The intelligence, the success, the family, the marriage, the wealth, the hair—it isn’t too good to be true.
Yes, he was born into money and he’s a Mormon, but is that really all they’ve got to hold against him? Why is being rich and religious considered to be repugnant? Our country was founded on religious freedom and free enterprise, so it seems a leader who has founded his success upon those two components would be celebrated.
The Democrats tout Kennedy’s administration as their greatest political accomplishment and he was a product of Papa’s pocketbook and the Pope, but when a Republican has similar endowments it’s considered to be adverse. And, Mitt isn’t an adulterer and forged his own career path and wealth beyond his birthright—two things Camelot’s Prince cannot claim.
I was listening to a live broadcast from the Republican National Convention on KSL Radio and the announcer was interviewing Derek Parra who is an Olympic gold medal speed skater. He was attending the convention to show his support of Mitt. He met Mitt and Ann at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City and was impressed by them.
A couple years later he was training for the 2006 Olympics in Park City when the house he was renting with some other athletes got sold by the owner without notice. While frantically trying to find housing, Derek contacted the Romneys because he knew they owned a home in the area and thought they might have some contacts for him. Ann told him she would check around and get back to him. Days later, Mitt called Derek back and told him he was welcome to live in their home.
It’s not like Mitt and Derek were BFFs after having a couple interactions at the Olympics, yet the Romneys opened their home to a person in need and it gave him a window into their world.
“I thought I was being punked,” Derek said jokingly when talking about how the Romneys interacted as a family when they all came to stay at the house together. Derek described about how Mitt would joke with his sons and they would laugh and roll their eyes. How Mitt and the Romney sons treated their wives and children with respect and kindness, how Mitt played with his grandkids. “It’s definitely not how my family is, so I wasn’t used to it. I didn’t think it could be real, but it was.” Ashton Kutcher never showed up.
Derek went on to say how it inspired him to be when he has a family of his own.
The Romneys aren’t perfect and they don’t profess to be.
Mitt’s political record isn’t perfect and he doesn’t say it is.
But I think Mitt’s about as good as it gets in qualification and character.
He’s proof it is possible for a man to be a politician and a good person, and it’s not just the “magic underwear.”