The interesting thing about Mitt Romney is that he really wants to be president. But what’s not clear to me is why he wants to be president — and, actually, it might not be clear to him either.
Being president means being important and it seems like a logical thing to do if you’re born into a successful, powerful family and then went on to be successful and powerful yourself.
But here’s the thing: Why would you want to be president of a country when you hold almost half of the citizenry in utter contempt?
I’m not being flippant here; this is something I desperately want someone to ask Romney. Let’s imagine that I was being interviewed for a teaching job — as I have been once or twice in the past — and someone asked me my teaching philosophy. What do you suppose would happen if my response was that I simply write off 47% of my class at the beginning of each semester because they’re stupid and lazy?
I wouldn’t get the job.
And rightly not.
Because the students in my class — all of them — are my responsibility. I want to be a teacher because I want to educate the students. Not 53% of them, all of them. I start each semester full of excitement because each class is a blank slate, a totally new opportunity to work with a room full of young people. I don’t imagine that they’re all potential Rhodes Scholars, but I’m hopeful that — as a result of doing my job — they’ll all learn something they didn’t know before or come away with a new appreciate for something we’ve read.
So, honestly, why does Mitt Romney want to be president?
Incidentally, if you want to learn more about Romney’s 47% comments, here’s more from Mother Jones: “Read Josh Barro’s piece here. Inspiration here.”

The interesting thing about Mitt Romney is that he really wants to be president. But what’s not clear to me is why he wants to be president — and, actually, it might not be clear to him either.

Being president means being important and it seems like a logical thing to do if you’re born into a successful, powerful family and then went on to be successful and powerful yourself.

But here’s the thing: Why would you want to be president of a country when you hold almost half of the citizenry in utter contempt?

I’m not being flippant here; this is something I desperately want someone to ask Romney. Let’s imagine that I was being interviewed for a teaching job — as I have been once or twice in the past — and someone asked me my teaching philosophy. What do you suppose would happen if my response was that I simply write off 47% of my class at the beginning of each semester because they’re stupid and lazy?

I wouldn’t get the job.

And rightly not.

Because the students in my class — all of them — are my responsibility. I want to be a teacher because I want to educate the students. Not 53% of them, all of them. I start each semester full of excitement because each class is a blank slate, a totally new opportunity to work with a room full of young people. I don’t imagine that they’re all potential Rhodes Scholars, but I’m hopeful that — as a result of doing my job — they’ll all learn something they didn’t know before or come away with a new appreciate for something we’ve read.

So, honestly, why does Mitt Romney want to be president?

Incidentally, if you want to learn more about Romney’s 47% comments, here’s more from Mother Jones: “Read Josh Barro’s piece here. Inspiration here.”

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