Well perhaps that’s not exactly the way to put it. More like not realizing the way he says things will make an impression on people.
I’m of course referring to his rather flip remark about the amount of money he earns from speaker fees and characterizing it as “not very much.” Not very much to the tune of $374, 000. Yeah not very much. This from the Post:
What “little” non-investment income Romney has had, he notes, has been from his book, which he gave away, “and then I get speaker’s fees from time to time, but not very much,” he told reporters at a gathering in Florence, S.C. Maybe in his world. Romney’s financial disclosure forms, according to the New York Times, show that he earned $374,327.62 in speakers fees from February 2010 to February 2011, averaging $41,592 a pop. By some measures, that alone would nearly qualify him for being in the low end of the so-called “one percent.” One speech would earn him an amount that’s more than three-quarters the amount of the median household income in the United States.
This is similar to the I know what it's like to be worried about loosing my job.
I guess he's trying to show that he knows what people are going through. But to me it just shows how out of touch he is from ordinary people.