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BLITZER’S BLOG: Wolf Blitzer: bellhop
February 2nd, 2012
04:43 PM ET

BLITZER’S BLOG: Wolf Blitzer: bellhop

By Wolf Blitzer, CNN

(CNN) - It’s always fascinating to get a little glimpse into the lives of presidential candidates on the road.

Take, for example, when I encountered Newt Gingrich in the lobby of the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas a few months ago.

I was heading back to my room from the gym when I suddenly saw the former speaker, his wife, Callista, and two aides dragging their suitcases to the elevator. They had just checked in.

To my surprise, they didn’t have a porter helping them. Their bags were heavy and they were struggling. So I immediately and instinctively decided to help.

Indeed, it was my pleasure to help with the suitcases; it reminded me of my days as a young bellhop at the Laurels Hotel and Country Club in Monticello, New York. I had worked there one summer between my freshman and sophomore years in college. I think the Gingrich group was happy with my assistance.

Here’s another example of life behind the scenes – this one involving Mitt Romney.

I had just interviewed him and his wife, Ann, aboard their campaign bus in Iowa. It was around lunch time and the former Massachusetts governor was clearly hungry. So what did he eat for lunch?

No fancy meal for Romney. He had a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich on good old-fashioned white bread.

I must confess I was a bit jealous. I’ve tried to eat healthy over the years. I hadn’t had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in a long time.

But the way Romney ate his – with gusto – was impressive. It looked so delicious.

I remember leaving the bus saying to myself – here’s a multi-millionaire who loves peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

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  1. Matt

    Wolf, when are you going to question anything Barack Obama does ? WHEN ? Your news is bias and unforgiving.

    February 27, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  2. Chris Ivy

    Republicans... Just don't get it do you the longer you keep splitting your votes 4 ways the longer Romney will keep looking viable. Gingrich needs to bow out, Paul needs to run as Libertarian or bow out and give the GOP a simple choice Romney or Santorum. Then we'll see how the party feels but knowing you Republicans you will drag this thing out til June or longer,and then will wonder why Obama beat you in November. RIDICULOUS

    February 14, 2012 at 11:49 am |
  3. Big Al

    NRC Approves Building of New Nuclear Power Plants: Check out these connections: Exelon and Southern Company; Exelon ties to Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod and Obama. Look at the money Exelon's CEO, John W. Rowe, has given to Obama. Powers is also chairman of the Nuclear Energy Institute, the nuclear power industry’s lobbying group, based in Washington.

    Look at this: "Southern Company Chairman, President and CEO Thomas A. Fanning announced today that Stephen Kuczynski [formerly of Exelon] has been elected chairman, president and CEO of the company's Southern Nuclear subsidiary, effective July 11." Look at Exelon's the tie-ins with Chicago's Unicom, Commonwealth Edison and Philadelphia's Peco Energy. The connecting dots lead to the NRC approving the building of these new nuclear power plants. Finally, look at Senator Obama's engagement with Exelon concerning "nuclear leaks and response testing."

    February 12, 2012 at 9:54 pm |
  4. Rosemary Molloy

    Is this a high school–no, middle school–assignment or what? Is the writer a real person? Who would name their kid "Wolf" anyway? Greatly enjoyed it, especially "it was my pleaseure to help with the suitcases"–so humanitarian! And the pathos of "I hadn't had a peanut buter and jelly sandwaich in a long time" just tugged at my heart strings. Thanks for the laughs.

    February 8, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
  5. Sara Volk

    Nice background. You're a nice person Wolf.

    February 4, 2012 at 11:25 pm |
  6. Bunnie

    At least he is Presidential. Has Class. Intelligence. Nice Family. Here's the Best Thing-He knows how to read a FInancial Statement and is a student of ECONOMICS, not just someone who spouts quotes from American History and compares himself to Abe Lincoln. Gingrich is an embarrassment on the World Stage. Petty. Rude. DIdn't even congratulate the other Candidates.

    February 3, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  7. Jim Thomas

    He doesn't impress me that easily.Except for Ron Paul none of them impress me,and I am sure alot of other people.Jim Thomas Phx.Az.

    February 2, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
  8. blk


    February 2, 2012 at 5:37 pm |

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