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Mitt Helps Tagg Romney Empty His Emotional Jug

Stress is a natural part of life. Few experiences could be more stressful than a national presidential campaign, not just for the candidates and staff, but family members too.

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Tadd Romney said he felt like “taking a swing” at President Obama after Tuesday’s Presidential Debate.

Mitt Romney’s oldest son, Tagg, hit the national spotlight in a big way after Tuesday’s Presidential debate, saying he wanted to “take a swing” at President Obama.

When the host of a North Carolina radio program asked: “What is it like for you to hear the President of the United States call your dad a liar. How do you react to that,” Tagg Romney said, ” … you want to rush down to the debate stage and take a swing at him. But you know you can’t do that because… Well, first there is a lot of Secret Service between you and him but also because this is the nature of the process.”

The Romney family was quick to point out that President Obama shouldn’t be worried.

From the audience of The View, Tagg’s brother, Joshua Romney, responded to a question from Barbara Walters:

“That brother has slugged me a couple of times. I assure you President Obama has nothing to worry about … You really don’t like to see your dad get beat up by the media or President Obama or whatever it is, and so you take it pretty personally. But I think that was something he was just saying off-the-cuff and I assure you he didn’t mean it.”

Before Tagg Romney gets himself or the campaign in any more hot water, it would be a good move for the former Massachusetts Governor to help his son Empty his Emotional Jug. Emptying the Emotional Jug is one of the most helpful exercises taught in leading marriage and relationship education classes nationwide.

For anyone feeling stressed out or overwhelmed from political campaigns or any other aspect of life, doing the exercise with someone who cares about you will make a difference. The key is that the listener doesn’t interrupt, add anything, judge or try to fix things. The listener just asks the questions, listens with a sense of what it’s like for the person speaking, and appreciates the speaker for confiding. If the speaker wants to talk about any of the issues further after the exercise, that’s up to him or her.

I imagine the exercise with Mitt and Tagg Romney might go something like this:

Mitt Romney: Hi Tagg, I understand you got a little heated up during that radio interview after Tuesday’s debate. How about we spend a few minutes Emptying Your Emotional Jug? It’s something Mom and I learned from Nancy and Dick and thought it might help you too.

Tagg Romney: Sure, dad. I know you’re awfully busy. I appreciate you making time for us.

Mitt and Tagg Romney sit face to face, with eye contact and knee contact, and take hands.

What are you MAD about?

Mitt Romney: What are you MAD or ANGRY about Tagg?
Tagg Romney: I’m mad that people are calling you a liar.

Mitt Romney: Thank you, Tagg. What else are you mad about?
Tagg Romney: I’m mad that Josh basically called me a wimp on national TV.

Mitt Romney: Thank you, Tagg. What else are you mad about?
Tagg Romney: I’m mad about all the negativity in this campaign and that it’s everywhere.

Mitt Romney: Thank you, Tagg. What else are you mad about?
Tagg Romney: I’m mad seeing people trying so hard to turn Americans against each other.

Mitt Romney: Thank you, Tagg. What else are you mad about?
Tagg Romney: I’m mad that people make everything about race, that when I said I get angry when someone calls you, my father, a liar, suddenly it was made into something else by people who seem to just make things up and are so eager to infer prejudice against our family. They don’t know what they’re talking about.

Mitt Romney: Thank you, Tagg. What else are you mad about?
Tagg Romney: I’m mad that Hanley [Ramirez] hit his last homerun on September 3 and couldn’t do it again in any of his next 108 appearances at the plate. When a team is spending $15 million a year on a guy, fans expect better.

Mitt Romney: Thank you, Tagg. What else are you mad about?
Tagg Romney: I’m mad that Beth [Myers] vetoed the idea of wearing Reebok on stage for the final debate next week.

Mitt Romney: Thank you, Tagg. What else are you mad about?
Tagg Romney: I think that’s about it for right now, Dad. I know the plane’s waiting and you gotta get ready for Daytona tonight.

Mitt Romney: Thank you, Tagg. If there was anything else you were mad about, what might it be?
Tagg Romney: I’m still pissed that some writers throught it was fair game to go after David and William before they were even a year old. It’s just maddening how far these people will go to find whatever they’re looking for.

What are you SAD about?

Mitt Romney: Thank you, Tagg. What are you SAD about?
Tagg Romney: I’m sad that we still haven’t closed the deal in Ohio.

Mitt Romney: Thank you, Tagg. What else are you sad about?
Tagg Romney: I’m sad that we haven’t had a lot of family time together lately. We all understand the pressures of the campaign, but it would be nice to just get away together and put this all aside for a couple days. I know that’s not possible.

Mitt Romney: Thank you, Tagg. What else are you sad about?
Tagg Romney: I think I’m also sad about lots of the things I’m mad about. I’m sad about the negativity. I’m sad about your honesty being questioned. I’m sad about being called a bigot. I’m sad about seeing the miraculous birth of David and William become political fodder. I’m sad that we’re working so hard and that the race is still so close.

Mitt Romney: [After pausing to hug Tagg]: Thank you, Tagg. What else are you sad about?
Tagg Romney: That’s it for now, dad. I know there’s more, but we can talk about that another time.

Mitt Romney: Thank you, Tagg. If you were sad about anything else, what might it be?
Tagg Romney: I guess it has to do with all the lies and half-truths people are spreading about our family. They have no idea, but act like they do. Even though I know we all try to ignore it, it still hurts sometimes.

What are you SCARED about?

Mitt Romney: Thank you, Tagg. What are you SCARED or WORRIED about?
Tagg Romney: I’m not really feeling scared or worried about anything right now. Well, except maybe a little worried about Ohio.

Mitt Romney: Thank you, Tagg. If you were scared about anything, what might it be.
Tagg Romney: Really just that everyone stays healthy and strong, that David and William do well, that all the kids do well. And that we get through these last weeks of the campaign.

What are you GLAD about?

Mitt Romney: Thank you, Tagg. What are you GLAD about?
Tagg Romney: I’m really glad that David and William are in our lives.

Mitt Romney: Thank you, Tagg. What else are you glad about?
Tagg Romney: I’m happy Jennifer is doing well and that she’s able to handle all of this and stay so grounded as a wife, mother and friend.

Mitt Romney: Thank you, Tagg. What else are you glad about?
Tagg Romney: I’m glad you and Mom are doing well. I know how tough this has been on both of you especially. I’m glad you’re taking time to care for yourself, that we all have each other and the people who know and love us, and that so many people are keeping our family in their prayers.

Mitt Romney: Thank you, Tagg. What else are you glad about?
Tagg Romney: I’m glad this campaign is almost over.

Mitt Romney: Thank you, Tagg. What else are you glad about?
Tagg Romney: I’m glad that you’re closer than ever to becoming President.

Mitt Romney: Thank you, Tagg. What else are you glad about?
Tagg Romney: I’m glad we live in America, and that with all the nonsense and hurtfulness of the campaigns, there’s no greater place on earth.

Mitt Romney: Thank you, Tagg. What else are you glad about?
Tagg Romney: I’m glad you’re my father.

Mitt Romney: Thank you, Tagg. What else are you glad about?
Tagg Romney: The pilot is waiting at the door. I suggest we leave it there for now.

Mitt Romney: Thank you, Tagg. Is there anything else that you want say about being glad?
Tagg Romney: I’m grateful for our faith, family, friends and that no matter what happens, we’re always there for each other and that no one can take any of that away from us ever.

Mitt Romney: Thank you, Tagg.
Tagg Romney: Hey, Dad, that was great! Do you want to Empty Your Emotional Jug now?

Mitt Romney: I’ve gotta run, Tagg. Florida’s waiting. But let’s make a date for November 7th.
Tagg Romney: I’ll be there!

Mitt and Tagg enjoy a long embrace before Dad rushes off to his waiting plane.

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