Imagine if Obama Had Done This? (I heard about this on the radio this AM)
We would never hear the end of it, of course Obama would have been reported as walking on the water instead of piloting a jet ski in the water:
Massachusetts Governor Helps Rescue Boaters
Published: July 8, 2003
WOLFEBORO, N.H., July 7— Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and two of his sons helped rescue a New Jersey family from a sinking boat over the weekend, a New Hampshire official said today.
The 19-foot vintage wooden boat with six people and a dog on board started taking on water Saturday evening about 300 yards from the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee, in central New Hampshire, Sgt. Eric Robertson of the New Hampshire State Marine Patrol said.
”It took on water very quickly and they donned their life vests and jumped out,” Sergeant Robertson said. One passenger tried to dial 911, but water soaked the cellphone, he said.
The Romneys, who were at their lakeside summer home in Wolfeboro, and other people in the area quickly came to the rescue.
”The Romneys took two of the passengers and brought them back to shore,” Sergeant Robertson said. ”There were other people, Good Samaritans, out there, about three vessels including the Romneys’, helping out.”
The governor’s spokesman, Eric Fehrnstrom, said today that Governor Romney was vacationing at the lake for a week with his family.
”He’s not looking for any special attention,” Mr. Fehrnstrom said. ”I think he’s just grateful he was in the right place at the right time to be able to offer some assistance.”
Josh Romney, one of the governor’s sons, told The Boston Herald that he and his brother were cleaning the beach when they heard ”a whole bunch of screaming” from the lake.
Mr. Fehrnstrom, who spoke to Governor Romney on Sunday about the incident, said the governor’s two sons hopped on a motorized water scooter, while the governor got on another. They went to the sinking boat, and Governor Romney brought people to shore while his sons stood by at the scene. The Romneys also saved the family’s dog, he said.
The boat was operated by Robert Morrissey, 57, of Tewksbury Township, N.J. Melinda Morrissey, 56, Mr. Morrissey’s wife, was also rescued, as were Ross, 29, and Rebecca, 25, their children, and two of their friends, along with McKenzie, a Scotty, the family dog.
”This happened really, really fast,” Mr. Morrissey said today in a telephone interview from New Hampshire. He said that when the boat began to sink, he dialed 911 on his cellphone. ”As I’m making the call, the boat is going down under my feet.”
He said the family was in the water for about a half-hour.
Mr. Fehrnstrom said the passengers were wearing life vests but added that ”I think the larger danger would have been from other boats going by.”
A boat motoring by as the survivors paddled in the water in the dark had come ”close enough to cause some concern,” he said.
Mr. Robertson said the passengers were uninjured and were fine after the rescue, because of the ”good response of the people nearby.”
”It’s the rules of the high seas,” Mr. Robertson said. ”You help out who you can because you’re on your own when you’re in the water.”
Photo: Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and sons Craig, left, and Josh, center, spoke yesterday at Lake Winnipesaukee, N.H., about the rescue. (Associated Press)
And why don’t we hear about it over and over again? Methinks Mitt has some humility, and that is refreshing. Of course, the press will never bring this up either.
Now, if this were Obama, a full length movie would have been made. The story would have had him walking on the water in a full blown hurricane to save this family (who would have been a gay family or a family without a father at least). There would have been no other rescuers and Obama would have made the decision to go out on his own, a risky decision, one that had gravitas, and drama, and lots of pathos.