Mitt and Ann Romney’s Labor Day happily began with strapping on aprons and serving 1,500 pancakes to about 450 hungry supporters in Manchester, New Hampshire. (Photo above was taken by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images.):
Mitt Romney kicked off the primary high season looking well-placed at a GOP breakfast in his must-win state of New Hampshire.
The former Massachusetts governor and his wife served 1,500 pancakes to a large crowd of 450 attendees at the Derryfield Country Club in Manchester, according to campaign estimates.
The line to receive pancakes wrapped in a circle around the room, and the Romneys — wearing campaign aprons — served guests for almost an hour.
“I sure hope they put some big beams underneath this balcony,” Romney joked to guests as he addressed them later as the sun rose on the scenic golf course behind him.
Romney pointed out several state lawmakers in the crowd and singled out Manchester’s mayor Ted Gatsas, who has not yet endorsed a candidate for 2012.
After his speech, Romney was asked about beliefs he shares with the tea party.
“The tea party is a powerful movement saying government’s too big, and I couldn’t agree more,” he said.
To see a photo of the balcony Mitt referred to in this article click here.
Then, it was on to the Labor Day parade in Milford, NH for Ann Romney. Gov Romney was originally scheduled to be at the parade, but changed his plans to enable him to participate in Sen. Jim DeMint’s Palmetto Freedom forum in South Carolina.
Milford’s 65th Labor Day parade was in full force Monday. It is the largest in the state, beginning at the local high school and snaking through the town. Adults and kids alike waved at the region’s fire trucks, bands, floats and marchers.
“Its kind of a tradition for us, we’ve been here for five years,” said Jacquie Hardwick, a parade spectator.
“They do a great job in Milford organizing this parade,” said New Hampshire Governor John Lynch.
As usual, the parade was a place for presidential candidates to meet residents of the Granite State.[…]
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney was double booked at two events this Labor Day, so his wife Ann stepped in and marched instead.
“This is so traditional for candidates to be here, and for people to see us and know that we recognize that this state is important,” said Mrs. Romney.
Earlier this year, it seemed as though there would be no parade at all — after organizers worried they wouldn’t have enough money for the show to go on. Parade participants are happy it went off without a hitch.
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Stay tuned. We’ll report on The Gov’s participation in Jim DeMint’s Palemetto Freedom Forum in another post (he was fantastic!).
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