Ann and I cannot thank you enough for supporting and believing in our cause.
This was more than just a campaign — this was a national movement.
Thank you for the work that you did — going across neighborhoods to knock on doors and put up yard signs. Thanks for making phone calls, coming to rallies, donating funds, and convincing friends and family to join our team.
What’s really inspiring is that you came together because you care about America.
We still believe that better days are ahead. It’s up to us to rally together to renew America’s promise and restore American greatness.
From the bottom of our hearts, Ann and I thank you for your support, prayers, efforts, and vote. We are forever grateful to each and every one of you.
Today’s a new day. Keep believing in America.
Thank you and God bless America,
Mitt and Ann Romney
With a full heart, this article is an attempt to convey the impossible - the depth of gratitude and admiration I feel for Mitt and Ann Romney. There just aren’t two better Americans.
To Mitt and Ann…You are heroes. Setting aside the comforts of privacy and home, because you dearly love America, you opened your arms to our nation. You didn’t offer a paltry, awkward one-arm extension, or an obligatory, half-way pat-pat hug. No, you offered a big, wide, all-encompassing we-love-you-we-want-to-help embrace. And it was wonderful. We felt your arms around us for nearly year and a half. Without thought of personal gain, you endured and shone throughout a rigorous campaign, continual scrutiny, the opposition’s brutal, incessant slander, media bias, the arm-chair critics, the long, never-ending on-your-feet hours, on-the-road suitcase living, and precious time away from your treasured family and other loved ones. You did it! With a deep desire to help reinvigorate and restore our troubled, economically traumatized country, you did it! You inspired us, lifted us, and gave us real hope. You did it with steely determination, strength, and style. And, you tied it all up with a ribbon of courage and class. Speaking on FOX News about the night of the election, dyed-in-the-wool Democrat strategist, Susan Estrich, said that you, Governor Romney, were a “model of dignity and grace, and set the tone” for civility. She spoke the truth.
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…
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.[…]
To read the rest of young Hudson Ingoldsby’s remarks and see a photo of this fine young man, click here.
Governor Mitt Romney announced today that he is a candidate for President of the United States.
Doug and Stella Scamman, of Scamman Farms in Stratham, New Hampshire, provided the setting for the highly anticipated announcement. Both Scammans spoke glowingly of Romney. (Besides running a huge farming operation, the Scammans both served as state legislators in New Hampshire.) Then, Ann Romney introduced her husband.
With a large American flag on an outbuilding on one side and a big Romney banner rippling in the wind on a barn behind him, Gov Romney strode up stacked hay bales to the microphone and addressed a very large and enthusiastic crowd.
Transcript of Romney’s speech:
Thank you for coming. And I want to thank Doug and Stella Scamman for hosting us on their beautiful farm.
You know, everyone here today can tell a different story. We have different backgrounds and we wake up in the morning and go to different jobs … or, look for different jobs. We go to different churches or maybe don’t go to church so much. I bet some of you have families who go back 200 years or more in New Hampshire. And there must be some who just snuck in across the border, from Massachusetts. I hear the taxes are better over here.
But here we are on a beautiful June day coming together to begin a process that we often, quite naturally, take for granted. But it is really one of the great achievements in the history of the world. For all of our country’s wealth and influence, those are not the source of our greatness. The true strength of America is self-rule, and a government that answers to a free and independent people.
We live in the most powerful nation that ever existed. And it all goes back to a few men and women who had the courage to stand - and even die - for their belief in liberty and equality. Because of their vision, the United States of America is not ruled by a monarchy or controlled by an aristocracy. Though sometimes folks in Washington might act otherwise, we don’t have a House of Lords with inherited power. And as the Red Sox like to remind the New York Yankees, there are no dynasties in America.
Who rules this great nation?
You do. Every four years you decide who will give that State of the Union address, who will set the course of the country, who will be Commander in Chief.
What’s true right here in this New Hampshire farm has always been true in America. Though each of us is different, though each of us will choose to walk a different path in life, we are united by one great, overwhelming passion: We love America. We believe in America.
Today we are united not only by our faith in America. We are united also by our concern for America.
This country we love is in peril. And that, my friends, is why we are here today.
A few years ago, Americans did something that was, actually, very much the sort of thing Americans like to do: We gave someone new a chance to lead; someone we hadn’t known for very long, who didn’t have much of a record but promised to lead us to a better place.
At the time, we didn’t know what sort of a President he would make. It was a moment of crisis for our economy, and when Barack Obama came to office, we wished him well and hoped for the best.
Now, in the third year of his four-year term, we have more than promises and slogans to go by.
Barack Obama has failed America.
When he took office, the economy was in recession. He made it worse. And he made it last longer.
Three years later, over 16 million Americans are out of work or have just quit looking. Millions more are underemployed.
Three years later, unemployment is still above 8%, a figure he said his stimulus would keep from happening.
Three years later, foreclosures are still at record levels.
Three years later the prices of homes continue to fall.
Three years later, our national debt has grown nearly as large as our entire economy.
Families are buried under higher prices for food and higher prices for gasoline.
It breaks my heart to see what’s happening in this country.
These failing hopes make up President Obama’s own misery index. It’s never been higher. And what’s his answer? He says this: “I’m just getting started.”
No, Mr. President, you’ve had your chance. We, the people on this farm, and citizens across the country are the ones who are just getting started.
Long after his speech was over, Mitt and Ann greeted the large crowd of well-wishers. I’ll finish this article with Gov Romney’s final remarks:
These last two years have not been the best of times. But while we’ve lost a couple of years, we have not lost our way. The principles that made us a great nation and leader of the world have not lost their meaning. They never will.
We know we can bring this country back.
I’m Mitt Romney. I believe in America.
And I’m running for President of the United States.
Reminder: Romney will be on the Sean Hannity show tonight on FOX News. Tomorrow morning, June 3rd, he will hold his first Town Hall meeting at 8:30 AM EDT at the University of New Hampshire Manchester. Later in the evening, he’ll speak at the Faith and Freedom Coalition in Washington D.C.
Beautiful Scamman Farm in Stratham, New Hampshire.
Mitt and Ann Romney’s love for the people of The Granite State is very evident by their choice to live in Wolfeboro, NH, near the shores of picturesque Lake Winnipesaukee. It’s the place where many of their family memories are made; summer get-togethers include their large family of five sons, five daughters-in-law, and 16 grandchildren. Governor Romney has stated that he will always keep his home in beloved New Hampshire.
Last fall, just days before New Hampshire’s primary election, their neighbors – Seacoast Republican Women - invited Governor Romney to give the keynote speech at their annual Chili Fest fundraiser.
That speech was given at Scamman Farms, in rural Stratham, NH.
Those 300 acres of farmland, representing the hard work and ingenuity that Romney admires, is the site where, on Thursday June 2nd, he will formally announce his candidacy for President of the United States.
STRATHAM, N.H. — With the American flag flying, and the well-tended lilac trees at their most fragrant, Doug Scamman spent most of yesterday mowing the rolling hayfield outside of his 250-year-old farmhouse.
In just a few days, that field will be a packed parking lot. The Civil War-era barn, where five pigs and nine hens live, could become a media staging area, Scamman said, with what looked like a twinkle in his eye.
Because Thursday, Bittersweet Farm, and its 300 lush green acres, will be at the white-hot center of the American political universe.
Here, somewhere between the chicken coop, the tractors and the hay bales, Republican Mitt Romney will launch his second presidential bid.
“It’s an honor,” said Scamman, a longtime Republican state legislator who served two terms as New Hampshire’s House speaker, and spent a few years as the state’s budget director. With land that stretches down to the Exeter River, “We have a great place to have big events, and it has very easy access,” he said.
Hay production at Scamman Farm.
The Scammans, both 69 and grandparents of five, said they decided to invite Romney to the farm after he stopped by their annual chili fest in September. Thursday’s campaign kickoff is free, but space is limited to people with tickets.
Both Scammans said they won’t need to be swayed by Romney’s speech. They’re already Romney supporters, through and through.
“He has created jobs, and the one thing we need in this economy is jobs,” said Doug Scamman.
“He’s got the background,” Stella Scamman added. “He has government experience, nonprofit work and business experience.”
A barbecue luncheon will also be part of the festivities at Gov Romney’s campaign kick-off.
Farm owners Doug and Stella Scamman share their thoughts…
Read about the latest innovations the salt-of-the-earth Scammans have made on their farm here.
Doug and Stella Scamman embody the innovative, entrepreneurial, hard-working spirit that has helped to make America so great. Their farm is the perfect backdrop for another innovative, entrepreneurial, hard-working American, who will restore America’s greatness, to announce his candidacy for President of the United States!
UPDATE -Governor Romney’s campaign kick-off will be a LIVE-STREAM event. See tweet below:
The Scammans’ farm has been the site for dozens of political events over the years. They twice hosted George W. Bush, once as a candidate for President and once as President. They hosted an event for former Vice President Dan Quayle.
And they have hosted events for many New Hampshire candidates, from former U.S. Sen. Warren Rudman, former Gov. John H. Sununu and former Gov. and U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg to former Gov. Steve Merrill and former U.S. Sen. John E. Sununu.
“I think it’s a great place to have the announcement event,” said Doug Scamman. “It’s obvious to me that Governor Romney did a great job as governor and with the Olympics. When I wake up in the middle of the night I’ll feel safer knowing he is in the White House than I would with anyone else.”
Food at the barbecue will be prepared and sold by the American Legion Post 35 in Hampton and proceeds will benefit the Global War on Terror Memorial Fund, which will allow the post to complete a memorial at the post.
In addition to hot dogs and hamburgers, the American Legion will also serve Ann Romney’s special recipe chili.
The event is ticketed. A phone number for tickets will be announced by the exploratory committee shortly.
Give a thumbs up to the Youtube video below, “like” Mitt’s Facebook status, RT his tweet, and leave a comment about why you support Gov. Romney as the 45th President of the United States of America.
For a little extra fun, check out what the Atlantic discovered about the various 2012 GOP candidates from their high school days starting off with Mitt! If they had focused on the wives, they may have seen that someone wrote “first lady” underneath Ann’s yearbook picture as well. How did whomever wrote that know? ;)
UPDATE: Not wanting any pizza to go to waste, Mitt sent the leftovers to Obama’s campaign headquarters!