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Mitt Romney's wealth has allowed him mobility worldwide -- and a lifestyle few could match. all inescapable issues for the Republican presidential candidate. He also has a complicated relationship with his own money, which he has been In one year, he and his wife, Ann, gave away far more money. Mitt Romney has all but sewn up the Republican nomination, she tried to suggest she understood the problems of financially strapped families by In fact, Ann Romney has spent her marriage cocooned in a wealthy, white. Mitt Romney and Ann Romney attended the press presentation of a newly “I think most folks would love to have the relationship Ann and Mitt.
Her first response was a tweet: Believe me, it was hard work. Rosen was forced to apologise.
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Ann Romney picked up on that theme in a speech in Connecticut, painting herself as an ordinary mom raising five boys, doing the shopping, cooking and cleaning. She knew "what it's like to finish the laundry and look in the basket five minutes later and it's full again," she said. And I know what it's like to get up early in the morning to get them off to school, and I know what it's like to get up in the middle of the night when they're sick, and I know what it's like to struggle and to have those concerns that all mothers have," she said, to two standing ovations.
She went on to portray Mitt as a loving, understanding husband, saying he "would remind me all the time that my job was more important than his". She's also spoken about how her "extraordinary husband" stood by her side as she has lived with multiple sclerosis and battled breast cancer.
Thank goodness that we value those people too. And sometimes life isn't easy for any of us," she said. She also struck the wrong note when she tried to suggest she understood the problems of financially strapped families by saying that when she and her husband were in college they had to sell some of their stocks to get by.
The Rosen controversy may ultimately have served the Democrats by once again reminding voters that a month earlier Ann Romney tried to say that her husband's incredible wealth was of no consequence. And how I measure riches is by the friends I have and the loved ones that I have and the people that I care about in my life," she said.
In fact, Ann Romney has spent her marriage cocooned in a wealthy, white world as a dedicated member of a church with a long history of racism and misogyny.
Critics noted that she spoke about herself as if she were speaking for all women, but it only went to highlight how different her experience as a wife and mother is from those families grappling with recession, unemployment, foreclosure and insufficient funds to pay for healthcare at a time when her husband is campaigning to cut services for the poor. At other times she has struck a note of entitlement, and an "us and them" mentality.
I believe the country needs the kind of leadership he's going to offer … So I think it's our turn now," she said in a television interview this month. Ann Romney is not new to electioneering, although she has no love for the campaign trail. Because it is a stressful time and my heart goes out to anyone that participates in this event," she said this month.
She was among the most visible of the Republican presidential contenders' wives during the campaign. But she is, if anything, playing an even more prominent role this time. It wasn't always this way. During her first campaign, when Mitt was running against Ted Kennedy for a seat in the senate inshe was derided as "superficial, pampered and too deferential" to her husband, according to the New York Times.
Political pundits reckoned she did him more harm than good in that election. There's not much evidence that wives affect voting behaviour — except perhaps Gingrich's, who was a constant reminder of his infidelities and serial marriages. Ann Romney's emphasis on her year marriage offers a telling contrast, even if many voters worried about such thing are doubtful that the Romneys' Mormon faith is Christian.
Mitt has long recognised Ann's political usefulness. Husband to his high school sweetheart, father to a brood of young children, bishop of his local LDS church, and businessman on the threshold of life-altering success. If anything, year-old Mitt, who had just been tapped to lead a new venture capital firm, was on track to achieve more at a younger age than his famously overachieving father. His father had known poverty as a child, Mitt only privilege.
His father had succeeded without a college degree while Mitt was launched with the finest educational pedigree. Given all his advantages, Mitt seemed restless to make his mark sooner. Before beginning the drive, Mitt Romney put Seamus, the family's hulking Irish setter, in a dog carrier and attached it to the station wagon's roof rack. He'd built a windshield for the carrier, to make the ride more comfortable for the dog. Then Romney put his boys on notice: He would be making predetermined stops for gas, and that was it.
The ride was largely what you'd expect with five brothers, ages 13 and younger, packed into a wagon they called the "white whale. As the rest of the boys joined in the howls of disgust, Romney coolly pulled off the highway and into a service station. There, he borrowed a hose, washed down Seamus and the car, then hopped back onto the highway. It was a tiny preview of a trait he would grow famous for in business: And it offered his sons a rare unplanned stop.
When we stop, you can buy your food and go to the bathroom, but that's the only time we're stopping, so you'd better get it all done at once. He really genuinely still feels that way, thinks, 'I'm so lucky I've got her. They were all "Dear John" break-up notes that other missionaries had received from their girlfriends back home. Staring at the wall, Romney worried, "Is this what's in store for me? After Romney went to France, his father personally baptized her a Mormon. Under the rigid rules for missionaries, Romney was forbidden from telephoning Ann more than a couple of times a year, and his two visits with her were brief and supervised.
Ann, meanwhile, was living the life of a co-ed at Brigham Young University. The Provo, Utah, campus was flush with men who had just returned from their own missions, with sharpened skills of persuasion and a determination to find a wife made more urgent by the Mormon ban on premarital sex.
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Not for nothing was the place nicknamed B-Y-Woo. So it was in the fall ofjust months after he had survived a horrific car crash, that Romney received the letter he had been dreading. It wasn't the classic breakup letter, but it was close.
Ann wrote that she hadn't had feelings for any of the Brigham Young University men pursuing her, until this one fellow named Kim Cameron, a basketball player and vice president of the student government. He reminded her, she wrote, of Mitt. Romney's fellow missionaries recall that the letter threw him into despair. Now Cindy Davies, she says that for a time she thought Ann might end up marrying Cameron. In letters to Ann, he implored her to wait for him.
As he flew home just before ChristmasRomney worried about what awaited him and Ann. Showered with hugs from his family, Mitt kept his focus squarely on Ann.
Sitting with her in the third-row seat of his sister's Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser, he wasted little time. His father was delighted. His mother was horrified. A pillar of Detroit society, Lenore Romney knew a wedding was not something to be rushed. But that was only part of her hesitation. While George had quickly forged a loving bond with Ann, it took longer for Lenore. She held back more. The wedding was held in two parts. On March 21,exactly four years after their first conversation, Mitt, then 22, and Ann, 19, exchanged rings in a civil ceremony in her parents' home.
It was officiated by church Elder Edwin Jones, the man after whom teenage Mitt had patterned his hairstyle. Because they were not Mormons, Ann's parents were not allowed inside. Superman to supernerd Mitt and Ann moved east in so he could attend graduate school at Harvard. They settled in Belmont and began expanding their family. InAnn delivered their fifth and final son. By then, they had moved from a modest three-bedroom place to a handsome four-bedroom, natural-shingle house near the private Belmont Hill School, which all five boys would attend.
While moving ahead briskly in the business world, Mitt took on the added responsibility of serving as a lay bishop of Belmont's LDS congregation. Before high school every day, the boys went to a neighbor's house for "seminary," where they would discuss scripture for 45 minutes. Sunday mornings were spent in church, and Sunday afternoons were devoted to volunteer work.
Tuesday evening "mutual" brought together church families for basketball games and cookouts. At night, the family had a tradition of holding a freewheeling discussion while sitting together in a room, with the lights turned off. The practice was an outgrowth of the boys' habit of wandering into their parents' room in the middle of the night, climbing onto the couch at the foot of their bed, and wanting to talk. Over time, the discussion drifted to the evening hours before bed, with the darkened room somehow allowing the boys to feel more free to open up.
In time, the five boys would take on their own profiles within the family. As Tagg would later describe his brothers, Matt was "the jokester, always pushing people's buttons" and Josh was "the typical middle child, wanting lots of attention and getting a lot of it. But then he spent much of his adolescence wanting nothing to do with his dad. It began around age 11, when his father in his eyes went from "superman to supernerd.
The way he insisted all the boys wake up early on Saturdays for chores. Even the way he said good morning. After all, Mitt's relationship with his own father had never suffered such strain. Tagg had no problem with his mother, "but my dad and I would just go at it. With a few exceptions, "he's not emotional at all," Tagg says. By the time he was 15, the arguments stopped, and Tagg was once again looking at his father and seeing his hero. A few years later, Ann would be mocked for her public claim that she and Mitt had never had an argument, which sounded preposterous to the ears of many married mortals.
But Tagg says it's not that his parents never disagree. But I know that they go and discuss it in private. He doesn't ever contradict my mother in public. Despite their lifetime of devotion, George and Lenore had no problem airing their disagreements, especially in later years, according to Tagg.
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We called them 'The Bickersons. And his Midas touch at Bain Capital was helping to make him rich. Yet Mitt eschewed the trappings of wealth. The family had no cook or full-time maid. And Mitt continued to drive a dented Chevy Caprice Classic nicknamed "the gray grunt. Still, they had no idea how much money he had. At the time, Tagg was in France, following in his father's footsteps as a Mormon missionary. After his parents sent him a photo of their new place, he asked his father, "How can you afford that house?
A few years later, he was back full time at his old firm. It had been reorganized as Bain Capital Inc. And it had matured, meaning far bigger paychecks were on their way. Swinging at a giant Not long after settling into their new house, Ann and Mitt invited her parents to move in to their guest suite above a bank of garages. Ann's father was battling prostate cancer, her mother ovarian cancer, and Ann nursed them through their treatments at Massachusetts General Hospital.
In late summerAnn's father's condition quickly deteriorated. He remained opposed to organized religion, even though all three of his children, thanks largely to their association with Mitt Romney, had built their lives around the Mormon Church. As he bid his life goodbye, he urged his only daughter to make the most of hers.
In Juneas her condition worsened, Ann's mother asked her sons, Rod and Jim Davies, to baptize her a Mormon, according to both sons. Five days after her baptism, she died. In summerAnn and Mitt, according to the story they both would tell, were lying in bed when she turned to him. She told Mitt, "You've got to run against Ted Kennedy. Mitt had been contemplating a move into politics for some time. At age 55, his father had used his success as a business turnaround artist to launch his second act of politics.
Now Mitt, who had already established his own turnaround credentials, was looking to follow the same script, except a decade ahead of his father's schedule. For a man who had succeeded in business largely by using rigorous analysis and fastidious preparation to reduce his margin of error, a run against Kennedy would be quite a roll of the dice. In 32 years, no Republican had come close to dislodging Kennedy, the embodiment of Democratic liberalism.
But Romney had timing on his side. An anti-Democratic storm was building nationwide. The youngest Kennedy brother was a tarnished icon, even to Catholic voters raised in homes with brittle palm fronds wedged behind pictures of John F.