Ann Romney proudly owns stay-at-home mom image

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  • familyozonelayer HIGHLAND, UT
    Aug. 22, 2012 11:38 a.m.

    Ann Romney is a firm supporter of her husband, this is true. Her quiet and steady manner might be just what the white house needs to be the backbone for her charismatic and strongly opinionated husband.

  • John20000 Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 21, 2012 2:20 p.m.

    I can't wait to see them in the White House. Watch out world, the USA is back!

  • 2nd lantern Payson, UT
    Aug. 21, 2012 10:48 a.m.

    While some are fortunate to have the money to stay home with their children, others choose to sacrifice greatly to stay home with their growing children midst financial hardship. Each one leaves a worldly society behind to walk the rugged road of devoted motherhood. Both require faith. Each places the value of nurturing children as a daily focus. Each can learn God is no respecter of persons and will bless according to needs and faith filled desires. The poor who leave their young for others to raise and go to work with misplaced faith in an employer or government are no better off than the rich women who stay home and hire nannies or other caregivers to raise the children. Much of America's ills can point back to mothers going into the work place and letting educated, corporate women such as Bella Abzug, Gloria Steinem and others influence schools, Congress and society. Why should we fear a First Lady who has sacrificed in her own way to raise children. Children are America's future. Where lies the influence?

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 20, 2012 5:17 p.m.


    You are right. No question. I do think however that Ann Romney has faced a boat load of health challenges (cancer, MS) that would make it all but impossible for her to work outside the home. She is fortunate to have a husband who has made millions so she can stay at home. There is nothing wrong with Mitt making millions or Ann staying at home but unfortunately team Obama wants to try to make something out of nothing.... it's the Chicago way.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 20, 2012 1:56 p.m.

    Re: Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    " ... and living in privilege all her life, gives her no basis on which to speak for women who are otherwise situated."

    It isn't money but character, or the lack of it, that defines a person. It is Ann Romney's character and not her money that make her special. Instead of being jealous of her good fortune I am happy for her success.

  • LoveLife Riverton, UT
    Aug. 20, 2012 11:17 a.m.

    As a SAHM myself, I hold an elected position in my local precinct, I do volunteer work, and I don't have 250 million dollars in the bank, I will tell you it is possible to do it all. I also have a supportive husband, like Ann, so my kids aren't necessarily left alone when I'm gone. I tend to my own garden, I clean my own house, and I cook our meals. Even if she didn't have the money, she could do it and still be a SAHM.

    That's what makes women so amazing. And I connect with her way more than Michelle Obama.

    Why the need to criticize every little thing, just because you don't agree with them politically? They are rich people who have been very generous with their time and money. What's the problem? Isn't that what the lefties want-the rich taking care of the poor?

  • Badger55 Nibley, Ut
    Aug. 20, 2012 9:32 a.m.

    "That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another; but let him labor diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built."
    -Abraham Lincoln

  • freedomingood provo, Utah
    Aug. 20, 2012 8:08 a.m.

    This is pretty missleading anyway. The story says Ann Romney held public office and did a lot of volunteer work. So which is it? Did she stay at home or not?

    She seemed to stay pretty busy outside the home volunteering ect from the story. We know they had "help" from France, garndeners from Mexico ect. Can you claim to be an authentic "stay at home mom" under those circumstances?

    I'm sure they are nice people when not running for office but they are completly missing the effort to connect with the average person that doesn't have all those choices 250 million dollars gives them.

  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    Aug. 20, 2012 5:09 a.m.

    If this is what Ann really wanted to do, more power to her. I support her right to make this decision and live it.

    She should recognize, though, that unlike a lot of married mothers (and other poor women), she had the financial resources to enable her to make the choice AND that she does not have the experiences necessary to speak for those married mothers (and other poor women) who have to work outside the home to put a roof over their families' heads and food on their tables. Having been brought up in a life of privilete, and living in privilege all her life, gives her no basis on which to speak for women who are otherwise situated. She's qualified to speak for rich women, but that's all.

  • Flying Finn Murray, UT
    Aug. 19, 2012 4:58 p.m.

    @Alpine Blue

    If Jesus of Nazareth lived among us today and ran for US President He would run a totally honest campaign. The liberals and most Christians would brand Him as a right extremist, and He would lose the election badly.

    Jesus of Nazareth did more than just trash evil doers. He ran them out of the temple with a whip. President Obama's financial policies deserve to be trashed.

  • Alpine Blue Alpine, UT
    Aug. 19, 2012 2:51 p.m.

    @ Well Read

    "I would expect a Member of the LDS Church, (which I am) would be more honest in his conduct. During the primaries he trashed his opponents! He has trashed the President. Many of the statements he made about his opponents were downright lies and a stretch of the truth."

    As an ardent observer of the primary contests and each of debates, I wonder whether or not you watched any of them at all. Time and time again in face of nasty personal comments from both his opponents and the media, we witnessed Mitt trying to stay above the fray and concentrate on the issues. Many of the personal attacks that you accuse Mitt of being involved in were actually from the PAC campaign ads representing him. Unfortunately none of the candidates has any control whatsever over these special interest PACs. Neither Mitt nor Obama have any say about what is aired in their behalf and one reason PACs need to be outlawed. On the other hand the Obama campaign has twisted, distorted, and out-and-out lied about Romney and personal life in a frantic effort to deflect attention from their own pathetic record of leadership. Very sad!

  • Flying Finn Murray, UT
    Aug. 19, 2012 2:49 p.m.

    @Shaun writes:
    "It would be easy for any women to stay home whose husband makes millions. What is so special?"

    A lot of women whose husbands make millions place more value on selfish interests and world travel and have less interest in staying home and changing their baby's diaper and reading them a bedtime story.

    The thing that makes Ann Romney special is who she is and not what she has.

  • 3grandslams Iowa City, IA
    Aug. 19, 2012 2:48 p.m.

    Mrs. Romney shows up in a $900 t-shirt, Mrs. Obama in a $6000 blouse. You do the math unemployed America.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Aug. 19, 2012 1:39 p.m.


    "What is so special?"

    Many women would still want to work if they had rich husbands. Stay at home moms are looked down at.

    Mitt has nothing to be ashamed of,--Not anymore then Lady GaGa, LaBron James, Ted Kennedy, or, Tom Hanks. In America, we can all find wealth.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Aug. 19, 2012 11:28 a.m.

    More stay at home moms equals more jobs for dads, and improved family life for children. This stability will add strength to America. What could be better for a child, than to go home and have milk and chocolate cookies from mom, than go outside and play?

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Aug. 19, 2012 11:05 a.m.

    If I had the cash they do, I'd proudly own the title of stay at home dad.

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    Aug. 19, 2012 10:31 a.m.

    wealth envy...sad so many posters are buying into obama's class warfare. those that suffer from this illness ought to go and do what Mitt and others of us have done and go make many and create jobs.

  • Flying Finn Murray, UT
    Aug. 19, 2012 9:40 a.m.

    @Springvillepoet writes:
    "You also cheapen women by saying that there are only two paths for a woman"

    I read Rifleman's comment very carefully and he never suggested that there are only two paths for a woman. He only listed two of many paths. Obviously there are many paths available to both men and women.

    People can be compared to ships in that where we steer our lives plays a major role in where we end up. Those with goals have a lot better chance of success than those who only live for the moment.

  • freedomingood provo, Utah
    Aug. 19, 2012 8:11 a.m.

    "Can you fix the economy?", "Yeah".

    Ok Mitt. Where are your interviews between 2001-2007 warning everyone about the housing bubble and mortgage scams? If you had called that one you would have won 08'.

    "Yeah" - not even a firm Yes. This is rediculous. He can fix the economy, but only if he gets to be president. He won't give us specifics unless we elect him first.

    I'm still waiting for my Regan trickle down so sing another song.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Aug. 19, 2012 8:02 a.m.

    It would be easy for any women to stay home whose husband makes millions. What is so special?

  • very concerned Sandy, UT
    Aug. 19, 2012 7:51 a.m.

    Repectfully speaking, the studies show that children do best with a loving, biological, mother and father. With that said, let me point out:

    1. There ARE many men (and some women) who have abandoned their children. Therefore, there are many single parents out there, who, through no choice of her/his own, have to provide and nurture with no help from a partner. My hat is off to them. I have not had to do this, but recognize it would be a hurculean task.

    2. But there are also those out there who choose to have the mother at work to provide the family with more of the luxuries. I believe that will be to the detriment of the children. There are also those women who have to work due to diability, death, or otherwise incapacitation of a spouse. My hat's off to them as well.

    I'm just saying that the ideal for children is the traditional nuclear family, though many people just don't have that choice.

  • Springvillepoet Springville, UT
    Aug. 19, 2012 7:12 a.m.


    "If a woman decides to get an education and make herself attactive to a successful husband who can support her and her children that is a consequence.

    If a woman decides to have children without benefit of marriage there are consequences attached."

    You make it sound like some kind of choice every woman is allowed to make. As if all women, are approached with the choice to 'go make something of yourself' or 'become trapped into a difficult life with no hope of escape.'

    You also cheapen women by saying that there are only two paths for a woman---to be the attractive wife of a successful man, or be a poverty stricken single mother. You put forth the false assumption a woman's happiness depends on the largess of men and the ability (or lack thereof) to make herself appealing to men.

    Where we end up in life is not just a matter of the hard work we do. Where we start has a lot to do with where we are able to end up.

  • cris Hamilton, IL
    Aug. 19, 2012 6:34 a.m.

    Young married couple, dirt poor , husband working full time going to school full time. I chose to stay home with my children. Sacrificed every worldly thing to do so. But the benefits to my children outweighed everything else. Regardless of financial status it is a choice we all make.

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    Aug. 18, 2012 10:02 p.m.

    @Mountanman: "If a woman decides to have children without benefit of marriage there are consequences attached."

    Same holds true if a man has children without benefit of marriage. However, the big difference is that typically the mother is left with the children, and the man is nowhere to be found, neither financially nor responsibly.

    So, you are correct in that there are consequences; however, most of those consequeces fall on the woman/mother, while the man/father goes his merry way.

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    Aug. 18, 2012 9:56 p.m.

    obama groupies:
    interesting that you are soooo critical of Romneys. Check your hero and his actions, associates and policies. Check again for what he has done to this country. The guy is a zero compared to Mitt.

  • Ltrain St. George, UT
    Aug. 18, 2012 8:31 p.m.

    There are a lot of "losers" that comment on anything positive about Mitt Romney. He's a decent guy and his wife is a very good woman who can speak for me anytime. By the way.... Jon Huntsman is no "innocent angel" , and I would take Romney, instead of him, anytime as a president and good member of the church. Huntsman was a horrible governor who only seemed to do things that would help him further his political career.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 18, 2012 8:22 p.m.

    Re: Bebyebe UUU, UT
    "Rifleman, for you, again it's the woman's fault."

    I said nothing about "fault". I merely said we can't escape the consequences of our actions. In other words people need to take personal responsibility for their actions.

    You ask "When is your gender going to rise to expectations?" Many of my gender do rise to the expectations of decent women. If, however, you are looking for a diamond you probably won't find it at the county landfill.

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    Aug. 18, 2012 7:38 p.m.

    So? Ann has plenty of time for trips to the Caymans, Bermuda, etc...?

  • Well Read SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Aug. 18, 2012 7:28 p.m.

    I have a hard time respecting Romney. I appreciated what he did for the Salt Lake Olympics, but have not liked the way he conducted himself during the primaries. I would expect a Member of the LDS Church, (which I am) would be more honest in his conduct. During the primaries he trashed his opponents! He has trashed the President. Many of the statements he made about his opponents were downright lies and a stretch of the truth.

    I keep thinking about the question " Are you honest in all your dealings with your fellow man?" which he has asked many times of others and answered many times when he was asked the question. Maybe I am expecting too much, but I can not vote for him. I wish I could, but can not.

    I believe he will lose, not because his ideas and goals are not good ones, but because he is not living up to LDS standards in his political conduct.

    On the other hand I really appreciated the way Jon Huntsman handled himself when he ran for president. I think he can answer the above question much more honestly than can Romney. Will this statement pass muster??

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 18, 2012 4:34 p.m.

    It's great that Ann can stay at home - she is rich. Most mom's that work don't do so because they want to or choose to but because they have no choice. Certainly it is much better for the kids if the mom is home. I do have great respect for those mom's who pull double duty - working outside the home as a bread winner and working at home as a mom. These women are truly amazing!!

  • Jenny83 OGDEN, UT
    Aug. 18, 2012 3:56 p.m.

    How hard could it be staying home with your kids when you are worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Give me a break.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Aug. 18, 2012 3:18 p.m.

    Hmm. Just what would be the point in working once the family net worth crosses into seven, eight or nine figures? Nothing against Mrs. R., but someone is needed at home just to supervise all the hired help and see that nothing valuable walks out the door. The value of their stuff would dwarf anything she could earn in the marketplace, so, yes, the proper place for HER is home. Not everyone is so fortunate.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Aug. 18, 2012 3:13 p.m.

    She should be very much a good spokesman for women who choose to stay at home. Nothing wrong with that what so ever.

    On the other hand, she should not even try to be a voice for working mothers, single mothers or the poor as she has no connection to them, has no peer experience, and no point of reference. That is what people all got wound up about before. Not that Ann is a bad person, not at all. But she was no more qualified to speak for those other groups than I am .
    Just like white lived-in-Utah-their-whole-lives Mormons should pretend to know what it is like to have a multi racial family in the church either... in a place where your kids are one of three members kids attending a school of 2,000 kids, having to get up a 5 am to attend seminary.

    Neither is wrong... they just haven't worn each others shoes yet. Ann has nothing to hide nor explain.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 18, 2012 2:23 p.m.

    Vote Romney/Ryan 2012...if you like jobs instead of handouts, shrinking government instead of Greece, and a professional instead of on-the-job-trainee.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 18, 2012 2:11 p.m.

    Thank you for publishing this wonderful article. Mitt and Ann Romney, a good recipe for America right now when this country is hurting so much for strong, moral leadership. Nothing to hide in their closet although some will and have tried. I think the same story will be true for Paul Ryan and his wife.

    Romney-Ryan 2012 Let's get our country back on sound economic ground again with people who actually love this country more than greed and power and know how to help all of us work and succeed.

  • Bebyebe UUU, UT
    Aug. 18, 2012 12:56 p.m.

    Rifleman, for you, again it's the woman's fault.

    When is your gender going to rise to expectations? Or are do they never have to?

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Aug. 18, 2012 11:51 a.m.

    Re: REALLY_Evanston, IL
    " ....but when it comes to poor women who want to stay home with their children, "they need the dignity of work"."

    Our personal decisions and actions come with inescapable consequences attached. If a woman decides to get an education and make herself attactive to a successful husband who can support her and her children that is a consequence.

    If a woman decides to have children without benefit of marriage there are consequences attached.

    This world isn't fair, and unfortunately some of us may escape the consequences of our actions .... in the short run.

  • REALLY_ Evanston, IL
    Aug. 18, 2012 11:05 a.m.

    When it comes to his wife Ann, Mitt thinks being a stay at home mom is "the hardest job in the world", but when it comes to poor women who want to stay home with their children, "they need the dignity of work". That's some double standard.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Aug. 18, 2012 9:59 a.m.

    Ann Romney is a fine, upstanding American and a decent person.

    Just like many of our politicians on both sides. Just like Obama and Bush.

    No one should attempt to demonize her based on her politics.

    The same goes for Mitt. A decent person.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Aug. 18, 2012 9:59 a.m.

    The hand that rocks the cradle, rules the world!