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.

“Mitt” the Film

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You are reading a blog post on a site that my friend Dane and I started in October of 2011 to help people see the real Mitt Romney.

Neither of us has posted a word since the loss in November 2012, but the Sundance Premiere of the Greg Whitely documentary, “Mitt” and its impending release by NetFlix suggests that more words are in order. This post is the first of others to come, with the purpose of promoting the values that Mitt Romney represents and has lived throughout his life.

Mitt and filmmaker, Greg Whitely, at the premiere of Whitely’s documentary of Mitt’s run for the presidency.

Our previous purpose was to give us an outlet to talk about the man we have known for over 45 years, since we were all missionaries in France. Mitt and I were in the same group that left Salt Lake City for France on the 4th of July 1966. He and I later served in the same city for about three months where we worked together from time to time, and I came to know him not only as a fellow missionary, but also as a friend. Dane and I have recounted stories here that should live beyond Mitt’s quest for the presidency, simply because they set an example that all of us should follow.

While my path has not often crossed Mitt’s over the years, Dane and he have interacted from time to time. Although the interaction Dane and I have had with Mitt has been on a different scale, our message is the same: Mitt Romney is the smartest, hardest working person we have ever met.

But he is much more than that, as I am hoping many people will see in Greg Whitely’s soon-to-be-released documentary (via streaming on NetFlix the 24th of January)  on Mitt’s efforts to become the president of our great country. Mitt is a loving father and grandfather, as well as someone who cares about people around him. Indeed, he is nothing close to the way he was too often portrayed by the media in what is obviously nothing but agenda-driven journalism. I will go so far as to say that journalism is not the right word, given that journalism supposedly has a close resemblance to reality.

I did not attend the premiere and have so far only seen the trailer and read a few stories by people who did see the film such as this one in the Washington Post. That said, however, I will watch every second of the piece onwhen it will be released.

Join Dane and me in getting to know a little better a man who sets a great example for us all!

Mitt’s Choice Has Always Been to Serve!

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Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric, said that Mitt “is the most qualified leader to run for president in my lifetime!”

Mitt Romney sacrificed up to $2 billion to serve, first as CEO of the Salt Lake Winter Olympic Games, then as governor of Massachusetts, and now as presidential candidate. In each of those circumstances he either took a salary of $1 or he donated what he would have received to charity. For the Olympics, he not only gave up his salary, he and Ann donated $1 million to the cause. The games were going through hard times financially as a result of the bribery scandal, and donations were needed to help right the ship financially. To Mitt it was clear that he had to set the example if he was going to ask others to donate.

No doubt political opponents will downplay this assessment of his career, as I have written about previously, but the evidence is there. Anyone with any integrity will acknowledge that money is not what motivates Mitt. Indeed, I would argue that is clear that he does what he sees as his duty. Of course he is well off financially, and he can afford to do what he has done for the Olympics and in politics, but how many other servants of the public interest do we see cut from this particular cloth of service to others?

I picked up this story on Newsmax.com in a piece by editor Christopher Ruddy entitled,  A Sacrifice of $2 Billion for America by Romney. There Ruddy wrote:

If you watched the media, you would think Romney is a greedy elitist. However, the three recent presidential debates showed the Republican presidential candidate to be a man passionately concerned about the future of America, and determined to do something about it.

But the true level of Romney’s passion about this country are in the numbers — his personal financial numbers, that is.

Ruddy cites an article in Forbes by Nathan Vardi entitled, Mitt Romney: The Most Expensive Political Career in American History: “Lots of people pay a high price for getting into politics, but no one has likely given up more, at least financially, than Mitt Romney.” That piece, also worth reading, cites another analysis done by Bloomberg that came up with similar results. The second piece, however, can’t resist the temptation to detail the Democrats’ populist complaint’s about Mitt’s wealth. Nevertheless, it at least points out Mitt’s charitable efforts over the years.

The bottom line here is to say, sure,  Mitt has made a lot of money, but his willingness to leave it all aside, even as early as 1994 when he ran against Ted Kennedy, speaks volumes about who he is as a person. As Ruddy wrote, his success “goes to show that not only is would-be president Mitt Romney an experienced businessman, he’s a very good one as well.”

Recent changes in the polls in Mitt’s favor seem to indicate that the more Americans see of Mitt, the more they are convinced that he is the man the country needs elect as its president.

Parents Prefer President Obama as Babysitter?

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I am posting the results of this poll from ABC News from three days ago for two reasons. The first is that I can’t believe that a national news organization would actually poll such a question. But then again, they also asked about the chances the candidates would go bungee jumping (Obama 60% and Romney 21%), so why should they not ask about babysitting?

That being said, I also believe that folks are totally wrong in their perceptions. In fact,I referenced this issue as far back as 12 December 2011 when I wrote about Mitt Romney actually changing diapers.

The important issue and bottom line here, however, is that poll illustrates just how little people know about Mitt Romney. By all accounts and evidence, he is a great father and grandfather (18 times over now!). He not only spends time with his family, but it is clear from the success he and Ann have had with their sons, they have done an incredible job.

According to reporting on the same poll in USAToday, people think President Obama would be a better babysitter than Mitt, 49% to 36%. Extremely sad here is the fact that these numbers are simply one more piece of evidence that the Democrat’s disinformation campaign has been terribly effective!

More on Mitt Romney the Benefactor

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Contemplating tonight’s debate, I fear viewers will witness an attempt by President Obama to paint a less than attractive picture of Mitt, which will stem from his own poor performance the first time out as well as by poll numbers changing in Mitt’s favor. Thus, it seems useful to once again revisit some of the stories that have recently come to light and that reflect Mitt’s true values. Anyone who looks closely at his life is bound to see the fine person he is, which is why the Obama Campaign goes to such lengths to cast Mitt as some sort of mash-up of Simon Legree, Gordon Gekko, and Jack the Ripper, all rolled into a figure whose appearance is “straight out of Hollywood casting,” as he has been described over the years.

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The Denver Debate

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This image was posted on Power Line and originally came from Bob Owens at

I wanted to post something on the debate, which by every single account I have seen on the left as well as on the right, Mitt won by acclamation. Some of the comments I have read have been so funny that I decided to go for a little humor here.

For example, I quite literally did in fact Laughed Out Loud when I saw the picture on the right. This was the image Bob Owens placed on his blog to describe the results of Wednesday’s debate in Denver. It was re-posted by Steven Hayward at Power Line, a blog I have enjoyed reading for several years now. I really enjoy reading Hayward, who this time described the fallout from the debate as President Obama getting thoroughly “Eastwooded.” He added:

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A Tale of Two Buddies: When your Old Friend Runs for President

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I knew that our partner at MittTheMan.com, Dane McBride, was going to be at the Republican National Convention. When you know someone who is at a place where there are television cameras, it is quite natural to watch and wonder, as I did, “Will I see Dane?” The voice of reason then kicks in, “No way, José! Not with that many people there!”

Yet, as my wife and I watched Mitt walk down the aisle to give his acceptance speech, I thought I saw a familiar face. Since we were watching on the DVR, I was able to back it up again to make sure what I saw is what I thought I saw. Have a look at the video and watch Mitt’s face during the slow-motion part:

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Incredible Lies, Piling On, and the Sad State of the Mainstream Media

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I had heard of the recent campaign event where Mitt had corrected a crowd who had supposedly been chanting, “Ryan! Ryan! Ryan!” by telling them to change their chant to “Romney, Ryan! Romney, Ryan! Romney, Ryan!”

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan at a recent campaign event.

Knowing Mitt, I was incredulous. In fact, anyone who knows Mitt would know that he would never do what he was accused of doing. So I set it aside and went on to other of life’s pressing concerns. Earlier this afternoon, however, while listening to a recording of Rush Limbaugh’s program from yesterday, I heard a caller set things straight. Timmy from Columbus had attended the event in Ohio and told Rush about the report on MSNBC on the event To him it seemed to be an apparent  attempt to achieve maximum embarrassment for Mitt.

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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.

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More Distractions in the 2012 Campaign

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President Obama and his supporters continue to find every excuse imaginable to distract voters from actually reflecting on Obama’s record over the past four years, which can be easily summarized: Disastrous national debt, higher unemployment, greater number of food stamp recipients, and higher levels of poverty. The bottom line is that the politics of distraction and destruction is in full sway and only promises to get worse as we get closer to election day. Continue reading