Mitt Romney may not be the orator that President Obama is, but his speech last night was a solid contrast to the failure of the hope and change we heard four years ago.
For me, one of the most significant lines in the speech was this: “President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. MY promise…is to help you and your family.”
It is the perfect contrast. Romney is a guy who has worked hard and been very, very successful. And yet he remains humble. Even as a very successful businessman, he has taken the time to serve people – primarily in his responsibilities in his church. He wants to help you and your family, because he’s been doing that kind of thing his entire life.
I have heard some talk about how remarkable it is that this busy executive would take the time to help a 14 year-old boy go through the process of dying. Sitting at his side, helping him draft a will, speaking at his funeral.
It has probably never crossed Romney’s mind that it was remarkable in any way. It was his choice, his compassion, his duty. It was as normal and unremarkable as getting up and going to work every day.
Ultimately, the contrast between a man who serves others without a second thought and a man who is so narcissistic as to think that he “is the one we’ve been waiting for” who can “slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet” will make the difference in this election.