Wanted: Business Experience in the White House, Romney’s Resume on Top (VIDEO)


An article from the Boston Herald written by Hillary Chabot caught my eye yesterday. It was a little different tone from her when writing about Mitt Romney – less negativity. As soon as I began reading, I suspected the reality of the S&P downgrade had begun to sink in:

Mitt: Obama can’t mind his business

August 9, 2011

GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney slammed President Obama’s economic leadership yesterday while touting his own business savvy, a campaign strategy that could give him an edge as fears of a double-dip recession leave voters seeking an economic fix-it man — if he can close the deal, political observers told the Herald.

We used to say to businesses that are in trouble . . . if your balance sheet is not right, then it’s hard to turn around your enterprise, and the same may be said of America as well,” Romney said at a Rotary Club event in Manchester, N.H., harkening back to his time as a venture capitalist.

“Year after year after year, Washington just kicks the can down the road,” he said, adding in a dig at Obama that the credit-rating downgrade over the weekend “punctuates a remarkable lack of leadership in dealing with our nation.”

Romney flaunted his business credentials at several stops in New Hampshire yesterday, citing his long experience in the private sector with Bain & Co. and later as founder of Bain Capital. His backers also cite his experience as Massachusetts governor and leading the 2002 Winter Olympics out of trouble.

Experts said it could be a winning strategy, but he’ll have to sell it.

The article continued with opinions on Romney’s possibilities:

He’s well known to have economic experience compared to all of the other candidates,” said Washington D.C., Republican consultant Ron Bonjean. “The Republican that can capture the most votes needs to lay out answers to this economic crisis in a credible way. Romney has an excellent opportunity to do that.”

Even Romney naysayer and former avid Palin fan, Bill Kristol (from The Weekly Standard and FOX News contributor) agreed:

Romney’s business background can be helpful, provided he uses it as a basis for a forward-looking argument for how he’ll foster jobs and growth.”

(emphasis added) Read the rest here.

Here’s a news report from Kathy Jordan/Boston Herald reporting on the event referred to in the article – Mitt speaking to the Rotary Club in Manchester, NH. Jordan says that following the recent economic tumble – Mitt Romney might have ‘the edge’:


I’ve spent a good part of my career doing something called turnarounds – being involved in something which was in trouble and trying to get it back on track.” ~ Mitt Romney



Time for a turnaround, America!

► Jayde Wyatt

Mitt and Ann Romney Attend ‘Points of Light’ Gala Honoring Volunteerism, Pres and Mrs. George H. W. Bush

Mitt and Ann Romney attend the 'Points of Light' Dinner honoring President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush. Washington DC, March 20, 2011

Mitt and Ann Romney attended the prestigious Points of Light gala honoring President George H. W. Bush. Held in the Kennedy Performing Arts Center (Washington D.C.) on Sunday, March 20, 2011, the All Together Now: A Celebration of Service event was a historic night celebrating the essential role volunteerism plays in strengthening America.


Along with 2300 attendees, three of the four sitting presidents were present (Obama was traveling in South America; he taped a video tribute to President Bush.) Garth Brooks, Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock, Darius Rucker, Reba McEntire, and Carrie Underwood were among the entertainers.

Points of Light blog:

[...] Tonight we honor President and Mrs. George H. W. Bush for their leadership in founding and advancing the modern-day service movement in the Tribute event All Together Now: A Celebration of Service in Washington, D.C.
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This historic event was created to celebrate the power of voluntary action and its essential role in solving our national challenges and to recognize everyone around the nation who are positively changing the lives of others. The audience is made up of many of the Daily Points of Light Award winners along with those who are closely connected to the service movement.

In a Fox News interview earlier this month President George H. W. Bush discussed the importance of volunteering and specifically Points of Light Institute saying: “I keep repeating there could be no definition of a successful life that does not include service to others. That is what the whole concept of Points of Light is about and volunteerism.”

President George H. W. Bush encourages everyone to get involved in civic service: “Get in the arena in doing something, making something happen, trying to benefit others, and that’s noble.”

Geroge H. W. Bush served as Pres Reagan's Vice President. In 1989, he succeeded Reagan in the presidency.

Neil Bush, son of the elder President Bush and Points of Light Board Chairman, said that his father helped launch the Points of Light Institute in 1990 “to inspire, equip and mobilize people to take action that changes the world.”

Bush’s commitment to public service dates back to World War II, when he became the youngest fighter pilot in the U.S. military. He followed his father, a Connecticut senator, into elective office as a Republican congressman from Houston from 1967 to 1971. Among the other lines on his long résumé: U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Republican National Committee chairman, U.S. envoy to China, CIA director, vice president and president.

Read more here.

Honoring President Bush: The Event

According to son Neil, the ever-modest elder President Bush needed a little arm twisting to go along with the celebration[...]. But he agreed to attend, given that the night is also about so many others who volunteer their time to their communities.

Not to be overlooked, former First Lady Barbara Bush has been a powerful advocate for family literacy:


The Points of Light gala will be broadcast for all to watch on Monday March 28th from 8-9 p.m. on NBC.

Thank you, President George H. W. Bush, for championing volunteerism. We greatly appreciate the exemplary service you and Mrs. Bush continue to give our nation.

UPDATE: It was an honor to see this article mentioned on the Points of Light Institute website!

► Jayde Wyatt

Memorial Day 2010: Mitt Romney Central Remembers…

We remember…


Memorial Day.

Designated as a day to remember those who gave their lives defending our nation, Memorial Day is increasingly becoming a time to salute those currently serving in the U.S. military, as well. Our heroes! We must never forget them! Let’s make time to fly our stars and stripes, attend a Memorial Day Parade, visit a Vet, thank a soldier, attend a Memorial Day ceremony, have a Memorial Day movie night to watch related movies, visit military families, donate money to veteran organizations, visit veterans’ graves, or observe the National Moment of Remembrance held at 3:00 PM local time (on Memorial Day) to pause from whatever we’re doing to be silent, reflect, or offer prayers on behalf of America’s defenders.

Thanks to the selfless sacrifices through the ages made by our indomitable, fierce, do-or-die United States military we are free to enjoy…

Memorial Day 2010.


We cherish too, the Poppy red

That grows on fields where valor led,

It seems to signal to the skies

That blood of heroes never dies.

~ Moina Michael

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A few Memorial Day happenings in Washington DC:
Arlington Cemetery

WHAT: National Memorial Day Observance at Arlington National Cemetery
When : Monday, May 31, 2010
WHERE: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
ORDER OF EVENTS:
10:30 a.m. – United States Navy Band begins the prelude concert inside Memorial Amphitheater.
11:00 a.m. – Wreath-laying ceremony is conducted at the Tomb of the Unknowns
11:15 a.m. – Observance

Rolling Thunder Returns to DC

You may hear them before you see them. Hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists will be in the D.C region this weekend for Rolling Thunder’s Ride for Freedom. They’re in town to bring attention to veterans and POW/MIAs of the Vietnam War, riding from the Pentagon across the Memorial Bridge, to the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial on Sunday.

Rolling Thunder Washington DC, Memorial Day 2009:

National Memorial Day Concert:
Live on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in High Definition!
Sunday, May 30, from 8:00 to 9:30 pm ET (check local listings).

The 2010 National Memorial Day Concert will focus on three main themes: honoring the sacrifices, suffering and love of a new generation of young military widows whose fallen spouses served in Iraq and Afghanistan; paying tribute on the 60th anniversary of the Korean War to the heroic service of the soldiers who fought and perished; paying homage to the more than 125,000 WWI and WWII service members who did not come home but rest in 24 military cemeteries in the foreign lands where they fought for liberty.

For more than 20 years this top-rated annual program has honored the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country. The show is broadcast live in High Definition from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before an expected live audience of hundreds of thousands, to millions more at home and, via American Forces Network to the nearly one million American service men and women, Department of Defense civilians and their families overseas, stationed at bases in 175 countries as well as 140 U.S. Navy ships at sea.

How will you remember?

UPDATE: Fox and Friends VIDEO May 30, 2010
“They’re all my kids” says 82 year old female patriot who writes letters to 52 soldiers:


FOX News: We Want Your Parade Pictures! Saluting our troops this weekend? Send your pictures from Memorial Day parades to friends@foxnews.com

UPDATE 2: May 31, 2010 Troops observe Memorial Day in Kandahar, Afghanistan

*Top Photo: March 24, 2007 Arlington Cemetery Section 60, Virginia – Mike Rosen visits the grave of his friend, Sgt. Michael Carlson, who was killed while fighting in Iraq.