The Wonderful World of Willards
I am a big fan of Mike Allen, who produces Playbook for Politico. Each day I receive an e-mail that I find very informative. I trust his accuracy and admire his insights and today I will rely mostly on his words.
The event in question happened last night. Last night happened after the video of former Governor “Willard” Mitt Romney speaking candidly to an audience of donors in Florida. Those attuned to the subtleties of the upcoming election may recall that portions of the earlier video did not play well among the general populace. Does 47% ring a bell?
Read, reflect, wonder. Are these words likely to resonate with undecided American voters?
THE MOMENT: Each day, Playbook will highlight one MOMENT from the previous day on the campaign trail and airwaves, so that if you spliced them all together, they would tell the story of the final month. Our inaugural MOMENT comes from the pool report by the WashTimes’ Seth McLaughlin, from last night’s Romney funder at the Renaissance Hotel in Washington: “Bill [a.k.a. J. Willard] Marriott, chairman … of Marriott [International], introduced Romney. Marriott shared stories about how they have been family friends for decades. This is one of his tales:
“‘Both Mitt and I have summer places up in New Hampshire on Lake Winnipesaukee. And a few summers ago I was taking my grandchildren and children to town in the boat for ice cream. And we got into the docks and they were all full and I looked around, there was no place to park, so we stopped at the end of a dock. They all jumped off and ran up the dock. And I realized there was nobody in the boat to help me dock the boat, handle the ropes, do anything – they just left me out there at sea. So I finally found a place to park after about 20 minutes, and I pulled in, I said, ‘Who’s going to grab the rope?,’ and I looked up and there was Mitt Romney. So he pulled me in, he tied up the boat for me. He rescued me just as he’s going to rescue this great country.'”
Breathtaking. Have they all signed on to write for Jon Stewart?
Richard Meyer, September 28, 2012 at 8:19 am said:
Not exactly a PT 109 story.
Stan Delan, September 28, 2012 at 9:28 am said:
“out there at sea”. John Stewart is quite a comedian. But turning a LAKE into the back drop for a Moby Dick adventure that revolves around ice cream is the next level. I genuinely wonder how guys like this make it add up in such a big way in the business world…I suppose Bill Marriott has figured something out. But inevitably I’m drawn back to Terrance Mckenna’s words, “we are governed by the least among us.”
Haven Pell, September 28, 2012 at 9:31 am said:
glad to have your thoughts Stan. Welcome.
Ashley Higgins, September 28, 2012 at 6:28 pm said:
I know you know how piddling this MOMENT is.
Haven Pell, September 28, 2012 at 6:56 pm said:
true, and piddling is a good word. But he is not getting votes with it.
PS I left the bold and caps from the original