By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers
"I hate to weed," is how onetime and likely future GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney opens his latest political manifesto. "I've hated it ever since my father put me to work weeding the garden at our home in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan," he pens in his upcoming No Apology: The Case for American Greatness, which includes a wonky 64-point to-do list (like "Adopt dynamic regulations") for America.
Romney's dad made his kids do grunt work around the house after the family struck it rich, just to make sure they knew what it was like to get their hands dirty. "I know he worried that because my brother, sisters, and I had grown up in a prosperous family, we wouldn't understand the lessons of hard work," Romney says in what amounts to his 2012 presidential campaign theme book. "That's why he put us to work shoveling snow, raking leaves, mowing the lawn, planting the garden, and, of course, weeding—always reminding us that work would make us strong."