Hey Cynics And Haters: Shut Up, The Mitt Romney Sand Photo Is Adorable
1:30 pm, September 27th | by Laura Donovan
I don’t know whether you’re aware, but guys these days can really disappoint (young ladies are guilty of this as well, I’m definitely not exempt). They are taking forever to advance, refuse to settle down or remain faithful, and can make many of us think we must accept some level of disrespect or infidelity if we ever want to get married. So when I saw the 1968 photo of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney beside the words “I LOVE YOU, ANN” written in a heart in the sand, I lamented that this sort of thing doesn’t happen much anymore. Sure the picture is kind of cheesy and florid, but it’s very cute, and anyone who wants to trash it needs a lesson in romance (or should watch “The Notebook” again. Kidding…kind of).
Say it with me now: “AWWWWWWWWWW!” Maybe I’m biased because someone has done the same exact thing for me before, but I can’t help but beam at this and remember a time when I was better at picking dating prospects. The snapshot, of course, was taken during Romney’s missionary days in France. He missed Ann, who was studying at Brigham Young University and briefly broke up with him because sustaining a long distance relationship was becoming too much for her teenage self, so who could blame him for such a sweet gesture? Apparently, a lot of people. Some found it necessary to smear the pic, which is brave if nothing else:
Come on, people. The man loves his wife and always has. Would an Anthony Weiner-style Twitter dick pic be more socially acceptable or admirable? Most dudes are more likely to go with that than a grand romantic move, and that needs to change. If there’s anything guys can take away from Mitt Romney, it’s this, and his young self puts many Millenials to shame.