Mitt Romney’s son Josh made headlines yesterday.
As the story goes, Josh was the first person to come on the scene of a terrible accident. While stopped at an intersection, he witnessed an SUV moving at speeds he describes as upwards of 70 MPH crash into the kitchen of a nearby home. First on the scene, Josh pulled the occupants of the vehicle– a couple and their two teenage children– to safety.
The family of four suffered minor injuries, and were treated by paramedics, and none suffered major injuries.
Some call Romney a hero for his quick action to help a family of strangers to safety. Others criticize him, not for his good deed in helping the family get out of the vehicle, but for what he did immediately after.
Josh immediately took to Twitter, having had someone take a picture of him smiling, standing in the aftermath of the crash:
The caption reads:
Was first on scene to big accident, see pic of car in the house. I lifted 4 people out to safety. All ok. Thankful.
Poor taste? Many say yes.
Josh Romney a hero? Many say yes.
I think Romney’s actions fall into the category of both.
Pulling a family to safety after what clearly looks to be a horrific crash was an act of kindness, an act of decency. Posting a picture of himself smiling in the face of such destruction, mere moments after it all happened was a dumb thing to do. It was tasteless– an obviously self-promoting act– and he deserves to be criticized for doing it.
Incident of the century, it is not. Disturbing and uplifting all at once?
Yeah, I guess it is.