When it comes to Mitt Romney, there’s little to like. Romney’s career has been a timeline of failure and bad leadership, from his time as a corporate raider shutting down businesses and outsourcing American jobs, to his abysmal economic record in Massachusetts, to his appearance yesterday with his ally Donald Trump. Really, Donald Trump?
When it comes to Mitt Romney and his pals, there’s little to like!
Mitt Romney clinched the Republican nomination for president of the United States last night. Today should be a day of celebration for someone who’s been running for president for six years. But thanks to Donald Trump and the good people of Craig, Colorado, it’s been instead a complete disaster.
Romney spent the night in Las Vegas, getting overshadowed by one of his top surrogates: birther-in-chief Donald Trump. The Donald has been ramping up the birther rhetoric in recent days—with not a peep of protest from the candidate he represents. Instead of condemning Trump’s over-the-line remarks, Romney’s holding a fundraiser with him and making pathetic excuses: “I need to get 50.1 percent or more, and I’m appreciative to have the help of a lot of good people.” It’s yet another example of Romney failing to take a stand against the extremists in his party.
Earlier in the day, Romney stopped by rural Craig, Colorado, to inform residents that they’re “hurting right now under this President.” Well, that was news to them. As the Wall Street Journal reported, “As Mitt Romney decried the president’s regulatory agenda as a job-killer, residents of this rural coal-mining town were feeling a little more optimistic than the candidate’s rhetoric.”
One retired coal worker noted that the town hadn’t been hit by layoffs. Quite the opposite: They’ve been hiring. And even the elected officials attending the event—from the mayor of Craig to the Colorado Republican Party chair—deviated from Romney’s message of the day, noting that Craig had weathered the recession thanks to the local energy industry.
Congratulations on the nomination, Mitt—it’s too bad no one’s talking about it today.
Today, President Obama honored 13 Americans with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
This year’s recipients include cultural icons like Bob Dylan and Toni Morrison, as well as groundbreaking pioneers like former Secretary of State Madeline Albright and Pat Summit, the winningest basketball coach in NCAA history. Also honored were Dolores Huerta, who cofounded the United Farm Workers with Cesar Chavez, and Jan Karski, whose work in the Polish resistance allowed him to share a first-hand account of the Holocaust with Western Allies.
“Together, the honorees on this stage, and the ones who couldn’t be here, have moved us with their words; they have inspired us with their actions. They’ve enriched our lives and they’ve changed our lives for the better. Some of them are household names; others have labored quietly out of the public eye. Most of them may never fully appreciate the difference they’ve made or the influence that they’ve had, but that’s where our job comes in. It’s our job to help let them know how extraordinary their impact has been on our lives. And so today we present this amazing group with one more accolade for a life well led, and that’s the Presidential Medal of Freedom.”
The Medal of Freedom is highest honor awarded to civilians in the United States. It was established in 1963 by President Kennedy and is presented to those who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”