What, no spellcheck? Romney app misspells 'America'

May 30, 2012
A photo of the White House taken with an iPhone and the application "With Mitt" from the campaign of Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. The application allows users to take photographs with overlays including one that says "A Better Amercia" misspelling America.

White House hopeful Mitt Romney has meticulously spelled out his vision for a better America while on the campaign trail this year. But in his new mobile app? Not so much.

The "With Mitt" application for the iPhone allows users to express support for the recently anointed Republican flagbearer by personalizing a photo with an overlaid Romney slogan. Trouble is, one of the slogans had a howler of a spelling mistake: "A Better Amercia."

Members of the proofreading public recently made the discovery and it went viral on Twitter late Tuesday, with people mockingly tweeting photos showing the "Amercia" message.

"Some poor app designer is getting strapped in a cage on the top of a car and driven across country tonight. #amercia," one user tweeted, in a reference to Romney's hard-to-live-down decision years ago to strap the family dog in its carrier on the roof of the car during a vacation.

Early on Wednesday, the app, promoted by official campaign website mittromney.com, had yet to be corrected, and new downloads contained the spelling error.

"Mistakes happen," Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul said on MSNBC.

"I don't think any voter cares about a typo at the end of the day," she said, adding that an update had been sent to Apple.

Hours later, the company's app store was offering an updated version with the embarrassing mistake corrected.

The "With Mitt" download page offered version 1.0.1 which it said makes "bug fixes" to the app, but the change of note was the removal of the offending phrase.

The 2012 campaign has had its share of spelling gaffes.

Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman's presidential bid got off to a rocky start when his team handed out press passes at the inaugural campaign event for "John Huntsman," unnecessarily inserting an H into his first name.

And in March, red-faced aides to former senator Rick Santorum were forced to resend a corrected public schedule to reporters after they inadvertently mailed out "Santorum's Pubic Schedule."

Explore further: US spy agency patents car seat for kids

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Voters' views of Mormonism still hamper Romney's campaign

May 22, 2012

Mitt Romney's religion was a major stumbling block for his 2008 presidential aspirations, and remains so for his candidacy in 2012, according to David Campbell at the University of Notre Dame. Real time voter analysis of ...

Campaign web wars 2.0: can Republicans strike back?

May 06, 2012

Tired of playing catch-up to the Obama Internet juggernaut, Republicans have rolled out a one-stop online shop for conservative activism which they hope will help them capture the White House.

Proposed Nantucket wind farm in jeopardy

Apr 08, 2006

A tentative U.S. Senate agreement could give Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney the final say on the wind farm project proposed for Nantucket Sound.

Romney sees starships fueled by private enterprise

Jan 28, 2012

Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney tried to boost support on Florida's "Space Coast" Friday ahead of next week's key primary, promising business would play a bigger role in future missions.

Recommended for you

US spy agency patents car seat for kids

1 hour ago

Electronic eavesdropping is the National Security Agency's forte, but it seems it also has a special interest in children's car seats, Foreign Policy magazine reported Wednesday.

Students' autonomous robot project could be a lifesaver

4 hours ago

The building is on fire but the firefighters are unsure about what's fueling it or how hazardous the situation is. They place a robot at the entrance and program in a rudimentary set of directions using a ...

Country Web domains can't be seized: regulator

4 hours ago

The Internet's regulatory authority said Wednesday that country-specific Web domains cannot be seized in court proceedings, as it sought to quash an effort to recover assets in terrorism-related lawsuits.

User comments : 19

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

Temple
5 / 5 (7) May 30, 2012
It is sad that something like this will sway more Amercian voters than would a candidate's platform or political history.
Vendicar_Decarian
3.2 / 5 (9) May 30, 2012
Even funnier than Dan Quayle not being able to spell Potato(e).

Republicans are morons from stem to stern, from inside out, from top to bottom, from alpha to omega.

Eradication is required.
kaasinees
3.4 / 5 (10) May 30, 2012
Actually it was done on purpose.

Amer CIA
ormondotvos
2 / 5 (4) May 30, 2012
A theist. A mercia. An America without mercy.

Works for me...
Birger
3.9 / 5 (7) May 31, 2012
Wasn't Mercia one of the Anglo-saxon kingdoms in old England? I knew Romney was arch-conservative, but emulating the late iron Age????
Vendicar_Decarian
3.9 / 5 (7) May 31, 2012
Real Republicans are eager to return Amercia to the good old days when man walked with dinosaurs and bone knives and bearskins were the principle means of promoting family values and body lice.

Modern Republicans tell us that Science and Technology are the devils work. Particularly the science of Evolutionary Biology, Climatology, Cosmology, Relativity and to a lesser extent Quantum Physics.

mtc123
1.6 / 5 (7) May 31, 2012
"Republicans are morons from stem to stern, from inside out, from top to bottom, from alpha to omega.Eradication is required."
Rather Hitler-like.
Vendicar_Decarian is filled with the hate instlled by a UNION RUN GOVERNMENT SCHOOL SYSTEM.
He is unable to rise above his environment.
The same school system produce the individual who wrote 'AMERCIA'.

MandoZink
4.3 / 5 (6) May 31, 2012
It is sad that something like this will sway more Amercian voters than would a candidate's platform or political history.

I am swayed more by Romney's amazing ability to believe that the the Lost Tribe of Israel became the American Indians, in spite of all archeological, historic and genetic evidence. Not to mention the belief that you can save someone's soul years after their death by baptizing them postmortem.

Electing a leader with the ability to easily rationalize the totally illogical is a frightening prospect. The fact that this is just ignored by an incredible number of Americans is possibly worse.
Vendicar_Decarian
4.3 / 5 (6) May 31, 2012
mtc123 is filled with hate for freedom through self rule as defined by Democracy and union resistance to Corporate excess.

He is a good little slave, singing in praise of his Corporate Masters.

Leisure is the ultimate Liberty

Vendicar_Decarian
4.3 / 5 (6) May 31, 2012
Oh, come now. Look how well it worked out when George (I'm not a drug abusing alcoholic) Bush was elected.

America has never been in better shape.

"Electing a leader with the ability to easily rationalize the totally illogical is a frightening prospect." - MandoZink
geokstr
1.3 / 5 (4) Jun 01, 2012
Even funnier than Dan Quayle not being able to spell Potato(e).


Or visiting the 57 states, including the Asian country of Hawaii, telling the story of the Polish death camps while speaking Austrian, or honoring live corpse-men. Or lying about being the lowest spending president in history.
Vendicar_Decarian
4.2 / 5 (5) Jun 02, 2012
Yup, that Dan Quayle (Republican) was quite the fool.

"Or visiting the 57 states" - geokstr

You sound like someone who gets their knews from Faux Knews.
geokstr
1 / 5 (5) Jun 02, 2012
And you obviously get your "news" from MediaMatters. The "57 states" is well documented, as are all the others, directly from quotes of The Won himself. Probably all are on YouTube. And WaPo, hardly a tool of the right, gave Obama "three Pinocchios" for his statement on spending.

You are one of the most ignorant leftlings I have ever encountered when it comes to politics and culture. You actually have some reasonably intelligent things to say on science matters, when you can resist your natural impulse to smear, slander, and insult everyone who agrees with you. Those civil comments, however, represent about .000236% of your postings.
Isaacsname
3 / 5 (2) Jun 03, 2012
" America ", I love it, I just can't spell it.
Vendicar_Decarian
5 / 5 (4) Jun 03, 2012
You can't get more dumb than Republican dumb.

In a few months Republicans will be going to the voting booth and voting for a man who can't spell the name of his own country,

In 4 years they will probably be voting for a Republican Candidate tho doesn't even know the name of his own country.

julianpenrod
1 / 5 (2) Jun 03, 2012
It sounds a great deal like a so-called Freudian slip. Praising America while, clandestinely, seeing the CIA as the means to corporate wealth and power. And notice the setting, the green of the lawn taking up half the picture, giving the suggested of the reverse of any of a number of "greenbacks", from the $5 to the $10 to the $20 and so on.
julianpenrod
1 / 5 (3) Jun 03, 2012
With respect to the to and fro on qualities or flaws oif left and right, most placing comments seem to fall prey to the same illegitimacies.
First, assuming that, if one side is right, the other side must be bad. Consequently, instead of playing up each sides "supposed" superiority, many settle instead for revealing the other side's faults and leaving it to the gullible to finish the calculus.
Also, if one thing a side believes is right or wrong, then everything that side thinks must be right or wrong. The right denounces climate change, but, frankly, not because of any necessary "scientific" failing on their part, rather, out of purely monetary interests! But, then, skepticism about vaccines and "evolution" and such are condemned as equally invalid. Devotees of "science" never proved or tried to prove evidence for things like "evolution" was legitimate, they simply said "scientists" can never lie!
Caliban
5 / 5 (3) Jun 03, 2012
It is sad that something like this will sway more Amercian voters than would a candidate's platform or political history.


Temple,

No need for sadness --but be of good cheer!

Anyone that is going to cast a vote for Mittens will do so in the face of his staff's mispelling of America, because,quite frankly
--what qualifies him for office in their minds has nothing at all to do with whether or not he can spell "America".

For the other side, this will provide just one more round of ammo to ridicule him with --as if any more ammo were needed...

Vendicar_Decarian
5 / 5 (3) Jun 04, 2012
Wasn't Romney a Democrat not too many years ago?

And wasn't his health care program a model for Obama's?