26 September 2012 – Westerville, Ohio

Mitt Romney will hold a rally Wednesday morning in Westerville, Ohio where Mike Rowe, from Discovery Channel show “Dirty Jobs” will be hosting a “manufacturing round table.”

Mike Rowe

Mike Rowe will travel at his own expense to appear with Romney in Ohio. Rowe is coming to promote his mikeroweWORKS, a project that “is concerned only with encouraging a larger appreciation for skilled labor, and supporting those kids who are willing to learn a skill.” “To be clear, mikeroweWORKS has no political agenda. I am not an apologist for Organized Labor or for Management.”

Mike Rowe sent Romney an open letter, found here, that started by saying “My name is Mike Rowe and I own a small company in California called mikeroweWORKS. Currently, mikeroweWORKS is trying to close the country’s skills gap by changing the way Americans feel about Work. (I know, right? Ambitious.) Anyway, this Labor Day is our 4th anniversary, and I’m commemorating the occasion with an open letter to you. If you read the whole thing, I’ll vote for you in November.”

Rowe had sent President Obama an open letter on 30 January 2009. However, Rowe never received a response.

Mike Rowe’s letter to President Obama found here.
A portion of that letter follows:

Dear Mr. President:

Much of what you said on January 20th struck a chord, but nothing matched the simplicity or truth of that particular observation. I am awed by the task at hand, and compelled to tell you about mikeroweWORKS, a public awareness campaign designed to reinvigorate the trades, reinforce the importance of skilled labor, and draw attention to our crumbling infrastructure.

My name’s Mike Rowe, and I host a program on the Discovery Channel called Dirty Jobs. Dirty Jobs is a simple show about hard work. No plot, no script, and no actors. The show relies upon a mission – one that sends me around the country to work as an apprentice in a wide variety of occupations not typically associated with a four-year diploma. From coal mines to cattle ranches, crab boats to construction sites, I’ve spent the last five years laboring alongside men and women who do the kinds of jobs that make civilized life possible for the rest of us. Now, after 200 dirty jobs, I enjoy a national reputation as an expert in absolutely nothing. However, I have managed to succeed in highlighting an important group of hardworking Americans that I believe deserve our respect, and from whom I think we might learn a thing or two about the meaning of a “good job.”

Mike Rowe “Not Beyond Taking Advantage Of A Presidential Election”

Rowe stated, “Look, if the president calls and says, ‘Hey, I’m having a jobs summit,’ I’ll be there, if he wants to talk about a PR campaign for work. I’m not beyond taking advantage of a presidential election.”

Not The Star Power Or Message Of Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman in V 03
The celebrity status and message of Mike Rowe is in stark contrast to that of mega-celebrity President Obama promoter Natalie Portman. When Portman was in Ohio 19 September 2012, campaigning for President Obama, she repeated her message that “college grads” are what this country needs for a thriving economy, no mention of the trades. Also see Portman’s message to Women for Obama when she was in Nevada.

Portman also said while in Ohio, “And so we really see a stark difference between a President who wants to expand our middle class through education, and a candidate, Mitt Romney, who wants to expand it through trickle down economics.”

Pretty funny how Romney has taken Mike Rowe seriously and President Obama has not even responded to date.