Skip to comments.Ann Romney: “We can be poor in spirit, and I don’t even consider myself wealthy."
Posted on 03/06/2012 12:35:45 AM PST by timlot
Mitt Romney may have more money than any other presidential candidate in the race, but his wife said today that she does not consider herself wealthy. We can be poor in spirit, and I dont even consider myself wealthy, which is an interesting thing, Ann Romney said in an interview on Fox News. It can be here today and gone tomorrow.
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The absurd thing is she laughed out loud right after saying the “poor in spirit” line. Wow. If she keeps this up people might start thinking the Romneys are insincere. Her handlers needed to coach her on that programmed line a lot longer until she “owned” it.
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a few years ago I lost track of an article I had about Ann Romney describing how poor they were when Romney was in college, as she was describing the details i could n't help but think how well off they seemed to have been during that time.
By the way, the teen girls conversion from Christianity was personally handled by the Governor of her state, Bishop George Romney, who ran as the anti-war Presidential candidate a year later. She was waiting for Mitt to return from France where he was laying low and avoiding the draft while trying to convert Christians in France into Mormonism.
It is something about her; being snobby perhaps.
Hah, as if she or Romney are not wealthy or even sincere...
Creeps me out...these days.
Well ok...she did laugh, nervously I thought, but in general I thought she came off pretty well.
She struck me as shallow, when was she without wealth, power and privilege, as a teen she had the Governor himself personally do her conversion training, a year later he was running for President>
Her cavalier attitude about extraordinary wealth, looks like she is separated from reality, not as though she was sincere and down to earth.
It was another Romney-like gaffe, revealing an inability to relate to normal people.
One thing about the Bushes, they can mix and talk with the working man, and even live, drink, and serve with him in the military.
I’d be nervous too trying to sell that bogus line in a blatant attempt to pander for votes.
Yeah, it really has nothing to do with how much money they have. It’s the fact that they are clearly snobs about it. They view themselves as being in a different, superior class to the rest of us “little people.” And that inevitably leads to them putting in socialist policies to help prop up the poor, downtrodden, helpless folk who they look down on.
Welcome to freerepublic, what are your feelings on Mitt Romney?
I know some people who would be considered extraordinarily wealthy and I never got the idea that they ran around thinking how rich they are....they have the same problems as the rest of us, including health problems - the great equalizer.
I don’t really get why you think she’s shallow - I’d say she’s been lucky. Who would turn it down?
What the heck does “poor in spirit” have to do with wealth? I have always hated that line of thought.
And I would HOPE that she meant “And yes I know we have more money than I know what to do with. And while I enjoy nice things, I am also very frugal in other areas and try not to be wasteful. I still like to mow my own lawn and putz around in the garden, and my attitude is similar to when we were newlyweds just making do.”
Although I guess I am projecting my parents and some of their friends. It might be hard to say that if you are Mrs. Romney with the hired help, and three homes valued at almost $20 million.
I can't see the Bushes being so clumsy with their dismissal of extreme wealth, especially while campaigning during an almost depression period, and especially if they were the ultra rich like the Romneys, and especially if they already were recognized as being completely, utterly, out of touch, as born to the manor snobs and cult leaders who had never mixed with normal Americans, but had lived a separated life of extremely low contamination by none Mormons.
Do you remember Mitt 'sharing our pain' by pointing out that he was also unemployed and knew how it felt? The instinctive $10,000.00 dollar bet, on national TV.
And I don’t consider myself indigent .... Or lame ....
You made a good post, but forgot that Ann and Mitt used illegal Guatemalans to do their gardening, they used them for ten years, were busted by the Boston Globe, and the story died down, a year later in the 2007 debates, Giuliani called out Romney for running a "Sanctuary Mansion" for illegals and Romney of course lied and pretended it was outrageous.
A few days later the Boston Globe busted them AGAIN, it seems that the Romneys had never fired the company, they had kept the illegals for 11 years and it took a second national scandal (and selling the house), to end it.
poor in spirit? I guess he must’ve done some bad deeds like lying?
Mitt is out of touch. He remind me of John Mccain, when he once said that Americans won’t work for $50/hr picking fruit. $50/hr!!!!!!!
Their attraction for each other was that they both had tin ears? Someone needs to take them aside who’s NOT impressed with all that money and lay some reality on them.
Ann, give me half of your not-wealth to try out for about 10 years and I’ll let you know how I feel.
Can she take the convertible to pick up the dog at the vet?
Where does she take their magic underwear to get it cleaned?
McCain could be goofy and weird, but with Romney you get the feeling that he has never been among normal people, rich or not, as though his feet have never touched the ground, Ann is his princess, and Mitt will someday be her God, if he accepts her into his heaven.
The Romney weirdness is a part of their single minded devotion to isolation and separation from normal humans during their entire history as part of the Mormon private inner circle of powerful and wealthy elites.
Mitt is going to have a lot of negative flip flop accusations thrown at him in the general, but if its all brought out now he might be able to focus real issues.
If his true history was brought out, it would finish him in politics forever, which is what we all want.
Romney needs to be driven out of republican politics.
Pretty easy to be “poor in spirit” - and a heckuva lot easier to be silly - with a couple hundred million in the bank.
Is this the sort of insight we may expect from our next First Lady?
- I dont even consider myself wealthy
She is super wealthy.
Have your husband write me a check for $300 million.
I certainly won't be as fawningly self-indulgent with it as he has apparently been.
Stop hanging around with Warren Buffett and John Kerry, then.
Interesting, all the comments.
I immediately identified with what Ann Romney was saying. I can’t pretend to “know” exactly what she meant, but I think I know what she meant.
The woman has MS (she also had breast cancer.) I have MS. We are not Romney wealthy, but we are “comfortable”...but the amount of money we have in the bank does nothing for my sense of well-being.
She has a disease that is so unpredictable she never knows how she will feel when she wakes up the next day. Never knows when her body will give out on her. It is a progressive disease, and progressive diseases, progress.
I’ve heard her talk about campaigning and how sometimes she has to return to the bus, too fatigued to even talk. She puts on a good “face” (lots of MS patients do)...but I’ve also heard her say that sometimes she has to say to her husband “Go storm the castle” because she can’t go due to her illness.
I saw a Cavuto clip where he discussed Ann Romney, he said he watches her, and he can see the MS peeking through...why because he knows the disease.
What was the old saying, “If you have your heatlh, you’ve got just about everything.”
I cut the woman some slack...I don’t think she was belittling their wealth, I just think she was trying to express the reality of life...wealth ultimately is not what matters.
I’ve seen that $10 million mansion on the lake in New Hampshire, Ann...you ‘poor’ thing.
Snob? A New England tradition...
He can write me a check for $1 million to build a sanctuary for homeless cats.
“here today gone tomorrow” is such a platitude when preached by people who have never had to face tomorrow and realistically, they never will
The Romneys should stuff it, they are not lovable humble fuzzballs not are they working class people, they should never talk about anything except obama’s usurpation of the Constitution and disdain for individual liberties except for abortion
Mitt Romney may have more money than any other presidential candidate in the race, but his wife said today that she does not consider herself wealthy. We can be poor in spirit, and I dont even consider myself wealthy, which is an interesting thing,
You’re right Ann. If you’re poor in spirit, you could give away all your money and still be happy. Show me.
“I don’t think of myself as rich”
That’s how the out-of-touch rich try to show that they aren’t out of touch—and really just demonstrate how very much they are.
Everybody gets at least one "tomorrow" they can't buy their way out of. Everybody.
How freaking sad we have to drag these damn two dolts over the line to oust the obamunist.
So you love the little guys—me too!
"Blessed are the poor in spirit" is biblical and I'm sure that you already know that mormons have a "different take" on things biblical than normal people do.
I’ll bet you $ 10,000....er, wait a minute.......
"Wealth" is such a relative word. I'm not wealthy but some of my g/kids think I am.
Eccl 10 v. 19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.
That’s what I thought “poor in spirit” sounds like someone with no moral center. It was a “Poor” choice of words for sure.
Phony Ann was wrote checks for planned parenthood fundraisers !
She is a real piece of work !
Yup. That line and the one about Mitt not watching too much NASCAR but being friends with the team’s owners.
That was pretty funny. We lived in a NASCAR community- well, many people that lived in our neighborhood worked for the various teams- and while people knew the drivers, no one I know was friends with the team’s owners.
He and his wife are too far removed to be able to relate to ordinary folk.
“We can be poor in spirit, and I dont even consider myself wealthy.” “Now can you please pass the Grey Poupon?”
I do believe Mrs. Romney would be less obnoxious as FLOTUS.
November is going to be a bummer.
Obama’s campaign dragons will eat Mitt alive. We’ve seen nothing yet as to what they’re going to do to him, should he be the nominee. And realistically, I think the lack of inspiration amongst the conservative base to vote for him will leave him hanging in the wind, so to speak.
Galls me to no end that the government wastes enough money in roughly five seconds to damn near solve the homeless/stray kitty problem forever...
Not me. I won't lift one finger to replace Obama with Obama-lite.