Interview with Mitt and Ann Romney

Mitt Romney: “It kills me” to not be in the White House

Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, did not win his race for the White House, but in his first post-election interview today on “Fox News Sunday,” he wants everyone – friends and foes alike – to know that he’s not exiting stage right.

In a wide-ranging discussion, the former Massachusetts governor and his wife, Ann Romney, opened up on the reasons for their loss, their adjustment to life after the campaign, and President Obama’s leadership since his reelection, making clear that they were disappointed by the loss, but even more disappointed about the direction the country has taken since then.

“Nero is fiddling,” Romney said, likening the president to the infamous Roman emperor who played his fiddle as Rome burned.

“No one can think” that the fight over the sequester “has been a success for the president,” Romney argued. “He didn’t think the sequester would happen. It is happening, but to date, what we’ve seen is the president out campaigning to the American people, doing rallies around the country, flying around the country, and berating Republicans.”

He suggested that the president may be more interested in “showing pain” and wielding the sequester as a weapon against Republicans than in actually finding compromise.

And that adversarial, campaign-style politicking, Romney said, has poisoned the well of compromise instead of enabling the president to engage with opposition. “I don’t see that kind of leadership right now,” he said, and “it kills me not to be in there, not to be in the White House” to provide that direction.

Instead, after his loss, he watches, more bystander than inside player. But until the very end, Mitt Romney said, he was convinced that it would turn out differently. “We were convinced that we would win.” When talking about the moment it became clear, after the numbers from Ohio began rolling in on election night, that victory was slipping out of reach, he said “it’s hard, it’s emotional.”

Ann Romney described the “crushing disappointment” she felt – “Not for us, our lives are going to be fine. It’s for the country.”

You can waste a lot of time obsessing over what might have been but damn, that was a tough loss. It’s gonna be a long four years.

(Unless the sequester kills us first.)

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66 Responses to Interview with Mitt and Ann Romney

  1. jeffhas says:

    Reading the comments at ABCNews makes me sad.

    So many people with such vitriol.

    I can’t wait for this generation to ‘move on’ already….

    • myiq2xu says:

      I rarely read the comments at other blogs. It’s too depressing.

      There are way too many idiots in this country.

      • myiq2xu says:

        It’s actually kinda scary when you realize how many stupid, hateful people there are out there.

        • yttik says:

          There are NOT that many hateful people out there. Seriously, the internet distorts things, kind of like a fun house mirror. There is really only a tiny handful of hateful people, living in their parent’s basement, with the time to sit and post nastiness on news blogs. The vast majority of people are out working, playing in the sunshine, whatever.

        • yttik makes a good point, but that well is still pretty poisoned – by losers who simply don’t care. And that’s the most distressful thing. They don’t care if the country never heals. That’s just sick.

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  5. HELENK says:

    I keep thinking that in 2008 this country cut it’s wrists. In 2012 it cut it’s throat.

    I do think and hope that more and more people are waking up, but is it too late or not?

  6. myiq2xu says:

    Beat the Press:

    Finally, this week, reporters are pushing back. Even Jonathan Alter — who frequently appears on the Obama-friendly MSNBC — came forward to say he, too, had been treated horribly by the administration for writing something they didn’t like.

    “There is a kind of threatening tone that, from time to time — not all the time — comes out of these guys,” Alter said this week. During the 2008 campaign swing through Berlin, Alter said that future White House press secretary Robert Gibbs disinvited him from a dinner between Obama and the press corps over it.

    “I was told ‘Don’t come,’ in a fairly abusive e-mail,” he said. “[It] made what Gene Sperling wrote [to Woodward] look like patty-cake.”

    “I had a young reporter asking tough, important questions of an Obama Cabinet secretary,” says one DC veteran. “She was doing her job, and they were trying to bully her. In an e-mail, they called her the vilest names — bitch, c–t, a–hole.” He complained and was told the matter would be investigated: “They were hemming and hawing, saying, ‘We’ll look into it.’ Nothing happened.”

    But Mitt’s got binders full of women!

    • Somebody says:

      Someone from the WH actually wrote in an email abusive, misogynist terms like bitch and c**t and asshole and we heard crickets about it???

      If I were her editor I would have gone to presses and displayed that email for the world to see. There is absolutely no excuse for such behavior, none. I hope every reporter that has been treated this way comes forward, maybe, just maybe some of the teflon will start to fall off.

      • angienc (D) says:

        Um, that was BEFORE Obama was “re-elected” in 2012 — no way was any MSM outlet going to expose that shit. Look how they covered up for Obama when a US Ambassador was killed in the line of duty.

      • foxyladi14 says:

        Pray it does. 🙂

      • wmcb says:

        Color me skeptical. I never see the feminists get agitated over much anymore, until the Prog Boyz give them marching orders to get off their asses and make a War On Women Sammich for them, pronto.

  7. foxyladi14 says:

    I hope the country is paying close attention to exactly where Barry is choosing to make his cuts. 🙂

  8. HELENK says:

    more money to Egypt as islamist unleash morality police.
    we get sequester and release of illegal aliens they get money. what is wrong with this picture

  9. myiq2xu says:

    • wmcb says:

      Just discussing this with hubby. Very exciting. It won’t help those with long-standing infection, or those who don’t know that they potentially got infected.

      But for those who immediately *know* they were likely just exposed (a rape, a needle stick, a chancy one night stand, whatever) you could hit them right then with the massive anti-viral dose and wipe out the virus before it ever takes hold.

    • swanspirit says:

      This is huge , now THIS is taking care of the children , I wish the republicans , would espouse this cause . Bush did it in Africa .

  10. HELENK says:

    maybe Ann Romney not so wrong about the media

    they do try to rewrite history

  11. angienc (D) says:

    That is a good man & a good woman right there — too good for 52% of the American voting public.
    I said it on election night — America couldn’t approve of a man like Romney — that’s a reflection on the nation, not the man.

  12. HELENK says:

    all this time I thought they only took applicants from the sex offenders registry

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  14. Anthony says:

    Seeing the Romney’s only makes me more pissed off than I was on election night.

    Granted, the MSM bears the brunt of the blame, but really – when the Ohio numbers started coming in and the Ass Clown was winning by more than 100% in some districts (does anyone really believe that not ONE person voted for Romney in Cincinnati?)), what did we hear from the GOP??? CRICKETS!!!!

    Tell me again there’s not some other entity pulling the strings (CFR? World Bank?)

    Now go ahead and call me a conspiracy theorist……

    • wmcb says:

      Yep. I’m not usually one to call foul, because no election is perfect and seamless – mistakes happen. But that was just freaking bizarre. No way.

    • angienc (D) says:

      The scariest thing about this election isn’t that 52% of those who bothered to vote cast a ballot for Obama (although that’s plenty scary), it’s that EVERYONE is *pretending* that Obama actually won FL, OH, VA & NH (and/or CO) — and thus the election — by ~ 320,000 votes. That’s George Orwell shit right there — except that Orwell gave the public too much credit & thought TPTB would have to be more clever to pull the wool over our eyes.

      • Anthony says:

        That’s George Orwell shit right there — except that Orwell gave the public too much credit & thought TPTB would have to be more clever to pull the wool over our eyes.

        You mean like pretending the sequester is responsible for all the cuts, job losses and tax increases that Obamacare is going to bring?

        That’s whats pissing me the fuck right off even more. At least they could TRY to work up a drop of sweat when they’re trying to shoot us through the breeze…..

    • angienc (D) says:

      Yeah, Obama “won” CO (one of many, many things we are all pretending DID NOT HAPPEN prior to Nov. 6, 2012).

    • DandyTiger says:

      Obama is who the uniparty machine wanted in 2008. They worked hard for him to win. They still like their puppet. Both “sides” cheat when the machine behind them wants it. In 2000 Bush was the puppet. In 2008/2012 Obama was the puppet. Notice how the Republican Party machine wasn’t cheating for Romney like they did for Bush.

      • DandyTiger says:

        If Jeb runs, he will win. No matter what the vote is. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

        • wmcb says:

          Yes, short of a miracle he will. The GOP had better be careful, though. A big chunk of their voters are furious as hell, and already getting angry at the idea of Jeb being force-fed to them.

      • wmcb says:

        Bingo. I swear you could just about tell who is a fairly “honest broker” (yeah, I know that term is relative) among politicians by watching who the establishment/media props up or tries to destroy.

        That will have a huge influence on my vote in the future. Perhaps even more so than agreement on every issue. I want to starve the machine.

        • DandyTiger says:

          Make them have to work hard at their cheating.

        • wmcb says:

          I’m not naive. The political machine gets to ALL of them to some degree once they are in office. But why should I give them the advantage by choosing a prez that is their guy from the get-go? At least the non-favored guy (or gal) might go in with SOME chance of doing something good before they wear him down.

        • DandyTiger says:

          Agree. And generally, just voting out the incumbent at least makes the machine have to work hard.

        • votermom says:

          ITA. The moment the media attacks a politician, said politician automatically gets a second look from me.
          When they start gushing about someone, I get skeptical and look for signs of corruption.

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  16. HELENK says:

    the tea party must be doing something right. both the new democratic party and the msm hate them

  17. wmcb says:

    So this just happened. I am so fucking disgusted with the “antiwar” Left. Pack of hypocrites, all of them. Code pink wants an anti-drone tee but with NO mention of Teh Precious.

    • Anthony says:

      See above re: George Orwell…. Same shit.

      Is there a country that is still in its right mind that takes American expats?

  18. wmcb says:

    From my facebook page:

    So I was thinking about my very unlikely strong marriage, and what makes it work. There are a myriad of things, all important, but here’s the most important thing: unconditional love.

    Of course, when you say that, people think it’s either some kind of tender feeling, or worse, some self-effacing breed of cheesily maudlin self-sacrifice. But it isn’t. At all.

    You know what another word for unconditional love is? Utterly Implacable Loyalty.

    I don’t use the word “commitment”, because it always takes on a strange pseudo-meaning in people’s heads. We have an easier time recognizing the truth as it pertains to lifelong *friends*, but for some reason think a marriage operates in some other sphere. It doesn’t. It’s creating by choice an unshakable truth that when push comes to shove I am *on your side.* I have your back. Period. Always. Doesn’t matter if I think you’re wrong, or even tell you so frequently.

    It’s a foxhole kind of love, baby. So go on and be a stupid ass and go charging half-cockeyed out of that foxhole with your bad self. You may hear me yelling that you are SUCH a dumb shit and Ima gonna kill your ass later when I get a minute. But you will never need question, not even for one single hesitant split second, whether I’m covering you. That’s a given. Because this loyalty is a FACT. It’s *fierce*, not maudlin. It’s the certain knowledge that nothing and noone in this world is ever going to take you out without having to come through me first. Not gonna happen.

    So that’s it. That’s the whole big secret in a nutshell. You can throw away all the rest if need be: the Mars/Venus advice, the 4 day “speaking the other’s emotional langauge” seminars, the date nights, the “never go to bed angry” crap (*snort* like that’s ever not happened.) If you have the Utterly Implacable Loyalty thing down, you’ll still be fine.

    File under: Unsolicited marital advice from an aging wise-woman. You’re welcome.

    • angienc (D) says:

      My mom & dad have been married for 45 years. 5 years ago when their 40th anniversary was approaching a recently married friend of mine said to my mom “Wow, 40 years — what’s your secret?” and my mom looked at her and said “Compromise.” The look on my friend’s face was priceless — she was so visibly crestfallen, because she obviously expected some flowers & love poem bullshit (such as “don’t go to be angry”) as the “key” to a happy marriage. My mom — who seems to take pleasure in disappointing people with the unvarnished truth, continued: “And when I say compromise, I mean the ability for both people to honor their commitment to sacrifice for the sake of their family– to actually put their family’s happiness as a whole above their own individual, selfish wants & desires, because there are days when you want nothing more than to just walk out that door and not look back.”
      Bwahahahaha. My mom & I still laugh about that.
      And you know what — my mom’s 100% right — which is why 45 years of marriage is a rarity nowadays in our “instant gratification takes too long” society.

      PS — that friend of mine is now divorced — which is only to be expected when you think every day of marriage is supposed to be out of a story book. As my college English prof. said: there’s a reason comedies traditionally end with a wedding; the day after the wedding is when the tragedy begins. 😉

      • Somebody says:

        Agree loyalty and compromise both big keys. I’ve only been married 31 years, but still that’s a pretty long marriage by today’s standards.

        To me the key to my marriage is that we are a true and complete partnership. I’m better at some things than he is and vice versa. It took quite a few years to figure that out and the ensuing power struggles. But we did figure it out, because we were committed and we put our family above everything. We are a partnership and our “business” venture I’d guess you say is our family. It stops being about me and I…….and becomes about we and us. Unfortunately in many marriages one or both parties can never put the I and me aside.

        Some marriages fumble through despite all of that until they’re truly tested with some kind of crisis. When my daughter was in cancer treatment we saw so many of the other patient’s parents split up, it was sad. Going through that hell only made our marriage stronger and our love deeper. Lucky for us by that time we figured out our “boxes”, who was good at what…..and we hit the ground running never missing a beat. We each knew by instinct what the other was thinking or what their reaction woul be to something. Quite often when an emergency came up we didn’t even have to talk we communicated in looks and nods in those split seconds.

        We are both truly saddened that our son has a child with someone that clearly can’t drop the “It’s all about me” thing. There is no desire on her part to have a partnership, mostly she’s interested in a usership. Our eldest daughter has yet to meet someone either. We both really want our own children to know how fulfilling a true partnership and a happy marriage can be. We want all of them to have what we have.

        Anyway…….my thought on marriage…….partnership. A successful partnership requires compromise and loyalty.

        My two cents

        • foxyladi14 says:

          And a lot of LOVE helps too. 🙂

        • angienc (D) says:

          Compromise & loyalty *is* love, foxyladi!
          That’s the thing the “it’s all about me” generation doesn’t get — they expect romantic love — roses & champagne — every single day to be “happy.” That’s fairy tale bullshit — sure, that’s how it is in the beginning, but real, true love that makes a happy marriage is compromise & loyalty — you being willing to *always*, as somebody wrote, think in terms “we” and “us” not “me” and “I.” Sadly, that’s a true rarity today because everybody thinks they should be the “star” of the production — No one ever wants to play the supporting role.
          And Somebody — 31 years is not “only” — that’s a huge. Mazel tov.

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