Romneys at White House: Lincoln Bedroom, George Bush’s Massage

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Mitt Romney is introduced by his wife Ann at a fundraiser at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on Sept. 22, 2012.

Mitt and Ann Romney tell different stories about their visit to the White House when President George W. Bush lived there.

The candidate’s wife has spoken of walking in on a massage that Bush was getting.

Ann Romney remembers the embarrassment of the moment, as well as the former president’s remark when they later met at a White House function: “He looks at me, winks, and says, `I look pretty good, don’t I?”’

The candidate recalls something else: Lincoln’s bedroom.

Mitt Romney mentioned that today at a fundraiser in Philadelphia. In the Lincoln Room of the Union League Club, a large wood-paneled ballroom with high ceilings and a crystal chandelier, where Romney was holding a fundraiser with a top ticket of $50,000, Romney addressed a few hundred people.

He said he had gotten a “catch” in his throat when he saw the full sculpture of Abraham Lincoln at the club, but both he and his wife had “teared up” when they saw the Gettysburg Address at the White House.

“I had a chance at one point to be in the White House,” he said. “We were invited when I was governor and George W. Bush was president to go to the White House and go up on the second floor, where I’d never been before. I’m sure it’s something that not a lot of people have had the chance to do.”

“And Ann and I got up there and… the president took us around and showed us the queen’s room there, and then he showed us the Abraham Lincoln bedroom. And his bed is there, great big bed, big, I think it’s mahogany. It looks like mahogany.”

“And then over in the corner was a little uh, like a writing tablet about the size of this podium, with a glass over it. I went over and looked at it, and there was, in Abraham Lincoln’s own hand, the Gettysburg Address. Right there, in his and. And Ann and I both went over there and both teared up, just looking at it.”

“Extraordinary people who love America, who believe in America, have built this nation. I believe in America. I believe in the people of America.”

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