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, 2021

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 Romney to Keynote 2010 Restaurant Leadership Conference

Gov. Mitt Romney

We’ve heard news of Romney keynoting a range of events, from Skiing Industry conventions & Specialty Pharmacy summits to Boy Scout Anniversary dinners; now comes the news that he will also keynote a convention that is ‘catered’ specifically to Owners and Managers of restaurants.

Regarding the conference, I saw one tweeter say, “Seriously? …Mitt Romney?”, perhaps questioning Mitt Romney’s relevance to the restaurant industry. Its evident, however, that Mitt is a respected voice in any industry, with a solid track record of turning around many failed businesses (including Domino’s, the popular pizza giant). Look for keynote spots from Mitt at many more of these types of conferences in the upcoming months.

We’ve read Romney’s resume a million times, but it doesn’t hurt to re-post what they’ve written about Mitt at RestaurantLeadership.com:

Widely recognized for his leadership and accomplishments as a public servant and in private enterprise, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney delivers powerful insight on the current and future challenges facing America and the world, and offers compelling solutions on how America can regain its course.

His is a career marked by success. From 1978 to 1984, Governor Romney enjoyed a successful tenure as Vice President at Bain & Company, a leading management consulting firm, helping businesses grow and improve their operations. In 1984, Romney founded and led Bain Capital, now one of the nation’s most successful venture capital and investment firms. He later took a temporary leave of absence to return to Bain & Company as CEO at a time of financial turmoil to lead the turnaround of the organization.

During the run-up to the 2002 Olympic Games, Romney left the private sector to become President and CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee. Given the task of turning around an Olympics mired in controversy and saddled with debt , Romney galvanized community spirit, erased a $379 million operating deficit, organized 23,000 volunteers, and oversaw an unprecedented security mobilization just months after the September 11th attacks, leading to one of the most successful Olympics in the country’s history.

Romney’s career in public service has been equally distinguished. Elected Governor of Massachusetts in 2002, he presided over a dramatic reversal of state fortunes and sustained economic growth, balancing the state budget without raising taxes, creating tens of thousands of new jobs, and enacting education reform to both reward students and aid failing schools. In 2006, Governor Romney proposed and signed into law private, market-based healthcare reform, ensuring that every Massachusetts citizen receives health insurance—without a government takeover and without raising taxes.

Elected Chairman of the Republican Governors Association during the 2006 election cycle, Romney raised a then-record $27 million for candidates running in state house contests across the country.

Governor Romney has been deeply involved in community and civic affairs, serving in his church and numerous charities including City Year, the Boy Scouts, and the Points of Light Foundation. He was also the Massachusetts Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in 1994 against Ted Kennedy. He received his B.A., with Highest Honors, from Brigham Young University in 1971. In 1975, he was awarded an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was named a Baker Scholar, and a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School.

Governor Romney and his wife Ann have been married for 40 years and have five sons, five daughters-in-law, and fourteen grandchildren.

Registration info for the event can be found here.