Ann Romney just didn’t shine at the Republican National Convention when she spoke Tuesday night, she rocked the hall, owned the stage and won the hearts of conservatives and –dare I say undecided voters. In telling America why she fell in love with Mitt Romney, Ann not only humanized a man who can seem distance, stony at times but also made the case why Romney “will not fail” and is the best man “to lift up America.”
If I was a member of Obama’s re-election campaign, I’d be very afraid after the GOP Convention’s opening act. There were other speakers who set the stage on fire, Utah Congressional candidate Mia Love, Artur Davis, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie but Ann Romney was the star who paved the road for Romney’s acceptance speech Thursday.
Dressed in patriotic red, as she breezed onto the stage, Ann clasped her hands in her knees and just smiled for a moment, taking in the crowd’s excitement for her. “I want to talk to you from my heart about our hearts, she said, “I want to talk to you about love.”
She acknowledged these are tough times for parents who are working harder, longer hours and multiple jobs to take care of their kids. Then almost thumbing her nose in the face of Democrats, who tried to accuse Republicans of waging a war on women, Ann caringly reminded the audience it’s moms and women who are the glue that hold things together.
“It's the moms of this nation -- single, married, widowed -- who really hold this country together. We're the mothers, we're the wives, we're the grandmothers, we're the big sisters, we're the little sisters, and we’re the daughters,” Ann declared.
As Ann described how moms help kids with book reports, care for aging parents, she reminded me of my own mother, who was and is always there for me and my two brothers. It was my mother who cared for her mother, my grandmother diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. It was my mother who nursed her dying brothers in their elderly years and it was my mother who has stood by my father’s side when he was sick.
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