NYT introduces us to couple Romney didn’t try to kill with cancer

posted at 3:21 pm on August 10, 2012 by Mary Katharine Ham

No, instead, he gave them a personal loan for a house. A house filled with cancer.

Nope, just a regular house they rented from Romney in the Houston suburbs. After Romney’s initial investment in five rental properties went south, he ended up holding on to them for more than a decade, often renting them at a loss. The Times notes it’s one of few miscues in Romney’s investment history. When he did offload the homes, the renters were given first dibs, but Timothy and Betty Stamps were unable to get a loan for the home because Timothy had recently lost his job.

“Then I got this phone call, personally, from Mr. Romney, asking if we really wanted to buy the house,” Mr. Stamps, 63, said in an interview the other day at the barbershop he now runs. “I said, yes we did. And he said he would loan us the money. He really helped us when we needed it.”

Here’s the NYT being careful to explain how this should be taken as part of its narrative of Romney as rich meanie, but the Stampses see it slightly differently:

Nearly lost among the blizzard of hedge funds, thoroughbred horses and other gold-plated investments in Mitt Romney’s personal financial disclosures, the interest from the $50,500 mortgage is loose change to Mr. Romney, whose net worth has been estimated at close to a quarter-billion dollars.

Yet for the Stampses, who have been writing $600 monthly checks to “Willard M. Romney” for 15 years, the money they borrowed from him to buy their home in 1997 was life-changing…

When Mr. Stamps took the call from Mr. Romney, he and his wife, a nurse, had all but given up hope of being able to buy the house they had been renting for five years. Mr. Romney told him it looked like the couple had been taking good care of the property and that “we would be good people to buy it,” said Mr. Stamps. Mr. Stamps said he never heard from Mr. Romney again, and only became aware of who he was when he started running for president four years ago.

“His name came up somewhere,” he said, “and my wife and I said to each other, ‘That’s the guy we bought our house from!’ ”

This story had been previously unreported, but not because no one was in touch with the Stampses:

Mr. Stamps said that he and his wife had received calls in recent months from strangers who “seemed to be looking for negative stuff” about Mr. Romney, but that the couple had nothing to say to them. (The Stampses recently refinanced the original 30-year loan; the new mortgage, still with Mr. Romney, was dated June 12 but signed just two weeks ago. Details of the interest rate were not included in the public record.)

Andrea Saul, a Romney campaign spokeswoman, declined to answer questions about the Texas investment.

Props to the NYT for reporting on this. Many will say it’s just another Romney investment designed to benefit him, even if it did also benefit a regular American couple on tough times. But a) yes, meet capitalism— a beautiful mechanism whereby people can freely engage in mutually beneficial economic decisions every single day and b) he didn’t have to put his neck out and offer a personal loan to someone a bank deemed unqualified. He demonstrated personal faith in the Stampses and it turned into a cool story in which one American could make allowances for another American’s circumstances and take a risk a bank wouldn’t. Liberals find this noble when Freddie and Fannie do it with your money. It’s nice to keep track of all these stories to even out the icy Mitt narrative.

Exit question (Allahpundit™): Or, did he just buy them off to prevent revelations of his secret plan to inflict lots and lots of death?


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Ok? He did a good deed 15 years ago.

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 3:28 PM

And what good deed has your multi-millionaire boy king ever done?

Let his formerly illegal-immigrant aunt live in section 8 public housing, courtesy of the American taxpayer.

I see that others have already mentioned his half-brother so I won’t belabor that point.

Flora Duh on August 10, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Well, he’s putting her on a path to citizenzhip, as illegal as it may be…same with the other alcoholic dude, uncle of his, or whatever he may be….courtesy of the taxpayer of course…so not completely ungenerous of KIng Barry: :)..on the other hand, the brother who lives in a hut in Kenya has not benefited (yet) from 0′s generosity…must be coz the American taxpayer largesse cannot be extended officially to kenya, or who knows…am sure Barry can come up with an executive order of sorts…

jimver on August 10, 2012 at 4:21 PM

I’m currently in a line of 23 at Starbucks…but off the top of my head, visiting soldiers in the hospital every week before he was Senator or President.

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Twenty-three people from the Obama campaign.

Ward Cleaver on August 10, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Can we also get this story out please?

The Tree Stump Story

aquaviva on August 10, 2012 at 4:22 PM

I’m currently in a line of 23 at Starbucks…but off the top of my head, visiting soldiers in the hospital every week before he was Senator or President.

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Is this another made up story?

Like the story about you taking a van full of people to the Chick-fil-A “kiss in”?

cozmo on August 10, 2012 at 4:23 PM

I’m currently in a line of 23 at Starbucks…but off the top of my head, visiting soldiers in the hospital every week before he was Senator or President.

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 4:07 PM

That is not something to brag about

Jabberwock on August 10, 2012 at 4:26 PM

visiting soldiers in the hospital every week before he was Senator or President.

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 4:07 PM

You mean like the 2008 visit to a military hospital in Germany that the boy king cancelled when he learned he wouldn’t be able to use it as a campaign prop, then lied about it to make it seem like the pentagon wouldn’t let him visit?

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2008/07/no-troop-visits-for-obama-in-g.html

Flora Duh on August 10, 2012 at 4:28 PM

I’m currently in a line of 23 at Starbucks

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 4:07 PM

yea, I heard they accept food stamps now.

faraway on August 10, 2012 at 4:28 PM

I’m currently in a line of 23 at Starbucks…but off the top of my head, visiting soldiers in the hospital every week before he was Senator or President.

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Come on, you can page or txt DIm Troll Central and ask them to do some diggin’ for ya on the topic….check e few databases for ya, hint, try the one entitled ‘Barry – good deeds’ , though something tells me that there are just a few entries there…

jimver on August 10, 2012 at 4:28 PM

I’m currently in a line of 23 230 at Starbucks Chick-Fil-A

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 4:07 PM

That was me last Wednesday.

tdpwells on August 10, 2012 at 4:29 PM

I’m currently in a line of 23 at Starbucks…but off the top of my head, visiting soldiers in the hospital every week before he was Senator or President.

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Only when there was a camera around to record it, bub. I recall a visit being canceled when the hospital wouldn’t allow cameras in.

And of course you are at Starbucks: over-priced coffee with beans that have been over-roasted to within an inch of their lives. Your taste in coffee is like your taste in candidates.

Dark Star on August 10, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Mitt Romney once had lunch with someone before they died. And then several years later, they died. Think about it.

crosspatch on August 10, 2012 at 4:35 PM

What has bho, or for that matter, mo ever done in their worthless lives to help anyone that they weren’t using someone elses money to do so?

Gads bho doesn’t even help his bro in a hut for crying out loud? I guess I could say bho has helped his kin, two to date I know of, stay here in the US when they should have been deported for illegal aliens? But WE ARE PAYING for them also! So I rest my case!
L

letget on August 10, 2012 at 4:37 PM

on the other hand, the brother who lives in a hut in Kenya has not benefited (yet) from 0′s generosity…must be coz the American taxpayer largesse cannot be extended officially to kenya, or who knows…am sure Barry can come up with an executive order of sorts…

jimver on August 10, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Unlike a majority of the boy king’s base, his brother says he doesn’t expect help from other people.

…D’Souza and George Obama are seen chatting on what appears to be a park bench, and D’Souza seems most curious to know why the half-brother of the most powerful man on the planet lives in poverty and without any financial help from President Obama.

“I think he has a family of his own,” George Obama says. “I’m a member of his family, but I’m over-age, so I help myself.Source

Ironic, isn’t it?

Flora Duh on August 10, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Mitt Romney once had lunch with someone before they died. And then several years later, they died. Think about it.

crosspatch on August 10, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Obama had lunch at a restaurant and owner died within a few hours.
:O

burrata on August 10, 2012 at 4:39 PM

I’m currently in a line of 23 at Starbucks…but off the top of my head, visiting soldiers in the hospital every week before he was Senator or President.

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Photo Op, he cares nothing about the troops.

DDay on August 10, 2012 at 4:40 PM

speaking of starbucks, the company is publicly owned, sooo …the money those alleged 23 people are spending, is actually going to all kinds of evil conservative investors, evil conservative private equity funds and evil banks ! good one.

runner on August 10, 2012 at 4:42 PM

but off the top of my head,
inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Careful, there is not much there.

Jabberwock on August 10, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Hitler was widely liked and popular in his country back in the day too…he probably polled better than 0 at different times in his fuhrership :)

jimver on August 10, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Stalin and Musolini too

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Unlike a majority of the boy king’s base, his brother says he doesn’t expect help from other people.

Flora Duh on Aug 10, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Yeah, my bad, I was awfully unfair to the poor chap, I actually read about him and was impressed with his integrity as a human being, despite the poverty and all…I read that he works with poor children, he’s some sort of a mentor to them…kudos to him, looks like he has more dignity in his fingertips than Barry and his entitlement hordes as a collective whole…

jimver on August 10, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Andrea Saul, a Romney campaign spokeswoman, declined to answer questions about the Texas investment.

really?? this is when she decides to shut her stupid trap??

chasdal on August 10, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Romeny gives a lot to charity.

Obama redistributes your hard labor and wealth, via theft by thuggery.

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2012 at 4:54 PM

While Barack Obama was smoking pot and doing cocaine..

Wagthatdog on August 10, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Wow, he does this for strangers?

How is President Obama’s brother doing again?

Wagthatdog on August 10, 2012 at 4:55 PM

I’m currently in a line of 23 at Starbucks

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Applying for a job?

Buttercup on August 10, 2012 at 4:55 PM

While Barack Obama was smoking pot and doing cocaine..

Wagthatdog on August 10, 2012 at 4:54 PM

To clarify, this was AFTER he ate dog, correct?

weaselyone on August 10, 2012 at 4:55 PM

So there is this story, the tree stump story, and the employees daughter who snuck out in NYC and went missing. Where is Obama’s list of stuff he has done for others?

magicbeans on August 10, 2012 at 3:28 PM

He helped his brother out of the hut? Nope…

Wagthatdog on August 10, 2012 at 4:56 PM

How much does Joe Biden give to charity again?

Wagthatdog on August 10, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Andrea Saul, a Romney campaign spokeswoman, declined to answer questions about the Texas investment.

really?? this is when she decides to shut her stupid trap??

chasdal on August 10, 2012 at 4:53 PM

i think she was ‘strongly recommended’ to keep said trap shut :)…i wouldn ‘t go as far as to suggest that she was told to shut the f…up :)…

jimver on August 10, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Photo Op, he cares nothing about the troops.

DDay on August 10, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Was that when he said we were “air raiding villages and killing civilians”?

Wagthatdog on August 10, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Has Obama ever donated 10% of his earnings since giving the neighbor girl a dime out of his $1.00 a week allowance to go buy a lollipop?

weaselyone on August 10, 2012 at 4:13 PM

She was a composite, anyway….

GWB on August 10, 2012 at 4:59 PM

I’m currently in a line of 23 at Starbucks…but off the top of my head, visiting soldiers in the hospital every week before he was Senator or President.

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 4:07 PM

They take EBT cards now?

Wagthatdog on August 10, 2012 at 5:00 PM

How much does Joe Biden give to charity again?

Wagthatdog on August 10, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Hey he makes the SS guys pay him rent so that they can have the honor and previlage to guard him and his family .
That is super charity .
Can we smelly peasants do that ?

burrata on August 10, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Obama had lunch at a restaurant and owner died within a few hours.
:O

burrata on August 10, 2012 at 4:39 PM

and furthermore I don’t think he’s concerned about it.-Joe Soptic

Wagthatdog on August 10, 2012 at 5:02 PM

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 4:07 PM

They take EBT cards now?

Wagthatdog on August 10, 2012 at 5:00 PM

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/06/food-stamps-starbucks_n_1131559.html

CW on August 10, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Andrea Saul, a Romney campaign spokeswoman, declined to answer questions about the Texas investment.

really?? this is when she decides to shut her stupid trap??

chasdal on August 10, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Anytime Andrea keeps her mouth shut is good.

Vince on August 10, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Hitler was widely liked and popular in his country back in the day too…he probably polled better than 0 at different times in his fuhrership :)

jimver on August 10, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Stalin and Musolini too

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2012 at 4:50 PM

mussolini yes, stalin, entirely different story…he was more feared than liked, and then it was a typical case of personality cult enforced and reinforced by the aparatchniks and the repressive forces (through systematic brainwashing and threat of force too), very similat to N Korea of our times – don’t think that anybody in their right minds believed the choire of weepers was genuine, or the sorrow was…or their admiration for dear dead leader…as for Hiter, his followers’s enthusiasm was sincere, and his wide popularity real (at least for a while)…

jimver on August 10, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Every one here knows I do not want Mitt to win as I do not consider him a Republican because he himself said he was not one when he one the only office he ever won in 2002. Moving from conservative Utah to run in ultra liberal Mass. Then governing as any Democrat would have there.

But Mitt is a real person. He is a person who will go way out of his way to help others. This is just one of many stories of this and they are not just made up. He is a good husband and father. He is active in his church and believes in GOD. He is no snob.

But politically he is a Democrat. I will not even call him a RINO he is just plain a Democrat. There is nothing in Mitts life that supports in any way calling him anything else. Evidently Mitt is lying to himself that he is a Republican and everyone else but he simply is not. Perhaps in Mass but not in at least 35 other states. Mitt raised taxes 700 Million in Mass though he called most of these taxes fees. Horrible fees too get a ticket and it is far cheaper to pay the fine than prove your innocence. Police pick you up for any other minor offence far cheaper to pay fines than prove innocence. In Mass you are just plain guilty and have to pay no matter what. No freedom in Mass. Mostly Mitts doing and copied throughout the Nation.

Steveangell on August 10, 2012 at 5:09 PM

and furthermore I don’t think he’s concerned about it.-Joe Soptic

Wagthatdog on August 10, 2012 at 5:02 PM

She was a typical white woman , so big deal
/Obama

burrata on August 10, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Sure Mitt Romney didn’t kill that couple in particular, but it was only because he derived pleasure, likely sexual, from watching them struggle to live…

Lawdawg86 on August 10, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Steveangell on August 10, 2012 at 5:09 PM

At least you are honest…to your credit…

jimver on August 10, 2012 at 5:16 PM

On Topic!!!11!

Islam busts Romney for his extreme Pedophilophobia! Like Cane, he is toast to the ‘Slum voting block and most liberals.

BL@KBIRD on August 10, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Kudos to nyt for once

cmsinaz on August 10, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Hmpf. I’m wondering where their other hand is. Don’t trust them, never will and wondering now where the other shoe will drop.

These people never do anything because it’s the right thing.

kim roy on August 10, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Sure Mitt Romney didn’t kill that couple in particular, but it was only because he derived pleasure, likely sexual, from watching them struggle to live…

Lawdawg86 on August 10, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Yeah, a source told Harry Reid that he’s into voyeuristic S&M :)..

jimver on August 10, 2012 at 5:18 PM

I’m currently in a line of 23 at Starbucks

Applying for a job?

Buttercup on August 10, 2012 at 4:55 PM

She heard they pay better than Arby’s.

slickwillie2001 on August 10, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Gallup’s latest results, polled between Tuesday and Thursday, days dominated by the controversy over the “cancer” ad show Obama’s approval ratings moving down 3 points and his disapproval rating moving up 3. 51% of voters now disapprove of Obama and only 43% approve. Romney’s support edged up 1. Gallup shows the race tied at 46%.
A six-point swing in approval ratings is pretty significant in a moving average. Rasmussen also showed Romney gaining strength mid-week, moving into a 4 point lead over Obama. This is significant, because they are the only two pollsters who were polling throughout the controversy. (From Breitbarts BigGovernment)

Democrat

Steveangell on August 10, 2012 at 5:09 PM

So show me the Democrat who is running that will:

1) Offers to cut taxes by 20 percent across the board
2) Will work to repeal Obamacare
3) Will work to repeal Dodd Frank.
4) Make changes to Sarbanes-Oxley
5) Is committed to protect the life of the unborn.
6) Appoint reasonable business-minded people to the NLRB.
7) Support the right to work
8) Cut spending to the normal level of 20% and not the 24 % that Obama has brought.

I could go on but you already look the fool.

CW on August 10, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Every one here knows I do not want Mitt to win as I do not consider him a Republican because he himself said he was not one when he one the only office he ever won in 2002. Moving from conservative Utah to run in ultra liberal Mass. Then governing as any Democrat would have there.

But Mitt is a real person. He is a person who will go way out of his way to help others. This is just one of many stories of this and they are not just made up. He is a good husband and father. He is active in his church and believes in GOD. He is no snob.

But politically he is a Democrat. I will not even call him a RINO he is just plain a Democrat. There is nothing in Mitts life that supports in any way calling him anything else. Evidently Mitt is lying to himself that he is a Republican and everyone else but he simply is not. Perhaps in Mass but not in at least 35 other states. Mitt raised taxes 700 Million in Mass though he called most of these taxes fees. Horrible fees too get a ticket and it is far cheaper to pay the fine than prove your innocence. Police pick you up for any other minor offence far cheaper to pay fines than prove innocence. In Mass you are just plain guilty and have to pay no matter what. No freedom in Mass. Mostly Mitts doing and copied throughout the Nation.

Steveangell on August 10, 2012 at 5:09 PM

There’s more to life and the presidency that economics. Yes, it’s extremely important, but there’s also foreign policy and just plain doing what’s right.

Do you really think they are the same foreign policy wise? Are you fine with Obama having another four years to ruin what’s left of the US’ standing in the world? How about his dealings with Putin? Did you like it when he was begging Putin for space?

Do you honestly believe Romney would even consider begging Putin for space?

We have a choice and I agree they aren’t great ones, but we have a choice of the status quo and possibly fixing some of the damage that Obama has done on the world stage or we have a choice of Obama finishing off what he’s started.

It’s a no brainer, sorry. If you are so myopic that you can’t see that I feel incredibly sad for you and whoever has to live with you.

kim roy on August 10, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Oh yeah!! But, but but, you know he was thinking about it…

—–brainfree

viking01 on August 10, 2012 at 5:22 PM

The house is probably loaded with asbestos and lead paint so there’s still time for them to die of cancer.

Buttercup on August 10, 2012 at 5:23 PM

So Romney did a good deed just to be a nice guy. Can anyone on this thread come up with one good thing that Obama has ever done that didn’t have a political motivation?

duff65 on August 10, 2012 at 5:23 PM

So Romney did a good deed just to be a nice guy. Can anyone on this thread come up with one good thing that Obama has ever done that didn’t have a political motivation?

duff65 on August 10, 2012 at 5:23 PM

you you you you uh uh uh uh ah uh uh. No.

Buttercup on August 10, 2012 at 5:27 PM

The house is probably loaded with asbestos and lead paint so there’s still time for them to die of cancer.

Buttercup on August 10, 2012 at 5:23 PM

…or old age …which would be Romney’s fault too…maybe if they didn’t buy the house from him thirty something ears ago, they would have lived longer…who knows…

jimver on August 10, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Cancer.

Bmore on August 10, 2012 at 5:33 PM

I’m currently in a line of 23 at Starbucks…

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 4:07 PM

If you steal some shoes and stop muttering they might serve you. Paid in advance, of course.

viking01 on August 10, 2012 at 5:33 PM

So Romney did a good deed just to be a nice guy. Can anyone on this thread come up with one good thing that Obama has ever done that didn’t have a political motivation?

duff65 on August 10, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Obama ate an ugly dog.

CW on August 10, 2012 at 5:33 PM

So Romney did a good deed just to be a nice guy. Can anyone on this thread come up with one good thing that Obama has ever done that didn’t have a political motivation?

duff65 on August 10, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Cocaine.

Lawdawg86 on August 10, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Even better, it got the poor couple out of that apartment that slumlord Al Gore refused to maintain.

viking01 on August 10, 2012 at 5:36 PM

So show me the Democrat who is running that will:

CW on August 10, 2012 at 5:21 PM

When you show me the Democrat that tells the truth when running for Office.

Of course Mitt is saying whatever he thinks necessary to win the highest office in the world.

But if you believe anything on your list. Well you are naive.

I do not for a second believe he will do anything on your list. Though he will call the taxes he raises fees. Then claim the 20% saying those fees should not be counted in the 20% figure. Just like he loves to lie that he did not increase taxes in Mass. But fees/taxes both cost real money.

Steveangell on August 10, 2012 at 5:37 PM

I’m currently in a line of 23 at Starbucks…but off the top of my head, visiting soldiers in the hospital every week before he was Senator or President.

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Really – he did this every week?
Proof, from a source that can be validated please?

Or, did one of Harry Reid’s invisible, unknowable sources tell you this.

massrighty on August 10, 2012 at 5:38 PM

So Romney did a good deed just to be a nice guy. Can anyone on this thread come up with one good thing that Obama has ever done that didn’t have a political motivation?

duff65 on August 10, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Cocaine.

Lawdawg86 on August 10, 2012 at 5:33 PM

OK- this one will stump you…..
Name ONE person from Obama’s upbringing – from childhood, even into college- who may have mentored him, associated with him or just hung out with who WAS of PRO-AMERICAN values ? who would have denounced marxism, communism, or even socialism ?

Can you name JUST ONE PRO-AMERICAN PERSON who influenced our Chicago corruptocrat President ?? (and Rezko is disqulified)

FlaMurph on August 10, 2012 at 5:40 PM

So Romney did a good deed just to be a nice guy. Can anyone on this thread come up with one good thing that Obama has ever done that didn’t have a political motivation?

duff65 on August 10, 2012 at 5:23 PM

I doubt anyone could show any good thing Obama ever did with his own money period.

He uses our money that he loves to call his own money. He does not steal and spend our money. No he just steals it and “invest” it.

He is Obamahood. He steals from everyone and gives it to the Government the opposite of Robin Hood who stole from the Government and gave it to the people.

Steveangell on August 10, 2012 at 5:41 PM

John Kerry offered to sell them his in-the-next-state yacht, at loan shark rates, but only if the couple would fake the paperwork so Kerry could dodge more taxes.

It’s true. Harry Reid told me.

viking01 on August 10, 2012 at 5:46 PM

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Is this another made up story?

Like the story about you taking a van full of people to the Chick-fil-A “kiss in”?

cozmo on August 10, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Well inthemiddle was too busy at his NAMBLA meeting to gather a bunch of LGBTQers into attending the puckered sphincter kiss in at Chick-fil-A.

SparkPlug on August 10, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Ya gotta love how the Times plays the game. Bash Romney 99% of the time, uplift The One 100% of the time, then, to show your gracious hand of fairness, write one quasi nice piece on Romney which you can point to as evidence of your evenhandedness.

And, I hasten to add, even in that one subtle attempt to pretend fairness, get in a dozen snarks or so and murk up the article so that a casual read doesn’t know if it’s a love piece or a hit piece on Romney.

We don’t need your stinking orts falling from the table, NYT.

MaxMBJ on August 10, 2012 at 5:56 PM

I’m currently in a line of 23 at Starbucks…but off the top of my head, visiting soldiers in the hospital every week before he was Senator or President.

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Link and pictures or it didn’t happen. I just plain don’t believe you. Unless he was doing to the soldiers what muslim prison chaplins do, trying to convert them to islam.

Night Owl on August 10, 2012 at 6:06 PM

I’m currently in a line of 23 at Starbucks…but off the top of my head, visiting soldiers in the hospital every week before he was Senator or President.

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 4:07 PM

.
Nice try. Ocommie HATES the military – and always has.

FlaMurph on August 10, 2012 at 6:11 PM

I own some Starbucks stock, so thank you, inthemiddle!

Buy lots, please! I’d like to be able to make a large donation to Mr. Romney.

LASue on August 10, 2012 at 6:12 PM

But politically he is a Democrat. I will not even call him a RINO he is just plain a Democrat. There is nothing in Mitts life that supports in any way calling him anything else. Evidently Mitt is lying to himself that he is a Republican and everyone else but he simply is not. Perhaps in Mass but not in at least 35 other states. Mitt raised taxes 700 Million in Mass though he called most of these taxes fees. Horrible fees too get a ticket and it is far cheaper to pay the fine than prove your innocence. Police pick you up for any other minor offence far cheaper to pay fines than prove innocence. In Mass you are just plain guilty and have to pay no matter what. No freedom in Mass. Mostly Mitts doing and copied throughout the Nation.

Steveangell on August 10, 2012 at 5:09 PM

It was nice of you to acknowledge that Romney appears to be a decent person. I just want to say that at this point I would gladly have Bill Clinton back if it would get rid of Obama, so if we get a democrat with an (R) by his name, it’s good enough for me this time.

Night Owl on August 10, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Great story.

TXMomof3 on August 10, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Actually the article seemed to be an excuse to unload a boatload of snark, with alittle feel good story, which they clearly don’t believe, as the frame.

PattyJ on August 10, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Not only is Romney obviously a decent person he is unlikely to appoint total degenerates like Sotomayor and Kagan to the Supreme Court.

Maybe not exactly the appointees I would want… but not Communist traitor trash like Zero has.

viking01 on August 10, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Intrade now has Ryan above Portman and Pawlenty COMBINED.

VorDaj on August 10, 2012 at 6:29 PM

No, instead, he gave them a personal loan for a house. A house filled with cancer.

First, congrats on following the first rule of print jounalism… never bury the lede.

Second, you should, as of this moment, totally consider that expropriated.

JohnGalt23 on August 10, 2012 at 6:31 PM

What the hell is wrong with some people are they so angry that they can’t appreciate a simple Mitt is good guy story?

Speakup on August 10, 2012 at 6:38 PM

all barry has done for his supposed people is gift young black males with 25% unemployment… such a humanitarian that barry.

and barry dearest only escalated his charitable giving when he was running for and became president. biden is even worse-mr. malaprop is pretty stingy still .

Mitt Romney’s 2010 tax return was released today, revealing made $2.98 million in charitable donations, out of his adjusted gross income of $21.6 million. That comes to about 14 percent of his adjusted gross income for the year.Compare that to when Obama first ran for president in 2008. He released his 2006 tax return, which showed $60,307 in charitable donations out of an adjusted gross income of $983,826.
That comes to 6.1 percent of his gross adjusted income two years before he ran for president.

http://washingtonexaminer.com/candidate-romney-more-generous-than-obama-biden/article/1084331#.UCWO9WOe5Do

i don’t really care what either of them does with their own damn money – it’s only sad, loser envious marxists that get all superior and worked into a lather over what other people do with their own damn stuff.

barry could give to needy puppy mills raising illegal fighting dogs and the left would still think it a wonderful example of his selfless dedication to the middle class or working poor or something.

mittens on August 10, 2012 at 6:51 PM

What the hell is wrong with some people are they so angry that they can’t appreciate a simple Mitt is good guy story?

Speakup on August 10, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Good question and it is a shame. My best guess is that he is not Palin.

salem on August 10, 2012 at 6:57 PM

NYT introduces us to couple Romney didn’t try to kill with cancer

I SMELL A COVERUP!!!!!!!!!

Toxic chemicals buried in the lawn?

No, wait, the funding was tied to a suspicious criminal figure named Tony Rezko.

Or was that a different presidential candidate?

tom on August 10, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Using this logic, a lady let me have her parking spot last week. Secretary of State it is!

in_o’bama’s_descending_colon on August 10, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Thanks so much for reminding us how our current “Secretary of State” got her “job”.

A+

Del Dolemonte on August 10, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Ensuring healthcare for everyone in Massachusetts was a very personal undertaking for him and he deserves much credit for the trajectory of Obamacare. It is largely his idea extended to a national basis.

bayam on August 10, 2012 at 3:28 PM

You seem to forget that much of “RomneyCare” was in fact written by Democrats in MA, and that much of what Romney himself wrote into that bill (in the form of vetoes of 8 separate parts those folks wrote in) was later removed by said Democrats.

Good Solid B+ for Propaganda Effort

Del Dolemonte on August 10, 2012 at 7:23 PM

What about when Romney shut down Bain to go looking for one of the partner’s missing teenage daughter? Probably to inflict her with cancer, but that’s beside the point.

John the Libertarian on August 10, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Eh, so what? He was running for president for crying out loud!

/sarc

tom on August 10, 2012 at 7:30 PM

And yet Obama consistently polls twice as likable. Ouch.

in_o’bama’s_descending_colon on August 10, 2012 at 4:05 PM

In the latest CNN “poll”, O’bama’s likability is just 56%. His unlikability is 42%.

The same “poll” has Romney’s likability at 47%.

I wasn’t aware 56 was twice as much as 47. Ouch, indeed.

F-

Del Dolemonte on August 10, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Well, Barry loaned some money to a pusher who was short for a drug buy.

bayview on August 10, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Ok? He did a good deed 15 years ago.

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Romney and his family have done MANY good deals over the years, personally. It’s not just part of their Mormon faith (which it is), they are nice, caring people. And that’s in addition to giving a LOT to charity.

As for the investment, it wasn’t a fail on his part, it was the 1986 Tax Reform Act.

“it WAS the ’86 tax act….passive loss limitations…wrecked leveraged real estate deals…any pass through of non-cash expenses.” I have a friend who was on the Senate Budget Committee at that time. He was actively involved in negotiating the 1986 act, and years ago he told me that the Democrats insisted that there be something in the act that “hurt rich people.” That was the genesis of the anti-real estate provisions. The result, my friend told me, was that “we bankrupted 300 S & Ls.”

So instead of dumping his investment and taking the loss, he made the best of it and helped people.

I’m more of the libertarian persuasion, so I don’t think Romney will do as much as we need to as a country, but at least he’s a good person and loves this country, something you can’t say about the Obama’s.

Common Sense on August 10, 2012 at 7:40 PM

I would gladly have Bill Clinton back if it would get rid of Obama, so if we get a democrat with an (R) by his name, it’s good enough for me this time.

Night Owl on August 10, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Agree with you on that. Bill would be better than Obama.

But he would also be better than Mitt. Mitt will destroy the Republican Name. Bill is a Democrat. Fine with me if their name is damaged more and Bill would do less damage.

Do not know why more Republicans do not think about the damage GW Bush did to the Republican Party. He came in with both houses. He left Obama with everything even a filibuster proof Senate. This is why I am against Romney.

We should learn from recent history but seems most Republicans are “Stuck on Stupid.”

Steveangell on August 10, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Romney has more class in his little finger, than Obama will ever have in his entire body… something that democrats always fail at.

For some reason, the dems who climb to the top, have a cold reptilian nature.

mark81150 on August 10, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Is it just me, or is it suspicious that a story that actually paints Romney in a positive light comes out on a Friday afternoon? It’s almost like a Friday Night Document Dump for the media.

“See? We published a story that was favorable to Romney! Is it our fault that no one remembers it?”

tom on August 10, 2012 at 7:50 PM

You seem to forget that much of “RomneyCare” was in fact written by Democrats in MA, and that much of what Romney himself wrote into that bill (in the form of vetoes of 8 separate parts those folks wrote in) was later removed by said Democrats.

Good Solid B+ for Propaganda Effort

Del Dolemonte on August 10, 2012 at 7:23 PM

You admitting that you just wrote pure Propaganda?

Mitt was proud to work hand in hand with Ted Kennedy. He vetoed bills to get more federal money. All the bad stuff was fine with Mitt. Meaningless vetoes are exactly that meaningless. You can not say I vetoed that so I am conservative when you knew the veto was meaningless. We call that propaganda. Mitt always signed the bill if his veto would actually count. He purposely vetoed some bills after 2005 to be viable as a Republican candidate but not when the veto would stick then he signed the bill. Pure craven politics at it’s worst.

Steveangell on August 10, 2012 at 7:53 PM

I’m currently in a line of 23 at Starbucks…but off the top of my head, visiting soldiers in the hospital every week before he was Senator or President.

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Obviously not the one visible at the end of my street. There’s one guy in line ordering, and nobody in the seats by the door. Can’t tell about the seats not visible from the T, but the place looks pretty empty — and this is right up the street from Sony Studios, a bastion of liberality if there ever was one. Maybe Sony has one on-premises, and it’s got the 23 person line….

unclesmrgol on August 10, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Ensuring healthcare for everyone in Massachusetts was a very personal undertaking for him and he deserves much credit for the trajectory of Obamacare. It is largely his idea extended to a national basis.

bayam on August 10, 2012 at 3:28 PM

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You seem to forget that much of “RomneyCare” was in fact written by Democrats in MA, and that much of what Romney himself wrote into that bill (in the form of vetoes of 8 separate parts those folks wrote in) was later removed by said Democrats.

Del Dolemonte on August 10, 2012 at 7:23 PM

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So Massachusetts is better-off than it was, right?

listens2glenn on August 10, 2012 at 8:50 PM

So Massachusetts is better-off than it was, right?

listens2glenn on August 10, 2012 at 8:50 PM

No.

The bums now have free health care tis true.

Those too lazy to get good employment have health care.

Those that want free or cheap Abortions can not get them.

Those that used to find out where they could get care they could afford can now be very lazy and just get it automatically. They no longer need to find a charity that would help them. They get no better care just easier care.

Those that want full coverage but not the cost of full coverage are now happy.

But the majority of people in Mass now pay far more for Health Insurance. They can no longer buy really good care. Care that goes beyond what is really needed. Thus they have far less freedom.

If your goal is State Socialism then indeed.

You are better off in Mass now.

Obviously Socialism in America is what you feel is a worthy goal. I prefer freedom.

Steveangell on August 10, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Oh MKH… Such a witty young lady. I love it.

Eprider on August 10, 2012 at 9:42 PM

I’m really tired of decent, genuinely nice people getting raked through the coals by the degenerate left/MSM. The general opinion that people (non-junkies like us) have of Romney is so far from what that man really is and it’s disheartening to see it happen. We are living in a world where someone as callous, unaccomplished and fake as Obama is President and can label a political opponent as a felon and murderer without any hesitation or concern for the aftermath or for the truth at all. I’m so very tired of it all.

KateNE on August 10, 2012 at 11:11 PM

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