And so this happened... in 1968
September 27th, 2012
04:17 PM ET
6 years ago

And so this happened... in 1968

(CNN) - While a missionary with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in France, now-GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney had this photo taken for his then-girlfriend, who is now his wife, Ann.

The photo was first published in CNN's sister publication Time Magazine this week.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. PJ

    I don't understand the relevance of this 40 something year old picture, except I'm wondering who took the picture and
    from where. It appears to be aimed pretty much straight down on the heart. Other than that, so what?

    September 27, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. Africanus

    It is a shame that a wimp like Romney would be touted as a guy who would make America strong militarilly. First off the man was busy frolicking around France when his peers were fighting in the Mekong delta. I do not know of many poor children who would be allowed to go on a missionary journey in a developed country when there was draft for able-bodied youngmen. I thought missionary journeys were meant to bring the heathens of Africa, South America and Asia to Christ, now that would sound very genuine for a missionary journey.
    Secondly, this man has five sons and none of them joined the military like Jon Huntsman's sons and Beau Biden. What an effontary to the poor people of this nation for a priviledged wimp like Mitt Romney to engage in saber rattling and fanning the embers of war. Americans think very hard before you cast your ballots in November.

    September 27, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  3. Woman In California

    While others were out DYING and being INJURED he was writing love notes to Ann. This is one of the MANY reasons he'll never be POTUS. Shameful and disgraceful are the words for this.

    September 27, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  4. myviewis


    Yeah this is what Romney was doing in France when the rest of the REAL MEN and WOMEN were fighting and dying in VietNam.......Romney was dodging the draft...

    Conveniently you forgot Bill Clinton was excused from Vietnam also, the Senator Clinton worked for made the arrangements.

    September 27, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. mac

    Awe that is so cute!!! perfect sand man ship!!!

    September 27, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  6. myviewis


    is this when he was draft dodging? thought so

    Another Bill Clinton fan who conveniently forgets Clinton did not serve in Vietnam either.

    September 27, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  7. myviewis

    Woman In California

    While others were out DYING and being INJURED he was writing love notes to Ann. This is one of the MANY reasons he'll never be POTUS. Shameful and disgraceful are the words for this.

    And again you forgot the last time we had to remind that President Bill Clinton skipped Vietnam.

    September 27, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  8. kman821

    Apparently no photos were taken while he and his buds were bullying vulnerable classmates in prep school.

    September 27, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |

    "Beefcake! BEEFCAKE!!" -Eric Cartman

    September 27, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  10. Towanda

    I agree with PJ re "relevance" – be ye pro or con Romney, Democratic or Republican or Independent- WHO CARES about a 1968 picture of this sort? Really? I know a lot more now than I did in 1968 even if I I thought I knew EVERYTHING THEN. I DO know for a fact that I would HATE to have some of my 1968 photos on the internet (however, I was in better shape then!!!)

    Also to AFRICANUS – I'm not Mormon but you obviously know less than I know about MORMON missionary trips – they go everywhere – not just poor countries.

    September 27, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  11. Yeahona

    I'm not a Romney fan, but i think this is cool – didn't know he had it in him to be this romantic.

    September 27, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  12. H

    II'm sorry... but where was Bill Clinton during Vietnam again....

    September 27, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  13. linda

    Yeah here is Romney in France playing on the beach writing love notes to Ann,,,,,,while thousand of his Peers were dying and injured fighting in Viet Nam.......he's a real Brave fellow huh? He's a yellow belly coward and has NO PLACE in any Government Office much less the Presidency of the United States......

    September 27, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  14. Mike

    Oh this is just too good. While you liberals are dumping on Romney, you might take a moment to remember that your hero Bill Clinton avoided the draft repeatedly while "frolicking around" at Oxford. Only one year later, while his peers you remember so fondly were giving their lives, Bill was organizing anti-war demonstrations in London! Your hypocrisy and selective criticism is running very deep here. Shame on you.

    September 27, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  15. Khaleeshi

    Romney lying on the beach in France doesn't change the fact that he wants the working class to pay more so millionaires and billionaires can get more tax breaks (like 13% isn't low enough), he wants to get rid of medicare for a coupon, he'll repeal affordable health care and replace it with the emergency room, and he wants to beef up the military so he can send OUR kids (not his) to war with Iran. No thanks.

    Hands off my medicare! Hands off my Obamacare!

    Obama/Biden 2012

    September 27, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  16. Zarnold

    You people make me sick. Horrible comments about anything that has to do with Romney. Even horrible comments today about Ann Romney and her plane inncident. Scary when people treat other people as if they are subhuman just because you dont agree with their view points. I bet you there are others you supported in previous elections that ditched out on Vietnam. All Dems are allowed to make mistakes but if its a Republican, they deserve to be demeaned endlessly. Disgusting. Now I wait for the Democrat supporters to talk down to me.

    September 27, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  17. USA

    Ummmm.. Bill Clinton was a draft dodger! How quickly we forget. Clinton just ran off to Canada, at least Romney was serving his Church.

    September 27, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  18. Bak

    And when did Obama serve in the Military and where? O i forgot he was smoking pot and playing bassketball.

    September 27, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  19. Marie MD

    What he should have been doing is what many did and many died doing. Go to Vietnam instead of being the chicken s**t he truly is. This should have been a rice paddy!!

    September 27, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  20. Jeff

    Dodging the draft just like Cheyney, Limbaugh, and the rest of the war mongers who love to go to war they just don't want to fight it. Romney has been a spoiled rich brat his entire life, so while he was writing love letter on the beach in France(deferment in pocket) 50,000 US Soliders died in the swamps of Vietnam. Romney is a coward a liar and a man with no core who does not know who he is.

    September 27, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  21. DR

    The shadow in this photo is really weird and it's driving me nuts trying to figure out the angle of the sun to cast that shadow from his body.

    September 27, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  22. CBR

    An this is important because.........

    September 27, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  23. Marie MD

    @myviewis, what is the excuse for those five non serving sons of his? The twit used his cult religion to keep from going tomVidtnam.

    September 27, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "Conveniently you forgot Bill Clinton was excused from Vietnam also"

    Conveniently you forgot that Bill Clinton is not running for POTUS this year AND that he was never a warmongering fear-merchant like Mittens and the rest of the GOP. So on the one hand, your retort is irrelevant....and on the other, it's an inept comparison..

    September 27, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  25. EatRunDive

    Oooh, France. He really risked his life to spread the word to the heathens there!

    September 27, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
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