Many of us watched GMA for the first time because of Mrs. Romney's appearance.
The show has a magazine format with content featuring celebrities, cooking, feel-good stories and politics. Mrs. Romney sat in for the second hour of the show, participating in an interview with celebs from ‘Dancing With the Stars.’
Mrs. Romney asked one DWTS dancer how he liked his scoring. He was a bit lackluster, but it’s probably hard to accept being voted off.
The most interesting segment featuring the GOP presidential nominee’s wife was an interview with Rebecca Hart, a national para-equestrian champion.
Hart was born with Familial Spastic Paraplegia, a disease that causes deterioration of muscles below the waist.
Hart told Mrs. Romney that equine therapy “helped her maintain her mobility.” Riding horses helps with balance, muscle memory and strength. Anyone who’s ridden a horse knows that sense of muscle response, but the therapeutic benefits of horse riding don’t get a lot of attention.
Mrs. Romney also said horse therapy can help wounded vets and children suffering from conditions like autism and Asperger’s.
Mrs. Romney has used horse therapy to help her cope with multiple sclerosis. She is also a cancer survivor. It’s hard to imagine anyone dealing with one of those illnesses, much less both.
Mrs. Romney presented Hart with a top champion award—that’s how they met. Mrs. Romney has also received recognition for her equine skills.
There was a touch of unintentional comedy on the set when a dish Stanley Tucci was cooking went askew because the butter overheated.
Viewers got a closer look at the woman who may be the nation’s First Lady come November. Supporters would have liked to see more of Mrs. Romney, but the show’s second hour format was top heavy with staffers and dedicated more to entertainment topics than other matters.
Mrs. Romney was a model of grace and style this morning. GMA was fortunate to have her, and I think Americans liked what they saw. She would, I think, be a fine First Lady. I hope to see her in that capacity come November.
Keep up with Mrs. Romney's activities by 'liking' her Facebook page.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Oct. 10, 2012)