Romney in France
Before he was a Governor or a Presidential candidate, Mitt Romney was a young Mormon.
He did what most young Mormons do, and went on a mission; but he was more unusual in where his mission brought him.
Like yours truly, he was 20 and living in France.
Luckily for me, the French have become both more polite generally and more friendly to Americans since 1968. But I am curious why the Mormons at the time tied their mission so strongly to their home country. I imagine that a Christian missionary abroad should be a Christian first and an American second; and so they should embrace their American identity insofar as it helps their true cause of spreading the Word, but reject it when it gets in the way, as it did in 1960’s France. I wonder if the Mormons of today have changed on this matter.
Putting America first is a bad strategy for a missionary; it would probably make a much better one for a President.
Most of all though, I was struck by the attempt to look so far back into his past to find a formative experience. It makes me wonder if people will look back on my time in France when I’m running for President.