Specifics Mitt Romney Rarely Discusses About His Past

The Los Angeles Times published a front page article in its Sunday edition yesterday. It is titled, “Image Gap” [The Romney we see on the campaign trail doesn't seem to be the one revered by friends and colleagues], by Maeve Reston. I highly recommend reading the entire article by clicking the link above: “Image Gap.”

Those of us that have studied for years the life and career of Mitt Romney are well aware of the many stories that clearly define him as generous with his time; as someone who is patient and genuinely kind to others — a man of service. I have heard some people voice frustration that he does not speak of these experiences and they wish he would. Any student of “servant leadership” knows that a characteristic attribute of such leaders is humility.

Following are excerpts from the article:

Mitt Romney visits with a future voter at a fundraising event in Nantucket, Mass. (Photo: Evan Vucci, Associated Press / August 26, 201)

The article starts off by describing how Mitt Romney gave a bridge loan to save the home of an executive of Staples at a critical time.

That was the Mitt Romney known to friends and business associates: a man generous to those in need, whose charitable acts stemmed from a deeply rooted sense of duty to help his neighbors.
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If the country knows little about what makes Mitt Romney tick, that is in large part because the campaign has walled off large swaths of his background, including some of the most humanizing components, to public discussion.
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As a result, 10 weeks before the election Romney remains an enigma to many Americans.
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Romney’s advisors have long shrugged off his likability problem, arguing that voters care most about competence and insisting that Obama’s middling job approval rating is a far more important number.
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While some might see a contradiction between Romney’s private acts of generosity and his plans to shrink government programs that help the poor or college students, those close to him say there is none. It stems from his belief in individual responsibility and self-reliance, and the view that every American has a duty to help others either through their community or through their church.

“He believes government has a certain role as far as helping people, or helping provide an infrastructure in areas where you can help create opportunities,” Romney advisor Kevin Madden said. But his guiding principle is a belief in “putting our faith in individuals and free markets and free enterprise” rather than “government being the only engine.”
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To date, many of the stories friends and advisors tell of Romney emphasize his tendency, as one put it, to personally “run at problems and fix them.” One often-cited episode was his decision to shut down Bain Capital and organize a multiday search party to find a partner’s teenage daughter, who had vanished after a party. After he recruited Bain’s lawyers, accountants and other business associates to walk the streets of Manhattan showing her picture, authorities found the girl in a New Jersey basement. (Notably, the story was used by Romney in advertising for an earlier campaign, before Bain became the focus of months of Democratic gibes.)

Cindy Gillespie, who worked closely with Romney when he ran the Salt Lake City Olympics and then moved to Massachusetts to work with him, recalled a less dramatic illustration of Romney’s approach. When movers left her bedroom set stranded in the driveway of her new town house after failing to maneuver it up a narrow staircase, Romney — then the governor — arrived with three of his sons and

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Paul Ryan: “Without Guile or Pretense” — Why America Will Win

We are going to win!

Assuming Mitt Romney is elected President of the United States, he just made the first major decision of his presidency. His selection of Paul Ryan as his vice president is another outstanding decision that is rattling already spooked operatives in the executive branch.

Paul Ryan & Mitt Romney in High Point, North Carolina — August 12, 2012. Photo by Sara D. Davis / Getty Images

Governor Romney offered four criteria for his selection of a VP running mate. He has said often that this person must be able to step in as POTUS from the day he is elected VP. In addition, in last night’s 60 Minutes interview he said the person had to have the “experience, judgment, capacity [read: intelligence], and character…” He said Paul Ryan clearly met each of these.

Mitt Romney’s choice for vice president is widely considered to have broken the perception that he and his campaign were playing it safe. Frankly, I never thought that for a moment; however I did think he has been playing it smart by not spending a lot of money and political capital during the summer doldrums when few people pay attention to politics. Contrast decisions made by President Obama, who is indecisive and timid regarding major international affairs of state, failing to assume a major leadership role characteristic of most former US chief executives. World leaders are clamoring for American leadership abroad. Even American legislators are drifting as a result of the void of executive leadership. Which of the two presidential candidates is playing it safe? The stark irony and reality is that it is Barack Obama.

There have been many outstanding quotes about Paul Ryan and Governor Romney’s selection these past 48 hours. My favorite quote of them all about Paul Ryan was by Bill Bennett, for whom Ryan worked at Empower America:

“He is a guy without guile, without pretense. He likes to hang out with actuaries for relaxation,”

Think about how any person could describe a national leader or politician that would be a greater compliment than “being without guile and pretense?” The same is true of Mitt Romney. They both are cut from the same cloth when it comes to character. I happen to believe that one of the reasons Governor Romney chose Paul Ryan was because he is a humble man. Has any person ever described Barack Obama in any way even remotely similar? What about Biden? Sadly, never.

This weekend I heard just about every criticism the Democrats could muster to describe Paul Ryan and the Romney/Ryan ticket. Most laughable of them all was their projection of Romney’s policy plans versus those of Obama. They believe Obama’s policies are superior. Let’s use a little bit of brain power here – maybe a little logic and reasoning?

Even if you think Obama’s policies are the best overall, how could you ever believe the man will successfully execute them? America is suffering under his policies. We are in stagflation after years of Obama policy. The only reason we don’t hear about stagflation more frequently is because one component is in its early stages: inflation. But the lack of consumer and business growth has been our course for many quarters and rising unemployment is a fact. Obama is to be trusted to execute his policies? Obama has broken at least two dozen commitments to American citizens. Here are some big ones: He promised to cut unemployment to 6.5% in his first term (we are at 8.2% and 15% when considering those who quit looking for a job). He committed to cut federal deficits in half in his first term. Instead, he allowed debt to balloon by $5 trillion! He promised to close Gitmo; an easy commitment to fulfill as POTUS. Obama’s answer to just about any problem is to spend more and to support the spend by taxing more. Obama is a great talker; he knows how to promise.

Mitt Romney knows how to execute. That is what he does. Every challenge he has taken on, he mastered. Whether to cut the debt with an 85% Democrat legislature in Massachusetts or to take a corruption-riddled Olympics project to one of the most successful Olympic Games in American history, Mitt Romney always attains the goals he sets. Execution of policy? Whom to trust to execute his policies? Obama or Romney? The answer is perfectly clear. America needs a complete turnaround. Do we trust the master of stagflation or the master of the turnaround?

Finally, Mr. Obama, and those he has chosen to surround him, are devoid of a moral compass. They have no compunction to lying. The most recent example is the Internet ad falsely implicating Governor Romney in the homicide of a woman. All of Obama’s closest advisers have stated they don’t know much about the entity that created it but when challenged on those assertions, they change the subject in shameless ways to prove they agree with and endorse the foundational premise of the ad. They are full of guile and pretense. One reason America is so lacking in executive leadership is because Barack Obama has no moral authority – he currently has power, yes, but he completely lacks authority. Space does not allow me to elaborate; suffice to say that any “leader” that is willing to lie to retain or gain power is doing so to cover behavior unbecoming the Office of President.

I introduced this piece with, “We are going to win!” I know we are going to win; this is not a hunch. Here are some clues:

In Flight, August 11, 2012 — Photo Credit: Newsday.com

  • Compare the size of the Romney and Obama rallies; Romney’s in Wisconsin and North Carolina over the weekend were 10,000+…Obama’s are sparse now (follow Drudge for regular crowd updates).
  • Obama will be the first incumbent president in American history to raise less money than his challenger (an important type of “vote”).
  • Obama begs for money at every turn. As incumbent, he has held over 200 fund raisers; that is more than all five previous incumbent presidents combined. This is an important reason Obama is an ineffective POTUS; he spends all his time either raising money or resting from raising money (golfing).
  • We frequently hear of elected Democrat officials and Democrat voters publicly declare they plan to vote for and support Mitt Romney for president; we never hear the opposite.
  • Romney is far smarter than Obama. Obama is a smooth talker; even a better talker than Romney. But Romney has spent his entire life setting strategy, inspiring others to his vision, and exceeding expectations.
  • Obama has far outspent Romney these past three months to no avail; polls had them tied when he began and they are basically tied now. Watch the needle when Romney/Ryan begin to get their message out and challenge Obama/Biden. They have yet to begin the fight.
  • At this stage in 1980 (90 days out), Carter was leading Reagan by 9 points; Reagan crushed Carter in a landslide (Carter’s economy was our last stagflation by the way).
  • Romney is a man of character with an unblemished reputation of moral authority. Obama has fully abdicated his responsibility of leadership by blaming other individuals, entities, and predecessors; he has never been a leader in the classic sense. American citizens know the difference.

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“The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.” ~ by Dr. Samuel Johnson


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Irony in Metaphor — “We’ll Call it a Draw” (2 videos)

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THANK YOU to my friend Jim for the humor of this night. (“The secret to humor is surprise.” ~ Aristotle)

What is it about the Brits and Monty Python? There is something about this short video that seemed oddly familiar to me and I just could not resist sharing it with you.

“All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.” ~ Sun Tzu

“Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid, one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory.” ~ Douglas MacArthur

“A good athlete always mentally replays a competition over and over, even in victory, to see what might be done to improve the performance the next time.” ~ Frank Shorter

And what about Lloyd? I feel sorry for him:

[THANK YOU to "Dave in Colorado" (a frequent visitor to MRC) for the Dumb and Dumber clip!]

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Senator Rick Santorum w/ Bella

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Congressman Ron Paul

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Speaker Newt Gingrich

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Governor Romney Wins Voters: Women, Catholics, Latinos, Evangelicals — Character Matters: Integrity, Fidelity, Honesty, Humility — SECRET SERVICE

CONGRATULATIONS out to all those who worked so hard in Florida for yesterday’s great win! What do we call that? “People Power” I think is the term Mr. Gingrich likes to use! Congratulations to Governor Romney and his team at all levels for bringing it! A stunning victory no matter how it is measured — THANK YOU to the countless volunteers in Florida and across America who made phone calls and got out the vote in old fashioned grassroots fashion.

Before I write what I had intended below, I have to point out an addition piece of evidence of the character of the man Newt Gingrich. Following Governor Romney’s decisive victory in Florida yesterday, Gingrich never congratulated Governor Romney privately or publicly. In fact, following Gingrich’s self-elevating speech, he was asked point-blank several times about this conspicuous omission and he ignored the reporters who pressed repeatedly. Class? There is none. Had the roles been reversed, Governor Romney would have graciously congratulated Gingrich as he has done before. Character matters.

In fact The Washington Post reported this about the end of Gingrich’s speech:

He obnoxiously ended by pledging: “My life, my fortune, my sacred honor.” But he’s not doing any of that. And it’s quite an insult to American patriots who have said that and meant it.

Much has been written and discussed these past few weeks about integrity of character and whether fidelity in marriage matters in a President of the United States. In yesterdays WSJ, a reader left this brief letter in response to a previous snippet about past presidents that had been unfaithful to their wives:

Historian Victor Davis Hanson, in Notable and Quotable (Jan. 24), may know the facts but comes to the wrong conclusion in proposing that fidelity is not essential in a leader. Simply listing a number of well known, and by some measure, effective leaders who did not embrace marital fidelity does not translate into a case to ignore infidelity.

The issue is not about fidelity but integrity, in simply making one’s actions consistent with one’s knowledge of right and wrong. Without integrity we have Bernie Madoff. Surely somewhere along the way he had heard that “Thou shalt not steal.” We have learned the hard and expensive way that we must demand integrity in our financial arena. Does anyone really doubt we need integrity in the political arena as well?

And which of the presidents Mr. Hanson lists were elected after their infidelity was made public? The American citizen has always considered fidelity a crucial component of integrity, and while the “inner circle” may not care, the American voter prays for integrity in their government leaders and is terrified at the thought of one in which it is lacking. (by Mary Seaman — Salt Lake City)

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Could this be the reason so many married women voted for Governor Romney in Florida?

Married women, who made up 33 percent of the electorate, also came out in droves for Romney. Among married women, six percent voted for Paul, 28 percent came out for the thrice-married Gingrich, 51 percent voted Romney and Santorum got 13 percent.

This past week we have seen Gingrich describing Governor Romney as a liberal, liar, anti-Jew, pro-abortion, fundamentally dishonest, etc. Had the Florida primary not occurred, we would expect to hear Gingrich dream up other more outrageous ways to label Governor Romney. This is one of those examples where what a person says about another is far more revealing of the character of the person speaking. Asked about this last night, Mrs. Romney said,

“It’s been funny to me. What’s next, a communist? I don’t know, it’s been humorous,” she said with a laugh during an interview with CNN moments before the network called the state for Mitt Romney. “We are looking forward to a win tonight.”

Ann Romney said that she knew where Mitt’s true beliefs lay.

“I know where his values are on a personal level. He is a conservative guy. I know how he has governed from a conservative point of view, and I know how he will govern, which is from a conservative place to rein in the spending, and help the country,” she added.

Ann Romney said that her husband was a consummate fixer at a time when the United States needed one.

“I think that people are hoping that Mitt, once he gets to the right job, can actually do something about turning this economy around, and I have seen him do it. I have seen him do the turnarounds time and time again, and when institutions get in trouble, whether it is the Olympics or the state of Massachusetts or businesses, he is a turnaround guy — he fixes things,” she said.

ASIDES:

Governor Romney will start to receive Secret Service protection beginning this week:
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All You Need to Know About Mitt Romney's True Character…

…Can be found in a short — some may think insignificant — story from The WaPo:

Humility is a tough trait to communicate in a presidential campaign that requires confident self-promotion, though it is often apparent in Romney’s debate face. He looks at others respectfully when they are speaking, and his expression betrays patience and even a hopefulness that they will do well. Romney isn’t shy in reminding voters of his own accomplishments, but there are stories out there that tell another side to his character. Here’s one related to me recently by someone close to the campaign:

Romney was shooting an ad on a hot day in a staffer’s yard. While the photo shoot was being set up, Romney was asked to bide time in the cooler shade of the staffer’s garage. When the staffer retrieved Romney 30 minutes later, he discovered that the candidate had swept and organized his garage.

A small thing. Or perhaps not.


BONUS: Mitt Romney Doing Bad Hair and Blue Jeans

VIDEO – Donald Trump: “my net worth is many, many, many times Mitt Romney.”

Trump & Romney

Trump & Romney

Is Trump’s narcissistic chest beating so very, very off-putting to anyone else?

I don’t normally pay attention to the guy (his presidential chances should be taken about as seriously as Oprah Winfrey’s), but after hearing about his recent remarks on how Mitt Romney “didn’t create companies”, I couldn’t help but take a gander at the interview video:

The above video doesn’t catch all of the Romney talk, though; fast-forward to the 4:45 mark in this video to catch the entire diologue. I don’t mind re-posting the entire interview here. If you watch it all, you’ll see that the more he speaks, the more the guy does harm to his cause:

Fact Check:

In 1984, Romney founded and led Bain Capital, now one of the nation’s most successful venture capital and investment firms.

Some lesser known facts about Mitt’s net worth: Romney left his company to go back and restructure Bain & Company, taking only a symbolic $1 salary for the entire year; he didn’t take a salary as Governor and he donated his Olympic’s salary to charity. Not to mention all the proceeds from Romney’s ‘New York Times Best Seller’ went to charity, as well. Success means nothing unless you learn to give back. Romney has essentially gone without pay for the past decade (longer than the average duration of the Donald’s marriages). Trump’s 2009 salary? …$50 million.

True leadership is humility.

More analysis from Ross after the fold
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Thanksgiving Wishes from Mitt Romney Central


It’s that wonderful, abundant time of year…


221 years ago, before Sarah Hale’s efforts to institute a national Thanksgiving Union Festival and before President Abraham Lincoln issued his 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation, our first President, George Washington, invited a new nation to observe a day of public thanksgiving and prayer. The year was 1789:

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.

Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks, for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation, for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war, for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed, for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

Thanksgiving Proclamation - George Washington, Oct 3, 1789, Library of Congress

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually, to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed, to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord. To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and Us, and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best. Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

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America was founded on the principles of gratitude and humility. Acknowledging the hand of the Almighty has steadied and sustained us through times of tribulation and times of tranquility. As we gather with family and friends to enjoy turkey and pumpkin pie, let us give thanks to God for our rich heritage, our Republic, our freedoms, and those who defend us near and far. May we humbly reflect upon our multiplicity of personal blessings and commit more fully to deserve favor from Him from whom all blessings flow.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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