Mitt Romney Heads to Disneyland and 'Twilight' in Post-Election Odyssey (Photos)
In the wake of his loss to President Obama, the former GOP standard bearer has set off across the country in search of lighter moments.
After Mitt Romney gave a tearful post-election speech at a solemn brunch held at his campaign headquarters in Boston, he folded his legs into the back of a silver Saab driven by his son Tagg, his wife Ann in the front passenger's seat, and headed west.
Thus far, Romney has stayed away from not only politics but the spotlight altogether. Just weeks after he was a standard-bearer for his party, whisked through traffic jams in motorcades, social media users are snapping photos of the candidate in perfectly ordinary settings.
They have thus far shown Romney as the quintessential, pop culture-consuming American. Over the weekend, the former First Couple hopefuls took in the final chapter of the Twilight Saga in theaters -- two of $138 million worth of American moviegoers, so far, to do so -- and ate pizza after the show. Like the Romneys, the series' author, Stephenie Meyer, is a Mormon.
Having earlier been photographed looking haggard and exhausted while pumping his own gas, Romney seemed to have sought out a quintessentially American cure: going to Disneyland. Many people on Twitter snapped photos -- in addition to some well-placed paparazzi -- of Romney on various rides, smiling on Splash Mountain and tire races. He took his grandchildren and wife, and was wearing the same checked dress shirt that he had on while pumping gas.
The wholesomeness is not very different from what Saturday Night Live predicted he might do: down gallons of milk to drown sorrows.
Having run unsuccessfully for president for the majority of the last eight years, Romney knows that the White House will never be his. There is a split as to what people think he might do next: Some think that he will fade away, perhaps to a revived business career; others see him working to stay in the spotlight. The latter would require a rehabbed image and another about face from his GOP colleagues, as they quickly went from backing him as America's next best hope to a pariah, distancing themselves from leaked comments Romney made about Americans wanting "gifts" from their leaders. The country's demographics are changing, after all, and the party cannot be seen as only for rich white men.