Mitt Romney’s Staff Plays an April Fools’ Day Joke on Their Boss

No one is immune from an April Fools’ Day prank—not even presidential contender Mitt Romney.

Even presidential candidates, it seems, can be taken by an April Fools’ joke. Today in Milwaukee Mitt Romney fell prey to a good one by his staffers, who captured the moment on camera with help from Sen. Ron John and Rep. Paul Ryan, both Wisconsin Republicans. Photo: BU Interactive News/Flickr

Mitt Romney used to be known for pranks at one time. When Romney’s schoolyard crush married someone else, he painted the groom’s leather shoes with pink nail polish so when he knelt at the altar it would show, remembers The Washington Post.

Once he dressed up as a police officer, put a flashing red light on the roof of his car and chased after two buddies while they were on a double date.

But this year Mitt Romney seems tohave forgotten Sunday was April Fools’ Day. However, his staff did not.

Before a meet and greet with voters at a restaurant here, Romney’s staff decided to play a practical joke on their boss, reports Yahoo!.

The Republican presidential front-runner was to deliver a stump speech at a pancake breakfast in Milwaukee. He was ushered into a ballroom. He was waiting backstage behind a black curtain.

The Huff Post writes that the campaign workers took Romney to a room he thought was packed with supporters gathered for a pancake brunch.

It was supposed to be his first campaign stop Sunday as he courted Wisconsin voters ahead of Tuesday’s primary.

“We’re standing back there. You wonder what happens before we get started — we’re all three standing there,” Romney said.

As Romney recalled, according to MSN BC, his staff said to him, “We didn’t get much of a turnout this morning. It’s really small, but it will be okay.”

Romney said Rep. Paul Ryan walked out into the ballroom first and introduced Romney as he waited backstage with his newest supporter, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.

Ryan offered his usual enthusiastic endorsement, singing Romney’s praises as applause filtered backstage.

Romney could hear applause, and when his intro music, Kid Rock’s “Born Free,” blared from the speakers, he and Sen. Ronald H. Johnson (R-Wis.) walked out from behind the black curtain.

“I go in there, and it’s completely empty. There’s nobody there!” Romney giggledwhen his staff later brought him to the right room, where supporters had gathered, upstairs. “I thought, oh boy, this is going to look really bad on the evening news, let me tell ya.”

The applause was a soundtrack played through a set of speakers. Romney explained that the worst thing was that the prank was caught on camera.

“They turned me into the April Fool this morning!” Romney laughed, admitting he had forgotten about the holiday. “This is known as forgive, but remember. I tell ya, we’re going to remember this.”

“Not only do they do that, but they caught it on camera,” Romney said. “This is known as forgive, but remember.”

After aides shouted “April fools!” at him, Romney made his way to the real ballroom, where he addressed an overflow crowd of several hundred supporters and served them pancakes.

At a lunch stop at Culvers in Johnson Creek, Romney said the joke wasn’t bad but admitted that he prefers playing the jokes himself.

“I think they’re much funnier when I do them on other people than when they do them on me,” Romney said. “But this was very good. Very very good, this was classic.”

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