Ryan’s Widowed Mother Started Small Business UPDATE BELOW

August 19, 2012

Bonus Paul Ryan fact:  Did you know that Paul Ryan’s mother, after the death of her husband, went back to school and started a small business, all while caring for Ryan’s aging grandmother?

Click for video.  Transcript:

When my dad died, my mom went back to school.  She went back to college, got a new skill or new trade, and then she started a small business.  My mom had three or four employees at that small business that she started.  We were taking care of my grandma at the time, she was going to school, and then she started this small business.

And Mom, I am proud of you—for going out, getting another degree; I’m proud of you for the small business that you created—and Mom?  You did build that!

That’s what America is all about!

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Update (August 31st, 2012):  Many readers were curious to know what kind of business Mrs. Ryan (now Betty Ryan Douglas) started.  I spent some time trying to research it; you won’t find more information about the business anywhere in the top Internet search results.

The business Ryan’s mother started was in interior decorating.  She did have a few other employees working for her.

According to the L. A. Times covering a Ryan speech in Florida two weeks ago,

After her husband’s death, Ryan’s mother, who later remarried, went back to college and started an interior decorating business with a few employees. “We were taking care of my grandma at the time. She was going to school, and then she started this small business,” he said.

According to the New York Post covering the same speech,

He also slipped in a dig at Obama’s economic policies while praising Douglas, who started an interior-decorating firm.

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7 Responses to “Ryan’s Widowed Mother Started Small Business UPDATE BELOW”

  1. Snoodickle Says:

    Did you know that President Obama came from literally nothing and became the first black president in the history of the United States?


  2. I find Paul Ryan’s life story inspirational. His can-do attitude is such a refreshing change from the administration’s no-you-can’t-do-that negativism.

    • WILLIAM A DWYER Says:

      YOU HAVE TO BE KIDDING. HE MARRIED A MILLIONAIR AND HIS FAMILY RECIEVED 30M IN FEDERAL CONTRACTS TO BUILD ROADS AND BRIDGES.THEY GOT 5.5 M FOR WORK AT O HARE AIRPORT ALONE


    • I agree, Paul Ryan is refreshing! And yes, sometimes the difference between his and the other side’s tone or attitude is striking…

  3. Snoodickle Says:

    With all due respect to the story of Paul Ryan and his family, will you acknowledge that Barack Obamas life story is one of the greatest success stories in American history?

  4. Tim Weaver Says:

    Hot dogs! Apple pie! Chevy!


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