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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Yet, anyway.

Bmore on August 10, 2012 at 3:22 PM

OMG, now the media will be going through these poor folks garbage trying to find something incriminating about them or the Romneys.

ctmom on August 10, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Can we also get this story out please?

The Tree Stump Story

aquaviva on August 10, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Kudos to nyt for once

cmsinaz on August 10, 2012 at 3:24 PM

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

Awesomeness.

Gotta luv The Hamster…

The Ugly American on August 10, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Romney didn’t do that

-Barack Hussein 0bama

cozmo on August 10, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Mr Stamps to the RNC please.

Romney could use some caring for the middle class examples.

plutorocks on August 10, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Honestly, the hassle and time of keeping up with a personal loan for someone who’s worth millions probably wasn’t worth whatever interest he was getting. Romney didn’t do this to make money. Looks like he’s a genuinely nice guy.

Meric1837 on August 10, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Ok? He did a good deed 15 years ago. Using this logic, a lady let me have her parking spot last week. Secretary of State it is!

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Also:

Character is how you treat people when no one is looking.

Meric1837 on August 10, 2012 at 3:28 PM

The comments there are a hoot. Here’s a gem:

RdeanNYC Amherst, MA

..I used to work at an investment bank as a word processor. One day, one of the bankers came in and bragged about finding a place where he could get a haircut for $8. This from a guy making millions, bragging to the folks making an hourly wage about saving a few dollars.

Make no mistake: Romney did not loan the money because of charitable motives. He loaned the money so he wouldn’t lose his investment entirely. Like most folks in finance he is rich because of a combination of attention to detail and a belief that every penny counts.

But I don’t think this makes him a national leader.

Aug. 9, 2012 at 9:44 p.m. Recommended174

Kataklysmic on August 10, 2012 at 3:28 PM

OMG, now the media will be going through these poor folks garbage trying to find something incriminating about them or the Romneys.

ctmom on August 10, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Romney is a good man, although the wealth effect has reduced his common touch. And his absolute pragmatism means that few of his positions aren’t subject to change when it’s convenient.

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

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

Great story…it shows the great and charitable character of Mitt Romney…

mnjg on August 10, 2012 at 3:28 PM

How many down on their luck renters has Obama loaned the money for a house to?

Sharke on August 10, 2012 at 3:30 PM

But, But Obama had a story about him and a loan for a house… Of course he was the recipient of said “loan.”

sandee on August 10, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Looks like he’s a genuinely nice guy.

Meric1837 on August 10, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Or, he really does have a time machine…

If you don’t vote for Romney he will go back in time and give you a wedgie int the auditorium, on stage, in front of the entire school.

I know this to be true.

That’s how I became a
Reluctant
Romney
Supporter.

Get assimilated before this happens to you.

cozmo on August 10, 2012 at 3:31 PM

mittens still sux as a presdiential candidate….period….end of story.

Pragmatic on August 10, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Barky let Bill Ayers ghostwrite his books, that’s pretty generous.

Bishop on August 10, 2012 at 3:32 PM

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 3:28 PM

The only State you could be Secretary of is confusion.

kingsjester on August 10, 2012 at 3:32 PM

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 3:28 PM

That was dumb, even for you.

cozmo on August 10, 2012 at 3:32 PM

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

who is Andrea, and what’s her game?

I mean, there could be a large strategic decision to be a humble servant of God and not let the right hand know what the left hand is doing…i get it.

then again, maybe Andrea is just a clueless dolt who happened to get lucky

or…what would Tony Snow do?

r keller on August 10, 2012 at 3:32 PM

mittens still sux as a presdiential candidate….period….end of story.

Pragmatic on August 10, 2012 at 3:31 PM

And you’re still in desperate need of new material.

changer1701 on August 10, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Ok? He did a good deed 15 years ago. Using this logic, a lady let me have her parking spot last week. Secretary of State it is!

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 3:28 PM

The reason for this story from the NYT was to show how wealthy and out-of-touch Romney is from the middle class.

Nicely played, NYT.

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 2:07 PM

lorien1973 on August 10, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Lovely story; nice guy.

:)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on August 10, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Pragmatic on August 10, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Aw how sweet, you almost didn’t drool with that one.

Bless your heart, have a cookie.

cozmo on August 10, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Mrs. Bark is single-handedly keeping the lobster industry in the black during these tough economic times.

Bishop on August 10, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Ok? He did a good deed 15 years ago. Using this logic, a lady let me have her parking spot last week. Secretary of State it is!

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Also.

“I was in this parking lot and there was a man looking for a space to park, and I found a space for him. And I felt badly. He looked like he was sort of in distress. And I said, ‘Sir, here’s a place.’ And he said, ‘That’s a handicapped space.’ I said, ‘Oh I’m so sorry, I saw that Obama sticker and I thought you were mentally retarded,” Roddey reportedly told the room of 300 people.

We found the person Roddey was refering to!

lorien1973 on August 10, 2012 at 3:34 PM

How about Romney closing his company to find a missing little girl in NY, I guess that is too much of a character boost against the poser in the WH

Conservative4ev on August 10, 2012 at 3:35 PM

I, uh, I, uh, I bet that, uh, Mr., uh, Romney’s horse’s, uh, stall was, uh, a better living place than, uh, his, uh, rental house.

- Barack Obamuh

[Closing comment at the Commie Convention]

OhEssYouCowboys on August 10, 2012 at 3:35 PM

aquaviva on August 10, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Thank you so much for sharing that video. Can you get your head around bho doing such a thing? There would have to be every news person in the US out there to see bho do a thing to help?
L

letget on August 10, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Romney’s rich enough, he should have just given them the house.
-Obama

weaselyone on August 10, 2012 at 3:36 PM

OhEssYouCowboys on August 10, 2012 at 3:35 PM

You left out the part where 0bama personally built his half-brother’s hut. And sends him a dollar out of his personal account, every year.

cozmo on August 10, 2012 at 3:38 PM

So what, Obama shared a piece of his pie with that kid!

RedRedRice on August 10, 2012 at 3:38 PM

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

It’s still much much better than killing them,
which is what Hussein does to his potential squealers

burrata on August 10, 2012 at 3:38 PM

I’ve read a couple of very good pieces regarding Mitt Romney’s character and I think that we’ll get to see a lot more of it starting in September, after he’s the official nominee and he begins to earnestly make his case to the American people, rather than marking time until the GOP convention.

I think this is one of the major failings of the GOP having this extraordinarily long primary this cycle. Once the primary is officially over, at last, he’ll be able to allow the general electorate to really get to know him and his VP choice.

After he is confirmed at the convention, and he’s named his VP choice, Romney will have access to the General Election Funds and he can then take the battle directly to Obama and force him to answer for his actions and inaction’s the last four years.

thatsafactjack on August 10, 2012 at 3:39 PM

OhEssYouCowboys on August 10, 2012 at 3:35 PM

i’m sure that the trolls are relaying that to Axelrod as we speak. Oh, Axe…have i got a good line for barry!!!! or maybe a new Ad!!!!

btw, my question is what turns the switch on the trolls….is there an algo that picks keywords and sends them an alert….troll alert!!! Man your stations!!!!!

well, man…or whatev (p.s. i think it is possible that most trolls are algos)

r keller on August 10, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Ok? He did a good deed 15 years ago. Using this logic, a lady let me have her parking spot last week. Secretary of State it is!

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Do you know the difference between a good act and common courtesy?

I had a kid in for an interview and I asked him a standard behavioral question:

Q: When was the last time you did something for a complete stranger, not asking anything in return? Please explain it to me and tell me when it was.

A: I opened the door and held it for an old lady at the grocery store last week as I was walking in.

Q: Do you have an example that isn’t what anyone walking through that door would have done?

A: ***crickets***

Thank you for your time.

weaselyone on August 10, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Romney gives HIS money to poor people. Barack gives MY money to poor people. I prefer Romney’s approach.

Oh, and doesn’t this make Mitt Romney a community organizer?

Rational Thought on August 10, 2012 at 3:42 PM

“Well, they still can get cancer from Romney 6 years from now”…
~inthemiddle/uppereastside/verbulance

Strike Hornet on August 10, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Ok? He did a good deed 15 years ago.
inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 3:28 PM

So it really doesn’t matter what Romney did 15 years ago , right ?
Right ??
BTW, what was the thug Hussein up to when Romney was being a kind hearted soul and helping people , 15 years ago ?

burrata on August 10, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Oh, and doesn’t this make Mitt Romney a community organizer?

Rational Thought on August 10, 2012 at 3:42 PM

No, because he used his money and not someone else’s

lorien1973 on August 10, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Oh, and doesn’t this make Mitt Romney a community organizer?

Rational Thought on August 10, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Only if it was someone else’s money. In this case, no.

weaselyone on August 10, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Compare this to Obama’s brother living in a shack in Kenya.

tj4osu on August 10, 2012 at 3:45 PM

So it really doesn’t matter what Romney did 15 years ago , right ?
Right ??
BTW, what was the thug Hussein up to when Romney was being a kind hearted soul and helping people , 15 years ago ?

burrata on August 10, 2012 at 3:42 PM

15+ years ago is only relevant if it involves the sick family dog, Bain Capital, or pulling a prank on a kid during high school.

weaselyone on August 10, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Ok? He did a good deed 15 years ago.
inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 3:28 PM

It’s a lifetime of selfless, humble service to community and neighbors.

Don’t believe me. Check it out for yourself.

aquaviva on August 10, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Barky let Bill Ayers ghostwrite his books, that’s pretty generous.

Bishop on August 10, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Is it more generous
or
less generous than Obama letting Rezko and other swindlers buy him a house ?

burrata on August 10, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Cheney had a weather machine, Rombo has a cancer machine.

Dog Eater 2012 – The Anti Cancer Candidate

Bishop on August 10, 2012 at 3:47 PM

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

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

Salty and sweet with just a hint of snarkiness. Well played.

Lost in Jersey on August 10, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Ok? He did a good deed 15 years ago. Using this logic, a lady let me have her parking spot last week. Secretary of State it is!

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Yes he did. And NEVER said a work about it. Pretty good chance there are more of these.
If Obama did anything like this, ( and no way he would) we’d be hearing about it before he did it.

Did you should thank Mrs. Romney for the spot ?

Jabberwock on August 10, 2012 at 3:48 PM

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.)

If they would have had negative things to say, this ad would have been cut already. Classy that Romney isn’t attempting to pimp them out in an ad.

I heard from a guy that the Stamps’ interest rate on their mortgage is 100%. What is Romney hiding?
-Harry Reid

weaselyone on August 10, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Is it more generous
or
less generous than Obama letting Rezko and other swindlers buy him a house ?

ouch !
t-shirt sighted on Rezco ” I did a good deed for obama and all I got was a lousy indictment !”

runner on August 10, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Shock that the NYT’s actually published such a good story about Romney today, I shared it on Facebook and Twitter… bout time people read something positive he did…

Rapunzel on August 10, 2012 at 3:49 PM

We found the person Roddey was refering to!

lorien1973 on August 10, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Nicely done…

ccrosby on August 10, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Ok? He did a good deed 15 years ago. Using this logic, a lady let me have her parking spot last week. Secretary of State it is!

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Poor dear. Flunked reading, did you, ontheleft?

(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.)

My comment…Romney didn’t have to do that. It can be tough to get a mortgage these days, and this was a very nice gesture on his part.

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

After her reference to Ronmeycare, I guess she’s learned to keep her mouth shut.

kakypat on August 10, 2012 at 3:53 PM

A whole big story, so they could get this on the front page of the New York Times:

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.

Every story they run about Romney has a shiv like this stuck in it.

rockmom on August 10, 2012 at 3:53 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

Mrs. Bark is single-handedly keeping the lobster industry in the black during these tough economic times.

Bishop on August 10, 2012 at 3:34 PM

If that isn’t racist, well then I’m a duck. /

Oh, I quack me up.

HTL on August 10, 2012 at 3:55 PM

I sure hope Romney remembered to include the interest income on his taxes … especially in 2010 and 2011. If not, he has just become toast.

Carnac on August 10, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Probably to inflict her with cancer, but that’s beside the point.

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

There’s only so much cancer to go around. She should wait her turn.

kakypat on August 10, 2012 at 3:55 PM

How many down on their luck renters has Obama loaned the money for a house to?

Sharke on August 10, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Oh come on!! he was doing more than that for people!

hell, he was selling Dime bags for years starting in college.

ToddPA on August 10, 2012 at 3:56 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

The proper ad from Priorities SuperPAC would make it sound like Romney kidnapped her.

weaselyone on August 10, 2012 at 3:56 PM

i read jis in NYT last night and was wondering if anyone would pick up on this….the cancer giving Romney is also the benefactor Romney….aww, imagine the dilemma for the indies, they will have such a hard time to figure out which one is the real romney :)…but Then, hey, there is always the LSM that will do the thinking for them, alas, as usual :)..

jimver on August 10, 2012 at 3:56 PM

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

Yikes – that picture of Alter may cause death.

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2012 at 3:57 PM

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

OH MY GOD…… I always thought Allahpundit was a beta male kind of MAN… This is clearly a cat fight moment… Allahpundit is a GIRL… MKH let the cat out of the proverbial bag as it were…

SWalker on August 10, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Ok? He did a good deed 15 years ago.
inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 3:28 PM

You miss the point entirely…a person of character sees a person with an issue that he can help and does just that. A person without character sees the same person and walks away. The fact is that Mr. Romney did the right thing with no regard to his own benefit and save the tired argument that he was protecting a bad investment. I am sure that he could have unloaded the house on the open market for at least what he sold it to this couple for.

JKotthoff on August 10, 2012 at 3:59 PM

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.

What happened to the other 4 rental properties? What is Romney hiding?
-Chris Matthews

weaselyone on August 10, 2012 at 3:59 PM

It occurs to me that we may be being a little bit unfair to the Obama about the generosity thing.

After all, Obama DID allow his mother-in-law to move into the White House with his wife and children…. oh..wait… WE paid for her keep.

Well..Obama DID take his whole family to RUSSIA with him… on ‘official business’…. they got to go sight seeing and… oh.. wait… WE paid for that extra fare.

Well… Michelle took a whole bunch of friends along to Marbella on vacation… and they stayed in a 5 star hotel… and the secret service stayed in a 5 star hotel.. and they dined out… and they went to the beach… and went sight seeing…. oh… wait.. WE paid for the transportation and accommodations!

But they DIDN’T take anyone extra along to Martha’s Vineyard…. and Obama even stayed in Washington DC until about quitting time the day they were supposed to leave…. but… Michelle DID take and extra jet to Martha’s Vineyard 4 1/2 hours before Obama left… because she didn’t want to wait all day…. and there had to be TWO motorcades and secret service squads to provide for the added arrival… and the farm was about $50,000 for 10 days rental… and WE paid for that, too!

Hmm… but Obama did stay over a few days at Christmas… sent Michelle and the kids on to Hawaii… because he couldn’t see any reason for his wife and kids to have to wait for their vacation to begin just because he had to work… but WE paid for his later flight to join them… where the family stayed on extra days to ‘make up’ for the inconvenience.

Let me see… there was that Gulf oil spill… and Michelle was generous enough to make a public service announcement that we should all go to the Gulf for vacation… just before they jetted up to Martha’s Vineyard… wearing a designer dress… the WE paid for..

Well certainly that SAFARI she took to Africa was business… she even claimed her daughter was ‘staff’ so she would fly free… and she took along her nephews… so they could experience Africa… and WE paid for that, too.

All told, the Obama’s had 17 vacations together as a family ( not counting Michelle’s private trips without Barry) in just 3 1/2 years….

HOW GENEROUS OF… US.

thatsafactjack on August 10, 2012 at 4:00 PM

A person without character sees the same person and walks away.

JKotthoff on August 10, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Like all of Obama’s relatives who are in need?

John the Libertarian on August 10, 2012 at 4:02 PM

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

Excellent.

Mr. Wednesday Night on August 10, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Like all of Obama’s relatives who are in need?

John the Libertarian on August 10, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Not true, he puts the one’s who made it to America on the dole. So we can pay them.

cozmo on August 10, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Ok? He did a good deed 15 years ago. Using this logic, a lady let me have her parking spot last week. Secretary of State it is!

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Give me just one example of Obama performing a selfless deed.

I’ll go get a Chic-Fil-et sammich so you have time to think.

BacaDog on August 10, 2012 at 4:05 PM

And yet Obama consistently polls twice as likable. Ouch.

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 4:05 PM

i’m sure that the trolls are relaying that to Axelrod as we speak. Oh, Axe…have i got a good line for barry!!!! or maybe a new Ad!!!!

btw, my question is what turns the switch on the trolls….is there an algo that picks keywords and sends them an alert….troll alert!!! Man your stations!!!!!

well, man…or whatev (p.s. i think it is possible that most trolls are algos)

r keller on August 10, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Oh, man … that’d be just my luck – to provide that malignant Commie with some more hay for the cattle to munch on, before they vote for the more equal Pig.

OhEssYouCowboys on August 10, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Like all of Obama’s relatives who are in need?

John the Libertarian on August 10, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Like Obama’s Drunkle and Moochanty ?
Oh wait …WE pay for their upkeep !

burrata on August 10, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Yeah, but they didn’t talk about the family of orphan Pilgrims that Romney killed to get the house in the first place. It’s an obvious NYT whitewash!!

Wait, did the NYT get their whitewash buckets mixed up? Has anybody told them that Romney is the Republican candidate!? Heads are going to roll over this.

[And Romney will be right there to collect the heads and sell them to head-hunters, at a profit!]

IndieDogg on August 10, 2012 at 4:06 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

The proper ad from Priorities SuperPAC would make it sound like Romney kidnapped her.

weaselyone on August 10, 2012 at 3:56 PM

:) I don’t put it beyond them…

jimver on August 10, 2012 at 4:07 PM

And yet Obama consistently polls twice as likable. Ouch.

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 4:05 PM

The drug dealer is always nicer than your dad…to stupid people…like you evidently.

cozmo on August 10, 2012 at 4:07 PM

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

Give me just one example of Obama performing a selfless deed.

I’ll go get a Chic-Fil-et sammich so you have time to think.

BacaDog on August 10, 2012 at 4:05 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

Props to the NYT for reporting on this.

Dear God MK.

This is the lead in.

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.

Every good and bad article uses the same meme. This is not helpful.

faraway on August 10, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Oh sure I think it was to hide lots and lots of deathe. (sarc)

What Romney did is what I would have done and what I am looking for in the kind of character a president, my president, should manifest.

jake49 on August 10, 2012 at 4:09 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 you would see Obama gracing them with his mere presence as a good deed.

weaselyone on August 10, 2012 at 4:10 PM

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

Short leash, choke collar confirmed.

hillsoftx on August 10, 2012 at 4:11 PM

And yet Obama consistently polls twice as likable. Ouch.

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 4:05 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

o 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

Obama only “does” something for others when can spend the money of others. And then only for political gain.

Too bad the “something” he does usually forcefully kicks most of us in the nether regions.

IrishEyes on August 10, 2012 at 4:11 PM

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

Short leash, choke collar confirmed.

hillsoftx on August 10, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Relegated to the campaign chores department till the election Day :)

jimver on August 10, 2012 at 4:12 PM

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.

Are these the same people who refuse to acknowledge that the Romneys consistently donate more than 10% of their earnings to charity? 10% of anyone’s earnings are not spare change.

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

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

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 4:07 PM

For what ?
Photo ops ?
Because we know what he does when he can’t have a photo op with injured soldiers .

burrata on August 10, 2012 at 4:14 PM

who is Andrea, and what’s her game?

I mean, there could be a large strategic decision to be a humble servant of God and not let the right hand know what the left hand is doing…i get it.

then again, maybe Andrea is just a clueless dolt who happened to get lucky

or…what would Tony Snow do?

r keller on August 10, 2012 at 3:32 PM

She’s the Romney spokesperson when handed a softball and a very large Louisville Slugger, stepped on ther d#%k.

Tenwheeler on August 10, 2012 at 4:14 PM

[And Romney will be right there to collect the heads and sell them to head-hunters, at a profit!]

IndieDogg on August 10, 2012 at 4:06 PM

New York Times heads? Yuck! I wouldn’t even put those in my compost pile.

And they wouldn’t make good shrunken heads, as it would be impossible to shrink them any smaller than they are now.

Mary in LA on August 10, 2012 at 4:15 PM

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.

And c) he didn’t do it to get a political ad out of the deal.

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

Can anybody imagine Obama keeping mum in the same situation?

Socratease on August 10, 2012 at 4:15 PM

And yet Obama consistently polls twice as likable. Ouch.

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 4:05 PM

likable..that’s nice… too bad that doesn’t translate into job approval numbers..but that’s ok, he can run for prom queen when he’s is done

runner on August 10, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Awesomeness.

Gotta luv The Hamster…

The Ugly American on August 10, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Oh, UA, you didn’t go there…..

Tenwheeler on August 10, 2012 at 4:15 PM

And yet Obama consistently polls twice as likable. Ouch.

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Well, OF COURSE! Who are you gonna like more, the guy who gives you free stuff for not working (with other peoples money of course), or the evil rich guy who (some unknown voice in Dingy Harry’s head told him so) never pays any taxes, uses the roads and bridges YOU paid for to make his evil money on your back, likes to “fire people”, owns horses and gives poor “working families” (read: Union Hacks that destroy companies) terminal cancer (6 years after they leave the company that Romney wasn’t even working at at the time)…easy, right? LOL

Strike Hornet on August 10, 2012 at 4:16 PM

And yet Obama consistently polls twice as likable. Ouch.

inthemiddle on August 10, 2012 at 4:05 PM

He has spent his whole life polishing that knob. It is part of his trade. Works on the public, but I have NEVER heard of this compassion from those that work with him on a regular basis.

Obama does not believe in personal compassion.

Jabberwock on August 10, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Obama’s BROTHER still lives in a mud hut.

HumpBot Salvation on August 10, 2012 at 4:17 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

Not a donation I’m sure. Most likely barter…..

Harry Reid would know.

Tenwheeler on August 10, 2012 at 4:18 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

You mean the guys who he said were “air raiding villages and killing innocent people”? Those soldiers?

Strike Hornet on August 10, 2012 at 4:19 PM

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.

And this was years before he started running for president, so it’s not like it was to make him look good.

Ward Cleaver on August 10, 2012 at 4:20 PM

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