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.
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:
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.
The 2012 presidential campaign continues apace with the press doing its level best to advance the narrative that Mitt Romney and his family are rich and hopelessly out of touch. Consider this excerpt from a New York Daily News story entitled “What do the simple folk do? Ask Mitt and Ann Romney as they grocery shop, visit home of coal miner ancestors.” The piece ran with the picture below and this rather sarcastic lede:
The last thing this presidential election should be about is the religion of either the candidates or the voters. Because we live in the United States of America, a country founded on the principle of religious freedom, we should neither vote for or against a candidate because of his or her religion or because of the choice we as voters have made in that regard. Rather, we should base our decisions on the kind of person the candidate is, as exemplified by the life he or she has led, as well as the qualifications they would bring to the office.
With respect to that concern, a lot is being made for and against Mitt Romney and his qualifications to serve as president. Interestingly, a book from a few years ago, which has now been updated ,can provide some important insights for the race at hand. CBS News did a a very good overview of the book and included pictures that had not been previously published. An important key worth noting here is that the pictures of the work on the stump were taken by the homeowner and had only previously been available as circulated via E-mail. I have commented before that Mitt is a very modest man and is not one to brag about the things that he does to serve others.
I wrote a couple of days ago about Mitt’s contributions to charity. There I cited a good post on Time‘s “Swampland” blog that explained how tithing funds are used by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Because I had one minor quibble with the piece, I felt an additional note was needed. Continue reading
I wanted to take a minute to highlight an article that discusses the efforts of our co-founder of this blog, Dane McBride, to get Mitt elected. Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, Mitt’s Virginia campaign chairman is quoted as saying that Dane, “obviously has a personal connection with Mitt. That enables him to give a pretty good personal testimony about why he thinks Governor Romney is the right person to be president. That’s pretty unique, to be able to give a personal testimony about someone’s character and strengths.
I could not agree more! Indeed, that is why we started this blog! Dane and I both have experiences that go back now over 45 years that stand as witness of the incredible person that Mitt Romney is and why this man is the most qualified person we can imagine to be president.
Yet, Dane not only has strong opinions about Mitt’s qualities. He also puts his views into action. As the article points out, Dane traveled to Iowa in 2008 during the previous caucuses to help get out the vote for Mitt. I would add that when I called him a few weeks ago to discuss where we should go with MittTheMan.com, he was on his way to stand out in the cold for a couple of hours to collect signatures to get Mitt on the ballot in Virginia.
There is no question that we need a good person like Mitt to lead this great country during these challenging times. We also need good people like Dane to help get people like Mitt elected!
Thanks, Dane! Happy New Year!
In 1996 Melissa “Missy” Gay, daughter of Robert Gay who was Mitt’s friend and partner at Bain Capital, left home to attend rave parties in New York City and then disappeared. Read here the New York Times story recounting how Mitt closed the offices of Bain Capital in Boston so everyone could go to New York to help find the 14-year old girl. The volunteers from Boston enlisted help from other friends in associates at various companies with which they had connections:
Duane Reade, a drugstore chain in which Bain Capital is an investor, had clerks at 52 stores insert fliers in shopping bags. Price Waterhouse, which does the firm’s accounting, sent nearly 100 volunteers to distribute the posters, and Goldman Sachs, Bankers Trust and Morgan Stanley dispatched more than 60 people.
Because this event made its way into a political ad, some people doubted whether it was true or not, however, the Web site PolitiFact of the Saint Petersburg Times later verified its truthfulness.