Even before the junior Senator from Utah was sworn into office this week he was throwing elbows at President Trump. Media speculation is catching on like wild-fire with pundits on both sides wondering why Mitt Romney was so inclined.
Perhaps the reasoning is hidden in Mrs. Romney’s simple recipe for a Fluffernuttter sandwich.
The following is an excerpt from the New Boston Post 10/15/2015.
Ann Romney excused herself, then laughed hardily as we began chatting this morning. When you have 10 rushed minutes to speak with someone as experienced with reporters as the former First Lady of Massachusetts, it doesn’t make sense to start an interview by asking the same predictable questions she’s answered and dodged a thousand times before.
We began instead by discussing the Fluffernutter recipe she included on page 11 of The Romney Family Cookbook. Written in 2013, an old photograph included in the book shows how much the family loves the All-American classic.
After Romney stopped laughing, she took a breath, then asked if it would be OK to use some of our 10 minutes to relate a family story. She said one of her boys summed up his disappointment with not having dad win his 2012 bid for the White House by saying ” Mrs. Obama’s nutritional initiatives may be a good idea, but if dad were in the White House now, kids would get Fluffernutter sandwiches for lunch everyday~and love it.”
With the twist of a fluff jar the door to discussing past, present and future Romney interest in the White House was opened!
Today, the Romneys frequently hear the growing calls for Mitt to run for the White House again. The well-rehearsed rebuttal is ” We’re happy to sit on the side-lines, be cheerleaders and watch how the process plays out.” Ann Romney says they “remain passionate about the country and expect the family to be influential in helping the Republican nominee.” She continued the thought in a voice that sounded very practiced by saying “We made the right decision not to run at this time.”
She admitted they cried the night her husband conceded the presidency to Barack Obama. ” It kills us we didn’t win.” She said she cried because she knew “the former governor would have made a strong president and lead the country in a direction away from the political entanglements we’re in now.”
In the foreseeable future she imagines one or two of their five boys will enter local politics. Forty-year old Josh, a real-estate developer and owner of Romney Ventures in Salt Lake City and forty-five year old venture capitalist Tagg of Belmont, Massachusetts seem most inclined to follow in the footsteps of their dad and granddad Governor George Romney of Michigan. But Romney adds, “But you never know what may happen. ”
Romney must know that political horse race enthusiasts are chomping at the bit, hoping that she’ll announce from her book tour that her husband is prepared to answer the call to serve. For now, she criss-crosses country trails promoting her easy-to-read book on deliverance to the promised land of medical research rather than politics.
Ann and Mitt Romney’s brood of boys grew-up on cherished family recipes, hard work and politics. The ingredients for success, as explained in Ann Romney’s latest book ” In This Together: My Story”are simple: family, faith and service to others.
Our conversation ended as Mrs. Romney explained how complicated her days are shuttling across the country promoting her book. I asked if there was any reason to think one day she’d be serving Fluffernutters in the White House. Again she laughed and said, “Excuse me, I gotta run.”
It turned out that polite dodge was to help her husband run for a Senate position in Utah, but was it also an announcement for 2020?
Knowing the contempt Mitt Romney has for the current President and the Romney family’s ambition to serve the nation, ya gotta wonder if the jab Senator Romney threw yesterday is as simple to understand as Mrs. Romney’s All American family recipe for a Fluffernutter.
Diane Kilgore is a journalist in the Greater Boston Area. She is a Cultural Contributor for NewBostonPost and creator of the lifestyle blog ‘To Di For’.