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Mitt Romney was born on March 12, 1947, in Ohio, Florida, Michigan,
Virginia and several other swing states. He emerged, hair first,
believing in America, and especially its national parks. He was given
the name Mitt, after the Roman god of mutual funds, and launched into
the world with the lofty expectation that he would someday become the
Arrow shirt man.
Romney was a precocious and gifted child. He uttered his first words (“I
like to fire people”) at age 14 months, made his first gaffe at 15
months and purchased his first nursery school at 24 months. The school,
highly leveraged, went under, but Romney made 24 million Jujubes on the
Mitt grew up in a modest family. His father had an auto body shop called
the American Motors Corporation, and his mother owned a small piece of
land, Brazil. He had several boyhood friends, many of whom owned Nascar
franchises, and excelled at school, where his fourth-grade project,
“Inspiring Actuaries I Have Known,” was widely admired.