The Real Mitt Romney: Hater or Benefactor

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A few days ago I wrote a post discussing Mitt’s comments regarding the 47% who pay no taxes and what reporters say he said. They use terms he never did, speaking of “freeloaders.” Others say he “dissed” 47% of the country. The point has become a primary focus in President Obama’s campaign ads and the president himself has raised the point in his speeches.The problem with this notion, as I wrote then, is that anyone who knows Mitt knows that he is not the hater that so many seem so willing to make him out to be.

Rather than simply rail about the comments, however, I would like to take a closer look at the sort of person that Mitt is in reality by exploring instances from Mitt’s life that illustrate how he is in fact caring and sensitive about the condition of others. As we have previously written, we started MittTheMan.com because we became increasingly irritated at the erroneous perceptions that people have regarding Mitt. This all began four years ago and finally crystallized last October in our project to develop the site to document the sort of person Mitt is up close and personal.

Our effort was complemented a couple of Friday evenings ago by interviews that Glenn Beck did on TheBlaze TV. While Beck’s comments about Mitt in the past have failed to provide what we feel has been a fair depiction of Mitt as person, it would seem that he is now taking steps to change that.

The first story he presented was of the Nixon family, who experienced in 1995 a terrible tragedy involving four of their six children that is recounted in this newspaper account published in connection with the publication of a book in which they recounted their story..

Reed Nixon with his parents Sheryl and Mark
(Worcester, MA Telegram & Gazette Staff/STEVE LANAVA)

The four were returning from a church event in a car driven by Reed, accompanied by two of their friends. Reed, who is shown in the adjoining photo, was paralyzed from the neck down. Reed’s mother Sheryl is holding a photo of Reed’s brother Robert with his fiancee, Katie.

When Sheryl and Mark received word of the accident, they were in two different areas of Massachusetts and rushed to see their children who had been transported to three different hospitals. There they learned that two of the children, Reed and Robert were paralyzed from the neck down.

The short version of Mitt’s involvement is that he came to their aid in several ways. The first occurrence came the Christmas after the accident when Mitt called and said he wanted to stop by on Christmas Eve. He arrived with his three sons who were still at home, all laden with presents. Later, Mitt participated in races to raise money along and showed his kindness in various ways. One day Mitt caught Mark off guard one day with a totally unexpected surprise. He  pulled Mark aside and said that he was going to cover the college education for both Reed and Robert.

Does anything else need to be said? The full story is worth watching in its entirety.

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About Mike

Michael Bush first met Mitt in 1966 when they reported for a one-week training session in Salt Lake City before heading to France on the 4th of July to serve as missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 2 1/2 years. They also served at the same time in Bordeaux for several months in 1968, where they worked together quite often. Mike is on the faculty of Brigham Young University and grew up in Alabama. He graduated from Brigham Young University in Political Science. He also has an MBA from the University of Missouri and a PhD from The Ohio State University in Foreign Language Education with an emphasis in Computer Science. He is a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel who spent most of his career at the US Air Force Academy teaching French and doing research in the area of computer-assisted language learning. He and his wife Annie have four children and 18 grandchildren. It goes without saying that the things written on this site reflect his views and opinions and are in no way intended to reflect those of Brigham Young University or its sponsor, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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