March 21, 2012 at 10:20 AM ET
It is no great secret that Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is often regarded as about as stiff as his perfectly coiffed hairdo.
But Garrett Jackson, Romney’s personal aide and self-proclaimed "body man," is on a mission to change that perception. On Thursday Jackson launched a campaign-related blog that seeks to show the softer side of Mitt.
“Folks always ask me what it is like to be on the road with the Gov every day. Rather than just e-mail my mom about it, I figured I could start to blog. Check it out and let me know what you think,” Jackson wrote. “The more that you respond the more they will let me write...”
Readers are then treated to the tasty detail that Romney “had a great campaign breakfast – some oatmeal and a radio interview – before heading to Studio J in NYC” on Thursday morning.
Okay, so details about oatmeal breakfasts and Romney’s affinity for cupcakes aren’t exactly “Game Change”-level information. Then again, Jackson, a Mississippi native, was also reportedly the inspiration for Romney’s consumption of “cheesy grits” and drawling “y’all”.
Jackson was even photographed holding Romney’s chair during an Iowa campaign stop.
Jackson’s tame posts and YouTube footage of Romney snagging a cupcake at Junior’s Cheesecake restaurant in New York contrast with the more controversial posts of campaign economic adviser Greg Mankiw.
Mankiw, a Harvard professor, posted a newspaper clipping that suggested a Jonathan Swift-style “Modest Proposal” solution to decreasing Social Security and Medicare costs. In part, the clip read: “Next month, the Immigration Department will start deporting seniors (instead of illegals) … older people are easier to catch and less likely to remember how to get back home.” Mankiw added the comment: “Thanks to the reader who passed this along.”
In contrast, Jackson’s posts are far more innocuous. True to recent revelations that Romney has a bit of a sweet tooth, Jackson offered a picture of the candidate with a huge pancake: “Giant Pancake (house special) from Charlie Parker's diner in Springfield, IL,” he wrote.
TODAY.com political contributor Halimah Abdullah is a native Southerner who says “cheese grits,” not “cheesy grits.” She is the site’s woman in Washington.