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  •  I think that Ann's speech (8+ / 0-)

    was robotic and simplistic. Something I would have expected to hear in the 1940's.

    There was no passion - and sadly, no heart. What does that mean? Perhaps that the Romneys are different from the Obamas -indeed from most of us. They are isolated by their money, creed and background. And it will always be so.

    Michelle Obama has lived from a lower rung of society to the very top - and she's in touch with all of it. Her interests in the state of our society reflect her continued concern that the same opportunities that helped her - and the President - to reach their potential remain in place for all Americans, for all time.

    Ann Romney did what she could with what she has to work with - it just isn't and will never be - enough.

    Forever is composed of nows. Emily Dickinson

    by brook on Wed Sep 05, 2012 at 11:12:55 AM PDT

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    •  What Ann couldn't reveal was that she and Mitt (6+ / 0-)

      shared a passion for being very rich and reveling in all the trappings of wealth in American society.  That's probably why she fell in love.  I bet she too loves her husband more than when they were younger because of their shared success.  Wealth and power are what the Romneys are passionate about.  For Barack Obama, as Michelle made clear, it wasn't the road to wealth he laid out for her, but a partnership in making their community, and ultimately the nation and the world a better place.  Thank God we have leaders like this, at least for now.  I am very inspired by the First Lady.

    •  and (7+ / 0-)

      Ann's speech seemed very disingenuous.  The Romneys seem to think that everyone begrudges their success, and while some do, I begrudge them more for pretending and trying to sell a narrative that they struggled.  Don't be ashamed if you were born into a wealthy family - it's not like you can help it.  The point is to acknowledge the help you got along the way to your success (as MObama nailed perfectly), not pretend that it was harder than it was so people will take you seriously.  Maybe the Romneys never had the "opportunity to struggle" like the Obamas, and therefore lacked the opportunity to build their characters.  By acknowledging that they had an easier time would go miles for their statement of character.  Instead they try to dupe people, which makes them terrible people.

      •  That's the essense, yes. (3+ / 0-)

        They could have easily used the truth to tell their story
        to their advantage. Their position does not allow that - for the old maxim that one does not speak in public about private matters still exists in the moneyed class.

        I grew up in a family where money, sex and religion were never spoken of and I was constantly reprimanded when I strayed. Which is why I grew up to be a verbose, opinionated old woman whose 30-something granddaughter thinks is a hoot.

        Forever is composed of nows. Emily Dickinson

        by brook on Wed Sep 05, 2012 at 12:53:06 PM PDT

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        •  The Kennedys (4+ / 0-)
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          never denied their wealth. But they constantly reiterated in so many ways that with great advantages come equally great responsibilities to those who don't share those blessings. That, besides the footage from Ted's debate smackdown of Romney, was the other cogent point in that tribute to Ted.

          "The truth will set you free...but first it'll piss you off." - Gloria Steinem

          by Sharoney on Wed Sep 05, 2012 at 01:29:54 PM PDT

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          •  Exactly! (1+ / 0-)
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            There are families and people of great wealth who do relate to the greater world. Mostly taught by 1st or 2nd generation parents who had not become so isolated in their ivory towers and remembered the struggles of their ancestors.

            The current crop of "I Got Mine's" haven't been taught from childhood that they are obliged to have some sense of responsibility to the rest of society -
            that they should use some small part of their resources to see that there is a safety net for those who have no trust fund on which to lay their heads at night.

            Forever is composed of nows. Emily Dickinson

            by brook on Wed Sep 05, 2012 at 02:09:13 PM PDT

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          •  But the Kennedys were Irish Catholics (0+ / 0-)

            in Boston, where all the money in the world still made you somewhat lower class. And Daddy Joe made his money in bootlegging, rather than inheriting it as proper Boston Brahmins do. They may have had money but they were never upper class. That makes a difference in your outlook.

            The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

            by irishwitch on Wed Sep 05, 2012 at 06:00:10 PM PDT

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            •  True. Good point, IW. (0+ / 0-)

              It probably was the secret sauce that kept the family humble.

              "The truth will set you free...but first it'll piss you off." - Gloria Steinem

              by Sharoney on Wed Sep 05, 2012 at 10:39:34 PM PDT

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