Mitt Romney Delivers Big Laughs at Alfred E. Smith Dinner

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Ann Romney are seated with Cardinal Timothy Dolan(second left) and President Barack Obama at the 76th annual Alfred E. Smith Dinner in New York. Oct 18, 2012
(Photo – Charles Dharapak)

Amid tuxedoed, evening toggery, Governor Mitt Romney handily charmed the audience at the 76th annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner tonight at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York. In the tradition of the yearly white tie, ‘roasty’ charity fundraiser for Catholic charities, Romney garnered great laughs poking fun at himself and President Obama. Throughout most of the evening, only host Cardinal Timothy Dolan separated Mitt and Ann Romney from Obama.

The event was a refreshing pause from the nitty-gritty election grind.

Romney’s timing and delivery were perfect. See for yourself:



Brilliant, simply brilliant! And, I must say, The Gov looked very dapper and Ann was dazzling.

See the whole thing, including Obama’s remarks, here.

UPDATE – Another great photo

UPDATE 2:

Our next President of the United States and First Lady, Mitt and Ann Romney.


UPDATE 3:

Romney and Obama share a laugh with Cardinal Timothy Dolan (Photo – AP)


What was running through Obama’s mind as he looked at Governor Romney?


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USA Growth & Opportunity? Vote for Romney/Ryan! Hannity Interview (VIDEO)

By Ken Catalino – Oct 5, 2012

After Governor Mitt Romney cleaned Obama’s clock at the first presidential debate in Denver, America’s Comeback Team, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, took time out from campaigning yesterday to talk with FOX News’ Sean Hannity. Here’s the interview:

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We’ve seen the palpable, patriotic energy that exists between Romney and Ryan; it’s always great to see them together. Also evident is that they understand and respect each other. Competence recognizes competence. Mitt and Paul also genuinely enjoy each other’s company and that, combined with holding the House and taking back the Senate, is going to make for an outstanding, productive presidency. How fortunate we are that they are a dynamic, dynamite duo! Democrats are stuck with their two dingbats. No fluke the two of them ended up together; a knave needs another knave to cover his tracks. And, one can’t speak without a teleprompter and the other can’t be prompted to shut up.

Obama and Biden are conspiring, failed desperadoes. Without a blink, they and their fellow conspirators keep churning out lie after lie to hide that fact.

Romney/Ryan’s competence and commitment to actually solve the plethora of grievous problems Obama/Biden have foisted on us – to strengthening the principles our nation was founded on and making life better for 100 per cent of the American people – is the message we MUST broadcast non-stop.

Illustration by Erin Bonsteel

Fib-squibbers forever!


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Romney in Command as Obama Got “Anesthetized” – Two Op-Eds You Won’t Want to Miss

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If you love the art of language as I do, you will enjoy the prose I ran across today by two authors describing Messrs. Romney and Obama. Their ability to paint with words fascinates me. To keep this piece relatively brief, the chosen excerpts here will be slightly out of the context of each op-ed necessarily, but the firehose amount of post-debate spin we have all had these past 24 hours will allow you to get the point (each full article is excellent). The first article is by Daniel Henninger in his piece, The Romney Reboot Arrives

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It would be asking too much for anyone to believe that the Romney campaign planned to spend two years saying very little about the substance of public policy as a ruse to anesthetize Barack Obama on debate night, but that is clearly what happened.

Gov. Romney came to the debate prepared to press Mr. Obama in detail about the president’s record, to defend the substance of his own proposals and even draw sharp philosophical distinctions with Mr. Obama. We’re happy to tip a hat to his pre-debate sparring partner, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, but this level of competence and detail wasn’t acquired in the past 10 days.
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Barack Obama showed the dangers and risks of presidential incumbency. For all the powers of the office, the U.S. presidency inevitably causes the person holding it to place outsized belief and faith in the correctness of his own policies and ideas. In a word, hubris. It has happened before.

Barack Obama, perhaps the most self-confident person to occupy that office in our lifetime, was always skating along the edge of a cliff of self-destructive arrogance. No other president would have thought to berate the members of the Supreme Court as they sat in front of him during his State of the Union speech. The famous George Washington University speech in which he ridiculed his Republican partners in the deficit-negotiation talks, who had come to the speech expecting to hear a policy response, was another sign of potential danger.

And finally there was the report a few weeks ago that Mr. Obama did not respect Gov. Romney and did not consider him competent to be president.

Photo: Associated Press

This is a president, dismissive and condescending to any opposition, who went into that debate in Denver and essentially got his head handed to him by a better-prepared opponent.

What was especially damaging to Mr. Obama is that when it became clear early in the initial discussion of tax policy that Mitt Romney was going to take his argument to a deeper level, the president’s response was essentially to start cutting and pasting stock lines from speeches he’s been giving for years. After awhile, he looked like a guy who was rummaging through a drawer for old audio cassettes.
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Not least, Mr. Romney has finally found his way to a workable defense of his Massachusetts health-care plan, emphasizing that whatever its merits, it was a major legislation that was passed on a bipartisan basis. Mr. Obama was left muttering that the Washington GOP should have taken cues from Massachusetts.
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Mitt Romney may not have won the election in the first debate, but he established a new baseline.
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Will it last? It would be passing strange, even a little weird, if Mr. Romney reverted to a candidacy skimming along the surface of issues and arguments. He can go deep. He should keep doing it. Besides as he said minutes into the debate, “It’s fun, isn’t it?” It is. Give the voters more of it.

[emphasis added]

The second op-ed is by the conservative speechwriter we love to hate and love…Peggy Noonan. I love to read her words. She has an amazing way of being both succinct and colorfully descriptive! Her WSJ piece Romney Deflates The President is art (I recommend the entire piece):

Out on a limb, where the breeze is best:

The impact of the first debate is going to be bigger than we know. It’s going to affect thinking more than we know, and it’s going to start showing up in the polls, including in the battlegrounds, more dramatically than we guess.

It wasn’t just Mitt Romney’s strong performance. It was President Obama’s amazingly weak one. He’s never been punctured before. But by debate’s end Wednesday night, if you opened the window this is what you could hear: Ssssssss. The soft hiss of air departing from a balloon.

And—amazingly again—he did it to himself. He didn’t fight, he didn’t show, he wasn’t awake and hungry. He just said the same-old-same-old and let it go. He couldn’t even meet Mr. Romney’s gaze, never mind his arguments.

Is all this dispositive? Has it changed everything? No.

Balloons can get patched. Opportunities can be squandered. Luck can turn.

But this whole race is on the move again, it’s in play again, and it’s going to get fun.

But it’s going to get hot, too. And probably dirty.


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Debate Analysis: Barack Obama is Unprepared in Every Way

Photo: Doug Mills / The New York Times

What are your thoughts? Please leave a comment here if you please.

Many thoughts crossed my mind as I watched the first presidential debate last night. For me, the most important, even critical aspect of both performances came down to one glaring fact: Preparation.

Barack Obama was wholly unprepared and Mitt Romney was completely prepared in every way. All “the experts” are trying to spin it in the mainstream media to say that Governor Romney won the debate on style. That is utter nonsense! Mitt Romney has been prepared his entire life as a leader.

Barack Obama is unprepared to lead our nation in these ways:

• As commander in chief
• He is unprepared to lead America’s economy
• Obama is unprepared to create jobs for Americans
• He is unprepared to take our nation in the right direction with energy
• Obama is unprepared to lead out in foreign affairs with American flags burning in our embassies

I could list many other areas in which Barack Obama is simply not prepared. Check David Parker’s post here to see how Mr. Obama is simply not up to the job. Do we have to see another four years of this man’s smile to determine what we already know today?

Mr. Obama was weak and very uncomfortable last night. Is this why he did not want to meet with Israel’s Netanyahu? He did not want to be there. In the last six months, pundits, politicos, and reporters have been saying Mr. Obama does not like being President of the United States of America. I believe they are correct.

Ann Romney Dazzles on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’

Ann Romney sits down with Jay Leno.

Ann Romney made an appearance on NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ last night.

As always, Ann did a great job making the case that the nation needs her husband’s help.

Take a moment to watch the interview and let me know what you thought about it in the comment section below.


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Romney Gains Energy & Strength in Face of Media Firestorm

Governor Romney, Costa Mesa, CA

Please leave a comment if you attended this event or if you have an opinion about the media frenzy over Governor Romney’s comments yesterday.

The speech Governor Romney gave last night in Costa Mesa was as inspiring, energetic, and passionate as I have ever seen him give. “So?” You might ask. The speech I was privileged to attend was given right after his press conference to address the insatiable appetites of the mainstream media relative to the earlier video about the 47%. (I apologize for the terrible quality of the photo at right taken with an Android phone at a distance of about 50 yards) Prior to the reception last night, I had not seen the original video nor had I yet seen his remarks from the press conference, but some might have thought he would have been subdued from the never ending fault-finding of a media hell-bent on shielding their annointed leader, Mr. Obama, from the realities of his failed domestic and foreign policies. To the contrary!

As with most California events attended by Governor Romney, this was a fund raiser. He seemed most relaxed, as he spoke without a teleprompter. In the middle of the speech he paused a moment and said, the following, in effect,

“I want to thank each one of you for being here tonight. Your generosity and contributions are greatly appreciated. I am most grateful to every one of you. I realize you have not made your donations for the Republican Party or for conservatism or for me but for our nation — for America. Thank you so much!”

Terry Fator & Maynard the Elvis Impersonator

As he continued his speech, he gave specific, detailed plans that included 1) Energy Independence, 2) The Skills to Succeed, 3) Trade that Works for America, 4) Cut the Deficit, and 5) Champion Small Business. Anybody that states that Governor Romney does not have specific plans to bring America and Americans back into prosperity quickly are either ignoring the facts or are intentionally misleading the nation to shield President Obama from truthletting. Both are happening every day.

David Foster performing one of the many songs he wrote or produced

The evening included brief comments from Spencer Zwick and Craig Romney with his son Miles. David Foster and Terry Fator provided wonderful entertainment along with their assistants.

Given the events of the day and the intense media focus on Governor Romney’s 47% comment, I am going to end this piece with Mr. Obama’s comments from April 2008 when he made patronizing statements of the people from Pennsylvania and the Midwest. Remember this? After a brief brush with the press, Mr. Obama effectively got a pass from the mainstream media:

“And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations,” Obama said, explaining — he thought — some voters’ politics during the long Pennsylvania primary.

“Pennsylvanians don’t need a president who looks down on them,” Hillary Clinton responded then.

Do you think for a moment the media will give Governor Romney a similar pass? Not on your life! They will hammer Governor Romney as long and as hard as they can to keep the focus off the fact that Mr. Obama’s failed leadership allowed advance warnings to go unheeded ahead of September 11th which left an ambassador and his team exposed to assassination — the first time an American ambassador has been assassinated in over 30 years!

As leaders go, Barack Obama has failed at just about everything he has attempted. Unemployment is stuck at a stagnant 8% (or 15% if including those that gave up); the lowest job participation levels in many decades; lower median income; much higher poverty levels; exploding, unchecked deficits, etc. Space does not allow the entire list of his failed leadership and policies.

Governor Romney has succeeded in every challenge and project he has taken on. As leaders go, Barack Obama does not even compare; he cannot even learn on the job! We cannot allow him, his lemmings, and the lapdog media to dictate the direction or outcome of this all-important presidential election. We need President Mitt Romney and we need him now!

Kudos to Stacy Davis and Steve Samuelian for an extraordinarily successful event last night!


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Ann Romney: “The people hurt the most by this economy have been women” (VIDEO)

Ann Romney , wife of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, speaks at her first solo campaign rally ‘Women for Mitt’ in Findlay, OH on Sept 5, 2012.

Yesterday, FOX News’ Neil Cavuto was lucky enough to have Ann Romney on his show ‘Your World. If you’re like me, any time I get to see Ann the sun shines a little brighter.

Cavuto asked Ann about the election, women’s vote, Governor Romney coming under attack for commenting on unrest in the Middle East, upcoming debates, her knock-out convention speech, and more:


“This is going to be an economic election… The people that have been hurt the most by this economy have been women. They have higher unemployment rates than men. There are more women going into poverty – since the last 40 years.” – Ann Romney

Ann reassured listeners that Governor Romney “gets it”. He will focus on restoring jobs and better paying jobs for women and Americans, and he’ll tackle America’s deficit woes so the unthinkable won’t happen – forcing America’s children and grandchildren to pay for our current outrageous, wasteful excesses.

If you missed Ann’s wonderful, engaging speech on September 5th at the ‘Women for Mitt’ rally in Findlay, Ohio have a listen here.

Cincinnati.com – Sept 5, 2012:

FINDLAY — Ann Romney fired back Wednesday at critics who have accused husband Mitt Romney of being out of touch with average Americans, saying her own bout with multiple sclerosis taught the family what it means to suffer and lose hope.

When people say that we’ve led a charmed life and we don’t relate to people that are having trouble, I want to remind you that I’ve been in a very dark place, and I know what it is like to have no hope,” Mrs. Romney said at a rally for women supporting her husband, the Republican presidential candidate, at the University of Findlay in Ohio. “So believe me when I tell you these words: We are there for you because we know what it feels like.”

She described her struggle with the disease, which coincided with her family’s move to Utah so her husband could oversee preparations for the 2002 Winter Olympics there. She said she lost the use of her right side and had problems getting out of bed, but said that despite initial second thoughts the move turned out well.

“Sometimes when you take a risk like that and you just go and do what you know is the right thing to do, sometimes God looks over you,” she said.

Mrs. Romney has been in remission for years.

I’m telling you, the woman has a gift. Ann speaks with such friendly ease one doesn’t want her to stop.

Ann, keep up the great work and keep telling it like it is!

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MUST SEE VIDEO: Angry Romney Supporter Calls The Media “Suck-Ups”

Well said, sister! Couldn’t have orated it better myself…


*For more on the liberal media’s less-than-stellar reporting (if that’s what you want to call it), see Jayde’s post.

Hat tip to The Weekly Standard for the video.

Spend an Evening with Governor Romney + Entertainment!

Mitt Romney in CA one last time Monday, September 17th

This is your last chance! September 17th! Governor Romney will attend one last event in California before the presidential election. Previous receptions in California filled up fast, but this event has a little more capacity. We are entering the home stretch and Governor Romney needs your support now more than ever. Barack Obama will be throwing everything he can get his hands on at Governor Romney in the next 60 days and he will not hold back.

This special reception will be like no other previous event for Mitt Romney. This will be a wonderful night to not only hear Governor Romney speak, but to meet him, and be entertained by two great performers!

Special guests: David Foster discovered Celine Dion, Josh Groban, and Michael Buble and is a 16 time Grammy Award winning songwriter. I attended an event two years ago at which he was the featured guest and it was by far the best political event I have ever attended because of how entertaining he was! Also, Terry Fator will be entertaining. He is best known for his uncanny celebrity impressions and signature puppets in his Las Vegas shows.

The venue is the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. It is one of the very best venues for entertainment in America.

This is a fund raising event. Obviously, the intent of this reception is to help Governor Romney raise adequate funds to challenge the incumbent, Barack Obama. Mr. Obama’s advantages are enormous when considering his unlimited use of Air Force One and all the resources of The White House.

This is a critical time in our nation’s life. In my lifetime, I have never seen a presidential election of this importance. I strongly believe that Mitt Romney is by far the most qualified, experienced, and prepared American to ever run for President of the United States. We need his leadership and character attributes now more than ever in the history of this nation. Please do whatever you can right away to enlist as many others to contribute now in support of Mitt Romney at this important crossroads. I am most grateful for any efforts you can make in this regard.

If you have any doubt about what we are up against with a man that will do anything to retain power, read Jeff Fuller’s extraordinary piece in which he exposes how the Democrats at the DNC protested when the party placed “God” and “Jerusalem as capital of Israel” back into their platform. If this video does not motivate you to help Governor Romney at this critical juncture, nothing will.

If you live in another state and therefore cannot attend, do you have relatives or friends from California that need to be there? Is there a chance you will be traveling to California in 12 days on business and can attend? (Segerstrom is within two miles of John Wayne Airport) Governor Romney needs your help now. Please tell all your friends about this fun evening with Governor Romney.

To secure tickets now, please contact Steve Samuelian by sending him a short note requesting details of the event and he will send the details to you right away. Steve’s email address is: stevesamuelian1@gmail.com . . . Since this is Governor Romney’s very last California event before becoming President of the United States, we expect a great deal of interest and hope you can join us there!

Please?

If you cannot attend and are not able to contribute at this time, would you please help us get this message out far and wide for Governor Romney? Would you please get all your Facebook friends and Twitter followers to promote this event and retweet it many times over the next week? Your time and effort in social media can and will make a huge difference!

And THANK YOU so much!


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Romney on Democratic Convention: “So far, a celebration of failure” (VIDEO)

After learning of some of the distortions and lies slamming out of the first day of the Democratic National Convention, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney today interrupted his debate prep to speak with FOX News’ chief political correspondent Carl Cameron.

Cameron characterized Romney as “chomping at the bit” to speak. The interview place took before Democrats this afternoon stunningly flip-flopped on removing ‘God’ and Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel in their platform. (‘God’ and ‘Jerusalem’ were restored; the vote took three times. Even then, the majority call was questionable.)

Cameron asked Mitt Romney specifically about the president’s recent comments giving himself an incomplete grade for his first term. Romney responded, “Incomplete usually means that you’ve got to go back and take the course again. I don’t think the American people want to see this president get another four years. The last four years have not been good for the middle class in America. There’s no question but that his policies have led to more people falling out of the middle class into poverty.”

Romney continued, “Those who think that they’re better off than they were four years ago, they may decide to vote for him, but the great majority of Americans, who recognize we’re not better off than we were four years ago, recognize his policies are not what is needed to get the middle class growing with more take-home pay and more jobs.”

Here’s Governor Romney (location was in an auto supply building in New Lebanon, New Hampshire):



Not one speaker at the Democrat convention has said Americans are better off today than they were four years ago. Another statistic they’re ignoring is when Obama took office, the number of Americans on food stamps was 32 million. Today, 47 MILLION Americans rely on food stamps. And, not a peep from them today about Obama’s latest staggering whoop-ti-doo accomplishment… America has passed the $16 trillion debt mark.

From the Democratic Natl Convention in Charlotte, NC…
By Glenn Foden – Sept 3, 2012

Obama isn’t an “incomplete” president, he’s disastrous (completely).

After listening last night to the angry, distorted rhetoric coming out of Charlotte, NC, it’s great to see Romney speak out today.

It’s also imperative we share this interview far and wide.

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