Example: [Collected via e-mail, August 2012]
"Well, my grandfather and father never served, never wanted to serve, dad got four deferments, and I can't see any of us running off to fight any time soon. We serve our country by making money, to tell you the truth. Let the unemployed fight."
Origins: The first clue that this item isn't on the level is the fact that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney doesn't have a son named 'Alexander' — Romney's five children, all boys, are named Ben, Craig, Josh, Matt, and Taggart.
In June 2012, all five of Mitt Romney's sons were interviewed for NBC's Rock Center by Peter Alexander at around the same time the five Romney boys were also guests on Conan O'Brien's talk show. Although the Romney children were asked questions during the former interview about military service, none of them responded to any questions by stating that they "serve our country by making money" or that it was better to "let the unemployed fight":
MATT ROMNEY: You know, I think we can look at the guys that serve in the military, the men and women, and just say that's the biggest sacrifice you can make for your country. It's just, it's nothing any of us did, but we look at those guys with a tremendous amount of respect.
ALEXANDER: Ben, do you regret you never served? Do you?
BEN ROMNEY: You know, I look at my life that I'm leading right now, and I'm in residency and I spend a lot of my time at the VA hospital. I get to work with vets who have made great sacrifices for this country and I look at their lives and hopefully I get to serve them a little bit, too.
Romney's sons (along with their father) did once discuss the subject of military service with Mike Wallace for CBS's
Last updated: 7 August 2012