The peculiar manners displayed by US politician and former presidential hopeful Mitt Romney when his colleagues brought him a cake to congratulate him on his 72nd birthday left many social media users scratching their heads.
A video shared on social media shows how Romney, instead of simply blowing out the candles on the cake all at once, proceeds instead to carefully pluck them out one by one and blow them out individually.
This is the most bizarre technique for blowing out birthday candles that I’ve ever witnessed. Mitt Romney is a deeply weird dude. pic.twitter.com/kLGuJawDpv— Bradford Pearson (@BradfordPearson) 12 марта 2019 г.
Commenting on the vid, journalist Bradford Pearson called Romney “a deeply weird dude”, adding that “in a movie this is how you’d learn that the person you thought was your friend was actually an alien who’d invaded your friend’s body”.
As netizens went on to poke fun at Mitt’s behaviour, a number of people jokingly remarked that maybe he was simply trying to maximise the number of wishes he gets, one for each blown out candle.
😂😂😂 i thought the same thing, he’s just maximizing his wishes, and, i am not going to knock that particular hustle.— candy newell (@candynewell1) 12 марта 2019 г.
I thought I would be prepared for whatever happened, and I was absolutely not prepared for this— Tom McAllister (@t_mcallister) 12 марта 2019 г.
It’s too hard to blow them all out at once while wearing magic underwear. Hell, notice how he walked over to the candles.— 🌊Tommy J🛡️#EqualityAct (@ResistMonsters) 12 марта 2019 г.
And that’s why he’s so much wealthier than you or I. He knows that if you do it that way, you get a wish for every candle. Joke’s on you, buddy.— Chase D. Troutner (@Captain_Strongo) 13 марта 2019 г.
Some were also quick to recall a scene from a Netflix documentary on Romney which features a scene where the politician is ironing a sleeve of the suit he’s wearing.
Others, however, claimed that Romney’s behaviour was quite sensible considering that it’s “still flu season”, and that this method insures that no spit lands on the cake.
Dude it's still flu season. Respect for Mitt's odd candle technique… sorry but I gotta defend here.— Susie Felber (@susiefelber) 12 марта 2019 г.
Works for me. No spit on the cake.— The Age of Analog (@TheAgeOfAnalog) 12 марта 2019 г.
Gotta say, though. I admire avoiding the whole "spit all over the cake" technique.— The Rude Pundit (@rudepundit) 12 марта 2019 г.