At Patterico, the usual desperate flailing to find cover for President Pup-Eater McFailpants is diagnosed:
The slogan is a multiple entendre, but one of those entendres, intentionally or not, is evocative of a nasty racial stereotype about black men.
See? It evokes. And your intentions don’t matter, because meaning is determined by the interpreter. See also, every Protein Wisdom post ever.
In the comments, more:
She also noted the multiple meanings, and the unmistakable stereotype it evokes, but didn’t think it was intentional. “That’s what happens when you don’t surround yourself with a diverse array of people,” she said. “Maybe if Mitt Romney’s experience was more diverse, or the people he surrounds himself with, somebody would have looked at that banner and realized how it could be offensive to some people.”
So maybe Romney didn’t intend the unmistakably racist meaning that is so obviously there, but because his staff is a bunch of ofays, no one could raise his awareness. Why his staff is a bunch of ofays, well, you’ll have to judge that.