Richard Hétu

«Romnésie n.f. : condition affectant Mitt Romney, qui a changé ses positions de «sévèrement conservateur» à «sévèrement blagueur», oubliant les engagements conservateurs qu'il a pris au cours de ses six dernières années en tant que candidat à la présidence.»

Telle est la définition donnée par le camp de Barack Obama au mot «Romnésie» que le président a inventé aujourd'hui lors d'un discours en Virginie (voir clip ci-dessus). Depuis le néologisme obtient un succès viral sur Twitter.

Je cite dans un texte un extrait du discours d'Obama :

If you say you're for equal pay for equal work, but you keep refusing to say whether or not you'd sign a bill that protects equal pay for equal work - you might have Romnesia.

If you say women should have access to contraceptive care, but you support legislation that would let your employer deny you contraceptive care - you might have a case of Romnesia.

If you say you'll protect a woman's right to choose, but you stand up at a primary debate and said that you'd be "delighted" to sign a law outlawing that right to choose in all cases - man, you've definitely got Romnesia.

Now, this extends to other issues. If you say earlier in the year I'm going to give a tax cut to the top 1 percent and then in a debate you say, I don't know anything about giving tax cuts to rich folks - you need to get a thermometer, take your temperature, because you've probably got Romnesia.

If you say that you're a champion of the coal industry when while you were Governor you stood in front of a coal plant and said, this plant will kill you - that's some Romnesia.