Thursday, January 12, 2012

Strapped to Roof of the Station Wagon Revisited

June, 2007 --

This story is from the Boston Globe:

The white Chevy station wagon with the wood paneling was overstuffed with suitcases, supplies, and sons when Mitt Romney climbed behind the wheel to begin the annual 12-hour family trek from Boston to Ontario.

As with most ventures in his life, he had left little to chance, mapping out the route and planning each stop. The destination for this journey in the summer of 1983 was his parents' cottage on the Canadian shores of Lake Huron. Romney would be returning to the place of his most cherished childhood memories.
Before beginning the drive, Mitt Romney put Seamus, the family's hulking Irish setter, in a dog carrier and attached it to the station wagon's roof rack. He'd built a windshield for the carrier, to make the ride more comfortable for the dog.

Then Romney put his boys on notice: He would be making predetermined stops for gas, and that was it

The ride was largely what you'd expect with five brothers, ages 13 and under, packed into a wagon they called the ''white whale.''

As the oldest son, Tagg Romney commandeered the way-back of the wagon, keeping his eyes fixed out the rear window, where he glimpsed the first sign of trouble. ''Dad!'' he yelled. ''Gross!'' A brown liquid was dripping down the back window, payback from an Irish setter who'd been riding on the roof in the wind for hours.

As the rest of the boys joined in the howls of disgust, Romney coolly pulled off the highway and into a service station. There, he borrowed a hose, washed down Seamus and the car, then hopped back onto the highway. It was a tiny preview of a trait he would grow famous for in business: emotion-free crisis management.

Now, I am not a dog lover or hater. My wife has two dogs. I feed and water them daily, take them to the vet, buy their food and flea medicine and take them to the groomers.

When I do transport them, it is in the front seat of my pickup. I would NEVER strap a dog to the roof of a station wagon.

This is a tiny preview of a trait Romney is famous for, emotion-free crisis management?

I think it is a tiny preview of a trait of a man who is more concerned about his comfort and well-being than that of others. A preview of a trait of a man who is cold and calculating to the expense of others.

Strapping a dog to the top of a car? Telling his sons that no stopping except at pre-determined stops? I bet those trips were fun!

The author of this piece updates it with this concern... Why this reflects poorly on Romney as a guy, ..... you or I might have taken the dog after it shate all over the roof of the car, we would have washed it off and let it ride the rest of the trip inside the station wagon......

Mitt didn't do that.


rangem said...

mitt the flip the hypocrite cares less about the 99% than he did that dog he showed that in last sundays debate when he said goverment workers that are union should not be paid a living wage but he has no problem with the pay elected officals get and the benifits mitt,roy and bumpkin billy are 1% all the way

Anonymous said...

Reminds me Dubya's history of animal abuse.

Mitten is just a little too pretty. Strap him to the luggage rack with the wind up his arse.

Anonymous said...

Republicans like Billy Long is trying to make Mitt Romney out to be the next Ronald Reagan. I think he is more like the second coming of Clark Griswold.

Anonymous said...

No, @2:55, the second coming of George H.W. Bush, the weakest Republican President in memory.

Anonymous said...

It's really beginning to look like Romeny is getting ready to strap us to the roof of his car.