Tuesday, October 09, 2012

A quiet, decent man

Perhaps one day the truth about the kind of person Mitt Romney is will come out. This most certainly won't be because of the mainstream media in the run up to the 2012 election. Once again as noted here before CBS at least shows some integrity. A while ago - in fact a few days before the attack in Benghazi, Libya - CBS revealed that Obama doesn't often attend his own daily intelligence briefings. Today they have run a story on their website (TV?) showing Romney in a flattering light, one that Romney himself won't elaborate on out of some sort of modesty.

FTA (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505267_162-57415081/supporters-seek-to-define-the-real-mitt-romney/)

That story begins in the aftermath of the wildfires that engulfed San Diego in the fall of 2007, consuming dozens of homes in Reed Fisher's neighborhood and nearly his own.

Fisher told CBS News the fire did burn a hole through a fence and caught the corner of his house.

While the house was being repaired Fisher got a call from a fellow Mormon, one of his son's friends, offering help. It was Matt Romney, one of Mitt Romney's five sons.

When asked what he said, Fisher said, "We would like to come help. We would like to come do something. And I said, 'Matt, I wish you could, but almost everything has been cleaned up.' But he pressed me, and I said, 'Well, there is this one thing. And I don't know if the insurance is going to cover it. There is a big tree stump in my front yard. They took the tree down, the tree was torched in the fire. But the stump was still there.' So Matt insisted, he said, 'We would like to bring a couple of guys and do some service at your house.'"

On that day, Fisher said he ran out to get some breakfast for the volunteers. Fisher said, "As I drove down to my house, there are four men working in the hole there, ... and one of them is running for President of the United States of America."

That man was Romney. When his son told him about the service project, he had asked if he could help.

"He had dirt under his fingernails," Fisher said. "He was the first one down the hole. He's the first one with the power saw. He's doing the hardest work of any of us."

And as Fisher made clear, not a single reporter was in sight.

"This wasn't a publicity event," Fisher said. "In fact, when they grew up as boys there was occasions where their dad...would get them up and they would go do a service project for someone."

There are other similar stories quietly creeping into the public conscience, but not because of Romney himself, but others who are dismayed by the "lying liar" label being foisted upon him.

One of the most compelling is the story of a business partner who's daughter was missing. Romney shut down Bain, his company, and organized the entire staff to help find the girl. They did. He was in no way seeking praise or triumph for himself he was genuinely helping a friend in need.

These are just a couple of unheralded examples of the kind of human being Mitt Romney is. He is among other thing a quietly decent man.