Mitt Romney Cleaned Out His Refrigerator on the Morning of the Election

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"I don't want to alarm you, Ann, but I think we forgot about the recycling." Photo: Justin Sullivan/2012 Getty Images

From Dan Balz's upcoming book on the 2012 presidential race, Collision 2012, comes this Election Day vignette about the endearing squareness of Mitt Romney:

Romney began his day at his home in Belmont, Massachusetts, with several radio interviews. Ann, he said to his wife after he was done, it's trash day. The candidate didn't want to miss the trash pickup, and before he left the house that morning he started to clean out the refrigerator. This is bad, he would say as he pulled a jar from the refrigerator and tossed it in the trash bag. An aide watched, thinking, By the end of the day this man could be president-elect and he's worried about missing trash day.

Romney's White House dreams would be shattered later that night, but his fridge was clean and orderly, so the day, overall, was basically a wash.