According to a recent poll, Americans would rather sit next to President Obama than Mitt Romney on a long flight.
The margin was fairly significant — 57 percent picked Obama, while a mere 31 went with the former Massachusetts governor. And that was a wider gap than separated those picking a candidate to watch on television for the next four years (34 percent for Romney, 54 percent for Obama).
What could possibly be behind this? The usual whom-would-you-rather-have-a-beer-with question is out, of course. Romney doesn’t drink. What makes him the worse catch on an airplane?
Here are some pros and cons on each seatmate.
●●Pretty sure the seat next to Romney would be in a nice, exclusive area of plane where they bring you hot towels.
●Won’t bore you with hours of reading you his tax returns the way his father might have.
●Definitely will not spend a long flight trying to tell you about his faith.
●Quietly reads The Economist for the bulk of the flight.
●More likely to tell you jokes about how “there’s no place like chrome for the hollandaise.”
●Constant running commentary about height of trees. (“Right,” while passing over Michigan. “Wrong,” everywhere else.)
●If you have to hear the strains of “She’ll Be Coming ’Round the Mountain,” “Tie a Yellow Ribbon ’Round the Old Oak Tree” and “Lida Rose” coming from his headphones one more time . . . .
●Scratching of dog strapped to top of plane distracting during takeoff.
●You’re probably on Air Force One right now!
●Michelle may be somewhere nearby.
●Fun stories about those evenings with George Clooney.
●Won’t get all weird if you try to watch “Girls” on your iPad next to him.
●Insists on singing to you, forcing you to nod politely and insist that it’s really, really good when in fact it is fine, but not great.
●Keeps challenging you to games of pickup basketball and calling you “chicken” when you object that the plane is too small.
●Won’t let you go to sleep until he finishes telling you about that time he got Osama bin Laden.
●You get possibly six e-mails from him in the course of the flight asking you to donate and win the chance to have dinner with him.