DC Trawler

Mitt Romney once saved a dog from drowning

Plus a family of 6, but the Democrats have decided dogs are more important except when they’re not.

Via Allahpundit, via the Enterprise Blog, here’s a Boston Herald story from July 6, 2003:

Romney rescues capsized boaters

Gov. Mitt Romney rode to the rescue over the weekend during a vacation trip — using his Jet Ski to help pluck a New Jersey family and their dog out of Lake Winnipesaukee after their boat sank.

The drama began at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday, as Romney and his family were relaxing at their lakeside summer home in Wolfeboro, N.H.

Gubernatorial son Josh Romney told the Herald yesterday that he and brother Craig were cleaning the beach while their father puttered in the garage when the quiet night air was pierced with screams.

“We heard a whole bunch of screaming,” said Josh Romney, who immediately hopped onto his Jet Ski. “We tore out of there and my dad hopped on the other Jet Ski and came out right after us.”

Roughly 300 yards out onto the lake, six adult family members and their dog were floundering in the water, after their boat suddenly sprung a huge leak — sinking in less than 90 seconds, Josh said…

The governor pulled the two younger women aboard his three-seater Jet Ski and zoomed back to shore, while his sons helped the mother of the family onto their vehicle.

In the middle of the rescue, the governor actually took a dunking himself — thrown off the Jet Ski as one anxious boater scrambled aboard and tipped the craft off-balance.

The rescuing Romneys also managed to snatch the family dog, McKenzie, from a watery grave — grabbing the Scottish terrier first because it was the only passenger without a lifejacket.

“It looked like it wasn’t going to last much longer,” said Josh, who held the waterlogged pooch on the ride back to shore.

Big deal. If Obama had been there, he would’ve done the same thing. And he wouldn’t need a Jet Ski, either. He’d just walk over.

Why do I get the feeling that when the lefties get hold of this story, they’re going to focus more on the fact that Romney owns a lake house and Jet Skis than the fact that he saved a family of 6 and their dog from drowning? Maybe our good friends on the left will surprise me. I should probably give ‘em a chance, right? Right.

Romney once kept a terrier from drowning. Obama once drowned a terrier in ketchup.

Update: In tribute to David Axelrod.

Cavaliers are the best dogs. To cuddle, not to eat.

Update: Romney might’ve saved 6 people and a dog, but Obama hasn’t killed 6 people and a dog. Well, except for the dog. At least one that we know about. Anyway, so it’s the same thing. Those lives were created or saved. A little gratitude here, people? (Thanks for the reminder, Frank J.)