Mitt Romney Exceeds Expectations

I must admit that really didn’t expect much because Mitt does not have a reputation as a great orator. I was surprised and impressed.

The speech was low on policy specifics but touched all the bases. It was well written and well delivered. Mitt came across as warm and caring. His humor was a little awkward but he’s not running to replace Jon Stewart.

There were several memorable passages:

But for too many Americans, these good days are harder to come by. How many days have you woken up feeling that something really special was happening in America?

Many of you felt that way on Election Day four years ago. Hope and change had a powerful appeal. But tonight I’d ask a simple question: If you felt that excitement when you voted for Barack Obama, shouldn’t you feel that way now that he’s President Obama? You know there’s something wrong with the kind of job he’s done as president when the best feeling you had was the day you voted for him.

Is it any wonder that someone who attacks success has led the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression? In America, we celebrate success, we don’t apologize for it.

This president can ask us to be patient.

This president can tell us it was someone else’s fault.

This president can tell us that the next four years he’ll get it right.

But this president cannot tell us that you are better off today than when he took office.

America has been patient. Americans have supported this president in good faith.

But today, the time has come to turn the page.

President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. My promise…is to help you and your family.

Overall grade: A

(Full transcript here.)

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57 Responses to Mitt Romney Exceeds Expectations

  1. myiq2xu says:

    I was happy that the Giants had the decency to finish their game before Mitt started talking.

    • leslie says:

      Me too – but the Sox on my end. Unfortunately, the Sox lost. But I didn’t have to switch back and forth for the frist time this week.

  2. myiq2xu says:

    I need to check my eyelids for holes. I will be back later.

  3. votermom says:

    Mitt hit it out of the park.

  4. Mitt not only hit it out of the park, he managed a great convention including highlighting the outstanding women in the Republican Party. Here’s more on that: (take a look myiq—–bet you like what you read—lol!!)

  5. myiq2xu says:

    Daddy’s Grrrl:

  6. leslie says:

    OT ~ I just noticed that the movie “2016: Obama’s America” has opened at even more theaters in my area (Chicago) this week. I’m shocied because I live in a Democrat stronghold and it is in the local theater. This community actually plays a huge role in what does and does not play here.

  7. cj says:

    He did good, and his delivery was flawless. Not a single, stuttering uh, uh, uh in the entire speech & with a personal thank you from me, no whistling S’s.


    Dems Giving Away Tickets to Obama’s Speech Free At Bars…

    • DeniseVB says:

      LOL….what are they thinking? Judging from the comments, protesters are plotting to get them. DNC sounds desperate for seat fillers, so sad.

  8. cj says:

    Melissa Clouthier‏@MelissaTweets

    Hahahahaha RT Women, minorities added to roster in Charlotte:

  9. myiq2xu says:

  10. DeniseVB says:

    While watching Mitt speak I realized I don’t want to be razzle-dazzled, I want an adult in my White House who will respect and protect her. He’ll make a very good President, and Ann, a classy first lady who probably won’t hold potato sack races in the East Room. 😀

    • carol haka says:

      There is nothing wrong with potato sack races in the East Room – only Ann won’t need to wear it over her head to hide an ugly personality!


    • cj says:

      Pity the children Denise. The poor chubby little children, whatever will they do when Our Lady of Green Kale Chips leaves?

      I want to hear from the WH staff. The floor washers, dish washers, the upstairs maids and the downstairs maid. Oh how I’d looove to hear what they have to say.

      • DeniseVB says:

        If I were a book publisher I’d be approaching the staff with a nice little check right now 😉 Unfortunately, the White House permanent staff are a lot classier than the current residents and would probably refuse, even using a fake name.

        Speaking of classless, remember the Obamas said they didn’t watch the RNCC “meh, not interested” ? The Uber-classy Romneys said they were looking forward to the DNCC because they’re interested in what those Americans have to say. Zing! 🙂

        • cj says:

          What a great comeback, lol. The Obamas are so amusingly clueless. Do they actually think anyone believes that Barack was not sitting on the sofa with Valjar on one side and Michelle on the other, each with their fingernails buried deep under his skin?

    • leslie says:

      DeniseVB, I feel the same way about wanting an adult with adult ideas and an adult way of speaking and presenting his/her ideas as well. We are owed a change we can believe in and MR is the person who presents the chance for us to be respected and treated like adults. I haven’t been “proud of my pResident” for a very long time. So I look forward to the opportunity to vote for the one who at this time has a chance of winning.

      (I read your comment on my phone this morning. I can;t comment on my phone or NOOK so I had to wait until I had a lunch break at work.)

  11. cj says:

    They’re still just JournoLists

    “To borrow their favorite metaphor, it was as if someone blew a dog whistle that only the liberal media could hear.”

  12. yttik says:

    It was a great speech. I was impressed that there was no stuttering and stumbling. Some of his phrases were real tongue twisters and I was expecting him to get tangled up. He really paid attention to the words coming out of his mouth, which conveys a certain amount of respect for your audience. Far too many people are so obsessed with their own ideas that they rush through the words, almost as if they resent having to communicate at all.

  13. Lulu says:

    Romney is playing Mr Opposite to Obama. Low key, modest, humble and it seems very refreshing. Every sentence does not begin with “I”. His references to prior Obama hubris-fest speeches bring that even more into focus. The press knows Romney is doing this and keep trying to tie it in with race, religion, work ethic and social class. It isn’t about that but rather culture and personality of which Obama’s is not attractive. It is fairly subtle and therefore infuriating to the Obama supporters who identify with Obama because that is their culture and personality also. It is rather sophisticated trash talking.

  14. foxyladi14 says:

    Well I was impressed and I don’t impress easily. 🙂

  15. yttik says:

    I didn’t need a reminder that there is a whole lot of hatred on the Obama side of the aisle, but good grief! People are complaining about the roses for Mitt’s mother, mocking Ann’s illness, and saying Clint Eastwood needs to go into a nursing home. WTH, people?

    • DeniseVB says:

      I think the media and candidates like “close” poll numbers because they drive ratings and bring in donations. I bet Mitt’s 20 points ahead by now just because he’s not Obama. 🙂

  16. myiq2xu says:

    I am now actively trying to get banned from Talk Left again.

    I am obeying their rules and limiting myself to one comment per day.

    • yttik says:

      I can’t believe people are saying that Clint bombed, that he was humorless and stiff, that it wasn’t funny. It was quirky and charming and hilarious!

      Of course, some people are trying to say Romney’s speech was just okay and passable. It’s kind of funny, I’ve caught a couple of people promoting misinformation which to me means they didn’t listen to his speech at all. The rose for example, wasn’t about Mitt and Ann, which you would know if you had actually listened to the story.

    • myiq2xu says:

      I think I struck a nerve.

      • elliesmom says:

        Clint Eastwood knows what a “dogwhistle” really is. He sent out a message last night that landed squarely where it should have. It wouldn’t have mattered who was at the podium last night or what he or she said to the folks at TalkLeft, They would have strained to find reason to mock it. But Eastwood’s message hit it right on the mark with those of us who are tired of having our lawns trampled. The empty chair will be a classic. I am also getting a kick out of the folks who have picked a line or two from Romney’s speech and are saying because of that line, there is no way they will vote for Romney now. These people were never going to vote for him no matter what. Like the people who still say they could never have voted for Hillary because of one vote she cast. BS on that, too.

  17. HELENK says:

    this is the first time I have ever watched the republican convention.It impressed me. i heard a term “deep bench” concerning all the young people which means the party has people for the future. I do not see too much of that with the dems.
    I saw a genuine liking for the American people. I do not see too much of that with the dems.
    I saw people facing reality, knowing that working hard together and changing the direction that the country is headed we will prosper. I do not see too much of that with the dems
    For the first time in four years, I am a little less worried about the future of the country

  18. myiq2xu says:

    Jason Biggs starred in American Pie where he literally screwed an apple pie.

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  20. HELENK says:

    colorado university offers course credits to students who campaign for backtrack.

    this is nothing new. I remember when a professor at temple university promised his students an “A” for his course it they would go to DC and march against the Viet Nam war

  21. Lizzy says:

    I don’t follow political speeches too much. I loved Clint’s send up of Obama. I liked Mitt’s speech; there was a sense of inclusiveness that seemed a balm after Obama. I loved the way he show cased women: candidates, business people and citizens compared to the hostility of the dems. The thing that touched my heart was the “testimonials” of friends, business associates and athletes. It left me feeling that Mitt is a good man, a smart man, and a hard worker.

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