Flying a plane to the United States in 2002, Romney and an IOC official argued over who would carry the Olympic flame onto American soil: Romney or six-time gold medalist Bonnie Blair.

Traditionally, the CEO of the current Olympic Planning Committee was supposed to have the honors, but Romney wanted Blair to do it. The relay was supposed to be about heroes, and Romney wanted Blair and her mother to be the first off the plane carrying the torch, with Romney walking behind them. But the IOC member wouldn’t budge and after arguing for a while, Gillespie, who was on the plane as well, recalls that Romney abruptly ended the conversation, saying, “Okay, fine,” and walked away.

The plane landed at the airport and the group positioned itself near the plane doors, as photographers and the press waited for them on the tarmac.

“There’s Mitt holding the little lantern with Bonnie and her mom behind him and the doors open, and, as those doors open, he steps back to the side and hands Bonnie the lantern, pushes them out in front of him, and they went down the stairs.”


thenewgreen:

I think there can be little doubt that the guy knows how to run an organization and lead people. I just wish he was the same Mitt that wrote, ""We must make equality for gays and lesbians a mainstream concern."


posted by cliffelam: 2264 days ago