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!

Have you heard? Mitt Romney Changes Diapers!

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Romney Family Christmas Photo

We started MIttTheMan.com to counter the negative images that have popped up in the press time and again over the past few months. We have already highlighted here a piece from a couple of weeks ago by none other than David Gergen that appeared in Parade Magazineand that provides some excellent insights into the Romney family and the kind of people they are.
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A Mitt Romney You Haven’t Seen Yet: Parade Magazine

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Mitt and Ann Romney with some of their family at their son Tagg's home in Boston.

Well, some of us have in fact seen this Mitt Romney, or at least the way he was a few years back, when, to many of us, his current success was totally predictable. Based on what we have seen from various reports, the only difference from then to now is kids, grandkids, and a lot of success in every endeavor he has undertaken. Yet none of this is a surprise to those of us who have known Mitt these many years (for over four and half decades now!). In fact, based on this interview, Mitt might be the most surprised of us all at what he has accomplished among all of us who were running around France as missionaries in the mid to late 60′s.

This piece was not written by your average Sunday magazine writer. Indeed, David Gergen served in various capacities during the administrations of Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Clinton. As such he brings significant experience to the task of sitting down with a potential Republican nominee in seeking a view of a person that has been all too unfamiliar to the public.

For folks who know and appreciate Mitt Romney for all of his qualities, Gergen does not disappoint in what he reports. Indeed, he pulls off a wide-ranging analysis of Mitt Romney as a person, the sort of thing we are striving to see happen here at MittTheMan.com.

The rather long piece and sidebars all merit the closest of reads. In addition, anyone who has a friend or family member who has doubts about who Mitt Romney really is should definitely pass along the link to this article.

You wanna hear Mitt’s new problem?

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He sounds “corny!”

Or so says the esteemed Michael Barone at Human Events. And he was untouched by the 60′s to boot! The reason he sounds “corny” according to Barone, is that Mitt jumped straight out of the 50′s into today or whatever.

For the life of me, I am having trouble getting my mind around the issue at hand here! How could it be a problem for anyone to have “never experienced the ’60s. You know what I mean: peace demonstrations, dope smoking, ironic detachment, all that,” as Barone writes.

Reading Barone’s piece, however, one gets a pretty good glimpse of the sort of person Mitt really is:

  1. Nice boy getting along in high school
  2. Student at Stanford debating protesters
  3. Missionary preaching to the French
  4. Bright student succeeding at Harvard doing business AND law at the same time
  5. Responsible father taking care of his family
  6. Successful businessman and investor helping to create jobs at numerous companies
  7. Church leader counseling his flock

What is his problem? And apparently a really big problem to many? He is adaptable!

Sounds like a terrific endorsement spiel to me!

So, if a debate questioner responds to Barone’s suggestion that Mitt be asked to speak French for them, and he does it, then perhaps that will clinch the deal. What do you say, Michael?

 

The Mitt Romney We Know

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Mitt Romney, Family Man

The purpose of MittTheMan.com is to help counter the inaccurate descriptions of Mitt Romney that are all too prevalent in the press. An article by Nick Tzitzon in yesterday’s Boston Globe supports right down the line our descriptions of the qualities of the man we know. Entitled “Not flashy, Romney is a fearless, determined family man: Who is the Real Mitt Romney?,” this piece does an excellent job in helping us accomplish the objective of MittTheMan.com. It is worth reading in its entirety, but we provide here a few key points.

The writer worked for Mitt in his campaign for governor of Massachusetts and later served in his administration. He provides three insights into who Mitt Romney really is.

First, Tzitzon supports the sure observation of anyone who knows Mitt: Mitt loves whatever challenge is at hand and will focus his attention on every detail necessary to overcome whatever problem the challenge might entail. Second, Mitt knows his own mind and will act on his own instincts. He listens to his advisers, but he will not hesitate in making decisions on his own.

Perhaps most important, Tzitzon also writes that Romney loves his wife and his family and backs it up by stating that he could not count the number of occasions that he observed Mitt:

Interrupt his campaign activity to speak with Ann or one of his five sons. What’s more, the conversations were never transactional or “check the box.’’ This guy knew about everything about the lives of his family. If he’s guilty of anything, it was getting too involved.

He summarized his observations with this conclusion:

Romney is the most capable leader to execute an American turnaround. He may not be flashy. He may not be perfect. But if Romney emerges as the GOP nominee, he will beat Obama and will leverage his experience to be the president we need.

We second the sentiment that Mitt can do whatever job he is given! We also are confident in our agreement with the writer’s conclusion regarding Mitt’s priorities with respect to his family:

Romney will do anything for his family — including thankless campaigns for public office. Anyone who believes that his political ambition is about anything other than building a better country for his grandkids simply does not know the man.

We are pleased to be able to say that based on personal experience that began over 45 years ago, this conforms exactly to our understanding of the man that we have known.