In telling the story of how she met Mitt Romney, Ann debunked the notion she or her husband always lived on “easy street.” She told us how her father came from nothing to build his own business and George Romney without a college education became a carpenter. Ann said her 42 years of marriage hasn’t been easy, from living in a basement apartment, using a fold down ironing board as their dining room table, to having five boys and her diagnosis with MS and breast cancer. She said she doesn’t have a story book marriage, “what Mitt and I have is a real marriage.”
In an attempt to run from his own record of failure, President Obama has attacked Romney’s success. Ann in a humble tone said, “Mitt wasn’t handed success.” He took a risk, worked hard and never gave up. Isn’t that what we want for our children, to teach them to strive for success not tell them, “try to do okay,” she said.
Finally, Ann explained why her husband doesn’t brag more about himself, something conservatives want him to do as he heads into the final stretch against Obama.
“Mitt doesn't like to talk about how he has helped others because he sees it as a privilege, not a political talking point,” she said.
As Ann ticked through Romney’s other successes turning around the 2002 Olympics, reducing unemployment to 4.7% in Massachusetts and improving schools to one of the best in the nation, I agreed with her “this is the man America needs.”
Ann Romney made Mitt relatable to Americans. So much of what Ann Romney described about her life with Mitt Romney reminded me of my own parents Thomas and Barbara. They were high school sweethearts, have been married for almost 50 years, and are the foundation for my success and grounding in life.
Infused with enthusiasm, charm and humility, Ann stole the hearts of Americans in talking about her husband but more importantly sold us on Mitt Romney, the quiet man who doesn’t brag. She asked Americans to “give him a chance.” After Tuesday night, I think they will. Ann’s a tough act to follow but after 47 years I think Mitt Romney can do it. I can’t wait to hear Mitt’s love affair for America Thursday night.