Please take time for this one. I think it gets straight to the heart of the single most important issue in this or any campaign — character. I especially encourage you to listen to the video linked below. The story is touching, but beyond that, I think Mitt’s delivery is worth noting. He talks about “we” a lot and minimizes his own contributions and sacrifices. Compare that with how Barack talks (and talks and talks) about himself.
Obama and Romney: Character Shows By Karin McQuillan – July 9, 2012
Character is consistent. Voters say moral character is one of the most important things they look for in choosing the president. The character of a public figure can be hard to discern amidst a fog of self-advertising, media hype, and the distorting effects of TV. That is why personal stories about Romney and Obama, before they were candidates, are crucial. Voters want to understand what kind of man they are electing.
An unusual personal story gives us insight into Mitt Romney. It is 1996. Mitt Romney is the head of Bain Capital in Boston. One of his employees comes to him, utterly distraught. His 14-year-old daughter snuck out of the house to go to a rave in New York and has been missing for three days. One of her teen friends said he gave her ecstasy and that he last saw her partying under a bridge.
Did Romney offer sympathy and hope? Write a check for a private detective? Wait for the government to solve it? No — he took responsibility. He took action. He shut down the firm and brought all the employees to New York. For 48 hours, they scoured the streets, going everywhere, asking teenagers if they’d seen the missing girl. Romney called on business associates to send more people to help until they numbered 200. He printed 300,000 fliers and got Duane Reade, one of Bain’s success stories, to put fliers in every shopper’s bag in their 52 stores. Romney set up a hotline. A broken-off phone call was traced; the girl was discovered in the basement of a house in New Jersey and reunited with her family.
“Mitt’s done a lot of things that are nearly impossible, but for me the most important thing he’s ever done was to help save my daughter,” says the girl’s father.
Hear Romney describe what happened in this YouTube video of a town hall meeting.