June 18, 2012
NYC Letter: The Subtle Art Of The Quiet Slam -- Ann Romney
Day 1,241 of CHOPE
D-minus 215 Days
Sometimes just politely answering the question is more effective than verbally mauling the opposition.
June 18, 2012 (The Hill) - Romney was responding to a question from WJR Detroit's Frank Beckmann, who asked Romney if her family would be vacationing abroad as frequently as the Obamas.
"I doubt that," Romney replied. "Our vacations and our happiness come from being with our children and our grandchildren."
First Lady Michelle Obama has drawn some criticism from conservative radio hosts for her international travel, including a trip to Spain with daughter Sasha where she lunched with King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia.*
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Why The Hill thinks a straight-up answer to a question is "needling" who can say? The interviewer uses the Obamas as a point of comparison. Mrs. Romney obliquely refers to them only in the context of the question.
Mrs. Romney strikes us as a FLOTUS in the mold of Laura Bush, effective, poised, and -- noncontroversial. We are willing to bet good money that Mr. Romney's party nomination to the presidency won't be the first time in her life Mrs. Romney is really proud of her country.
This holiday has felt a bit like one last long, deep breath before we plunge into 2012.
This time next year, I don’t want us to have any regrets. I want to be able to say we rose to the task, and got it done. We’ve all got some work to do right now.
In February Mrs. Obama took another "one last long, deep breath" in Aspen, Colorado.*** In March it was another "one last long, deep breath" in Las Vegas, Nevada at the start of a family trip around the western United States. (Mrs. Obama's 16th and 17th vacations, respectively, in three years.)
Mrs. Obama indulges her conspicuous extravagances while her husband calls for "shared sacrifice" by the little people. The Obamas are completely tone-deaf to the discordance.
April 15, 2012 (CNS News) - Just two days after President Barack Obama gave a sharply edged response to news anchor Larry Conners of KMOV in St. Louis after Conners had asked the president about Americans who "get frustrated and even angered when they see the first family jetting around [to] different vacations and so forth," Obama told a panel at the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia that part of his job there was to scout out locations for a future vacation with First Lady Michelle Obama.
** Cost to taxpayer, a staggering $4M.
*** Still waiting on the cost to taxpayer for Aspen vacation.Posted by Damian at June 18, 2012 11:45 PM