Mitt Romney looked like a proud dad at Paul Ryan’s swearing-in ceremony

Mitt Romney and his wife Ann proudly watch Rep. Paul Ryan’s ascension to House Speaker.
Mitt Romney and his wife Ann proudly watch Rep. Paul Ryan’s ascension to House Speaker. –Saul Loebsaul / AFP / Getty Images

Like proud parents at their son’s graduation, Mitt and Ann Romney fondly watched Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan become Speaker of the House of Representatives on Thursday.

It’s an appropriate reaction for the former Massachusetts governor. Romney’s selection of Ryan as his vice president in the 2012 presidential race launched the youngster onto the national stage. Ryan is also 23 years younger than the former Massachusetts governor, the same age of Romney’s oldest son.

In many ways, Ryan’s election is also an endorsement of the Romney wing of the Republican party, with its emphasis on policy nitty-gritty and, above all, mutual respect. When Romney chose Ryan to join his presidential ticket, he listed the latter as his best attribute.

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“There are a lot of people in the other party who might disagree with Paul Ryan,’’ Romney said in 2012. “I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t respect his character and judgment.’’

Romney reiterated his praise for Ryan’s moral compass in a note on Facebook.

“His lack of ego, respect for others, knowledge of government and unwavering character are exactly what is needed to restore balance to the federal government and to protect the rights and interests of our citizens,’’ Romney wrote.

Congrats, proud parents. You did it!

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