Romney recalled he was “probably 4 or something like that” the day of the Golden Jubilee, when three-quarters of a million people gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the American automobile.Aww. Very touching. Just one little problem with this heart warming story: The 50th celebration, or Golden Jubilee, took place before he was born:
“I remember, as a little boy… I was born in Detroit, Harper Hospital, our home was right around Six Mile and Woodward, a place called Palmer Park. We had a home there. It’s been bulldozed now because it turned, I guess, into an eyesore or a place where drugs were being used so they had to tear it down. It was a lovely home.
“I think my dad had a job like being the grand master or whatever of the 50th celebration of the automobile in Detroit. They painted Woodward Avenue with gold paint… my memory is a little foggy here…. so I was probably four or something like that, and had the cars go down Woodward Avenue. I know they still have the parade of cars every year.
The Golden Jubilee described so vividly by Romney was indeed an epic moment in automotive lore. The parade included one of the last public appearances by an elderly Henry Ford.Perhaps life begins the moment your parents start smiling and winking over wine next to a fireplace. Maybe that's why Mitt's memory is a bit groggy.
And it took place June 1, 1946 — fully nine months before Romney was born.
The timelines suggest Romney could well have been conceived that day. But it is inconceivable he was actually there.