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Solomon Grundy
11-07-2012, 03:14 AM
<span style='font-size: 17pt'>Long Quest for Presidency Concludes With a Concession Speech</span>
By ASHLEY PARKER and MICHAEL BARBARO
Published: November 6, 2012
NY Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/07/us/politics/for-romney-a-final-day-of-ritual-and-family-before-awaiting-results.html)

PITTSBURGH — On the 523rd day of his second presidential campaign, the moment that had long eluded Mitt Romney, the candidate of so many missed political connections and unrequited electoral affections, arrived at last.

Mitt Romney conceded at the Boston Convention Center. “I so wish I had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction, but the nation chose another leader,” he said.

As his head of meticulous silver-and-black hair popped out of a plane here in a state he would lose within hours, his eyes caught the unfamiliar sight of a spontaneous outpouring of love: 1,000 or so strangers, lining the decks of a dingy parking garage above the tarmac to show their support and watch him perform the simplest of acts: walk off a plane.

Mr. Romney stared in disbelief, then walked up to a chain-link fence and placed a grateful hand over his heart.

“They were,” he said later of the crowd, “connected emotionally with me.”

It was, of course, too late.

For Mr. Romney, Election Day was a time to relish what he could — a race that had evolved, slowly, sometimes painfully, from what often seemed to be a frustrated movement against the president into an embrace, however tepid, of the Republican nominee by his supporters.

It was a day of family, of politicking and of ritual: by the end of the night, he was huddled with his children and grandchildren in a hotel suite at the Westin, eating his favorite dish: meatloaf.

But bad news kept flashing across the two giant screens in Boston at Mr. Romney’s election night party at the Boston Convention Center. By 9:45 p.m., his aides had cut off the volume on the news shows, asking a band to strike up a version of “You Make My Dreams.” A few members of the largely listless crowd swayed to the music.

An hour later, several of Mr. Romney’s staff members were assembling in the back of a half-filled ballroom, mumbling about the staggering margins by which they had lost states they had expected to be close. (“Iowa by 10,” moaned one, still sounding incredulous.)

Mr. Romney did little to conceal his disappointment in his concession speech. “I so wish I had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction, but the nation chose another leader,” he said.

Turning to his wife, Ann, he declared, “She would have been a wonderful first lady.”

Mr. Romney’s day began a little before 8 a.m. in Belmont, Mass., a tidy suburb of generously sized homes that yielded so many of the idyllic images that crowded his biographical campaign videos: his five sons tumbling madly across a couch, or turning a garden hose loose on their unsuspecting father.

After a breakfast of peanut butter and honey on toast, Mr. Romney and Ann, arrived at the Beech Street Senior Center, a polling place where a plaque on the wall describes the Romneys as “Diamond Benefactors.” On the street, they found the same closely split loyalties that played out across the country. Pro-Obama signs shared space with friendlier handmade ones. “Mitt and Ann enjoy your new White House,” one read.

Inside, Mr. Romney took a long look at top of the ballot, and the small font that read “Romney and Ryan.” Seeing his name “was quite a moment,” he said later. “We’ve been working for this a long, long time, and to be on the ballot for the president of the United States is very humbling.”

From there, the almost-presidential mixed with the workaday mundane for Mr. Romney. After voting, Mr. Romney asked his daughter-in-law if she wanted to travel with him to Cleveland. She politely declined, explaining she had to take her children to school.

His last-minute campaigning in Ohio and Pennsylvania Tuesday morning was as much a deliberate distraction as a political strategy. Mr. Romney loathes unstructured time, and he had let his aides know that spending the day in a hotel room awaiting results was unacceptable.

All day, Mr. Romney was his essential self, careful and disciplined, unemotional and measured, nearly as uneasy in the limelight as when he began his campaign on June 2, 2011.

After much pleading, he agreed to talk to his traveling press corps — the 50th news conference of the campaign.

Post-campaign, he said, he was thinking of getting a puppy. “Assuming I win, one of the benefits would be to get another Weimaraner.”

As he started to walk off, he paused and looked back, as if there was something more he wanted to say.

But as the reporters thrust their recorders back toward him, Mr. Romney tensed up, turned around and walked away.

Mitt Romney's concession speech:
http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50134656n

Solomon Grundy
11-07-2012, 03:59 AM
<span style='font-size: 14pt'>So long, Mitt. Adios, au revoir.


Na na na na
Na na na na
Hey hey hey
Goodbye!</span>


http://youtu.be/n6RoOwSKI7M

<span style='font-size: 14pt'>Sorry, LWW, Grapenut, lloter, and eg8r. Better luck next time.

PS: You might just want to ditch that nasty teabagger rhetoric and bullsh*t..seems it didn't help you guys in the least little bit. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif </span>

Gayle in MD
11-07-2012, 06:30 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Solomon Grundy</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><span style='font-size: 14pt'>So long, Mitt. Adios, au revoir.


Na na na na
Na na na na
Hey hey hey
Goodbye!</span>


http://youtu.be/n6RoOwSKI7M

<span style='font-size: 14pt'>Sorry, LWW, Grapenut, lloter, and eg8r. Better luck next time.

PS: You might just want to ditch that nasty teabagger rhetoric and bullsh*t..seems it didn't help you guys in the least little bit. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif </span> </div></div>

Tap, Tap, Tap! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

Crazy never wins.

Knowing Repiglicans, they won't learn a damned thing from this schellacking!

Fine with me, 2016 will be just that much easier!

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This is what happens when nutjob ideology inside the bubble is mistaken as the overall view of Americans. I hope this is a lesson for those who have continued to insist that this country if center right. Obviously, that is a 'Myth" (could resist) /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif

Garbage in, garbage out.

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I'll give it to Mitt, he finally gave a gracious speech, and for the very first time in my life, being a bit of a champion for the underdog enough that I usually feel a bit sorry for the loser, but not this time, I didn't feel one smidgeon of empathy!

Bravo for our ground game here in MD., where I do believe that our Democratic Party, which spent at least one day a week, knocking on doors, handing out information, talking with swing voters in Fairfax Virginia, and energizing our party, made a difference in Virginia.

Bravo Mr. President! Your authenticity, hard work, class and dignity won the night!

G.