Tribute to Mitt Romney From 12 Yr Old New Hampshire Resident, Hudson Ingoldsby

Fmr MA Gov Mitt Romney, wife Ann, and supporters recite the Pledge of Allegiance prior to Romney's presidential candidacy announcement. Scamman Farms, Stratham, NH 6/2/11

Amid golden straw bales and greening farm fields, with a massive United States flag rippling in the wind on the side of a white-washed barn, it was a thrilling moment when a large crowd gathered in Stratham, New Hampshire on June 2, 2011. They had assembled to hear Mitt Romney announce his candidacy for President of the United States. It began with the Pledge of Allegiance to America.

Today, via a tweet from Gov Romney, we learn the rest of the story about who lead the Pledge…

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Hudson Ingoldsby is a 12-year-old supporter from Alton Bay, New Hampshire; after leading the Pledge of Allegiance at Mitt Romney’s announcement, he submitted these remarks:

As I sit here thinking of ways to describe June 2nd, I don’t think it would be possible unless I include a bit of history. About three years ago I became interested in politics, concerned with the economy, concerned with how our schools are ranking, watching our military and our country as a whole. I watched this for a while as most Americans do then I decided I wanted to be more involved.

Living in NH is a fantastic place to grow up, and politicians are everywhere, but I wanted to meet Governor Romney. I had watched him in the last primary and read his book. Over the last year I have enjoyed my involvement with politics and have been able to attend a few functions with Gov. Romney, and I have met a few other presidential hopefuls. Governor Romney’s speeches can make anyone proud to be an American. I want everyone to be as proud as I am to be an American.

However over the past three years things seem to be worse, I have had friends’ parents that have lost their jobs, my school is now failing and I watch my Dad be sad whenever another soldier is killed. I think Governor Romney can fix the economy with a lot of work. I hope he can help schools thrive because we are the next leaders and we need a good education. He will bring back the great America, so other countries will think we are the great people that we actually are. I don’t want the current leaders to leave my generation trillions of dollars in debt. Governor Romney can fix these problems, it will be really hard work but I believe he CAN.

I believe Mitt will make a great president. I sent him a letter stating “I am just a kid but if I could be there the day you announce….” About a week later I received a note from the Governor stating if it was going to happen in NH he would call me. True to his word, his staff called and not only invited me but asked me to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.[…]

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To read the rest of young Hudson Ingoldsby’s remarks and see a photo of this fine young man, click here.

► Jayde Wyatt

The Obama Misery Index and the Rise of Obamavilles

I’ve noticed that Mitt has coined a new term, the “Obama Misery Index”. Mitt referenced the Obama Misery Index in his CPAC speech and then again Saturday night in New Hampshire.

“The consequence is soaring numbers of Americans enduring unemployment, foreclosures and bankruptcies,” he said. “This is the Obama Misery Index, and it is at a record high. It’s going to take more than new rhetoric to put Americans back to work—it’s going to take a new president.”

Here’s a brief description of the importance of the original misery index from Wikipedia:

During the Presidential campaign of 1976, Democratic candidate Jimmy Carter made frequent references to the Misery Index, which by the summer of 1976 was at 13.57%. Carter stated that no man responsible for giving a country a misery index that high had a right to even ask to be President. Carter won the 1976 election. However, by 1980, when President Carter was running for re-election against Ronald Reagan, the Misery Index had reached an all-time high of 21.98%. Carter lost the election to Reagan.

In this uncut interview from WMUR New Hampshire, Gov. Romney states that he and his staff will likely be creating a chart to illustrate the Obama Misery Index which is at an all-time high. We look forward to seeing that chart, and can’t wait to share it with as many people as we can.

Mitt’s coining of the Obama Misery Index provides a fantastic segue to another piece I’ve been meaning to write for a while now. I was recently talking to some fellow Romney supporters from other parts of the country and was surprised to find out that they hadn’t even heard of Obamavilles. This may be the most under-reported story of the Obama presidency.

Hopefully the picture of the Obamaville in Colorado to the left is familiar to most of you, but if it isn’t, here’s the story.

Since that story was written, Obamavilles have been slowly spreading across the country. This story references Obamavilles in Hawaii, Georgia, California, and Nevada. As you can read here, there is a growing concern about public safety as the reality of the rising Obama Misery Index (unemployment, foreclosures and bankruptcies which all contribute to the creation and growth of these tent cities) becomes harder and harder for us to ignore.

I live near Detroit, and our epidemic of homelessness has not been ignored. It’s been around for much longer than President Obama has been in office, so the media has no problem covering that story. However, what isn’t being covered is how much worse conditions have gotten for the poorest Americans as a result of President Obama’s policies. Check out this article from back in July: “Collapse in Living Standards in America: More Poverty By Any Measure“. That piece talks about how more than 15 million Americans are unemployed, homelessness has increased by 50 percent in some cities, and 38 million people are receiving food stamps which is more than at any time in the program’s almost 50-year history. Now that inflation is on the rise, Mideast unrest is spreading, oil prices are going up, violence on our Mexican border is increasing, and our national debt has risen to unacceptable levels, the Obama Misery Index may be rising for years to come.

The upper class has done relatively well during President Obama’s term, but members of the middle and lower classes are being squeezed beyond what many of them can bear. As Gov. Romney and others have stated numerous times, President Obama is destroying the entrepreneurial spirit of America that causes people to take risks in order to achieve more than they otherwise could in any other country in the world. I don’t want to turn this into an economics class, so feel free to comment below if you disagree or simply don’t know how President Obama’s policies have caused people to become more risk adverse and dependent on Government instead.

Welcome to Obamaville. If you don’t like it, then join us and spread this piece to other people you know. We need a new president because I don’t believe in Obamaville; I believe in America.

Reflections on 9-11 from Mitt Romney Central


September 11, 2001

Alive! 9-11-01 NYC

“Today, we’ve had a national tragedy.”
★ George W. Bush – Remarks at Emma Booker Elementary School, Sarasota, FL
September 11, 2001, 9:30 A.M. EDT

Breathe! 9-11-01 NYC

“At this critical moment, the United States can rely on its Allies in North America and Europe for assistance and support. NATO solidarity remains the essence of our Alliance. Our message to the people of the United States is that we are with you. Our message to those who perpetrated these unspeakable crimes is equally clear: you will not get away with it.” ★ NATO North Atlantic Council, September 11, 2001

Airborne! F-16 fighter pilot over Pentagon 9-11-01

“We are going to do something.”
★Tom Burnett, passenger on hi-jacked United Airlines Flight 93.

Aftermath! United Airlines Flight 93 crash site in field at Shanksville, PA 9-11-01

I Am Overcome

Terrible Tuesday

That terrible Tuesday those terrorists hit,
They thought our nation’s candle
would go unlit.
We proved them wrong
and lit millions more
and set them outside of our houses’ doors.
On September eleven, we did what we could
and all around the world, other countries understood.
We helped, gave blood, and some gave their lives,
and made sure that our country forever thrives.
“America, America, God shed his grace on thee
and crown they good, with brotherhood
from sea, to shining sea.”
These words were heard, and on, way past tomorrow
we will sing them, with great grief, and with great sorrow.

But our freedom is still with us, and so you see
we’ll live always, with pride, in our land of liberty.

★ Anon

We shall never forget…

► Jayde Wyatt