a gentle soul such as yourself.
You made me laugh! September 18, 2012 at 12:06 AM
@Lorna I am a bit puzzled at this point. I sit here beneath a beautiful sky, looking up as the oak tree's sway, sipping my delicious beverage, wondering why I would need a vacation. When you are rich and handsome with so much success life is pretty good. Plus I keep getting tax breaks which is great. This thread went off the rails hundreds of posts ago. You can see my contributions started much like yours playing the edges of civility using sarcasm and wit to make my points. However @BAllen came along. Then I decided much like Bruce Wayne I had a responsibility to put my perfect intellect and my incredible physique to good use. I had to let @BAllen know his intimidation tactics would not work. I decided that I would accept his troll challenge. I declared war. If indeed you are as you say you are, it is best to leave this thread to me and my dog. You see there is no place for intelligent conversation anymore. So sad.
B Allen September 18, 2012 at 11:11 AM
You make me laugh----AT YOU !!! You like to hide behind the computer like a little pansie and attack. I have posted MANY facts, figures, videos, the truth as it is, REAL stories and comments. You and your little pansie lapdogs that like to lick and stroke each other in your little circle (you know what) can do NOTHING but attack. I have NOT seen anything positive from you or the likes of you posted, other then the hatred, the bigotry, the racist, sexist, left wing nutjob tactics. If you people spent as much positive energy on something as you do negative energy, maybe things would be better. When you people attack me when I post the truth, you WILL NOT win. I will NOT let myself be manipulated as you people allow yourselves to be. Too bad that little bit of grey matter you have between the holes in your head is not working properly. Your Socialist Rules for Radicals is not going to work here or anywhere else. You are such a little pansie.
B Allen September 18, 2012 at 11:28 AM
HAHAHA, Looks like the retreads have nothing to say other than attack. Guess they did not like the truth, the articles and the videos I have been posting. Have to go on attack and call people names, such little pansies who won't come out of the shadows or from behind the computer. This is what unions and union members are all about. They are just like the rest of you little girl leftist pansies posting on here. You talk your talk, but you could NEVER walk the walk, you are way too incompetent and unable to think for yourselves. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6ve2ZjLwro
B Allen September 18, 2012 at 11:45 AM
It is so easy to prove how easily these koolaide drinkers are manipulated. I commented a while back about "I am kind to dumb animals but not dumb people", they saw that comment twisted the words around, and went on attacking those who do not share their twisted state of mind (what little they have) as dogs, what a bunch of retards. Do you really think really bothers me? hahaha. I bet they are "stroking each other" thinking they are getting over.I just consider the source, and in this case unreliable sources, who can NEVER come up with any facts or figures to substantiate ANYTHING they say...oh wait, how can you substantiate hatred, bigotry, racism and sexism...Seems the leftie lucies can, in their own minds.
B Allen September 18, 2012 at 12:13 PM
See how stupid you are Frankie girl, little pansie. I don't even listen to Glen Beck, don't need to, I can make up my own mind by reading and finding out the truth. I can see you D/s little pansies humiliating yourselves (I can see you like to be used and humiliated, what is that called? I am sure you know or maybe your girlfriends know) by your rants and raves like little 4 yo girl temper tantrums (hell, I bet you wear diapers too)...all you know is how to go on attack when the truth hits your right between the eyes. That is how spoiled little brats act when they are caught in lies, they try to blame others. Hell, you are a bunch of racists, you like to keep the blacks unemployed 14% all blacks/48% black youth, uneducated (hell, even Obama voted against the voucher program so blacks could not go to better schools like he does for his daughters..hahahamust be the 1/2 white dumbocrap in him to hold blacks down) and unable to care for themselves and keep them on government handouts for that vote. Also, why would anyone use the "C" word to describe a female conservative politician? It is exactly how you retreads act, you think your attack methods work. You pansies are such amatures, I bet even Saul Alinsky is turning over in his grave. You people are really taking yourselves to new lows...and this is my last post to you little girls. Knocking you down over the computer is boring and you people are boring me to no ends with your crapola. You all need to be "B" slapped.
B Allen September 18, 2012 at 12:19 PM
no, it is koolaide, as in assistance and you people think it is kool to get aide...see like I said there little girl, you are dumb. And yes, it dates me and shows I have much experience and knowledge of people like you and how idiotic you are. It also shows I did not burn out my brain cells doing acid like you do. YOU LOSE AGAIN, pansie.
You made me laugh! September 18, 2012 at 12:35 PM
I think we have a nice pattern in place here now. I say Bark and you do it for me. Rule #490 You telling me you are not bothered makes me so happy. I don't believe you. P.s. Why did you stop your stupid rules? They were so funny. Please try one for me. Come on puppy.
You made me laugh! September 18, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Frank I think the line where he said "YOU LOSE AGAIN, pansie" is where he showed his knowledge and experience. Rule #489 Yes I am as dumb as I appear. If you met me in person you would think I am homeless. I am not. I just live in my parents basement. Most parents take care adult children with disabilities. My disabilities are only obvious when I troll on the internet.
Lorna D. Rudnikas September 18, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Someone needs to keep score...bAllen is drawing you two in left and right...koolaide and lose and you both fell for it. :-) By the way "you made me laugh" I am going to finally let you relax regarding "wag and the world...." The exact words are "wag and the world wags with you. Howl and they put you outside." Since you are into "dogs" so much, thought you might appreciate it. Looks like not however. I try, I really, really, try honey child!
You made me laugh! September 18, 2012 at 09:01 PM
@Lorna @BAllen is a troll on every single thread he is on. You are judged by the character of the company you keep. Choose wisely.
Lorna D. Rudnikas September 18, 2012 at 09:20 PM
But..either way used..assistant and assistance...the need is definitely there.
You made me laugh! September 19, 2012 at 03:05 AM
@Lorna, serious question. I just did a search and my dog posted "little girl" 19 different times on this thread. I have to believe there is something there. As a woman you don't think his fixation with little girls somehow marginalizes his otherwise brilliant exposition on the fallacies of liberal thinking? Really? To me it seems like my comments earlier about him living in his parents basement masturbating and being angry are pretty accurate. I don't know. Stranger things are true. Bark for me. I feel like it is ground hog day.
Lorna D. Rudnikas September 19, 2012 at 04:02 AM
You seem to be having a nightmare darling...you come across as so very crude. Or, could it be that you enjoy crude nightmares, honey child???? And you still want to be talked to like a dog,....mmmmm. Wonder when it all began, even more interesting, how did it all begin, poor angel???? Perhaps too much political demonizing has caused a synaptic misfire..it happens, you know.
Lorna D. Rudnikas September 19, 2012 at 09:43 AM
"selective blindness"...not bad...not crude, not particularly rude, not going for the jugular, but still staying on track with your particular brand of analytical perceptions. For some reason, Frank, I sense you may be mellowing in your old age!! Oh, oh, just kidding, just kidding.
You made me laugh! September 19, 2012 at 12:44 PM
@Lorna if you think your methods of trolling are better than mine good for you. I think the truth is you are lonely and appreciate the male attention you are getting on this thread. It would be so easy to go away, and yet here you are. Rule #994 Not all male attention is good attention. Honey child.
Lorna D. Rudnikas September 19, 2012 at 02:44 PM
You made me laugh! Trolling..smolling...judging from these remarks looks like you may have had some bad experiences. As for male attention? There you go again trying to touch a nerve...sorry darling, won't work!! ...Heck one can only assume your gender...with you folks not revealing either way...might be "martians"..who knows. Certainly you don't touch nerves on this end. Having too much fun with your profound terminology and looking forward to your endless efforts to aggravate. So, go on with your bad self, honey child!!! One note: would be nice if you made some true political sense once in a while..but who am I to judge you, darling! So, I just pop in once in a while and have a little back and forth fun!
You made me laugh! September 19, 2012 at 02:48 PM
@Lorna. Nerve is raw and red. Frequency of posts on this thread by you is increasing. The evidence is empirical. You are starved for attention. Rule #093 There has not been political talk on this thread since the trolls came to town. It is just you, me and the rest of the sometime trolls.
Lorna D. Rudnikas September 19, 2012 at 03:13 PM
You made me laugh....you are so right and that is sad. You and a few others in your corner seem to take it upon yourselves to drive all sensible discourse out the window. Sometimes you win...sometimes you don't and then there are the times when you are just hanging in the wind, darling. Funny...everyone is starved for attention but you..mmmm your interpretation of facts is wanting kiddo! Rule #4,912 you've met your match sweetie...keep on digging Watson!!!
You made me laugh! September 19, 2012 at 03:30 PM
@Lorna whatever let's you sleep at night. You are not and will never be a match for me honey child. Exposed and raw. Bark for me.
Lorna D. Rudnikas September 19, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Yikes!!!
You made me laugh! September 19, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Good doggie.
Lorna D. Rudnikas September 19, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Poor, pathetic, morose darling. Nuff said!!!
You made me laugh! September 20, 2012 at 12:10 AM
You really are starved for attention. I told you never going to happen. Bark for me.
Lorna D. Rudnikas September 20, 2012 at 01:59 AM
:-(
You made me laugh! September 20, 2012 at 03:34 AM
@Lorna Radunski you are more loyal than my dog. You are an inspiration to women everywhere. Stand by your man god damn it. Come on bark for me.
B Allen September 20, 2012 at 06:16 PM
OMG, you retard making yourself laugh...I am sure you are WELL aware of how stupid you are and how foolish you look to the rest of the world. I REALLY feel sorry for you that you have NO respect for yourself or others. You are even lower in the gene pool then that woman from Boca Raton...oh wait, that was you that made that call or so it seems and you moved to Maryland because they laughed you out of Boca...NOW WE KNOW. HAHAHAHAH Yeah you do make me laugh at you with all your lies you post here.
B Allen September 20, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Maybe you making everyone laugh at you, will grow up one day and stop acting like a pussy (cat). Which you are because you have to hide behind this left wing sounding board as the little pansie you are. Hell, Lorna could probably squish you like a bug, so you better watch out what you say to her. Oh wait, thats right, you lefties are racists, bigots, sexists you hate women, you don't like clean air because every time you open your mouths a bunch of crap comes out. HAHAHAHA what a tard.
You made me laugh! September 20, 2012 at 08:14 PM
@Your master welcomes you back to the empty thread. I think this year I am going to make you wear a diaper in the house. Or maybe just keep you outside. You need to be house broken. Come on and bark for me.

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