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Only One Bush on Romney's List of Heroes

Mitt Romney with one of his inspirations: President George H.W. Bush before Romney's address on "faith in America" in Houston. (Reuters).

By Juliet Eilperin
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -- When former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney paid tribute to his presidential heroes during his victory speech last night, he left out one prominent Republican: President Bush.

For weeks, Romney had been telling the campaign that he draws his inspiration from the GOP icon Ronald Reagan. Last night, in Michigan, he told a crowd of supporters, "I take my inspiration from Ronald Reagan and George Herbert Walker Bush." Moments later, he repeated the two men's names.

But at no point did he mention the nation's current president, George W. Bush.

Romney spokesman Kevin Madden cautioned The Trail from reading too much into his boss's omission. "He didn't mention Hoover either," Madden said.

No word on what President Bush might think of being lumped into the same category as the man who presided over the start of the Great Depression.

By Washington Post editors  |  January 16, 2008; 10:37 AM ET
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Romney changes with the wind, he can't be trusted to stand on his principles, he is poll driven. If you think the country is on a good course then vote Republican, if you want the war to continue and the country to be run by corporate money then vote Republican. Their only concern is for their corporate interests, not what is best for the country as a whole.

Posted by: s.smarsh | January 17, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Romney is a two-faced flake who talks out of both sides of his mouth.

Posted by: PBL4 | January 16, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

What is so hard to understand? As a Younger Man, looking at the Politicos of his own Father's era, Of Course Ronnie Ray-gun, and Bush 41, would have been significant. Both men were involved in events involving this country most of their lives! Long before either ever were called Mr. President!
It is a shame most people think Presidents are somehow created by an oath of office!

Great Presidents, have very significant pasts before becoming the Prez!

Don't count W totally out. It is said Time loves a Hero!

The Dude had a very full plate!

Posted by: rat-the | January 16, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse


"We believe that Romney is a natural ally of social conservatives. He speaks often about the toll of fatherlessness in this country.

Romney is an intelligent, articulate, and accomplished former businessman and governor. At a time when voters yearn for competence and have soured on Washington because too often the Bush administration has not demonstrated it, Romney offers proven executive skill. He has demonstrated it in everything he has done in his professional life, and his tightly organized, disciplined campaign is no exception. He himself has shown impressive focus and energy.

More than the other primary candidates, Romney has President Bush's virtues and avoids his flaws. His moral positions, and his instincts on taxes and foreign policy, are the same. But he is less inclined to federal activism, less tolerant of overspending, better able to defend conservative positions in debate, and more likely to demand performance from his subordinates. A winning combination, by our lights. In this most fluid and unpredictable Republican field, WE VOTE MITT ROMNEY!


Given Romney's business acumen, it's no surprise he's assembled one of the most successful political money machines ever. "Romney is an incredibly aggressive and efficient fundraiser," says Vogel, who attributes it to his private-sector skills. In April, when he was still relatively unknown nationally, Romney made headlines when his campaign reported it had blown past the rest of the Republican field and raised $23 million in the first quarter!

People who know Mitt won't shut up about how smart and pragmatic and decisive he is. "Mitt never takes anything at face value," says Glenn Hubbard, dean of Columbia's business school and a Romney (and former Bush administration) economic advisor. "He's constantly questioning." Says Fraser Bullock, a former Bain partner who worked with Romney on the Olympics: "He's not an ideologue. He makes decisions based on researching data more deeply than anyone I know. As people get to know him better, they'll see an extremely competent, strong leader." !!

South Carolina and Nevada are next, Texas will be ready!! ROMNEY 2008!!

Posted by: voiceoreason | January 16, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

"No word on what President Bush might think of being lumped into the same category as the man who presided over the Great Depression."

So much for The Trail NOT reading too much into it (he left out George Washington and Abe Lincoln as well ; )

Posted by: JakeD | January 16, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

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