October 30, 2012
Did you know that Mitt Romney anonymously donated half the cost of 7,000 pints of milk for homeless veterans every week for two years? Watch the interview with the man who has personal knowledge of these events. Glenn Beck.com describes roughly what happened:
As it was pointed out by a few at the RNC and became evident after Glenn’s staff began telling him the stories they were finding, Romney isn’t the kind of guy that likes to talk about the things he has done to help others. . . .
After he spent forty minutes going through their books, he told them, “You run a very good place, very tight. Very good.” Romney asked to go on another tour of the hospital, and after spending an hour and forty minutes there, the last question he asked was, “So what… what do you — what are you lacking? What do you need help with?”
October 26, 2012
Did you know that Mitt Romney once turned his company and its business partners into a huge operation to find a missing girl? The story has been reported in several places (below), and even Politifact admits it’s true, as does Snopes. Deroy Murdock describes what happened:
Melissa Gay, Bain Capital partner Robert Gay’s daughter, vanished while visiting New York City in July 1996. Then-CEO Romney closed Bain’s Boston headquarters and jetted to Gotham to find the 14-year-old. Romney flew in his private-equity company’s 50 employees and transformed a Marriott Hotel into a command post. He consulted the NYPD and recruited private eyes. He dispatched staffers to enlist Bain’s business associates. Bain’s printer, R. R. Donnelly, produced 300,000 missing-person fliers. Bain’s CPAs at Price Waterhouse placed the handbills all over town. Duane Reade, a Bain-portfolio company, stuck leaflets in shopping bags at 52 local outlets.
October 1, 2012
Via Wintery Knight and John Hawkins, the Hunterdon Review and the Dedham Transcript have the story. (I’m not familiar with the Dedham Transcript or Daily News Transcript .com, but I have independently confirmed that the story linked above did indeed run in the Boston Herald, Monday, July 7th, 2003, “all editions”, front page.)
Gubernatorial son Josh Romney told the Herald yesterday that he and brother Craig were cleaning the beach while their father puttered in the garage when the quiet night air was pierced with screams.
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.
August 16, 2012
Did you know that Mitt Romney gave away his inheritance?
Even the New York Times, trying to give him no quarter, admits it. The Times and Politifact try to say that if Romney’s parents helped him pay for college or his first house (more than twenty years before his father died), that somehow makes his statement only partially true, but it clearly doesn’t. Politifact admits that Romney made his fortune himself, by doing an excellent job at Bain Capital.
August 13, 2012
Did you know that Mitt Romney has a wife and children? He and Mrs. Romney have been married for more than forty years.
Mitt married his wife, Ann, in 1969. They first met in elementary school when he was a Cub Scout; he remembers tossing pebbles at her when she rode by on a horse. When they met again years later at a friend’s house, he was smitten. Between them, they have five sons and eighteen grandchildren, who are the center of their lives.
August 13, 2012
It has come to my attention that some well-meaning voters are being influenced by certain narratives about Mitt Romney, put out especially by the Obama campaign, Obama supporters, and the liberal news media—e.g., that Romney is somehow inappropriately rich. (News flash: President Obama is a millionaire, too.)
I would prefer that elections be decided more on the basis of candidates’ policy positions and job-related qualifications, but if personal narratives are what the voters want, who am I to say they’re wrong? (I actually do think it makes sense for voters to take indicators of a candidate’s character into account, within reason, though I’d prefer that voters not take them from vague impressions created by the liberal news media.)