Over the past couple decades the claim has oft been made that leaders, even presidents, can be great leaders for a nation while, at the very same time, being suspect in their personal lives. And yet, how can the public expect a president, who will not be faithful and loving to his spouse, to be faithful and unwavering in promises made to the electorate? Can voters expect a leader who does not respect the one they've vowed to cherish most in life...can voters expect this self-same leader to respect the public at large?
|Chris samples Ann's buttermilk pancakes|
Mitt and Ann fell in love as teenagers, married in 1969 when he was 22 and she was 19, then proceeded to have 5 boys between 1970 and 1981. After 43 years of marriage, the couple still display such affability and respect for each other that viewers will find their laughter contagious. "Being around each other just gives us a sense of security and serenity and peace" Ann offered. Mitt quickly added, "She [Ann] has been my best friend, obviously, and my counselor throughout my life." One begins to draw a picture, not unlike that of the historically loving John and Abigail Adams, the adoring Reagans, and George W. Bush and his cherished Laura.
Ann smiles and continues, when asked about Mitt being out of touch, "I will tell you something. When I was really, really sick...I was unable to do anything in a normal life...this was during the time Mitt was running the Olympics and he was putting in long hours. He would come home, on his way home he would stop at the grocery store, he was making dinner..." Chris Wallace followed with, "I also hear from my sources that you have an unhealthy attraction to Costco?" Both Mitt and Ann laughed as she answered, "Oh! We both love Costco!" Hmmm...not as out of touch as Chris suspected.
|Ann & Mitt Romney summer family picture at the lake house|
In a time when star-quality often eclipses integrity, voters must look past the facade to the substance of the candidates. A good way to judge a man's substance is to examine his treatment of those in closest relationship to him. In November, Americans must be reminded to vote for a man of relentless principles and careful character. A man who would sacrifice himself for his wife, who he loves, will do no less for the country he loves. Mitt Romney is such a man.