The time was August, one week short of one year ago. The writers were Ben Smith and Jonathan of Politico. The title of their piece was “Obama plan: Destroy Romney.” They wrote:
I felt like I was noticing an anti-Mitt bias in the headlines that pop-up on Google News and today it seems worse than ever. I know that his supposed gaffes have provided a heyday for those covering the trip and their editors back home but this seems really incredible.
I have no idea what mechanism Google uses to prepare the list that pops up at any give time, but this seems to have gotten to the point that warrants figuring out what might be going on. Here is a sample of the top headlines at the time I am writing this post (1:10 pm MDT on 31 July) : Continue reading
Here on vacation in France I have kept up a bit with what is happening in the presidential campaign. Why, just a few days I heard about conservative commentator Laura Ingraham calling for Mitt to “get off his jet ski.” Given that I happen to know that Mitt is without a doubt the hardest working person I have ever known, I find such comments at least silly, and at worse, absolutely objectionable. When all is said and done, however, should this really the point of our discussions?
Vacations are great, but they don’t always leave time to do other important things like keep up with a blog such as MittTheMan.com. A post yesterday from a visitor to the site made me feel a little guilty for having neglected the site for a while, but only a little! Nevertheless, here is an explanation of what has been happening.
For our vacation this year, my wife and I have come to France where she is from. We landed in Paris, spent the night there, then drove to her home town in Bordeaux. After a short stay there, we went on to Corsica, where we had six wonderful days. We spent last night on the ferry back to Marseille and then stopped in Toulouse during our drive today back to Bordeaux.
Anyone who has been around Mitt knows the kind of person he is: He is someone who loves life and enjoys having fun. These terrific attributes must be added to his intelligence and willingness to work as hard as necessary to accomplish whatever job is at hand.
In contrast to these qualities, Mitt has been criticized by some recently for his efforts in cutting the hair of a classmate at his high school. A writer at Forbes had planned a couple of weeks ago on reporting his experiences at the same school he attended two years behind Mitt, but world events required postponement. This piece by Mark Hendrickson, a contributor at Forbes who was a sophomore at Mitt’s high school when Mitt Continue reading
From all accounts Mitt gave a terrific speech at Liberty University, hitting all the right notes and bringing the audience to their feet at several points. Gary Bauer, former presidential candidate, evangelical leader, and recent supporter of the campaign of Senator Rick Santorum called the speech a “home run,” as reported by the NY Times. Continue reading
Two recent articles combined to stimulate my interest in the history of the US employment rate.The first was the description in the Washington Times of speeches that President Obama gave at rallies last Friday in Virginia and Ohio. Here is the salient quote that stimulated the headline writer’s use of the expression, “blast from the past”:
“Somehow, [Mr. Romney] thinks the same bad ideas will lead to a different result — or they’re hoping you won’t remember what happened the last time you gave them a shot,” Mr. Obama continued. “We are not going back. We remember, and we’re going to move this country forward.”
Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, recently announced that Mitt will be their commencement speaker on May 12. He will address the crowd of 34,000, which will include the graduates, friends and family who will gather for this year’s graduation ceremonies. Because Dane, our partner on MittTheMan.com practices medicine in Lynchburg in addition to his hometown of Roanoke, and has been a friend of Mitt’s for the past 45 years, he was recently interviewed by the Lynchburg newspaper, the News and Advance.
The standard take on politicians is that they lie. As the old joke goes, “How can you tell when a politician is lying? His lips are moving!”
I started this post a couple of days ago with that lede after seeing Gingrich and Santorum supporters repeating the Mitt is a liar!” accusations on Twitter. Then yesterday I camr across this piece on ABC News, which provides some insights into what New Gingrich thought of the campaign he had run, which I found quite interesting. Unfortunately, when asked whether Newt still believes Mitt Romney is a liar, he responded::
I still believe the Romney campaign said things that weren’t true. I also believe that compared to Barack Obama, I would trust Mitt Romney 100 times over.
I wrote yesterday of Mitt’s great sense of humor that people such as Molly Ball of The National Journal are starting to recognize and appreciate. I also just saw where Ann gave a fun testimonial yesterday on the “CBS This Morning” of who Mitt really is, stating “This is the boy that I knew. I still look at him as the boy I met in high school, when he was playing all the jokes and really just being crazy, pretty crazy.” Pointing at Mitt, she continued, “There’s a wild and crazy man inside there.”