The last few days Mitt Romney wanted to give himself a face and a hearth. What we mostly saw coming from the United States was a cool business man who had his hearth first of all by the economy and the stock market and not so much by those who had to do all the hard work but were or are not paid enough to have a decent normal life for the 21st century.
The familyperson in the house
It looked we had to wait until Romney’s wife was going to take the veil away from his blank face.
It was time for emo-tv, with the camera’s making close-ups from the reactions of the public.
One of the more poignant stories told about Mitt Romney’s generosity came from Pam Finlayson, whose daughter was born three months premature. Finlayson, a member of the same Mormon church as the Romneys, recalled how Mitt Romney would visit at the hospital when daughter Kate was in the intensive care unit.
“I will never forget that when he looked down tenderly at my daughter, his eyes filled with tears, and he reached out gently and stroked her tiny back,” Finlayson said. “I could tell immediately that he didn’t just see a tangle of plastic and tubes. … He was clearly overcome with compassion for her.”
Ann Romney said on August the 31st she believes Americans saw a more personal side of her husband that they didn’t know before the Republican National Convention. Ann Romney said the stories told by friends such as Ted and Pat Oparowski, who lost their son to cancer, helped other people see “the emotional side of him that I know so well.”
Entrepreneurship and patriotism
In a speech peppered with anecdotes about his family, entrepreneurship and patriotism, Mitt Romney spoke to his comrades and television watching America in full primetime. He pulled hard out to President Obama and his “failed economic policies,” the “derailment of the federal budget” and “disappointment in the change he promised four years ago.”
Made up stories or fairy tales
Though what we got to see in Belgium from his many minutes of talking and looking at him sitting in his hotel room eating piza with his hands from the carton boxes, we only heard hollow words not bringing one solution or not giving any resolute funded ciphers. Other speakers we got to see, also told the public a lot of rubbish or things which were not true. Paul Ryan, a creature of Washington for all of his adult life, knows his business and his role and he knows how to tell unreal things like they are the most proven facts. The problem will be when many Americans do believe his ‘beauty talk’.
Viewing from the Belgian sitting room we could note the enthusiastic response of his fellow Republicans. For us it looked like Ryan made their world his world, succeeding in linking speaker and audience in common outlook and purpose. The larger, more difficult question is whether he made a similar connection with millions of Americans watching from home. For us it looked more a good but dangerous entertainer who could sell a wrack for a Lamborgini.
When he spoke of a tough economy — “23 million people, unemployed or underemployed. Nearly one in six Americans is living in poverty. Millions of young Americans have graduated from college during the Obama presidency, ready to use their gifts and get moving in life. Half of them can’t find the work they studied for, or any work at all” — it was an America that everybody in the convention hall and in living rooms recognized. For many Spaniards it could well be about their country too.
It was interesting to watch Ryan bewail the fact that this country’s credit rating had been downgraded, failing to mention that it was downgraded because he and his fellow Republicans conspired to create an artificial and completely unnecessary crisis over the debt ceiling. It went oddly unmentioned.
Did his public also forget that he also was a member of the Simpson-Bowles commission, who voted against the bipartisan debt commission her rapport? Strange that he blames Obama while it was him who did not want to accept its recommendations and by doing so he made sure the report went nowhere.
Likewise, when Ryan accused Obama of “raiding” Medicare of $716 billion, he failed to note that in his House budget that made him famous, he too diverted $716 billion from Medicare. Instead of using it to extend health care to millions of uninsured Americans, he used it to finance more tax cuts for the wealthy.
A clown from the past
Clint Eastwood and his empty chair, looked more like a very old actor still trying to be very young and very funny, but not able to feel the (bored?) public. For sure this surprise appearance of actor and director Clint Eastwood was not one for him to be very proud of or to remember. Eastwood called it “to cry” that 23 million Americans are out of work and gave President Obama the message that “those who are not doing their job well, must leave.” This brought himself in a dangerous position,the coming days to leave the platform. But naturally we all would like to see every person to do his job well. Democratic, Libertarian, Republican or any other person, wherever in the world. Nothing new.
The way of saying and borderlines
We in Europe, “looking from the outside”, do also have the impression that Romney and his entourage are more considered with the wealthy and the managers, the core of the high business, than with the family businesses and the small men on the street. Though we have the impression that Fox News and other television stations, who reach our television screens, do quite a lot to give a better picture of Romney than he deserves.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer clearly misspoke during a recent television interview from the GOP convention floor where she supported President Barack Obama for re-election, a spokesman said Thursday. The governor’s comments came Wednesday on MSNBC as she discussed immigration at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.
Brewer renewed her call for improved security on the U.S.-Mexico border and said she was hopeful Obama would be elected in November so he could help come up with a solution. She didn’t correct herself, nor was she prompted to.
Brewer, however, has been at odds with Obama, verbally and legally, on immigration and other issues.
The gaffe wasn’t her first and was also shown on the Belgian television on Saturday night, before the documentary on the security of the Mexican border. The Americans putting up a wall, full of many holes, but costing the taxpayer a lot of money. In the documentary previous presidents were also shown protesting against the Berlin and other walls and saying that such a thing would never be possible in the United States of America. (?!?)
Brewer “misspoke, obviously, and certainly isn’t the first official to have done so amid the noise and chaos of a crowded convention hall or rally,” spokesman Matthew Benson told The Associated Press.
“It happens, even to newscasters and TV pros,” he added.
Benson said Brewer continues to endorse Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
An NBC correspondent asked Brewer in the television interview whether she has had conversations with Romney about securing Arizona’s border with Mexico and immigration.
Brewer started her answer by saying Romney understands states’ rights to govern themselves. The confusion came as she continued, saying, “I know if President Obama is elected in November, which I hope he is, he will be able to come together with all of us and come up with a solution.
“I believe he will secure our borders. And therefore, we can resolve all of the other issues as a simple matter,” she said.
Illegal immigration and border security have been sore points between Obama and Brewer, as illustrated by a tense discussion on an airport tarmac in Phoenix in January when Brewer pointed her finger at Obama.
Although neither Romney nor Ryan will be in Charlotte, the Republican National Committee plans a robust effort there to counter Democrats’ messaging. Several top Republican officials will hold a “counter-convention,” including RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, and Govs. Nikki Haley of South Carolina and Mary Fallin of Oklahoma.
Church taken out of obscurity
Romney’s Mormon religion has been viewed with varying degrees of scepticism by evangelical Christians, some of whom consider it a non-Christian cult.
With Romney almost never even invoking the words “Mormon” or “Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” the intimate windows into the candidate’s church life came as a surprise to many ears.
“I was a little surprised that it really came out so strong,” says Richard Bushman, a Mormon and a scholar of the religion at Columbia University. “The number of Mormon notes struck in this one evening was remarkable.”
“It must have been some kind of balance of power in the campaign that shifted.”
It was clear the Romneys wanted to show the world that their family and the community to which they belong is like the other Christian families. During his nomination acceptance speech and his campaign Mitt Romney gave speaking roles to church members who he helped when he was a bishop in the 1980s. It was part of an effort to humanize Romney, a former private-equity company chief executive, as he introduces himself to a broader swath of voters and to counteract his image as aloof and out of touch with the concerns of ordinary Americans.
John Willard “Bill” Marriott, chairman of Marriott International Inc., said during his testimony, “thanks to the wonderful campaign of Mitt Romney and his family.”
In recent weeks, he said, “we see the church coming out of obscurity, and we see that 90 percent of what has been written and said” has been “favorable.”
“That’s a great tribute to Mitt and Ann and their family for living such an exemplary life,” Marriott said. With the new attention, “Everybody is looking at us and saying, ‘Are you as good as the Romneys?’” he said.
Charlotte and Greenville
As thousands of Democratic activists gather in Charlotte on Monday, Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan will campaign 230 miles to the east in Greenville. Aides say the Wisconsin congressman will focus on a simple question reflecting a message that staffers and surrogates will deliver in North Carolina and across the nation: “Are you better off than you were four years ago?”
Polling suggests the line of criticism may resonate with voters who continue to like Obama personally but are frustrated with the pace of economic recovery two months before Election Day.
Mitt Romney failed to achieve a bounce from the Republican convention, according to a poll published Sunday, lifting Democrats’ spirits as they arrived in Charlotte for their own gathering. The Republican National Convention as a whole didn’t sway many voters, according to a new Gallup poll. Forty percent of respondents said it would make them “more likely” to mark their ballots for Romney, while 38 percent said it would make them “less likely” to vote GOP.
Other surveys indicate that Romney got at least a modest bounce out of his nominating convention in Tampa, Fla. Rasmussen Reports’ daily tracking poll now gives Romney a 48 percent to 44 percent lead over President Obama. That’s about a six-point gain for the GOP nominee over the past week.
A Reuters/Ipsos tracking poll showed Obama with a narrow lead, 44% to 43%.
Obama shall have to face his own problems this week, with his own convention cut down from four days to three because of a cash shortage, unhappiness among the party’s main financial backers – the unions – and widespread disillusionment with his presidency.
Furthermore, like the Republicans last week, he is facing problems with the weather.
Thunderstorms are forecast for Charlotte this week, which shouldn’t be a problem Tuesday and Wednesday when the convention is being held indoors.
But the weather could be a problem on Thursday, when Obama is scheduled to end with a rally at the 73,000-seat Bank of America stadium.
Have a look at the polls:
Obama vs. Romney: Poll Shows Candidates Tied Ahead Of Democratic National Convention
Ipsos pollster Julia Clark said Obama’s numbers would likely improve during his convention.
“The fact that Obama and Romney are still tied signals to me that we’re not going to see any sort of sustained bump for Romney,” Clark said. “As we go into next week’s convention, Romney will struggle to maintain even footing with the president – we’ll likely see a shift back towards Obama.”
While each candidate won overwhelming support from voters in his own political party, Romney was leading Obama among all-important independent voters by 33 percent to 28 percent, the poll found.
For the survey, a sample of 1,441 American registered voters was interviewed online. The precision of the Reuters/Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll has a credibility interval of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points for all respondents.
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- Romney speech touches on faith
Romney, who has both led a Mormon congregation as a bishop and a regional group of churches as stake president, will speak to specific practices of his church and his experiences.
“Like a lot of families in a new place with no family, we found kinship with a wide circle of friends through our church. When we were new to the community it was welcoming and as the years went by, it was a joy to help others who had just moved to town or just joined our church,” the excepts say.
A common practice in Mormon churches is to organize local congregants to help church members move, both in packing up at the old location and moving into the new one.
- Mormons, just an other faith
- Video: Clint Eastwood’s Republican National Convention speech (cbsnews.com)
Clint Eastwood’s full speech from the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida
- Jon Stewart Basks In The Glory Of Clint Eastwood’s ‘Awesome’ Speech While Tearing Apart Romney’s (mediaite.com)
Jon Stewart opened The Daily Show‘s final night in Tampa by basking in the “awesome” and “hilarious” speech Clint Eastwood gave at the Republican National Convention, which consisted of the Oscar-winning actor yelling at a chair for ten minutes. But while Stewart was awe-struck over Eastwood’s speech, he was not so kind to Mitt Romney‘s acceptance speech, bashing it as being a whitewash of American history.
Stewart admitted he was “dispirited” by being in Tampa all week, but at the last second, Eastwood saved him with “a fist full of awesome.” He gleefully expressed his amazement that Eastwood “spent twelve minutes on the most important night of Mitt Romney’s life yelling at a chair,” describing the speech as the most amazing old-man moment he’s seen since “Dick Cheney non-fatally shot one in the face.”
- Emanuel: Focus on Eastwood speech costs Romney, GOP (washingtontimes.com)
Three days after Clint Eastwood’s rambling, on-stage “conversation” with an imaginary Barack Obama, Republicans and Democrats were split on whether the improvisational bit helped or hurt Mitt Romney.
On Sunday’s political talk shows, Democrats were careful not to insult the legendary Hollywood actor and director, but they made it clear they think the strange performance at the Republican National Convention hurts Mr. Romney.
- Clint Eastwood Upstages Mitt Romney with a Chair (religiondispatches.org)
Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech for the official nomination was a historic moment for the LDS Church, much as the nomination of President Barack Obama was for so many of us; I’m sure that for many Mormons it was a long-awaited moment of acceptance after years of persecution. Grumpy old Uncle Clint, talking to President Obama’s empty chair, however, upstaged that poignant moment.
In a monologue that was clearly a WTF moment, Clint Eastwood performed his character from Gran Torino: a disgruntled white man, schooling the upstart African-American man about life.
Incidents like these and Eastwood’s performance as grumpy white man left me with mixed emotions about the effectiveness of Romney’s rehabilitation project. While I agree with Joanna Brooks that last night’s convention lineup was for the most part like a typical Mormon church service, juxtaposing those testimonials against Clint Eastwood’s performance was poor scheduling.
Moreover, Eastwood was a clear reminder of the meanness and racialized behavior that remains rampant in the GOP. If Mitt hopes to win undecided voters over in the next two months, he may need to go ahead and bring out hologram Reagan.
- At Church With Romney, Mormons Cheer Attention to Their Faith – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
Among Mitt Romney’s advisers and family members, a debate has continued over whether his Mormon faith is a political negative or positive for him. Among members of his church, there’s little dispute: Having Romney as the Republican presidential nominee has been a boon to their religion.
As Romney and his wife, Ann, sat in church yesterday in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, congregants giving their monthly testimonials spoke about how his candidacy has helped the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by introducing the U.S. public to role models who reflect well on the religion.
Mike Huckabee, made an oblique reference to the unease some non-Mormons feel about a religion that has been wrongly labeled a “cult” by some.
“I care far less as to where Mitt Romney takes his family to church than I do about where he takes this country,” Huckabee said, adding later: “Mitt Romney has given over 16% of his income to his church and charity, and I’d feel better about having a leader who gives more of his own money instead of mine.”