The photo was snapped by Redditor "mkb95,"
who claims the grainy image actually shows the former presidential candidate pumping gas at a local gas station. He is dressed in rumpled shirt and equally rumpled looking pants. His hair looks tousled as he stands with a frazzled expression while he fills his car tank.
writes: "Mitt Romney at my local gas station... looks tired and washed up." He adds: "I talked to him for a good three minutes while he was filling his tank. I guess he's moving to one of his houses in the town I live in, La Jolla."
NY Daily News
comments that Romney, who always looked "buttoned-down almost to a fault on the campaign trail," looks "the worse for wear" in the photo.
The Hollywood Gossip
describes the former presidential candidate as looking "slightly frazzled," and comments: "Gone is his familiar, perfectly slicked-back coif from the campaign trail," but suggests that he may not have been as "disheveled or upset as the image might suggest."
claims he chatted with the former presidential candidate briefly, after which they both filled their cars and left the station.
Redditor mkb95 is not the only one who has seen Romney at the same gas station. Global Grind
reports Twitter user @thegirlss
, also claims to have seen Romney at the station.
"He looks like he's been on a milk bender."
"MY ANTI-IRONING RAY WILL RUMPLE EVERYONE'S CLOTHES!!! YOU WILL ALL JOIN ME AS A HAS-BEEN!!!"
"Which is tragic. If anybody ever needed a stiff drink, it's this guy."
"WILLARD MITT ROMNEY, WHAT HAS GOTTEN INTO YOU?!"
"He looks thrilled to be your subject."
"I expect he is just surprised that a non job creator could afford a camera."
"Pic taken on obamaphone."
Other redditors disagreed with the opinion that Romney looked disheveled and "washed up." A redditor says: “He looks annoyed that you are taking a picture of him."
But one would have expected that Romney, spotting "average Joe" looks, would rate more likable given that the complaint about him was that he was too removed in station from the ordinary American. Instead netizens have been poking fun at him.
notes that Romney has kept a low profile since losing the 2012 presidential election to Barack Obama. He was spotted with his wife, Ann, at a screening of the new "Twilight" movie, "Breaking Dawn — Part 2," in Del Mar, Calif., on Saturday.
According to TMZ
, the couple later visited a pizza place across the street.
But why can't Romney just be himself if that is what suits him? He isn't running for president now, is he?
reports he owns a $12 million home in the San Diego suburb.