I'm reminded of that gathering he had someplace near Pittsburgh, when he insulted the freshly-made cookies.
"“I’m not sure about these cookies. Did you make those cookies?” he asked the women around him. “You didn’t, did you? No. No. They came from the local 7-Eleven bakery or wherever.”
Romney was not serious. But some of the folks at Bethel Bakery, which baked the cookies, didn’t find Romney’s remarks humorous.
“We wanted him to be welcomed with the best in the burg, and he had no idea, this guy has no idea how beloved this institution is that provided these cookies,” Bethel Bakery owner John Walsh said in an interview with ABC affiliate WTAE-TV out of Pittsburgh.
“It seemed like maybe he should have tasted them first before making the assumption,” Julie Lytle, who handles marketing for Bethel Bakery, said."
Romney may not have been serious, but nobody knew it. He didn't smile or gesture that he was kidding. He didn't say "Just kidding" and then try one. He didn't take some "for the road". He didn't touch the cookies all day. (Or the homemade lemonade).
The point being, if the guy shows no physical or verbal clues that he was kidding around, he probably has an equally hard time showing empathy, or a more "serious" emotion like that.
He may still *feel* them, but he's clueless how to show it.
And @others: Giving money doesn't equal feeling empathy.