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Snapping Green Beans with a Republican a fictional story about Mitt Romney

Updated on March 28, 2012
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“No, Mr. Romney, for dinner there is no filet Mignon, we are having macaroni and cheese with chopped up franks.”

My husband and I are having Mitt Romney for dinner; we were one of the few he is visiting all over the United States to get-in-touch with the people. I was delighted when the fancy bus dropped off Mitt Romney (approved by all republicans).And when he was about to take that first step onto my little porch, I looked right into his eyes. Then it hit me, I really liked this man, and wanted to get to know him. There was a twinkle in his eyes that I liked immediately. And another idea came to me; it wasn’t his fault for saying blunders about the poor, he hasn’t walked in OUR shoes. Should we hold it against him if he not only struggled in life but did not pay the dues like most of us? I was always curious and actually the whole politics were always enigma, a mystery, plus I would rather watch the comedy The New Girl show instead of 2 or 3 Republicans trying to prove their point in prime time.

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“Mitt, if we have enough milk and if I have and an egg, I will make us some cornbread”, I said to the tall Republican, he said that I could call him Mitt, so after that I told him he could call me Dee but then I had an idea, I needed a green veggie with the noodles, so I suggested to snap some green beans.

“Miss Dee just go about your normal activities, just act as though I am not here.” Mitt said.


“Uh…sure” I said.

So I asked him to reach for the bowls for the fresh green beans

since he is 6’2’’, he retrieved them quite nicely. Then I suggested that we go onto the front porch, the weather was so nice, with honeysuckle blooming in the air. In March the weather in Arkansas is unpredictable. We sat in the fishing chairs, the kind that fold up and can hold a soft drink in the right arm of it. It was awkward, with his legs all bent, but I sighed and went on snapping the beans. I tried to suppress a grin; the Republican on my porch was trying.

Relaxed and Talking


I explained how to take the ends off the green beans, put the ends in a bowl, and then put the middle in another bowl, that will be for your supper I told him. First he wanted to go drive around and ‘visit’ with all my neighbors, but the big bus was somewhere but we couldn’t see it. We could take my car but have you seen the prices on gasoline Mitt? Oh yeah the windows in your luxury bus were too dark. Well heck, you couldn’t see the prices from where you were sitting. My bad.

“Ah, the Country life” he said and sighed.

I just grinned a little. Then I got curious, that’s always dangerous for me.

“Can I ask you a question?” I asked glancing at the tall Republican in the blue fishing chair.


“Anything Dee” Mitt said.

“Have you EVER been poor Mr. Mitt Romney?” I asked the handsome man across from me without missing the beat of snapping beans with my nimble fingers and I could tell he felt awkward, (swallowing and sitting up straighter in the fishing chair). But wasn’t that the reason he was spending the afternoon with just plain folks like myself, to “Touch Base” with Americans, all kinds of People to Understand and Hear Us and Listen to our hearts and all of our ideas?

“If I am elected…” started Romney.

“No wait a minute, Mitt, have you ever been without any money? Or felt that white-hot terror feeling down deep in your gut that you don’t have enough money to turn your water back on, or your lights. And the thing is, you’re not worried about yourself, you’re scared to death for your babies. I have, and a lot of other people like me.

To have your boss tell hundreds of employees that because of Obama Care they will be cutting your hours….a lot. You are sad and upset until you go home and your husband got laid off from his job, which was like a domino effect, the neighbors worked there also, they also got laid off, the whole little cul-de-sac went ‘red alert’ as I remember calling it.

But guess what Mitt Romney? We all helped each other, when someone had too many loaves of day-old bread, (and as I was saying this, I wondered if he in his life ate day-old bread…that was mean, I apologize) they would go around and give the others some. We put in the freezer, and when someone had an over-abundance garden, they would share their wonderful vegetables. We survived, and we will always survive, I hope. That is one of the ingredients of this great American Glue; HOPE.”

Saying our Goodbyes


“Yes, I liked Mitt Romney.” I answered the News reporter. Then he asked if I was Republican.

“No, I am a Democrat. But I vote for the man.”

The cameras were flashing and trying to listen to the questions I felt was thrown at me. I couldn’t help but think of the last few moments of our time snapping green beans together on my porch. Because of our quiet neighborhood, I could hear the motor of the ‘Republican Greyhound’ start up, then his cell rang. He had to leave early. But I wanted to ask him one more question.

“How many green beans have you snapped?”

And with an almost sad look he showed me his ‘Bean Bowl’.

There were only a scant few.

“Now Mitt, you could have done better than that, when you snap green beans you have to focus. Those were YOUR green beans. I guess you weren’t hungry enough.”

But we had laughed a little over that, but I wasn’t going to tell the reporters that.

The tall and handsome man shook my hand saying his farewell and there was that twinkle.

“I’ll do better next time Dee.”


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      G. James 5 years ago

      Funny and great writing.

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      Ali Conner 5 years ago

      Very interesting and creative, a different kind of writing.

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      Michelle Smith 5 years ago

      I never been on here before, doing a paper on Mitt Romney, and you caught my attention. First I didn't know what to think about this story. Didn't know if you was being sarcastic. But it was a interesting read and was witty.

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      Dee42 5 years ago from Beautiful Arkansas

      thanks you guys. Michelle Smith I was being a little sarcastic, but trying to be truthful at the same time. I have felt sorry for Mr Romney because I think his team hasnt directed him well. Even tho I am a Democrat, the Medicare and other issues scare me.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      You get my vote.. I am a Democrat and i am sure who i will vote for..Your story was creative and funny. I enjoyed it...

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      Dee42 5 years ago from Beautiful Arkansas

      Thanks, always exploring!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Have you ever been told that you look like Sarah Palin? I certainly do not mean any disrespect. I think she is nice looking, but soooo glad she is not in the whitehouse..Hee..Cheers

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      Dee42 5 years ago from Beautiful Arkansas

      Yes!! Haha. I hear that a lot, but I don't see Russia from my house. Ha.

    • always exploring profile image

      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hee Hee..

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      JON EWALL 5 years ago from usa

      hubbers

      the truth about the Ryan plan.

      4/01/12

      STEPHANOPOULOS: This Week on CBS

      the Ryan budget by Congressman Van Hollen

      http://republicanredefined.com/2012/04/01/contrast

      there is a difference in true reporting, live and uncensored

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      Jack Simmons 5 years ago

      Really some funny stuff, you are brave though. I've just never read anything similar to this. And I am a republican.

    • JON EWALL profile image

      JON EWALL 5 years ago from usa

      Dee42

      Who gets your vote?

      OBAMA

      On 4/03/12, President Obama blasted the GOP’s policies as a ‘’ radical vision’’. Obama said ‘’ the House Republican budget plan endorsed by Romney would slash entitlements and agency spending, ‘’so far to the right ‘’ that it would make the 1994 Republican contract with America look like a new deal.

      Let’s not forget that the 1994 take over of Congress by the Republicans helped President Clinton have a balanced budget and a surplus. Naturally Clinton took ALL the credit. President Obama called the Ryan budget a ‘’ Trojan horse ‘’disguised as a deficit-reduction plan, it’s really an attempt to impose a radical vision on our country ‘’. From one who understands ‘’ radical ‘’.

      Obama’s 2013 budget failed the House vote 414-0. Last years Obama’s 2012 budget failed a Senate vote 97-0. Obama and the Democrat controlled Senate has not passed a budget in 1,080 days .Senator Reid refuses to allow the Senate to vote on Obama’s 2013 budget. WONDER WHY?

      ROMNEY

      On 4/04/12, candidate Romney appeared before the Associated Press dinner conference as did President Obama just one day ago and spoke of his plans to bring change to the nation. Romney made strong remarks that what the President is telling the American people is untrue. The President has chosen to duck and run on the issues, especially when the Ryan’s budget is concerned. Romney remarked that President Obama has chosen to distort the truth and divide Americans in order to cover up his failed record.

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      Dee42 5 years ago from Beautiful Arkansas

      Thanks for stopping by,JON EWALL, I just love a LIVE debate, don't you? I like to listen and watch ( if they are not too negative), and the overall energy that can be made by true facts that are brought out by such. I have lived through the Medical-Obama-Care, I want to say "FARCE". I was worried and still am of where we are going as a Nation. I still will vote for the Man and not the Party. Is that contradicting? Perhaps. I have lived this...and we need to improve,excel and prevail the current economic status.

    • JON EWALL profile image

      JON EWALL 5 years ago from usa

      Dee42

      JUST another view.''the Medical-Obama-Care''.

      . https://hubpages.com/politics/WAKEUPAMERICATO2000P...

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      Dee42 5 years ago from Beautiful Arkansas

      Okay, I'm a Newbie to all this but I have some questions for ya, if it's okay, Jon Ewall.

      I know at least the " Obama Care Plan" didnt pass thru Congress. But how close was it? I really

      don't have over 2 trillion, that well is a little DRY.

      And I know all the premiums of the most people that work will go up which I

      think we make this Fine American Tick. Have I got it almost right?

      And why is it called the Nancy

      Pelosi Bill?

      And did I read it right that if this

      bill passed, that most people will

      have to settle with a LPN instead of their primary Doctor? Well!

      2 more and I will stop.

      Are they on Crack? And is it too

      late to change to Republican?

      ( now my head hurts, over-load.

      Personally Jon Ewall how do you write political Hubs all the time

      without you having a Spontaneous Human Combustion

      moment?)

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      JON EWALL 5 years ago from usa

      Dee42

      When you are retired, one has to keep the mind active in some way. It is very interesting to analyze the ideologies of the major parties. Being from Chicago, I am very familiar with the Obama and local politics. I don't get caught in the web of hatred and/or racism that resurrects during a political election process. I do write other interesting articles, visit my website at newsletters and love poems.

      http://jon-ewall.hubpages.com/

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      Dee42 5 years ago from Beautiful Arkansas

      Ok I will Jon Ewall, thanks tho for the discussion, I like to pick brains. :)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Don't be misled. Read (pagesvoive) He backs up his statements with facts. Cheers

    • JON EWALL profile image

      JON EWALL 5 years ago from usa

      Dee42

      OBAMA IS PUSHING THE ''BUFFET RULE'', THE SENATE will be voting this week on the bill. Here's a little behind the scenes PROPAGANDA

      1.Eleven ways Warren Buffett is lying with Barak Obama

      http://www.glennbeck.com/content/blog/stu/eleve-wa...

      2.4/10/12

      Potential impact of Obama's 'Buffett rule'

      http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/your-world-cavuto/in.../v/1555656093001/potential-impact-of-obamas-buffett-rule/?playlist_id=86929

      The President tells a different story.

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      JON EWALL 5 years ago from usa

      Dee42

      Check this link too.

      Potential impact of Obama's 'Buffett rule'

      Buffett Rule Bill Before the Senate Is a Small Step Towards Tax Fairness

      http://ctj.org/ctjreports/2012/04/buffett_rule_bil...

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