Hey, Obama! Extraordinary Stories of Compassion “HUMANIZE” Romney

Pizza with ‘Papa’… Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney watches the Republican National Convention while playing with a few of his grandchildren from his hotel room on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012 in Tampa, FL. (Photo - Evan Vucci/AP)

Heh.

If you’re sick of hearing leftists’ manipulative meme “Mitt Romney is cold and calculating; he needs to HUMANIZE himself” it was eviscerated at last night’s GOP National Convention:

Townhall’s Guy Benson states my case:

If Barack Obama and David Axelrod had their druthers, every American voter would have a certain impression of Mitt Romney: An exceedingly wealthy, secretive, greedy robber baron, using his substantial means to identify and exploit small businesses — sucking them dry of capital, bankrupting them, and laying off all the hard-working employees, leaving a trail of human misery and destruction in his wake. After distributing those pink slips, he cackles and rubs his hands together while depositing his obscene profits into his off-shore bank account somewhere, then it’s on to the next victim. This is the cartoon liberals have painted of Romney, spending tens of millions of dollars on negative ads. It’s mean-spirited fantasy. Yes, Mitt Romney built an exceptional private sector career. Americans tend to celebrate that sort of thing. But he’s also a faithful, honorable, compassionate family man whose generosity and kindness hasn’t gotten nearly enough attention, at least until last night.

Three speeches during the closing session of the Republican National Convention shed light on the private deeds and values of the party’s nominee for president. I’d bet that the Romney’s weren’t thrilled by the prospect of airing their private (squeaky-clean) laundry for all the world to see because bragging about doing the right thing feels unseemly. But given the assault on Mitt Romney’s character and the consequential nature of the election, they relented and decided to allow others to sketch out those elements of Mitt’s life on his behalf. Kate touched on one of these speeches earlier. I cannot possibly share these vignettes any better than the speakers themselves. The hall was silent, and few eyes remained dry during these extraordinary testimonials.

Before we look at the videos, Byron York (Chief Political Correspondent for The Examiner) weighs in with an article titled “The most extraordinary story of the GOP convention“:

The portion of the program devoted to Romney’s religious service was enough to leave many viewers in tears — and with a higher opinion of Romney than they had before.

In particular, the program featured Ted and Pat Oparowski, a couple who lived in Medford, Massachusetts in the 1970s. They knew Romney from church, and when their 14 year-old son David was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease in 1979, Romney visited the boy regularly. “They developed a loving friendship,” Pat Oparowski said, recounting the many times Romney came to see her and her son.

David Oparowski’s cancer was terminal. During one visit, Mrs. Oparowski recalled, “David, knowing Mitt had gone to law school at Harvard, asked Mitt if he would help him write a will. He had some prize possessions that he wanted to make sure were given to his closest friends and family. The next time Mitt went to the hospital, he was equipped with his yellow legal pad and pen. Together, they made David’s will. That is a task that no child should ever have to do. But it gave David peace of mind. So after David’s death, we were able to give his skateboard, his model rockets, and his fishing gear to his best friends. He also made it clear that his brother Peter should get his Ruger .22 rifle. How many men do you know who would take the time out of their busy lives to visit a terminally ill 14 year old and help him settle his affairs?”

“David also helped us plan his funeral,” Pat Oparowski continued. “He wanted to be buried in his Boy Scout uniform. He wanted Mitt to pronounce his eulogy, and Mitt was there to honor that request. We will be ever grateful to Mitt for his love and concern.”

It was an extraordinary story, seldom mentioned in the press, and it left many in the hall in tears. “You cannot measure a man’s character based on the words he utters before adoring crowds during times that are happy,” said Ted Oparowski. “The true measure of a man is revealed in his actions during times of trouble — the quiet hospital room of a dying boy, with no cameras and no reporters.”

Ted and Pat Oparowski:

Pam Finlayson:

Guy Benson concludes:

My eyes welled up again just posting these videos. I couldn’t help by feel pangs of profound compassion for these families, and genuine gladness that a man as fine as Mitt Romney was active in their lives to comfort and help them during their struggles. Where is the monstrous, avaricious, uncaring money robot we’re always warned about in these anecdotes? He’s nowhere to be found because he doesn’t exist.

Grant Bennet, who served as an ecclesiastical assistant to Romney when he served as a Bishop (lay pastor) in his church, also spoke at the convention:

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Unemployment UP, Romney Hits With New Ad, Bill Clinton Praises Romney’s Business Career

UPDATE! Mitt Romney responds to today’s dismal jobs report:

ANOTHER MONTH OF DEVASTATING ECONOMIC NEWS FOR AMERICAN WORKERS, FAMILIES

Today’s weak jobs report is devastating news for American workers and American families. This week has seen a cascade of one bad piece of economic news after another. Slowing GDP growth, plunging consumer confidence, an increase in unemployment claims, and now another dismal jobs report all stand as a harsh indictment of the President’s handling of the economy. It is now clear to everyone that President Obama’s policies have failed to achieve their goals and that the Obama economy is crushing America’s middle class. The President’s re-election slogan may be ‘forward,’ but it seems like we’ve been moving backward. We can do so much better in America. That’s why I’m running for president.” –Mitt Romney

UPDATE 2 - You don’t want to miss Governor Romney’s excellent interview on CNBC this morning. The video also includes traders’ reaction to The Gov’s interview. See video here (article here). More here.

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The U.S. Dept. of Labor today released the jobs report for April. Not good, folks.

155,000 jobs were hoped for; only 69,000 jobs were added to the U. S. economy last month. Unemployment has risen to 8.2%. At the first of the year, we were barely breathing at around 200,000 jobs created per month. In April, that number was almost cut in half at around 100,000 jobs created. (Numbers for March and April were revised to reveal unemployment was more prevalent than originally reported.) We are weak and getting weaker. Today’s numbers are almost halved again. Long-term unemployment jumped up by 300,000 last month, as well. Factoring in the UNDER-employed, the real number is at 14.8%. The labor participation rate is clinging to 63.8%, meaning 36.2% are not participating; they’ve given up.

Obama’s economic policies just aren’t cutting the mustard and Americans are not only sick with worry, they’re furious.


Romney for President keeps churning out timely, hard-hitting web ads. Today, they released a new web video using footage from Governor Mitt Romney’s press conference yesterday near Silicon Valley in Fremont, CA. (The image of Romney standing front of bankrupt Solyndra spoke volumes.)

In case you’ve forgotten:

The Obama Administration loaned $535 million to Solyndra – which later went bankrupt and laid Off 1,100 employees. “In a blow to the Obama administration’s efforts to create green jobs, solar-cell maker Solyndra announced Wednesday that it will close its remaining Fremont factory, lay off its 1,100 employees and file for bankruptcy. The news marked an abrupt end for a company once considered among the most innovative in a fast-changing industry. The bankruptcy also represents a high-profile failure for a federal stimulus program that gives loan guarantees to green-tech manufacturers. Solyndra was the first company to win one of the guarantees, receiving $535 million in 2009 to build its second factory in Fremont less than a mile from the company’s original plant.” (David R. Baker and Carolyn Said, “Solyndra Closes Fremont Plant - Stimulus Hopes Dim,” San Francisco Chronicle, 9/1/11)

Romney’s new video is aptly titled Symbol of Failure:

Two years ago, President Obama went to Solyndra and touted it as an example of his initiative to create jobs. Today, the company is bankrupt and the building stands empty as a symbol of the failure of President Obama’s policies.

Click here and donate to the campaign to help them fund more commercials of events like this one.

Free enterprise to the president means taking money from the taxpayers and giving it freely to his friends. ~ Mitt Romney, press conference May 31, 2022


Did you happen to watch CNN last night? Former President Bill Clinton was speaking with Harvey Weinstein when he kicked the legs out from under Obama’s main campaign strategy to slice and dice Romney’s record as a businessman:

So I don’t think that we ought to get in the position where we say this is bad work, this is good work. I think, however, the real issue ought to be what has Governor Romney advocated in the campaign that he will do as president? What has President Obama done and what does he propose to do? How do these things stack up against each other, that’s the most relevant thing. There’s no question that in terms of getting up and going to the office, and you know, basically performing the essential functions of the office, a man who has been governor and had a sterling business career crosses the qualification threshold.”

Thanks for the straight talk, Bill!

UPDATE - Speaking this afternoon on Your World with Neal Cavuto (FOX News), former Democratic pollster Pat Caddell said “Clinton has just done enormous damage to President Obama. … He has just put a torpedo right into the Obama campaign. This is as bad as it gets.


Townhall’s Mona Charen pretty much summarizes it for me today. She writes about the “straws in the wind” Obama campaign – how bad it’s going. She can add today’s stuck-in-the-mud jobs report to her list.

- Jayde Wyatt

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Mitt Romney Rocks the House at Eagle Manufacturing in Shelby Twp. Michigan

This event could hardly have gone any better. The Campaign provided a Paczki to attendees of today’s townhall which has a great touch. Today is fat Tuesday and Paczki’s are a super-fattening and wildly popular polish tradition here in Michigan. People love to indulge in one last snack before they give up sweets or try to lose weight between now and Easter.

A man from Canada asked a question about healthcare and how to care for mentally ill citizens, and during his question, he informed Gov. Romney that the man wouldn’t give Mitt his Canadian health care card. Mitt said with a smile, “I don’t want it.” to huge cheers.

There were a ton of great questions, no disturbances from protestors (perhaps due to the snow prior to the event), and a much bigger crowd than initially anticipated. Campaign generally like to keep townhall events under 250 people to create a bit of a more intimate setting. However, once this event was announced, the campaign was inundated with people wanting to RSVP. As you can see from the pictures, this event had to be greatly expanded to fit everyone in.

The man in the above picture is a 94-year-old veteran of World War II who told a story about George Romney tossing apples up into the crowd at Michigan football games while he was Governor here in Michigan. I thought it was appropriate that Mitt was providing the townhall guests each with a paczki on the day this wonderful veteran (and retired Chrysler worker) reminisced about Mitt’s father George.

The final question was by a woman who said she came into the event undecided and that she was very impressed by the event even though she had attended a Santorum event last week. She said her mind was almost made up to support Mitt, but that she had just one last question. The question was about abortion and gay-marriage and Mitt hit it out of the park.

As full video of the event surfaces, we’ll post it here.

UPDATE:
Here is the video link: http://electad.com/videos/mitt-romney-town-hall-at-eagle-manufacturing-shelby-township-michigan-february-21-2012/

Romney in Iowa: “I Will Be Here Again And Again”

It’s the Hawkeye State for Mitt today!

Today, Governor Romney began his full schedule in Iowa by kicking things off with a town hall meeting at Morningside College in Sioux City. He spoke to approximately 200 people, including the 50 or so lined the walls of the Olsen Student Center after the chairs filled up:

And at a town hall meeting on the campus of Morningside College in Sioux City, the former Massachusetts governor was pressed on his commitment to the leadoff caucus state.

A questioner said he was disappointed with the “vitriol” and “hyperbole” from the other GOP candidates and pointedly asked Romney: “Are you here in Iowa today, and is your campaign here in Iowa today to finally give the people of Iowa an alternative to that?”

“Yes,” Romney responded.

“I want to get the support of Iowans,” he added. “I am in Iowa, this not my first trip to Iowa as you know. And I will be here again and again.”

Romney is at or near the top of polls in Iowa despite only making two trips to the state this year. That’s a departure from his 2008 campaign, when he staked his candidacy on a win here.

“I would love to win in Iowa, any of us would,” Romney said. “So I will campaign here. I intend to campaign in all the early states at least, maybe all the states at some point.”

To view video of Romney’s townhall meeting, click here. or here

Romney is also hosting a lunchtime roundtable meeting at Treynor State Bank in Treynor and later this afternoon, The Gov will hold a meet-and-greet at the Council Bluffs Chamber of Commerce in Council Bluffs.

Iowa! Good to hear The Gov is there… and then he’s on to the Cornhusker State.

He will attend another fundraiser this evening from 5:00-7:00 at the Embassy Suites Downtown in Omaha, Nebraska. It will be hosted by Governor Dave Heineman, Bruce Lauritzen and Hal Daub. Gov Heineman, recently selected to be Chairman of the National Governors Association, endorsed Romney back in June:

I believe he [Romney] was a good governor, a good Republican governor in a very Democrat state, which is very different than being a Republican governor in a Republican state or a Democrat governor in a Democrat state.”

(emphasis added )

► Jayde Wyatt

UPDATE: Once the ethanol subsidy expires in December, Mitt Romney won’t support renewing it.

Mitt Romney on Fox & Friends, Comments on 9.1% Unemployment, and Confirms Participation in June 13th Debate

Check out video and analysis of Mitt’s NH townhall event here. The entire townhall event can now be watched here. Before Gov. Romney’s first townhall event as an official candidate earlier this morning, he spoke to Fox & Friends.


If anyone is wondering about Gov. Romney positions (since soundbytes usually don’t tell the whole story), remember you can check out the research we’ve done on the issues. Not everyone has time to read Mitt’s book No Apology, but if you do, I highly recommend it. After seeing the amount of detail Gov. Romney puts into his answers, you’ll wonder how so many people get so much about Gov. Romney wrong.

President Obama says 9.1% unemployment is “bump in the road” and Gov. Romney responds.

Gov. Romney Confirms His Participation in the June 13th, New Hampshire Presidential Debate!

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, businessman Herman Cain, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum will participate in the June 13 debate on the campus of St. Anselm College.

Giuliani, Palin, and Huntsman all declined invitations to the debate. The debate will air live from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET in New Hampshire and you can bet we’ll be watching the debate live and chatting here at MRC.

UPDATE
Mitt was also on the CBS Early Show. Watch video of that interview below the fold Click here to continue reading

In Case You Missed It: Video of Mitt Romney's Facebook Town Hall + Romney Headlines Drudge



Mitt knocked it out of the park today!

This footage was streamed live to Mitt Romney’s Facebook page during his National Call Day event in Nevada earlier today. The 8-hour fundraiser garnered a whopping $10.25 Million for Romney’s Presidential Exploratory Committee.

~Update from Ross
Even though some of the media isn’t giving Mitt’s fund-raising achievement the attention it deserves, Drudge is doing his part.

UPDATE by Jayde – Headline on Drudge: Did Mitt Romney Mention That He Can Raise $10.25 Million in Eight Hours?

[…]…we continue to maintain that Massachusetts’s health-care reform will not be the be-all-end-all for Republican primary voters that political commentators make it seem. The economy will be the most important issue in 2012, and Romney is seen as a successful businessman. As a reminder, he’s also the only person actually running (unlike Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump) to lead a poll this entire year, and upcoming polls without Huckabee and Trump will probably show him with a big lead over the rest of the field. In addition, not incidentally, he can raise a ton of money.

Exhibit A: Yesterday, Romney and over 700 of his closest friends (and Cindy Crawford, for unexplained reasons) filled the Las Vegas Convention Center in a dialing-for-dollars event that brought in $10.25 million in eight hours. It would probably take Tim Pawlenty about a month to raise that much, especially with all the time his phone-bank volunteers would spend explaining to potential donors who Tim Pawlenty is. It was a display of fund-raising muscle-flexing that should remind both his opponents and his media doubters that, far from a longshot, Romney is still the front-runner.


TODAY is the Best Day to Donate to Mitt’s Campaign! Don’t Miss the Live Townhall Today at 3:00 EST

We have been collecting pledges for over a month now and finally TODAY is the DAY to donate to Mitt’s campaign!

It doesn’t matter if you made a pledge previously because anyone and everyone should at least chip in a few dollars today to help Mitt blow away his fundraising goal for the day. I fully expect today to be the largest single-day fund-raiser for Mitt’s campaign for the entire primary season. If you think you may donate to Mitt any time before the actual voting starts, TODAY is the DAY to have your donation have the biggest impact.

Up to 1,000 supporters of Gov. Romney are at the Las Vegas Convention Center at an event called National Call Day. The campaign has developed software (ComMitt) aimed at aiding volunteers in raising the most amount of money in the least amount of time. Gov. Romney has amassed an impressive list on contributors over the last many years and he would like as many of them as possible to donate today.

Gov. Romney hosted a live Townhall event followed by a Question & Answer session. We watched it live and you may watch it here again once the video is posted.

UPDATE 1

LOL - #cindycrawford is training us on how to use the online system at #mittromney call day.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

UPDATE 2 by Jayde:

Speed skater Dan Jansen at Romney call day, says Mitt “turned the Olympics around and he’ll turn the country around.”less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

Update 3: Gov. Romney just added his 900,000th “like” on Facebook!

Click on photo to enlarge.

UPDATE 4 by Jayde - Scene where it’s all happening right now at National Call Day in the Las Vegas convention center:

On conference call with supporters earlier today, Gov. Romney said that he can win on the economy.


UPDATE 5 by Jayde: There may be Romney supporters who think The Gov’s big donors will take care of him or that he has plenty of his own money, or that your donation today wouldn’t matter. If so, remember this. Any donation, no matter the size, is GREATLY appreciated by Governor Romney. It shows him that you believe in him – enough to give your hard-earned money to him. A donation will solidify your own interest in the well-being of his campaign. You will find yourself more engaged and willing to help Gov Romney get America back on track. And, that’s a good thing.

I encourage everyone to donate at least $10 for Mitt today (more, if possible)!That’s an amount that can be easily compensated in one’s budget by eating a sack lunch this week or using a few grocery store coupons. Like my Mama used to say “Many hands make light work!” If we ALL donate, we can send a strong message for Mitt. This is the day to show Mitt how much you care about our nation. No matter how small the donation, please donate to Governor Romney today. America needs him!

Do You Have a Question for Gov. Romney? He’s Answering Our Questions Tomorrow at 3:00 EST

Don’t forget to RSVP to Gov. Romney’s Townhall and Q&A! Tomorrow go to http://Facebook.com/MittRomney at 3:00 pm EST and click the livestream tab on the left of the homepage to join the livestream. Governor Romney will be answering our questions during a Q&A session, so leave your questions here on Facebook or Tweet Mitt your questions for the Q&A by using #MittCallDay to be entered.

Tomorrow is one of the most important days of the entire primary! I expect it to be Mitt’s biggest single-day fundraiser before the primaries actually start. If you haven’t yet, click here to make a pledge to donate to Mitt’s campaign tomorrow. We will be giving updates all day on how the call-a-thon is going, how much money is bring raised, and we’ll definitely be here to chat about the live Townhall and Q&A at 3:00. One last day to encourage people to pledge and then the fun begins bright and early tomorrow morning!