We modern humans are unfamiliar with the actual sound of a barrel having its bottom scraped. My best guess is that it sounds something like this:
Romney kind to women, ex-aides sayMitt Romney will no doubt be a great president for all of those who know him personally.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney faces a gender gap. And Cindy Gillespie would like to help him close that gap in the race to unseat President Barack Obama.
So she and other women who have worked for Romney have hit the campaign trail, to talk about a boss and a leader they describe as kind, caring and committed to equality in the workplace.
She pointed out Gillespie, who worked with Romney at the Salt Lake City Olympic Games and then followed him to Massachusetts, where she served as a counselor while Romney was governor.
And Ann Romney talked about three other members of Romney's governing team in Massachusetts: Ellen Herzfelder, environmental affairs secretary; Beth Lindstrom, secretary of consumer affairs and business regulation; and Renee Fry, deputy chief of staff.
In interviews, the women provided snapshots of their time with Romney.
Fry said, "From the personal side, after government, in 2008, I had a massive (noncancerous) brain tumor and nearly died. I can tell you one of the first phone calls I got was from Governor Romney."
"I was a little medicated at the time and I was telling him, it just wasn't fair. In his very reassuring voice, he said, 'Whatever I can do to help, I will be there for you,' " she said.
Lindstrom, who had young children when she served with Romney, said the governor told her: "Family comes first."
"To have a boss say, 'We'll have mistakes but they'll be our mistakes,' was very empowering," she said.
Herzfelder said: "I see this man up there that I know has this great strength, this great warmth. His actions really speak to the kind of man he is."
Gillespie recalled how Romney called her every night, for 10 straight nights, when her father was in a coma after heart surgery.
And she told one more story. The day she moved to Massachusetts, the moving company didn't get all her furniture inside the house. The governor called and asked her how things were going. She said furniture was still on the driveway.
"I'll get the boys," Romney told her.
At 9 p.m., Romney and his sons moved the furniture into the house.