What Mitt Romney's response to Sept. 11 attacks can tell us about his approach to crisis management

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  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    July 27, 2012 5:20 p.m.

    Chris B, relax, the Olympics were not in a "shambles", the bid team had a scandal doing exactly what every other bid team had done for years, it would have blown over no matter who was at the helm. The influx of federal money is what helped the Olympics be a success. Yes, Mitt did a good job hosting an international sporting event. He also had the help of many good people and also took over a SLOC that was functioning relatively well. But Mitt took all the credit, as he does.

    This article is interesting in that it gives hardly any credit to the people that actually were in charge of the security of the Olympic games. It mentions the military, a major factor in security, only in passing.

    No, Mitt had very little to do with the actual security plans of the Olympics. And that's fine. The profesionals dealt with that aspect, as it should be.

  • John20000 Cedar Hills, UT
    July 27, 2012 3:09 p.m.

    I am impressed by Gov. Romney's actions on Sept 11. That kind of uncertainty is hard to deal with, but it appears he did a pretty good job.

  • timpClimber Provo, UT
    July 27, 2012 11:54 a.m.

    When Obama ran the first time I looked up his past experience and activities. I found a lackluster state legislator who voted here 51% of the time,here, instead of for or against legislation, was connected throughout his life to antiAmerican groups and causes and had never held a real job or met a payroll. His actions for over the past three years confirmed my research. He has proven to be unethical, socialist and a wanton spend thrift. When I compare that with Romney's record what a difference, He has proven to be an ethical, problem solver who pays his own way and creates jobs. The choice is clear, a loser, Obama or a winner, Romney.

  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    July 27, 2012 11:50 a.m.

    How did Mitt handle a crisis? He played politics, and extracted a bundle of money from the federal government. I don't see that he did anything for anybody in the process (except building up his own credentials, of course). No thanks.

  • kargirl Sacramento, CA
    July 27, 2012 11:48 a.m.

    First--getting an opportunity isn't the same as getting a handout. Yup, some people need help because of things beyond their control. But once those things are accounted for, the opportuntity is theirs to take or mess up quite by themselves. Some of us older folks are before those tweaks, and are glad others get their opportunities. But we do the best we can. Second, it sounds like Mr. Romney's getting excuses made for him, and 11-year-old ones at that. Hey, he and I are the same age and I was better at stuff I did eleven years ago, too. I was even better when I was fifty, and I'm sure Mr. Romney was, too, if he can remember what he said and what he positions he backed when he was fifty! Just sayin'...

  • joanbeatri Danville, CA
    July 27, 2012 11:48 a.m.

    When P.M. David Cameron said re. the Salt Lake Olympics being in the "middle of nowhere", he failed to connect the dots. Romney was chairing the 2002 Winter Olympics when 9/11 took place. Romney was in Washington, D.C. when the Pentagon was attacked, in the middle of the worst attack on the United States since Pearl Harbor. His immediate concern, after his family and the families of Olympic workers in Salt Lake City, was for the security of the Olympic games only six months away. Romney managed everything precisely. Perhaps London officials should listen to him instead of chortling about a supposed gaff.

  • byufan1993 Provo, , UT
    July 27, 2012 9:45 a.m.

    @one day...

    we shouldn't be looking for hand-outs from the the President. He needs to make America great. We make our own lives great. I don't want a president that wants to fix every little issue that we go through everyday. That's NOT his job. That's your and my job. He runs the government. He makes sure that this country is on good footing. But he does not pay my bills, he does not and should not be expected to take care of every individual person the way you suggest. The President of the United States looks out for America, the country and what it stands for. And then, in the process are we the people edified. Not the other way around.

  • TOO Sanpete, UT
    July 27, 2012 7:38 a.m.

    Chris B.

    Heaven knows I absolutely despise you on the sports page, but when it comes to politics, you say it the way it should be said. Bless you my friend.

    My wife and I made $13,700 last year. 8K went to school. 2K went to our church and other charities. We paid about $1,500 in taxes. Do the math on what we lived on. We made it. It was tough, but we did it. Not one single hand out. Not one single food stamp. Not one single PENNY from the government.
    I couldn't care less how much Mitt pays in taxes. It's because of people like him--who have to pay millions in taxes--that the rest of us have what we have. While my taxes paid for a few bullets, his paid for a few tanks. I'm grateful to people like him. I have a safe country because of him.
    It reminds me of the movie "A Few Good Men" when Colonel Jessop says, "I would rather you just say thank you, and be on your way. Either way, I don't care (edited) what you think you are entitled to." Thanks Mitt.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    July 26, 2012 9:09 p.m.

    ute alumni -- exactly right. But when did Mitt become a liberal? Aren't you describing him and his corporate buddies here?

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    July 26, 2012 8:32 p.m.

    The last time Romney held office was 2007.

    I have no interest in what Romney has done almost 11 years ago.

    Since 9/11 took America into not one, but two pointless wars under previous Republican leadership.

  • Tiger5 Cache county, USA
    July 26, 2012 8:26 p.m.

    One day.
    Get over it.
    Take your pick.
    Obama or Romney
    Pretty simple.

  • one day... South Jordan, UT
    July 26, 2012 7:23 p.m.

    to Chris B...

    I'm not an Obama supporter, but you like many others are so blind with Romney, a business man will what is best for those on the top, make more money, for us it will be the same. NONE of them is good to run this country!

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    July 26, 2012 7:19 p.m.

    who does the fed get the money from?.....clue the %51 of us that federal income tax.
    libs just don't get it. always wanting a hand out and the government should do everything for us with our own money.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    July 26, 2012 6:44 p.m.

    So, Romney wrote a book falsely saying Obama went around the world apologizing and then proceeds to offend London officials and citizens with comments about their Olympics.

    Way to lead Romney!

    FYI, the UT Olympics were a success, in part, due to a record amount of money sent from the federal govt. to UT. The overall federal cost of the 2002 Olympics has been estimated at about $1.5 billion. Romney later touted his efforts in his book about the Winter Olympics, “Turnaround,” writing that he directed his chief Washington lobbyist “to bring in more federal funding than had ever been appropriated for any Olympics, summer or winter.” And he made his success in doing so a selling point when he ran for governor of Massachusetts in 2002. “I was successful in organizing the Olympics, got record funds from the federal government," he said then.

  • George Bronx, NY
    July 26, 2012 6:39 p.m.

    @chris B
    because everyone knows Obama has done noting over the pst three and a half years that has kept us safe from terrorist right? oh wait.

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    July 26, 2012 5:26 p.m.

    Chris b.
    You have brains.
    I thank your parents for giving birth to you.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    July 26, 2012 5:07 p.m.



    It's your fault I'm not rich. I paid like $5000 in taxes last year and you paid many millions. Even though you and I drive on the same roads, rely on the same military, and use the same police and fire departments, you need to pay a lot more because I don't want to.

    If you don't, your selfish. I don't care how many millions you paid in taxes, until you're as poor as me I won't be satisfied.

    Sincerly, the left

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    July 26, 2012 4:38 p.m.

    The economy is in shambles. The Olympics were in shambeles.

    We can choose

    1) A guy who has a lifetime proven record of taking things in financial shambles and making them not into financial shambles


    2) A guy who is likeable(aka he'd be fun to hangout and play basketball with)