The battle of the wiveson September 5, 2012 @ 6:48 am (Updated: 9:44 am - 9/5/12 )
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In one way, Michelle Obama and Ann Romney are exactly alike:
"A dining room table was a fold down ironing board in the kitchen," said Ann Romney.
Their husbands had terrible taste in furniture:
"A coffee table he found in a dumpster," recounted Michelle Obama.
Where their husbands diverged was that first job. Both got excellent educations. But Barack avoided personal wealth:
"And instead working in struggling neighborhoods where a steel plant had shut down, fighting to rebuild those communities and get folks back to work," Obama said.
Whereas Mitt Romney started a company and embraced wealth:
"The jobs that grew from the risks they took have become college educations and first homes. That success has helped fund scholarships pensions and retirement funds," Romney said about her husband.
And in both speeches, the most intense moment was when each woman described how her husband helps others:
"I've seen him drop everything to help a friend in trouble and been there when late night calls of panic come from a member of our church whose child has been taken to the hospital," Romney said.
Mitt Romney sees trouble and says I've got to do something, and hops in the car, or writes a check.
"And I hear the determination in his voice as he tells me 'You won't believe what these folks are going through Michelle it's not right. We've got to keep working'," Obama said.
Barack Obama sees trouble and says we've got to do something, and he passes legislation or writes and executive order.
And fact is, a society needs need both. You need Romney because the government can't afford to help everyone, and you need Obama because not everyone has Romney's home number.
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