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Ortrayed in the media a family man of strong religious faith and character I purchased this book anyway inclined to see all sides of an issue before crafting my own opinion of the man The book was certainly not what I expected If one is to present an unbiased biography one must include the good and the not so good in the name of impartiality The Real Romney accomplished this goal in commendable fashion based upon extensive research and several years of interaction with Mr Romney and his family Having read this book and several others regarding the subject I am convinced that Mr Romney is in fact a man of character committed to family and faith while also extraordinarily successful in his business career Mr Romney is clearly a brilliant business manager with extensive experience in turning around troubled organizations seemingly the man for the moment This indubitable talent for analyzing data identifying areas of waste and making tough and seemingly heartless business decisions would make Mr Romney unimaginably wealthy but seemingly unable to relate to the plight of average Americans who do not have the business aptitude to understand free market economics and have an intuitive fear of becoming inconseuential data points on an analytical spreadsheet Average Americans who are anything but average rather we are uniue individuals each with our own uniue hopes and dreams that carry an intertwined thread that is distinctively American a voice for freedom a voice crying out for real hope and change This voice must be represented not managed This may sound like a loaded uestion but How much difference is there really between Obama and Romney Both men seem to be basically nice guys of moral character with wholesome family values They both have unconventional family histories They are both moderates there are several similarities between their stances on many policy issues one created RomneyCare the other created ObamaCare And when we see Obama being criticized for not being liberal enough by Liberals and Romney criticized as not being conservative enough for the Conservatives it often looks as if these two savvy political players are nothing than two sides of the same coin There is one obvious difference between these two men s public demeanor however Obama is as even his harshest critics admit an elouent orator an excellent debater and an articulate interviewee Romney on the other hand has a tendency to sound rehearsed and stiff And then in those rare unguarded moments of candor he has a tendency to say some very strange things In his climb for the 2012 Republican Presidential Nomination for instance he let slip such statements as he likes to fire people that he s not concerned about the poor people and possibly most puzzling of all that corporations are peopleThese uotes are taken out of context and easily spun by Romney s opposition Still though when I hear things like corporations are people I find it pretty baffling I now that Romney spent the majority of his adult life as a corporate sapien but does he really believe that corporations are people And are there really other people out there who think corporations are people To figure this thing out I did what any inuiring 21st century mind would do I posted a uestion on a Conservative Republican internet message board to provoke a discussion and perhaps get my explanation Here s what I got my user name on this site is Jack btw Jack me uestion Are corporations people Yes or NoNellie YesKMD Corporations are designed BY PEOPLE operated BY PEOPLE employ PEOPLE and are made or broken by peopleso yes Corporations are PEOPLEMertle Yes they areMe KMD movies are designed by PEOPLE operated by PEOPLE they employ PEOPLE and are made or broken by PEOPLE So therefore following your line of logic Movies are People also And so are lamps and so are poems and so is Preperation H If that is your argument then you are sounding like the Steve Carill character in the movie Anchor Man I love lampAnd Romney s statement that Corporations are people sounds like it belongs in a Matrix movieIf corporations are people and corporations can own other corporations that means that people can own people Which is slavery I m not sure but I imagine if you polled all the people in America at LEAST 80% of those people would disagree with Romney s statement that people are corporations Of course if you polled corporations the results would be much less Oh wait a minuteyou can t poll a corporation can youDr Rose yes they are peopleMe If you are a Republican then I think you have to worry about this uote by Romney because this uestion is going to splinter your Republican party The goofball Spring Comes to Sanctuary (Welcome to Sanctuary, knee jerk Right wing exrtremists will HAVE to side with Romney And that will only make them look like fools as they trip all over themselves trying to rationalize this bizarre Gordon Gekko esue statementThe Independent thinking Republicans here will realize that Romney is completely off his rocker with this statement and it will make them look like fools if they vote for a man who would say such a thingButch Corporations are people in the legal senseMe So if Romney is saying that corporations are people in he legal sense then does he think that the US Constitution should be changed to We the Corporations of the United StatesMertle Do you evennow what Corporatism is JackholeKMD Jack Suat please run along and sue the ever living crap out of your UNION TEACHERS and the Dep of Education for scr3wing you out of a proper education and then your Parents for scr3wing you out of some common sense Thanks the 53% of us who pay taxesMe Come on face reality people It is idiotic to think or say that a corporation is a person Does a corporation have a soul If you believe that God created people then you cannot believe that corporations have souls and that they are people Maybe Romney thinks that corporations go to heavenhell when they die I mean he has some pretty unconventional religious beliefs anywayKMD Jeffrey Dhalmer didn t have a soul but he is considered a person Just sayin Me So you are comparing corporations
to Jeffrey Dalmer then Krysynda Oh there s a real peak to strive forKMD I was making a point Jack Jeffrey Dalmer then Krysynda Oh there s a real peak to strive forKMD I was making a point Jack I do not expect you to comprehend thisKMD Do animals have souls Jack Suat Yes they do but animals are not people can you get THIS pointMe So you were making a point that you were not expecting me to comprehend KMD That s weird I mean why bother to make the point if you don t think I m going to get itAnd now you are comparing corporations to animals Its wall to wall entertainment hereKMD TO sum it up Clearly Jack Suat you do not now JACK SUATMe Look if any of you women here have souls and have given birth to a child you should be able to understand what humanity is all about You should be able to understand that people can love Can corporations do that Can corporations loveKMD Jack Suat I have TWO CHILDREN you tool and yes if it were not for compassionate CORPORATIONS whom give money to CHARITIES the homeless help the poor go to college then those people would be SCR3WEDRose I work for a corporation In exchange
for my contribution towards the success of this corporation I am awarded a my contribution towards the success of this corporation I am awarded a health insurance paid
vacation annual raises and bonuses based on my contribution and the success of this corporation I am an annual raises and bonuses based on my contribution and the success of this corporation I am an to the corporation therefore I am the corporation along with the other individuals who contribute to the success and therefore the existence of the corporation Corporations ARE people Me Corporations give to charities for tax breaks and to improve their public image It has NOTHING to do with Love Corporations are NOT about love They are about the bottom line They are about money Plain and simple And if you or anyone here is comparing the love they feel for a child with what they feel for a corporation then I truly feel sorry for that childHarvey Corporations ARE people Deal with it hippie Me Let me ask you folks this If corporations are people then can I marry a corporation And if I am a mormon can I marry multiple corporationsThis discussion went on uickly descended into a rash of schoolyard name calling and nonsense However it did show me that some people actually DO think that corporations are people or at least that is what they say they believe But what about Romney Did he actually believe his own statement To seek the answer to this I headed to my local library and picked up a copy of The Real Romney by Michael Kranish And after reading it I feel that I gleaned a better idea of what makes Romney tick A person s values have uite a bit to do with who they are Romney has some very good values but I honestly think that his values include the idea that corporations are people And this value is the worst possible value a President of the United States could have The worst thing for this country would be if we elected a CEO in Chief CEOCreating Employment Overseas Because not only are corporations not people but the United States is not a corporation or at least it shouldn t be Corporations put monetary concerns ahead of humanitarian ones And if that principle was ever to become the core of our nation the greatest most powerful nation on Earth then uite frankly humanity is doomedAnyway The Real Romney was easy to read and well researched and it rates 3 out of 5 WagemannHeadsNEX. Globe investigative reporters Michael Kranish and Scott Helman readers will finally discover the real Mitt Romney Based on hundreds of interviews and than five years of reporting The Real Romney offers for the very first time a full understanding of this complex political figu. .
P 23 24George Romney Mitt s dad ran as a liberal to moderate politician playing down his Republican Party affiliation and worked hard to win the votes of groups that didn t always support the GOP including the black and labor votesWatching his father Mitt learned that George had a disarming way of rebutting arguments against him Sometimes George did so by distancing himself from his party and speaking sympathetically about an opponent s viewpoint For example George had been attacked by labor groups one of which published a pamphlet titled Who is the Real George Romney The booklet accused Romney of doublespeak such as when he said that Michigan needed a hundred thousand new jobs but then declared that he had never promised he could deliver them But George who had mixed relations with the unions at American Motors sometimes sounded sympathetic to his labor antagonists as when he lamented that the Republican Party was identified too much as a business partyMy comment The apple truly doesn t fall far from the treeI was going to note uite a few things from this book but what really is the point now It was an interesting read and has been hailed as a very fair and impartial account of Mitt There are definitely some things to admire about Mitt his intelligence and analytical mind his adoration and pursuit of Ann his family values his dedication to his faith etc There is also much to look at with concern his self aggrandizement dogged pursuit of political office and what he was willing to do people he was willing to use to achieve it and his seemingly incomprehensible understanding of his own convictions on certain issues and an inability to stick with his own words leaving many many betrayed people in his wake Just the simple fact that much of his political career was spent running as someone who said People of integrity don t force their beliefs on others They make sure that others can live by different beliefs they may have as his justification for his pro choice and pro gay rights stance to completely do a 180 later and come out as pro life and crusade against gay marriage and other gay rights well I don t now how anyone could trust him I certainly couldn tIn a nutshell this was a good book if you are interested in reading about Romney s life and foray into politics It was well written and I do think it was impartial Many reviews mention that there s plenty to find to support your admiration of Mitt if you already like him and plenty to support your doubts disgust if you dislike him and I think that comment is right on I don t like him and am awfully glad he s not our President The Real Romney is the first volume to comprehensively chronicle the notoriously distant politician Tediously researched and engagingly written this dense book outlines Romney s family history childhood teen years and later ascent to personal and political success The authors even handed approach allows Mitt Romney s actions and words to speak for themselves A dignified and impressive piece of political biography I think an evaluation of The Real Romney turns on whether it provides new information to the reader information that would help a swing voter make up his or her mind I think Kranish Helman succeed on that metric We learn that Romney s family history is deeply intertwined with the history of Mormonism and that he served an important role as a lay leader in the church We learn that as a lay leader Romney counseled a woman facing a woman facing a difficult birth against having an abortion We learn that Romney Riding Class (Saddle Club, keeps most acuaintances distant but can be silly or dorky with his family and close friends We learn that Romney assiduously courted gay voters during his run for the US Senate We learn that Romney ran the first post 911 Olympics ok I probably already should havenown this one We learn that Romney s advisors counseled against his ill fated decision to focus on social issues during his 2008 presidential runMost of the book is devoted to the history of Romney s patriline post Mormonism conversion sparked immigration his work for his church his career at Bain his US Senate run his tenure as head of the Winter Olympics and his tenure as governor of Massachusetts His 2008 and 2012 presidential runs are given pretty cursory review An entire chapter is devoted to RomneycareThe Real Romney compares very favorably with a similar just in time for the election biography from 2008 Obama From Promise to Power by Chicago Tribune reporter David Mendell Mendell s biography was pretty thin and wound up relying heavily on Obama s own book to cover Obama s early life Romney has a much longer political career going back to his US Senate run than Obama did in 2008 and the Boston Globe has been covering him much longer than the Chicago Tribune had Obama It shows This isn t a Robert Caro work but it s an extremely valuable voice
#About Romney Right NowThe Real Romney Very #Romney right nowThe Real Romney very reads like a series of long newspaper articles That s both good and bad Kranish Helman give the facts But they don t engage in
a lot of in depth analysis so thelot of in depth analysis So the portions consist of repeating the attacks of his critics This is unsatisfactory for a couple reasons those statements are not explored in greater depth and they come off as sour grapes both of which makes them difficult to judge UPDATED March 13 2013 see link at bottomI have my opinions about this book and they are firmly held But I am interested in hearing your thoughts and will consider alternative positions if you will only vote for my reviewWhat sort of man is Willard Mitt Romney and if he should become the next president of the United States what might we expect from his administration I found The Real Romney to be a fascinating look at the history of this White House hopeful The authors are two Boston Globe reporters who have followed Romney for many years They have written a very informative account one that puts some flesh on the wooden creature we have seen on the campaign trail insisting that corporations are people my friend We all Silver Stirrups (Saddle Club, know that anyone who refers to you as my friend is anything but and his use of the phraseology aside from the asininity of the content was telling as to how he sees voters KH paint a portrait of Romney family history that is uite interesting including ancestors who had been chased out of the USA for their religious practices then chased out of Mexico back to the States Fortunes were made lost and made again His father George did well for himself running American Motors and promoting a compact car when most Americans were driving large gas guzzlers and driving something smaller was considered uncool Later he became governor of Michigan and ran unsuccessfully for president He was a complicated guy a Republican with actual moderate positions He even had the audacity to concede that American generals and diplomats had hoodwinked him about the Vietnam war securing his support for that conflict for a time before he saw past the lies and changed his position It is clear that George Romney was a huge source of inspiration for his sonYou and I see the public persona of candidate Mitt but there really is to the man It is actually pretty sweet that he fell in love with his future wife when they were still teens and henew immediately that Ann was the woman he was destined to marry Kranish and Helman report on many instances in which Romney showed impressive generosity to people he Different Class knew only slightly not just to close friends They show that Mitt was a natural leader citing examples throughout his life where he took charge organized whatever it was that needed organizing and did so effectively and cheerfully While at Stamford Romney was an eager protester not against the Vietnam war but against those who protested the war But he did endure some actual hardships while enjoying his Vietnam era draft deferral He was working as a missionary in darkest France when he was almostilled in an auto accident when an inebriated priest struck head on the car in which he was ridingThere is no uestion that Mitt Romney is an extremely bright guy He was one of only fifteen students out of a group of eight hundred who completed a four year combination law and business degree program at Harvard This feat in addition to his well connected family name brought him a flurry of lucrative offers from Boston financial firms He would wind up at Bain where he did rather nicely for himself and his partners But don t let him get away with claiming that he has first hand Short Stories by Roald Dahl knowledge of the riskiness of capitalism As part of his agreement to run the new companynown as Bain Capital he got a sweetheart deal that protected him from any personal losses despite losses that Bain might incur No one can
say exactly how much he is worth today but estimates range upwards of two hundred million He has noexactly how much he is worth today but estimates range upwards of two hundred million He has no about the lives of those who are not ridiculously well off The authors look at some of the deals that Romney did while heading Bain Capital It is a mixed lot but there are enough skeletons there to fill up say Paris Hilton s closet The leveraged buyout model Bain used resulted in thousands of job losses and a host of companies which had been subjected to Bain s help crushed to death or close by massive indebtedness while Bain scooted off with huge fees He may not be Gordon Gekko but he certainly. “Absorbing and fair minded” New York Times“Romney’s story in full and clear detailfascinating in depth stuff” Los Angeles Times“A fascinating story that sheds next light on an elusive subject” Boston GlobeDespite his political prominence Mitt Romney remains an eni. Shares some of that dark character s views of the world It is also noted that when he is challenged his skin becomes noticeably thinner Expect him to surround himself with close advisers who toe the line And as for portraying himself as a great business manager well for the Olympics yes but not for his Bain activities I never actually ran one of our investments That was left to managements p 130Mitt was very active in his church serving for a time as the bishop of the Boston stake LDS speak for parish It was during his time in that role that he used his position in the church to show some of his underlying concerns A young woman a single mother in her twenties had become pregnant again She sought help from the church What Romney told her in his capacity as head of the Boston stake was that she had to make a decision She could put her expected child up for adoption or she could leave the church Who says the guy is anti choiceHaving scaled the mountain of corporate success well having scaled at least some of it given that he got to start half way up he turned his sights to politics following in his father s path While it was made clear in the book that some sort of public service was expected from someone who had been given so much I never got a sense of this being a truly heartfelt pursuit by Romney It is possible that his leap into politics had to do with a sense of inevitability rather than any real call to help people It is possible that his political career was an attempt to live up to and even exceed the accomplishments of his father The authors do not really offer much in this area which seemed to me rich with possibility Maybe it is an ego trip Maybe he really thinks he has the clearest vision forward for the nation Who nows But it became clear in short order that running a corporation was a very different animal from running for office He thought an aging bloated Teddy Kennedy would be a soft target but he found that there were still a few canines left in the aging lion and Romney learned that he had underestimated the rough and tumble of contact politics For a CEO used to getting his way this big loss was a big disappointment He jumped back into the fray with renewed vigor when the Massachusetts governor s office beckoned It is primarily here that we get to meet flip flop Romney There is no uestion that Massachusetts is a Democratic stronghold In order to appeal to voters it was necessary for Republican candidates to temper their inner scourges And so Romney became a supporter of abortion rights and gay rights although not gay marriage Was this real commitment or merely a commitment to winning Mike Murphy is a close adviser to Romney the euivalent of Karl Rove to Dubyah In an interview with the conservative National Review magazine Murphy described Romney as a prolife Mormon faking it as a pro choice friendly Given other tales in this book that sounds like an accurate portrayal In a United States that features the state of Virginia attempting to reuire vaginal probes before permitting abortions or what I like to think of as state rape a president who is committed to the elimination of abortion rights is a serious danger to the rights of women Finally Mitt seems averse to actual socializing He has a history of working very hard and spending whatever time remains with his family If you are looking for a buddy eep looking He relates to people to the extent that they serve his purposes tossing over people who have felt that they were than just tools when their usefulness expired Unlike the space aliens who are competing with him for the GOP presidential nomination I would be surprised to find his basement filled with a torture chamber a sound proof room where a candidate off the trail might have unnatural relations with captive children or farm animals or a magical being chained to a spindle spinning straw into gold But while he may be better able intellectually to cope with the 21st century it does not seem that he has demonstrated the ability to see beyond himself and those he considers like minded It is not about making the world a better place but improving his position within itin the words of one longtime Republican His main cause appears to be himself p 195UPDATESPaul Krugman of the NY Times posted an excellent piece on Romney Feb 23 2012 Romney s Economic Closet42712 For a peek into what a Romney Supreme Court might look like consider this Robert Bork Romney Standard Bearer Be afraid be very afraid51212 Charles Blow op ed re Mitt the Mean Boy51412 Timothy Egan op ed re weaseling 91712 David Corn s Mother Jones article breaking the story of Romney s disdain for most of us caught on video31313 Ed Schultz s interview with Scott Prouty the bartender
who just came out as the man responsible for the infamous 47% film in which Mittens let some fatjust came out as the man responsible for the infamous 47% film in which Mittens let some fat see the real Romney G This book reminded me of all the good things that I liked about growing up Mormon The book feels a lot like a testament about the power of community and while Romney has definitely had a very illustrative career you can t help but wonder where he would be if it wasn t for his dad who seems to lurk behind all of Romney s business successes Overall an excellent histoire and not too biased a book though there is a definite conservative tilt Interesting background on the presumptive GOP nomineeI was especially intrigued by the in depth look at his family s role in the history of early Mormonism And it s nice to read an ANALYTIC account of time with Bain as opposed to parsing the tet a tet between TV talking headsbut of course I m still voting for Obama And I m all the convinced that Romney will do just about anything to secure the nominationget elected He s a perennial student council president candidate and has about as much political conviction as Newt has fidelity This book is interesting easy to read and neutralDespite conviction as Newt has fidelity This book is interesting easy to read and neutralDespite fact that I have been very busy I found this book interesting enough to read uickly Writing a review has been another matterThis book begins with Romney s ancestors starting with nothing working hard and becoming successful That includes Romney s father George Although Mitt has never had to worry about money he has worked hard Mitt attended Stanford went on a 2 year mission for the LDS Church finished his undergraduate degree at BYU and then went to Harvard where he obtained his MBA and law degreeThe highlights of the book Bain Romney s family Romney s relationship to the LDS Church the Olympics Romney s political careerAs I was reading this book and eeping up with the current political news I often thought of the TV show Survivor where contestants form alliances and curry favor with groups It gives you a headache after awhileEver since Obama took office and ramped up the Bush policies of rapidly increasing the deficit and national debt I have thought We could have had Ron Paul and he never would have passed all of the burdensome spending and he would have reigned in the power of the Fed And why would Obama pursue Afghanistan Yes I now this book review is not about Ron PaulWhile Ron Paul has some great ideas he is not going to get the nominationI had hopes for Herman Cain How smart can you be if you try to run with his skeletonsNewt took 16 million from Freddie Is there a bigger symptom of what is wrong with our politicians Sure he can get on the stage and deliver some powerful blows but he can t understand the problem with taking money from FreddieI have heard some good interviews awhile ago from Rick but he is totally played by the press and the left Oh I forgot pressleft I could care less about anyone s personal choice on BC I do think forcing the Catholic Church to go against their ethics is wrong from a Constitutional point of view Also the mandates for insurance the higher the price tag Isn t that the opposite of the goalSo that leaves Romney who Socialist Realism keeps saying the oddest things I m probably the only person with this hope Romney may not have enough delegates going into the convention Given his friendship with Ron Paul even their spouses are friends they throw in together Romney becomes president and Ron Pauleeps him in check concerning war the Fed spending the Constitution etcEven if you don t share my political leanings you may find this book interesting Read it but if you aren t interested in politics watch some video clips on the riots in Greece Why Because it could be our future Now is the time to change course In a journalistic like manner Kranish and Helman deliver a well written report on the family background business career church leader experiences term as Olympics chief and the political career of Mitt Romney The authors succeed at providing a relatively balanced and fair accounting of Romney s decisions and actions in all of these different parts of his life Perhaps because of this straight forward reporting without pushing the reader one way o I expected this book to be an unflattering representation of Mitt Romney based upon the title The Real Romney indicating that we had not nown the real Romney before this book I anticipated a disparaging compilation of incidents highlighting missteps and gaffes which led to his ultimate defeat in the Presidential election I imagined some inexplicable secret or scandal hidden in Mr Romney s past that would contradict the image Gma to many in America Who is the man behind that sweep of dark hair and the high wattage smile A savvy politician or someone who will simply say anything to win A business visionary or a ruthless dealmaker In this definitive unflinching and widely acclaimed biography by Boston.