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Paul Ryan

Shameless Soup Kitchen

Photo Op

10/16/2012 6:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Paul Ryan washing dishes at a soup kitchen
Veep wannabee Paul Ryan pulled a fast one at an empty soup kitchen, pretending to pitch in and wash dishes that were already clean ... this according to the President of the charity.

Brian J. Antal says Ryan and his wife showed up at the kitchen in Youngstown, Ohio, AFTER all of the food had been served and the patrons had left ... and the dishes, pots and pans were already washed.

Antal says he was not at the kitchen at the time of Ryan's visit -- but says if he was, Ryan would not have been allowed inside because the soup kitchen has a strict apolitical stance. Antal says Ryan's team convinced one of the kitchen volunteers to open the doors.

Antal says Ryan was there 15 minutes and it was just a shameless photo op, adding, "He did nothing. He just came in here to get his picture taken at the dining hall."

We tried getting a comment from Ryan's camp, to no avail.

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31.

Jerry    

Harvey Levin votes for Obama, cause Harvey's gay, and likes sucking caulk, and is deathly afraid of a Republican president trying to take that away from him. It's ok Harvey, plenty of caulk to be had, no matter who the president is.

737 days ago
32.

ANS84    

He helped...his kids put on aprons.

737 days ago
33.

nan    

notice their aprons are completely clean and still have the creases in them..His shirt is neatly pressed LOL
I guess that shows how stupid he thinks the general public is,,
John Kerry did the same thing when he went hunting in his brand spanking new jacket

737 days ago
34.

VICKI    

HE WAS INVITED TO GO THERE TO CREATE PR FOR THEIR PLACE

737 days ago
35.

TheHollywoodGavel    

WOW. I work in a sou kitchen here twice a month. It's hard work for hours on end but the BEST part are the people....although it can get intimidating. This to me seems like a cop out and surely an insult to all the hard working people tat put in an effort that day. Can you imagine slaving and sweating for 5 hours and just finishing up washing your last pot when Paul Ryan walks in and rewashes it in front of a camera and takes all the credit for your hard work? I'm not for either candidate but just from a human perspective, it's a total douche move....and I believe they intentionally avoided the homeless people.

737 days ago
36.

Lulubelle    

The most shameful thing about this idiotic posturing is the insult of thinking people will fall for it. How dare they. It's embarrassing and they should be embarrassed. The people of this country are not stupid and want to hear what is going to be done about this country going down the toilet instead of a politician with rolled up shirtsleeves pretend cleaning a pot. It's disgusting.

737 days ago
37.

Mya    

It's a great photo op, Ryan is simply demonstrating exactly what Romney and the Republicans are going to do for this country, NOTHING!!!

737 days ago
38.

VAN    

Let's put this whole thing in perspective. Obama put these people in the soup kitchen with his stupid and dumb economic policies.

737 days ago
39.

mimi    

Seriously?? This goes to show how low down and hypocritical republicans are. Ryan and his wife should be ashame of themeselves along with all the other crooks who claim to be republicans.

737 days ago
40.

Jdawg    

Obama's only unstaged Photos are on the Golf Course

737 days ago
41.

Richaroo    

Where was the headline "Obama Blows Off UN Meetings to Appear on The View" ??
Happened only a few weeks ago

737 days ago
42.

Lynda Jones-owings    

This is what the Rom-ney/Ryan will do tot he country; pull the wool over their eyes. Only if they are stupid enough to go for it.

737 days ago
43.

craig    

Honey Boo Boo for president!!!!!

737 days ago
44.

Mya    

I am going to level the playing field and say, many politicians look for the perfect photo op, but what makes this so ridiculous is that he was naive enough to take the photo in a closed kitchen, with no one there to serve and not expect anyone to put him on blast. He's simply not smart enough to be a heart beat away from the presidency.

737 days ago
45.

purduefan    

So Biden and Obama (especially Michelle) don't do this on a regular basis?

737 days ago
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