Saturday, December 31, 2011

Newt Gingrich Cries in Iowa

See Los Angeles Times, "Newt Gingrich tears up talking about his mother":

Reporting from Des Moines— With his presidential campaign drifting out of contention, Newt Gingrich veered from his typically brash, boastful personality on the campaign trail Friday, choking up in front of a group of moms when he recalled his mother, Kit, who died in 2003.

"I identify my mother with being happy, loving life, having a sense of joy in her friends," Gingrich said when moderator Frank Luntz asked him to recall a moment with his mom. At the end of her life, Gingrich said, his mother lived in a long-term care facility, which helped him understand and become interested in brain science.

He frequently tells voters here that he recently gave a lecture on brain science at the University of Iowa.

"She had bipolar disease and depression, and she gradually acquired some physical ailments, and that introduced me to the whole issue of quality long-term care … and that introduced me to the issue of Alzheimer's," said Gingrich, who chatted with the founder of a popular website for mothers at Java Joe's coffeehouse here.

See also, "Mitt Romney: 'I won't cry'."

Well, someone asked Romney if he was gonna cry, but see William Jacobson, "Hey, let’s make fun of Newt crying about his deceased mother." Also at Memeorandum.