Video: A dying teen, a yellow legal pad, and a backstory

posted at 10:41 am on August 31, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

I missed a few of the convention speeches last night, due to the arrival of family for an event this weekend, so I missed the story of David Oparowski, one of the more unexpected highlights of the Republican National Convention.  David passed away more than 30 years ago as a teenager, from Hodgkin’s Disease, while living in Medford, Massachusetts.  Soon after his diagnosis, his parents Ted and Pat told the nation last night, David began having a visitor who became a good friend to the teenager in his final months.  David and Mitt Romney became close enough that the teenager asked Romney to draw up his will and deliver his eulogy when it became clear that David’s illness was terminal, a story that Byron York calls “the most extraordinary” of the convention:

They knew Romney from church, and when their 14 year-old son David was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease in 1979, Romney visited the boy regularly. “They developed a loving friendship,” Pat Oparowski said, recounting the many times Romney came to see her and her son.

David Oparowski’s cancer was terminal.  During one visit, Mrs. Oparowski recalled, “David, knowing Mitt had gone to law school at Harvard, asked Mitt if he would help him write a will.  He had some prize possessions that he wanted to make sure were given to his closest friends and family.  The next time Mitt went to the hospital, he was equipped with his yellow legal pad and pen.  Together, they made David’s will.  That is a task that no child should ever have to do.  But it gave David peace of mind.  So after David’s death, we were able to give his skateboard, his model rockets, and his fishing gear to his best friends.  He also made it clear that his brother Peter should get his Ruger .22 rifle.  How many men do you know who would take the time out of their busy lives to visit a terminally ill 14 year old and help him settle his affairs?”

“David also helped us plan his funeral,” Pat Oparowski continued.  “He wanted to be buried in his Boy Scout uniform.  He wanted Mitt to pronounce his eulogy, and Mitt was there to honor that request.  We will be ever grateful to Mitt for his love and concern.”

It was an extraordinary story, seldom mentioned in the press, and it left many in the hall in tears.  “You cannot measure a man’s character based on the words he utters before adoring crowds during times that are happy,” said Ted Oparowski.  “The true measure of a man is revealed in his actions during times of trouble — the quiet hospital room of a dying boy, with no cameras and no reporters.”

There are actually a number of stories like this about Romney, some less dramatic and less bittersweet, but still “extraordinary.”  In truth, there are many stories like this about men and women in politics that only rarely come to light, and some like Romney don’t talk about them.  One of the frustrations heard from long-time Romney supporters is that the campaign has not opened up more about these kinds of stories, but that’s a tough line to walk, too.  If the campaign starts rolling out all of these stories and especially the people involved in them, it won’t take long before they get accused of exploiting the stories and the people for political gain.  After having endured the summer of demonization from Team Obama, though — being accused of causing a woman’s cancer, of intending to put black people “back in chains,” and of being a felon — Team Romney obviously decided that all of their effort to remind people of Romney’s humanity couldn’t come from Ann Romney alone.

The Oparowskis told a powerful story last night, and I’m glad I belatedly caught up to it.

Update: Andrew Malcolm issues a sigh of relief that Team Romney has finally begun to answer the vilification strategy:

Seriously, was that really so hard?

Lead by a series of friends and associates who shared their own memories of Mitt, Romney finally told his story to the American people Thursday night, the last day of the Republican National Convention, that included the candidate’s eagerly-awaited acceptance speech. (Scroll down for full text and video.)

In 4,087 well-crafted words delivered in 38 fast-moving minutes, including ample time for audience applause, the former governor and businessman described himself, contrasted his vision with an attacking incumbent’s and outlined the kind of country he seeks to restore.

It was a crucial night for the would-be Oval Office occupant. He has given opponents plenty of evidence to mock his stiffness and alleged inability to connect with ordinary Americans, who genuinely want to like their leaders.

In fact, despite the scandals, the aloofness and ineptitude, a majority of Americans say they still find Barack Obama more likable than Romney. That’s a polling stat that’s inexplicable to many but one that does explain why the Democrat with no substantive economic achievements is still even in this race, according to polls.

And that may be changing soon.


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That family, and the story of the woman who followed, moved me deeply.

byepartisan on August 31, 2012 at 10:46 AM

This is the first thing I’ve read that may actually have me vote for Romney.

Wino on August 31, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Those personal stories were awesome…I don’t know how others, non supporters take them, but they certainly told a different story than one could find about Obama.

Jane Edmonds was extremely effective…a person of a totally different political view, giving support to the man, and not his policies…and interesting speech.

right2bright on August 31, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Wow. Never had heard of this story. Powerful, and the true definition of character. Romney has won me over, despite some policy disagreements.

search4truth on August 31, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Those were very moving speeches. It’s a shame those were not in primetime so the whole country could have seen them.

Would have been hard for Obama to call Romney a monster when real people are saying how special and decent thet man is.

milcus on August 31, 2012 at 10:49 AM

What I liked about this, they were as ordinary people as you could find…they were every ones neighbors, except the elites neighbors, they don’t deal with people like that.

right2bright on August 31, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Compare and contrast Mitt and his helping this family with SCOAMF and his brother George. Now THAT would be a great commercial.

Then again, let’s get George Obama to endorse Mitt/Ryan ’12. That would be epic.

Rixon on August 31, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Not interested in facebook commenting.

Speakup on August 31, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Confirmed, Romney is genuinely a good person.

doorsxp on August 31, 2012 at 10:50 AM

This is important, but it probably won’t reach enough people. Romney won’t push it because it seems that that’s the kind of guy he is. The press won’t push it because, well, we know why. To them, nothing is moral except supporting liberalism, and nothing is immoral except opposing it.

Socratease on August 31, 2012 at 10:51 AM

I wish these people had intro’d Romney…there was no better testament to Mitt the human being than what they and the lady that followed had to say. It was deeply moving and would’ve made quite the impression on the national audience tuning in at 10.

changer1701 on August 31, 2012 at 10:51 AM

a story that Byron York calls “the most extraordinary” of the convention:

Byron is right. The story is extraordinary but what made it so powerful is that the Oparowskis were so down to earth you felt you could relate to them.

I’m really sorry that it appears most of the outlets opted to bounce out of this part of the program so that their talking heads could talk and come up with the latest word considered racist.

Happy Nomad on August 31, 2012 at 10:52 AM

But, but, Oh-Bam-Ah helped ACORN.

I have heard about many things like this that Mitt has done. It’s in his character. He is the real deal.

BobK on August 31, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Can they run a 5 minute commercial on TV? This is one of the most moving stories I’ve ever heard.

Team Obama…uh… tell us again what a bad guy Mitt is.

Sugar Land on August 31, 2012 at 10:53 AM

I think pretty good strategy in the Romney camp. They have, in essence, “rope-a-doped” Obuma’s campaign into spending a good portion of their money overe the summer trying to paint Romney as a felon, etc. They just need to take any and all momentum from this convention and not let up until 6Nov.

Static21 on August 31, 2012 at 10:53 AM

MSNBC/NYT headline: “ Concern Deepens as Romney Tied to Second Suspicious Cancer Death

Alberta_Patriot on August 31, 2012 at 10:54 AM

I was out last night and got back in time to see the last hour or so. Friday night is DVR time at my place tonight. Wow what a story.

Having Hugh Hewitt admit he had never heard that Mitt had given away his entire inheritence four years after writing a book about him tells me there are many good skeltons in his closet. Compare to…

DanMan on August 31, 2012 at 10:54 AM

So what, Bark once helped Bill Ayers move a couch in his living room.

(Dreams of My Absent Father, page 37)

Bishop on August 31, 2012 at 10:54 AM

One thing mentioned in passing last night, in one of the speeches, (that I am surprised a lot are not talking about), that as governor of Mass, Mitt declined to draw a salary.

ConservativePartyNow on August 31, 2012 at 10:54 AM

MSNBC/NYT headline: “ Concern Deepens as Romney Tied to Second Suspicious Cancer Death“

Alberta_Patriot on August 31, 2012 at 10:54 AM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

*cough cough*

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Bishop on August 31, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Wow. Never had heard of this story. Powerful, and the true definition of character. Romney has won me over, despite some policy disagreements.

search4truth on August 31, 2012 at 10:49 AM

These testimonials had the delegates shedding tears. And yes, this was a demonstration of Romney’s character. As I posted on another thread, the Dems convention will be a contrast. Where we hear about things Mitt Romney has done outside the media glare, all we will be getting from Dems is real-life Julias praising Obama for all the free stuff they got by his policies.

Happy Nomad on August 31, 2012 at 10:55 AM

People need to plaster this and the woman who followed all over twitter and facebook. Make it viral. Make it so people can’t ignore it.

SAZMD on August 31, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Not a dry eye in the house, I am sure.

Barack Obama, would you care to share some of your stories of caring for the ill, or infirm, or dying?

JohnGalt23 on August 31, 2012 at 10:58 AM

That was so powerful and so full of Romney’s kindness and humanity. The two testimonials may have more impacts on American voters than a lot of people realize.

bayview on August 31, 2012 at 10:58 AM

I saw this. It was the highlight of the convention for me.

rrpjr on August 31, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Clint’s empty chair, much as the left thinks it was a disaster, was brilliant. I mean that. Obama the Unmockable has been mocked. The mock barrier has been broken down.

MaxMBJ on August 31, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Agree. Mock One.

faraway on August 31, 2012 at 10:59 AM

It would be amusing to watch the lunatic asylum from MSNBC, led by Tingles Matthews and Wacko Schultz, try to find the subtle racist messages that they would likely believe lurked in the story of this family.

pilamaye on August 31, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Not that Bark has the emotional content to do such a thing, but imagine if he had, you would have to hear about it in every speech he gives no matter the subject.

Bishop on August 31, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Tissues required

cmsinaz on August 31, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Obama: gets people on stage cuz he gives them free stuff.

Romney: gets people on stage cuz he did free stuff for them.

lorien1973 on August 31, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Seriously, was that really so hard?

I can sympathize with the difficulty of trying to exploit personal anecdotes like these and not appear to be an opportunistic douche in the process. Stories like these need to stand on their own. We only need to look at Obama’s continued exploitation of our special forces concerning the OBL raid to see how badly a story like this can backfire. I also know that I would personally feel very uncomfortable standing up and bragging about events like this in my life. But hey, I also have a soul. I suspect Romney does too, even if he does fall far short of the conservative ideal.

NotCoach on August 31, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Byron is right. The story is extraordinary but what made it so powerful is that the Oparowskis were so down to earth you felt you could relate to them.

I’m really sorry that it appears most of the outlets opted to bounce out of this part of the program so that their talking heads could talk and come up with the latest word considered racist.

Happy Nomad on August 31, 2012 at 10:52 AM

We won’t be seeing this in the MSM. I dare the nasty liberals to attack these people. Go ahead…make our day.

cajunpatriot on August 31, 2012 at 11:04 AM

It was an extraordinary story, seldom mentioned in the press, and it left many in the hall in tears. “You cannot measure a man’s character based on the words he utters before adoring crowds during times that are happy,” said Ted Oparowski. “The true measure of a man is revealed in his actions during times of trouble — the quiet hospital room of a dying boy, with no cameras and no reporters.”

wow!

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 11:04 AM

In contrast, Obama wrote (?) two books about hisself……

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 11:05 AM

In contrast, Obama and the Choom Gang were doing Roof Hits while kids died of cancer. Who can like a guy like that?

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 11:06 AM

People need to plaster this and the woman who followed all over twitter and facebook. Make it viral. Make it so people can’t ignore it.

SAZMD on August 31, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Part of me agrees with you but I know how desperate and filthy the left has become. How long before the propagandists known as “fact checkers” slither in and try to slander these people for saying it was a white legal pad and not a yellow legal pad or some other such absurdity like they did with Paul Ryan’s speech?

Happy Nomad on August 31, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Let’s see:

Yellow legal pad and give a eulogy vs. “choom gang”…

Yep, that’s a close one…

Khun Joe on August 31, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Obama: gets people on stage cuz he gives them free stuff.

Romney: gets people on stage cuz he did free stuff for them.

lorien1973 on August 31, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Like this.

Firmworm on August 31, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Notice how the ABC clip, as opposed to the C-Span coverage, does not include any crowd reaction shots to this story.

rrpjr on August 31, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Clint’s empty chair, much as the left thinks it was a disaster, was brilliant. I mean that. Obama the Unmockable has been mocked. The mock barrier has been broken down.

MaxMBJ on August 31, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Agree. Mock One.

faraway on August 31, 2012 at 10:59 AM

yep, set phasers to DEFMOCK 1

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Can they run a 5 minute commercial on TV? This is one of the most moving stories I’ve ever heard.

Team Obama…uh… tell us again what a bad guy Mitt is.

Sugar Land on August 31, 2012 at 10:53 AM

I was watching the PBS coverage last night, and Mark Shields was saying that this kind of stuff should have been used in Romney ads all along. He said it was campaign malpractice not to use it. Me, I think it hasn’t been because Romney is modest and humble, and he likes to keep his private life in the background.

Ward Cleaver on August 31, 2012 at 11:08 AM

I tend to shy away from stories like these but it really needed to be done. I remember a decorating show that re-did Gov. Romney’s Chief of Staff’s (I think) office. He helped with the surprise.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 11:08 AM

MSNBC/NYT headline: “ Concern Deepens as Romney Tied to Second Suspicious Cancer Death“

Alberta_Patriot on August 31, 2012 at 10:54 AM

This is where the Left’s lies have led me- I read that and thought, “Oh Lord, what are they lying about now?” Took me a second to put it together.

BettyRuth on August 31, 2012 at 11:09 AM

I wish Mitt would have said he was sending a check to help out Obama’s brother who is sick and destitute in Africa.

Labamigo on August 31, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Try this again.

Firmworm on August 31, 2012 at 11:10 AM

It was an extraordinary story, seldom mentioned in the press, and it left many in the hall in tears. “You cannot measure a man’s character based on the words he utters before adoring crowds during times that are happy,” said Ted Oparowski. “The true measure of a man is revealed in his actions during times of trouble — the quiet hospital room of a dying boy, with no cameras and no reporters.”

This and the line about how his mother knew there was somehting wrong with his father when she didn’t see her daily rose. Compelling stuff. If nothing else, we can be very proud of our nominee.

Static21 on August 31, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Barky once gave his last ounce of grass to a buddy who really needed a hit, that’s storybook, man.

Bishop on August 31, 2012 at 11:11 AM

1979 you say.
And exactly what was the President doing at the time ?
Smoking dope at a very expensive and exclusive prep school.

Jabberwock on August 31, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Not a dry eye in the house, I am sure.

Barack Obama, would you care to share some of your stories of caring for the ill, or infirm, or dying?

JohnGalt23 on August 31, 2012 at 10:58 AM

The stories made my wife tear up. The mom with the preemie baby? Heartbreaking.

Ward Cleaver on August 31, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Barky once gave his last ounce of grass to a buddy who really needed a hit, that’s storybook, man.

Bishop on August 31, 2012 at 11:11 AM

(sniff sniff)

Ward Cleaver on August 31, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Dang’t… there’s something in my eye… shoot… uhmm… I need a moment.

strictnein on August 31, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Barky once gave his last ounce of grass to a buddy who really needed a hit, that’s storybook, man.

Bishop on August 31, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Thread winner!

Static21 on August 31, 2012 at 11:12 AM

I wish Mitt would have said he was sending a check to help out Obama’s brother who is sick and destitute in Africa.

Labamigo on August 31, 2012 at 11:10 AM

He wouldn’t send a check; he’d go over there and help build the guy a house.

Ward Cleaver on August 31, 2012 at 11:12 AM

People need to plaster this and the woman who followed all over twitter and facebook. Make it viral. Make it so people can’t ignore it.

SAZMD on August 31, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Does anyone have information about the woman who followed this couple and a link to her speech?

manateespirit on August 31, 2012 at 11:14 AM

I tend to shy away from stories like these but it really needed to be done. I remember a decorating show that re-did Gov. Romney’s Chief of Staff’s (I think) office. He helped with the surprise.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Out of curiosity, why do you tend to shy away from things like this?

changer1701 on August 31, 2012 at 11:15 AM

I was watching the PBS coverage last night, and Mark Shields was saying that this kind of stuff should have been used in Romney ads all along. He said it was campaign malpractice not to use it. Me, I think it hasn’t been because Romney is modest and humble, and he likes to keep his private life in the background.

Ward Cleaver on August 31, 2012 at 11:08 AM

One of his religious tenets is to not make public his “gifts”…say what one will, he lives his faith, and walks his faith.

And Christian’s who diss him for being Mormon, should look at how he lives that faith, it’s an example for them.

Matthew 6:1 “Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
Matthew 6:2 “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.

right2bright on August 31, 2012 at 11:15 AM

I loved both of these testimonies that gave us a glimpse into Mitt the person. I especially loved the image of Mitt helping the woman fold her laundry while they visited. Without permission. Just rolled up his sleeves and pitched in. She was smiling just remembering it.

parteagirl on August 31, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Barky once gave his last ounce of grass to a buddy who really needed a hit, that’s storybook, man.

Bishop on August 31, 2012 at 11:11 AM

I second that. Thread winner.

faraway on August 31, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Does anyone have information about the woman who followed this couple and a link to her speech?

manateespirit on August 31, 2012 at 11:14 AM

That speech was just as moving and authentic…

right2bright on August 31, 2012 at 11:16 AM

I’ll be the first to say that I heard a lot of great speeches at this convention. But in terms of most impactful moments, this couple (and the lady who followed them) wins in my book, hands down. My entire family was profoundly moved by what was shared by this couple. No soaring rhetoric. No polished oratory. Just offering a real story in plain language about a caring man at a time of great personal crisis. This convention moment transcended politics and will be remembered for years to come.

pianomomma on August 31, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Obama: gets people on stage cuz he gives them free stuff.

Romney: gets people on stage cuz he did free stuff for them.

lorien1973 on August 31, 2012 at 11:03 AM

THIS.

Mitt would rather be seen as a humble servant of the Lord and testimony be given by whom he served. Might cost him an election, but Mitt is building up treasures in Heaven, not here. But those demonizing him also will be judged.

Let’s do this!

hillsoftx on August 31, 2012 at 11:18 AM

I tend to shy away from stories like these…
Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 11:08 AM

I agree. They have nothing to do with potential presidential efficacy. But also agree that it was necessary in this case.

rrpjr on August 31, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Yeah Ed is was touching and moving and exactly the sort of thing Romney needs for the “likability gap.” But nobody saw it. The Networks didn’t air it. Cable didn’t air it. Most of that stuff they ran last night, nobody saw.

AYNBLAND on August 31, 2012 at 11:20 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwjc9T4Rd98

Here’s the link to the second woman’s testimony.

parteagirl on August 31, 2012 at 11:20 AM

I may have dragged my heels on having him nominated through the harsh primary, but darn it if he hasn’t proven to be an extremely capable, smart, and genuine person. Some of his policies I may not agree with, but he has definitely turned out to be a compassionate person.

The Oprawskis. The lady afteward (sorry, don’t remember her name). The stump story. Searching for the colleague’s missing person. Re-roofing that lady’s house. Millions of dollars in donations to charities and good causes.

…doesn’t exactly have the makings of an evil, corporate monster.

onetrickpony on August 31, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Why, just last week Barry allowed Panetta to take a mulligan on the difficult approach to 17, and because of it Panetta managed to make par.

If that doesn’t get you crying then you’re a heartless bastige.

Bishop on August 31, 2012 at 11:21 AM

parteagirl on August 31, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Thanks!!

manateespirit on August 31, 2012 at 11:23 AM

So what, Bark once helped Bill Ayers move a couch in his living room.

(Dreams of My Absent Father, page 37)

Bishop on August 31, 2012 at 10:54 AM

To counter Romney’s stories, Axelrod is tracking down Ayers to tell how Obama helped him compose a petition for the release of Ayers’s wife from prison after having been convicted of planting bombs. Then, Jeremiah Wright would come on stage to describe how Obama helped him compose many of his most incendiary, anti-American sermons. Finally, Tony Rezko’s wife would describe how Obama overpaid her $64,000 for a sliver of real estate separating their residential lots–so that her husband would keep his mouth shut.

Oh, and we’ll hear from that doctor from whom Obama bought his Chicago residence and how he was somehow so moved by Obama that in a seller’s market he knocked his asking price down from $1.65M to $1.35M. Evidently, Obama or some handler gave him an offer he couldn’t refuse.

BuckeyeSam on August 31, 2012 at 11:23 AM

I wish Mitt would have said he was sending a check to help out Obama’s brother who is sick and destitute in Africa.

Labamigo on August 31, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Chances are he already has, but we’ll never know.

pambi on August 31, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Medford MA? Im from
14 yo in 1979? me too

Rich on August 31, 2012 at 11:25 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwjc9T4Rd98

Here’s the link to the second woman’s testimony.

parteagirl on August 31, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Anyone else having trouble with the link? Giving me an error message….

manateespirit on August 31, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Also, at the DNCC, former members of ACORN will describe how Obama patiently taught them how to extort money from large banks by conductiing protests at their branch offices.

(sniff)

The way Obama instructed them to hurl false accusations of racial discriminations will have everyone in tears.

BuckeyeSam on August 31, 2012 at 11:27 AM

I tend to shy away from stories like these…
Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 11:08 AM

I agree. They have nothing to do with potential presidential efficacy. But also agree that it was necessary in this case.

rrpjr on August 31, 2012 at 11:19 AM

I agree as well. I really don’t think Romney likes to talk about such things either. Probably why we were just hearing about it at the convention. But now, this kind of stuff is out, Romney can get back to substance as to what he needs to do to win…

Static21 on August 31, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Can you imagine helping a 14 year old boy write his own will ?
Devastating. One needs to be firm in their faith to do that.
I am not sure I could get through it.

Jabberwock on August 31, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Those were very moving speeches. It’s a shame those were not in primetime so the whole country could have seen them.

Would have been hard for Obama to call Romney a monster when real people are saying how special and decent thet man is.

milcus on August 31, 2012 at 10:49 AM

It WAS in prime time. It was NOT broadcast by the major networks.
First rule of a totalitarian regime. Control the message.

Want to bet how much regular programming will be preempted next week during the DNC convention?

Tenwheeler on August 31, 2012 at 11:27 AM

rooms kinda smoky isn’t it?

renalin on August 31, 2012 at 11:28 AM

These videos will be shared and shared and seen until November. Don’t think they won’t have an impact just becuase NBCCBSABCPBS didn’t show them in real time.

These folks are from New Hampshire and now their story will be repeated in the local media there. No doubt some nasty leftists will try to attack them, and voters will see that too.

rockmom on August 31, 2012 at 11:28 AM

I tend to shy away from stories like these…
Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 11:08 AM

I agree. They have nothing to do with potential presidential efficacy. But also agree that it was necessary in this case.

rrpjr on August 31, 2012 at 11:19 AM
I agree as well. I really don’t think Romney likes to talk about such things either. Probably why we were just hearing about it at the convention. But now, this kind of stuff is out, Romney can get back to substance as to what he needs to do to win…

Static21 on August 31, 2012 at 11:27 AM

It has everything to do with presidential afficacy. It shows the character of a man. Contrast this with the soon-to-be former president.

Tenwheeler on August 31, 2012 at 11:30 AM

“They knew Romney from church”

Exactly. As I have been saying all long, Mormons ONLY help out other Mormons.
Don’t believe me? Try to get any charity from the “LDS”.
(and NONE of we real Christians are allowed in their “temple”)
Chew on that.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on August 31, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Want to bet how much regular programming will be preempted next week during the DNC convention?

Tenwheeler on August 31, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Not happeneing, the networks have already committed the same amount of time to the DNC. They aren’t that stupid, and besides they need the money from their regular broadcasts.

What’s going to kill the DNC next week is the opening of the NFL season. And we all know Obama is going to ramble well beyond the allotted time for his speech (and probably be late for the beginning of it, since he always is) and people will turn off the TV.

rockmom on August 31, 2012 at 11:31 AM

They’re old and white. They must be speaking in “dog whistle” speak. I’m thinking “Hodgkin’s Disease” = cross-burning.

Glenn Jericho on August 31, 2012 at 11:32 AM

In contrast, Obama wrote (?) two FICTIONAL books about hisself……

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 11:05 AM

FIFY

Happy Nomad on August 31, 2012 at 11:34 AM

What I liked about this, they were as ordinary people as you could find…they were every ones neighbors, except the elites neighbors, they don’t deal with people like that.

right2bright on August 31, 2012 at 10:49 AM

What is interesting is that all the people in Romney’s life are real. Obama has had to make up friends.

If Obama tried to do this – bring in life long friends, partners, associates, colleagues, family….it would be a very short and frightening program.

TexAz on August 31, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Dem version of this story: Romney makes grown men cry.

Buy Danish on August 31, 2012 at 11:35 AM

What’s going to kill the DNC next week is the opening of the NFL season. And we all know Obama is going to ramble well beyond the allotted time for his speech (and probably be late for the beginning of it, since he always is) and people will turn off the TV.

rockmom on August 31, 2012 at 11:31 AM

The fact that the latest jobs report gets released the morning after Obama’s acceptance speech can’t be overlooked. The question is if the administration is working behind the scenes to cook the numbers.

Happy Nomad on August 31, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Among other points about the instance in which Romney helped the boy draft a will is that a minor can’t create a legally effective will. But Mitt, noting the gravity of the situation, went right along with it.

I’m surprised that we haven’t seen a Fact-Check Article blaring “Romney Creates Legally Ineffective Will for Dying Boy,” telling us that Romney’s efforts were useless and only served to mislead the boy. If not, Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes will be hashing this out on her show tonight.

BuckeyeSam on August 31, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Obama once saved a half-smoked joint that fell on the floor of the Choom gang’s van.

albill on August 31, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Exactly. As I have been saying all long, Mormons ONLY help out other Mormons.
Don’t believe me? Try to get any charity from the “LDS”.
(and NONE of we real Christians are allowed in their “temple”)
Chew on that.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on August 31, 2012 at 11:30 AM

So what? I call it the concentric circles of charity: family, friends, voluntary community, etc.

For crying out loud, liberals generally don’t help other liberals. They do so only with other people’s money.

BuckeyeSam on August 31, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Karl Magnus on August 31, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Go and help some dying kids write their wills. It may just teach you what is really important.

Jabberwock on August 31, 2012 at 11:40 AM

“They knew Romney from church”

Exactly. As I have been saying all long, Mormons ONLY help out other Mormons.
Don’t believe me? Try to get any charity from the “LDS”.
(and NONE of we real Christians are allowed in their “temple”)
Chew on that.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on August 31, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Baloney.

I live in an area with a high percentage of LDS folks and interact with many through my line of work. These people are kind, caring, and helpful, period. As an evangelical Christian, I have profound theological differences with them, but I have personal experience with the good-heartedness and generosity of these people, and could list a number of examples when LDS colleagues went out of their way to offer help or assistance. In my town they are also prominent members of civic and philanthropic organizations and I know many are financially generous in terms of local causes and needs.

pianomomma on August 31, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Exactly. As I have been saying all long, Mormons ONLY help out other Mormons.
Don’t believe me? Try to get any charity from the “LDS”.
(and NONE of we real Christians are allowed in their “temple”)
Chew on that.~(Ä)~
Karl Magnus on August 31, 2012 at 11:30 AM

And one of Obama’s largest charitable donations in 2010 was the United Negro College Fund. Chew on that.

BeachBum on August 31, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Exactly. As I have been saying all long, Mormons ONLY help out other Mormons.
Don’t believe me? Try to get any charity from the “LDS”.
(and NONE of we real Christians are allowed in their “temple”)
Chew on that.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on August 31, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Complete and utter bs.

changer1701 on August 31, 2012 at 11:45 AM

“They knew Romney from church”

Exactly. As I have been saying all long, Mormons ONLY help out other Mormons.
Don’t believe me? Try to get any charity from the “LDS”.
(and NONE of we real Christians are allowed in their “temple”)
Chew on that.
~(Ä)~

You sound jealous Karl. And you include yourself as a “real” Christian?
Sounds to me like the pot calling the kettle black. So the LDS and their temple are looked down upon by “real” Christians, got it.
Look at what the man does, don’t judge his temple. There is more than enough room in this world for good deeds and there are more than enough people in this world that could use a good deed to come there way. No matter where it comes from.
To stay on topic, can anyone tell us of a similar story about Obama?
His own brother had to ask someone else for money! Our president is really a piece of “work” huh?
I’d take someone from any temple over our current POS.

LeftCoastRight on August 31, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Exactly. As I have been saying all long, Mormons ONLY help out other Mormons.
Don’t believe me? Try to get any charity from the “LDS”.
(and NONE of we real Christians are allowed in their “temple”)
Chew on that.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on August 31, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Bullhockey.
I live in an area that has a fairly heavy and prosperous Mormon population and they have food banks and job ceters that are open to all. Now I never pass judgement on a persons religion but I always have doubts when I see someone identify themselves as a “real” christian. Sounds to me like you have issues that only God can answer.

JKotthoff on August 31, 2012 at 11:49 AM

This testimonial was so powerful, I knew at the end of their story, Mitt was the right man to be our next President.

The Romney video that opened the show was great.

I loved the part where of one of Mitt’s sons is in the kitchen explaining a lightbulb being to big and the low cost solution to the problem was taping up some tinfoil!

I didn’t know Mitt was frugal or how anyone can volunteer for his church and community with so much happening at work and at home! Wall Streeters don’t do this.

Mitt, is a better man. No wonder his 1980 Olympics was the only one to ever make a profit!

Such a stark difference from the Kennedy family of murderers and rapists.

Typicalwhitewoman on August 31, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Now that I have that out of the way. I think that a man of character goes about helping in a quiet manner and a man without character goes about helping in front of a big brass band. One does what he can because it is right, the other does what he can for the glory.
I was not a Romney supporter during the primaries, but he is showing himself to be a rare type of person and even rarer type of politician ….one who truely wants to do what’s right for no reason then because it is right. Win or lose I honestly have to respect the man he is.

JKotthoff on August 31, 2012 at 11:54 AM

One of the superpacs has to run this

gerrym51 on August 31, 2012 at 11:55 AM

One of the superpacs has to run this

gerrym51 on August 31, 2012 at 11:55 AM

So what? I call it the concentric circles of charity: family, friends, voluntary community, etc.
BuckeyeSam on August 31, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Call it whatever you want. Read the Book of Mormon, or try to get help from them. They are the most bigoted people, outside of Black (“mud people” to mormons) Liberation Theology, in America.
Been There. Seen That. Read That … Was Repulsed.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on August 31, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Wow. Never had heard of this story. Powerful, and the true definition of character. Romney has won me over, despite some policy disagreements.

search4truth on August 31, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Agreed.

dominigan on August 31, 2012 at 11:56 AM

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