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  • Mitt Romney's Inspirational Moment  1 comment
    Aug 14, 2012 5:09 PM

    Seventy years ago it took a combination of Adolf Hitler, Hermann Goering and thousands of Luftwaffe pilots, plus of course Winston Churchill, to galvanize the British people and rally them to a common purpose. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney managed to do it last week with a single television interview.

    Some might call that naïveté, arrogance or even stupidity, but I call it leadership. The easy thing for Mitt to do would have been to make predictable statements about our long-standing friendship with Great Britain, and his total confidence that they could - and would - put on a world class Olympics that would make their country proud and inspire people everywhere. Instead, Mitt did the hard thing, bringing abuse and humiliation down upon himself, but arousing the British people to go that extra mile to make the London Olympics even better than it otherwise would have been. We saw the effect of his encouragement immediately in the opening ceremonies. Is there any doubt that Queen Elizabeth was just a little bit more regal, or that Sir Paul McCartney put even more emotion than ever into "Hey Jude" than he otherwise would have, just to show Mitt and other doubting Thomases around the globe?

    Long-time Mitt-watchers were not surprised by his taking the more difficult and humble path. After all, this is a man who creatively and fearlessly implemented a novel health plan in Massachusetts which other Republican think tanks and politicians had only recommended and talked about, and then graciously stepped aside and allowed President Obama and the Democrats to get full credit when it was replicated on a national level.

    Mitt never shrinks from the hard road, whether it's bringing the family dog on vacation when a lesser man would have just stuck him in a kennel (although most commentators prefer not to bark up that tree), or choosing to downplay his huge personal wealth by keeping it out of sight in remote locations like Switzerland and the Cayman Islands.

    Call it "presidential" or else just "Mitt being Mitt." Whichever it is, we're all on the edge of our seats to see what other surprises Mr. Romney pulls out of his hat on the next stops on his trip.

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    Well said. Take a look on Youtube at the Mayor of London stuck on a zipline after proclaiming London ready!
    14 Aug 2012, 07:15 PM Reply Like
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