Watching the evening news tonight, I was caught off guard by a segment in which they showed Gov. Romney teary-eyed telling the following story:
Romney ended his speech by evoking patriotism. He told a story about his niece and her husband, who moved into a starter home with their 1-year-old daughter. Romney said the child was "stone deaf." When the husband, a lawyer, got called up by the National Guard to serve in Iraq, their household income declined.
"She now had to live on a much lower income," he said.
The neighborhood association where they lived gave new homeowners one year until their landscaping was supposed to be put in. But, Romney said, his niece did not have the money to pay for it.
"She's concerned," Romney recalled. "One morning she comes outside and there are her neighbors, all picking up the rocks out of her yard, raking the dirt. They put in a sprinkler system, they lay down sod, they put in landscaping, they even built a swing set for her daughter. This is the America that I love."
Why was it necessary for this young lady to look to her neighbors for help when she had an uncle running for president who has more money than God and says he believes in family and family values?