Mitt Romney is a rich guy. Mitt Romney used to run Bain Capital. Mitt Romney is a Mormon. Mitt Romney wants to be President.
What else is there to know about Mitt? As I learned via a forwarded email message today — plenty.
Few people are as skeptical as I am when it comes to viral news pieces and fantastic tales shared on the Internet. I always verify the piece and usually respond to whoever sent it to me that it’s a hoax, an incomplete story, or a piece of truth wrapped in a big fat lie. When I read the information about Mitt Romney today I wondered, Could this be true?
Does Mitt Romney really care about the folks?
Does he care? Read this story about Mitt in a crisis, about his concern for others, his resourcefulness, and then decide for yourself.
In July, 1996, the 14-year-old daughter of Robert Gay, a partner at Bain Capital disappeared. She had attended a rave party in New York City and gotten high on ecstasy. Three days later, her distraught father had no idea where she was, and Romney took immediate action.
He closed down the entire firm and asked all 30 partners and employees to fly to New York to help find Gay’s daughter. Romney set up a command center at the LaGuardia Marriott and hired a private detective firm to assist with the search. He established a toll-free number for tips, coordinating the effort with the NYPD, and went through his Rolodex and called everyone Bain did business with in New York and asked them to help find his friend’s missing daughter.
Romney’s accountants at Price Waterhouse Cooper put up posters on street poles, while cashiers at a pharmacy owned by Bain put fliers in the bag of every shopper. Romney and the other Bain employees scoured every part of New York and talked with everyone they could… prostitutes, drug addicts, anyone.
That day, their hunt made the evening news, which featured photos of the girl and the Bain employees searching for her. As a result, a teenage boy phoned in, asked if there was a reward, and then hung up abruptly.
The NYPD traced the call to a home in New Jersey , where they found the girl in the basement, shivering and experiencing withdrawal symptoms from a massive ecstasy dose. Doctors later said the girl might not have survived another day. Romney’s former partner credits Mitt Romney with saving his daughter’s life, saying, “It was the most amazing thing, and I’ll never forget this to the day I die.”
So, here’s my epiphany: Mitt Romney simply can’t help himself. He sees a problem, and his mind immediately sets to work solving it, sometimes consciously, and sometimes not-so-consciously. He doesn’t do it for self-aggrandizement, or for personal gain. He does it because that’s just how he’s wired.
Many people are unaware of the fact that when Romney was asked by his old employer, Bill Bain, to come back to Bain & Company as CEO to rescue the firm from bankruptcy, Romney left Bain Capital to work at Bain & Company for an annual salary of one dollar. When Romney went to the rescue of the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics, he accepted no salary for three years, and wouldn’t use an expense account. He also accepted no salary as Governor of Massachusetts.
Character counts! The media and Obama re-election machine will focus on Romney’s wealth and the immorality of it, as they see it, but Romney is
a man who uses his wealth to bless and to make this world a better place.
Obama Talks the Talk – Romney Walks the Walk
Is this news to you? It was to me. Texas isn’t being bombarded with campaign commercials yet so we’re not always on the front line. The veracity of this account has been confirmed in scores of places. It was a bit embarrassing to realize I was so far behind when I checked out the story.
Twitter is inundated daily with oohs and aahs over some new photo of Obama looking thoughtful and soulful, or singing a new song for You Tube consumption. Obama talks and poses. His autobiography is a work of fiction. Obama talks the talk of his followers. Talk won’t solve our financial and social problems.
Have I been excited about Candidate Romney to date? No. Am I ready to swoon over him today? No.
BUT – Romney is obviously a man of action, great character, and is capable and willing to attack a problem when it arises. Unlike Mr. Obama who is always three days late to the party and continues to trot out his excuse that he’s the victim of opposition nastiness.
If your daughter was lost and you called Obama you’d get a nice photo-op or a phone call. At least Romney got up off his butt and helped find the kid.