Has Romney done good things for people? I don't doubt that he has.
However, I have heard just as many, if not more, accounts detailing a distinct
lack of compassion and caring for people for whom he does not have an affinity.
Two examples. The woman he threatened with excommunication if she did not place
a baby born out of wedlock with LDS Social Services for adoption. The woman in
the early stages of pregnancy who had life-threatening pelvic clots causing her
doctor's recommendation (confirmed by her Statek President, a MD) to
terminate her pregnancy to save her life who was berated by Romney for being
"selfish" and not thinking of the "baby" (his only concern -- no
concern or compassion for her). Her father got the same type of visit, and her
father threw him out of the house. There re more.People who know
this side of him say he casts himself as a white knight in shining armor coming
to the rescue, but his real record is something very different. He's a
political chameleon who has no true moral core and cannot be depended on. Not
what the country needs.
I was at the Republican National Convention as a delegate. 'Not a dry eye
in the convention'? False. Most of the people there saw Romney for exactly
what he is: A politician. His arm did not need to be twisted to get people to
extoll his awesomeness. And, the reality is that presidential candidates'
campaigns are aware to a certain extent of the activity that PACs supporting
them organize on their behalf. There is overlap among people in these groups.
There are close relationships between campaigners and major PAC contributors.
This isn't anything mindblowing. And, Romney's campaign is run just
like any other politician's campaign. ANY altruism publicly attributed to a
political candidate during an election campaign is an attempt to garner votes.
Pure and simple.
I have no doubt that in his personal life, Romney is a good man.More
troubling are the policies he is promoting as a candidate. He would eviscerate
the nation's safety net and leave the most vulnerable to struggle even
more.I have a son with Down syndrome and I am terrified of what will
happen to him should Romney win. It's easy for Romney to say that on Day 1
he would do away with Obamacare, but Obamacare means that today an insurance
company can't refuse my son because of his pre-existing condition.And when he's older, if there is no Obamacare, his only option for
healthcare will be Medicaid. But Romney wants to cut that program too, so who
knows what will be left for my son?All the while, BTW, promoting a
20% tax to be paid for...who knows how?The true measure of a
candidate should not be his personal life, but what he proposes to do for the
citizens of this country. And based on what he's said so far, the least
among us will not do very well under Romney/Ryan. Think long and hard before
voting for him.
SLMG,If it was wrong to have inspiring stories about someone
ministering to their flock then we wouldn't have the Bible. For those of us
who are LDS, we love to hear stories about President Monson ministering to
people. It inspires us to do better.Romney's staff had to
pressure him to allow people to come to the convention and share personal
stories about him. He refuses to do these things himself because of modesty.People complain when he doesn't humanize himself by this kind of
thing, and then they complain when others finally do. Some will criticize
absolutely anything to do with Mitt.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off is in Chicago. The President's campaign
staff has been positioned there for a long time and are waiting for him to vote.
He could vote absentee to save money for our country but he will go there to
ensure he gets face time with his buddies there. We should all be
so happy for him as he sat with Jay Leno last night getting free advertising for
his Hollywood leadership course he took. He definitely knew how to be joyous
and happy being in the limelight in Hollywood. Hopefully, he may be
able to take over Jay's job or Letterman's job after November 6, 2012
and then that would make us all happy. That would also give those people time
to transition to their next job and that would make the employment statistics
look better. Their transition pay would probably add to the economy.At least the American citizens wouldn't have to continue to pay $200M a
day for his security to high security locations and for vacations at our
expense. He would still have his secret service agents covering him.Conan could claim he didn't get equal time.
This is a very nice story about Mitt Romney. I'm not surprised that he
showed this kind of character and several people I know who know him say he
still shows that kind of character. But I've also heard several stories
about President Obama stepping aside, away from the cameras, and helping
individuals in need, both before and after becoming president. So they are both
nice men. Which brings us back to square one. Which one will enact policies and
sign legislation that will put our country back on track? I'm glad the
president is a nice man. I'm glad Mr. Romney is too. I don't need a
nice man in the White House, nor do I need a bishop (Romney), community activist
(Obama), lawyer (both of the them-horrors!). I need some one that will create
jobs. Obama has proven he can't. Romney has proven he can. Please look at
what this country needs and vote for the person who has the track record of
Why should he have to be "humanized"? His policies speak for themselves.
Lets take healthcare, college, and any other opportunities away from the poor to
keep them where they belong....waiting on me. It's a good think he
can't flip flop on his good deeds like he does on his bad ones.
When President Obama hears anything about Mitt Romney doing good things for
people, the President will talk around those happenings. I believe he
doesn't have a heart that can do those kind of things for the heart's
sake and for charity. Romney has shown he cares for people and that is so
foreign to the President. To have a VP that shows he has donated a total of
$300.00 a year is definitely not showing very much caring for other people.
Their demeanor in the 4 debates didn't show any kind of caring for their
opponent or the things they were talking about.The current President
and VP showed the opposite of caring. The President didn't listen to what
Romney said as he was spending all his thought time preparing for his own
statement as the moderators didn't make him answer questions.Seeing the President say "Bob", almost pleading for some intervention
from the moderator was not showing he was Chief or Commander-in-Chief, even
after 4 years.Bill Clinton was one that really used polls and focus
groups to show his performance. This President can't even use the BLS for
So then, this story is actually an ad ABOUT an ad?
I think that the left hates these stories due to their very low self-esteem.
When they see or hear of anyone on the Right doing something that is of high
moral character, they turn their heads or make light of it because it makes them
feel bad about themselves or their "side". Most of them do not have the
courage to step up to the plate. Like Obama who would rather go on some looney
daytime show and say he is just there as "eye-candy". I guess he could
go to Church every Sunday for a couple of decades and listen to Rev. Wright
preach and claim he just doesn't ever remember him preaching negative
things or saying anything bad about America. Two very different people with two
very different ideas. Be careful Americal how you vote.
The suggestion that this portrayal of Mitt is offensive is pure hubris. Mitt
didn't do acts of kindness because they would make him look good - if he
had he would talk about them. He didn't do them so they could be shown in
campaign ads years down the road - a campaign that he didn't know he would
be running and in ads that weren't even created by his campaign
organization. He obviously helped this boy because he cared about the boy and
his parents, the same with the many others he's helped along the way.
He's a good and decent man, and I'm grateful and amazed that he's
been willing to endure the garbage that's been flung his way. And we wonder
why it's so hard to get good people to run for office...
For every story "humanizing" Romney, there is another side to
Romney--such as the one that cut a classmate's hair (and doesn't even
remember it). Or, what about the workers who lost their jobs when Bain shipped
their jobs overseas or leveraged-to-the-hilt their companies which then went
bankrupt?The Romney i see is the one that won't/can't
explain his proposal to give himself a $674,000 tax cut and wants to maintain
the special loophole-carried interest--which allowed him to amass a great
fortune. The Romney i see enacted healthcare reform as Gov., but
now wants to repeal the same reform for Americans. He falsely tells people
pre-existing conditions will be covered but doesn't tell them they have to
have had continuous coverage.Not buying it...
When this couple shared their story at the Republican convention the crowd was
mesmerized and so were the viewers.Many of them knew of Mitt but
after this story was told they had a confirmation that Mitt was not this
dehumanized piece of fiction that was being 'painted' by his
opposition. There was not a dry eye in the convention center and millions of
people were opened to the reality that Mitt was a man of great compassion, even
to a 14 year old boy and his family. Mitt really cares.The idea
suggested of Mitt ministering to Ted and Pat Oparowski and their son David was
just a 'job or an assignment' is extremely offensive to me."By their fruits ye shall know them." In this day of media
dishonesty and bias I have no problem with Ted and Pat Oparowski sharing their
personal story that gives a glimpse into the personal character of a man we hope
to soon lead our great nation. Maybe this simple video will serve to
remind a few more people that Mitt has compassion and cares and has the
character to execute the duties of the office.Go Romney/Ryan!
It's disheartening to read the comments belittling Romney's caring,
compassionate actions as being told solely for political gain. You can be
assured that if there were ANY stories from President Obama's past that
showed similar compassionate actions, they would be in the news ad nauseum. Are
there any such stories out there that we are unaware of? Anybody? Anybody? . . .
. Bueller? Bueller?
@SLMGThe boy's parents decided they wanted to do it. Is it not
Re: Furry1993 Ogden, UT"As it is, it merely means that Mitt was doing
his job."Sounds like Mitt Romney is a decent man with a caring
heart. That isn't the picture the liberals have tried to paint and that is
why this story is so refreshing.
What transpires betweeen a member of a Bishopric or stake Presidency and a
member of their Ward or Stake should remain confidential. PAC ads are not the
place to talk about what went on with anything to do with the church or
Romney does not bring up all of the little things that he does. He is much more
of a gentlemen than Obama. This characteristic has been shown numerous times
during the debate cycle. Obama was loud, intrusive and argumentative as Mr.
Romney was making his points. Obama could not wait until his turn to refute or
present his comments. He also could not follow the rules that both agreed to
prior to the debates. This continues to demonstrate that Obama thinks that he
is above the rules. He has shown this numerous times during his administration,
installing administrators without congressional oversight, using executive
authority to establish new departments of organizations (committee to improve
Afro-American education opportunities)not simply American opportunities.The obvious run around of his administration on the Benghazi attacks.
They are still trying to mitigate the affect of this on the election by Clinton
making comments that try to obscure the facts and put off the reckoning. It is time for the American people to select the best individual for
president, one with a heart, compassion, and the leadership ability to make the
difficult decision that will occur.
We in Utah have seen how effective Mitt Romney can be when he took control of
our very ailing preparations for the Olympics held in our state. A small but
significant example of his "can-do, make-it-work" ethic happened when
there was a roadblock-type tie-up of traffic, including competing athletes
trying to get to events at SnowBasin, because of some kind of snafu. Mitt Romney
was notified, got physically out there (didn't say to someone else "go
fix it") and got the whole mess straightened out, cleared out, with everyone
able to finally get on their way in freezing weather to the events. To a lot of Utahns and others, the need to "humanize" Mitt Romney (as
the media keeps saying) is ridiculous - he is full of compassion for his
fellowman, is humble, and capable of working extremely hard to find the best
solutions to big and little problems.
@Furry1993,Well, it might do us some good to have someone who does
their job in the oval office. This is one of many stories of Mitt's good
deeds toward others. Have you heard the story of when Mitt paid for the milk
given to veterans through a program that fed veterans, for TWO YEARS? Or how
about when he stopped campaigning for governor and financed the search for one
of his friends missing children? Also, Romney was governor and president of the
Olympics without pay. I could go on and on and on. You can't tell me he
does the things he does because he doesn't care. It's blatantly
@Furry1993,Do you know what responsibilities a counselor in the
stake presidency has? Helping a dying boy really isn't necessarily one of
them. Besides, he didn't get paid to do it, most likely wasn't told to
do it, so his motivation was simply love and charity.
But I didn't see any comment about Obama using childish comments like
romnesia.I guess we vote for those who best match our character.And when a simple unsolicited story comes out about an act of kindness you are
so anxious to bury it as long as it casts a positive light on Mitt.I'd be happy to read a story about Obama before he was president when no
one was looking to see how many lives he touched when he wasn't getting
paid to do so.Sorry, only people who don't want to see the good in
others would look at a story the way you and no fit do.Sad empty lives.
As indicated in the story, Mitt was a counselor in the Stake Presidency when
these events occurred. That means he was fulfilling the requirements of his
calling, something that he was obligted to do. If he had done these things
without any requirement to do so, this would be a great story about him. As it
is, it merely means that Mitt was doing his job.
This is an independent company, not him putting out the story. I feel Mitt has
been extremely reserved regarding his acts of kindness he's displayed
throughout his life. I personally love hearing stories of compassion no matter
where they come from or who they're about.
Read the article. It is a PAC that put this ad together. It wasn't the
Romney campaign. I think it speaks volumes about Romney's character that
the parents of this boy would allow their story to be used in a political
Azrods, not everything mitt does is bad in my eyes. He's an excellent
father and family man. But this particular exercise, which mitt probably
didn't have much to do with planning, just looks...bad. No fit pointed it
out, too. It seems really opportunistic.
Quiet, humble, unseen folks help others just like this throughout our world
every day.Mr. Romney should feel uncomfortable in resorting to this sort
of media display in this campaign.
Oh Hutty I think everything Mitt Romney does is bad in your eyes.If I were
wanting to know who these two men really were I'd be looking for every
story about their personal lives I could find.In the case of Mitt Romney,
we've obviously been shown all of his horriable little acts throughout his
life.Too bad we can't see countless acts of kindness that he's
done. But a strong and loving family tells me everything I need to know about
the man.I won't go into Obama's personal life because I choose
to praised what is good and quietly vote against people with whom I disagree.
The context of this is just....bad.
@annewanderingAs cold blooded as when Obama first used someone dying
to try and take votes from Romney? Obama has painted a false image Romney, and
the media has embellished that false image. This story may be coming to light to
get votes, but isn't that the point? Don't we want to know everything
about a candidate, the good and the bad?
How is it humanizing to use a dying child to get votes? Sounds extremely
coldblooded to me.
I'll bet the video is impressive. Wish it would play.