Dailies | Mitt Romney Is a ‘Laughing Stock’ – and Surprisingly Human – in ‘MITT’ Trailer (Video)

The Netflix original documentary debuts on Jan. 24 in all territories where the streaming service is available after making its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival

The first trailer for Netflix original documentary “MITT” teases a sympathetic and, most importantly, human look at 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Director Greg Whiteley (“Resolved”) filmed the former Massachusetts governor for six years, and captured the moment Romney knew he was going to lose the close election to President Barack Obama.

Also read: Netflix Acquires Mitt Romney Documentary Set to Debut After Sundance

“So what do you think you say in a concession speech?” Romney asks his distraught kids who “can't believe” their dad is going to lose.

“If you don't win, we'll still love you,” son Tagg Romney says. “The country may think of you as a laughing stock, and we'll know the truth. And that's okay.”

Audiences that want unprecedented access to the Republican politician throughout his entire campaign, including all of the ups and downs that he faces along the way, can find out on Jan. 24 if there really is any truth they were missing out on when it came time to cast their vote.

It will certainly be interesting to hear what he has to say about his infamous 47 percent remarks.

  • stephenmonteith

    It's only “surprising” to people who weren't paying attention during the race. The man has five children and countless grandchildren. He's been married to the same woman his entire adult life. How could you hear that about someone and not think, “Of course there's a good, decent, honest human being under all the hype”? It's easy to get cynical about politicians and especially presidential candidates, but whatever your personal politics, you need to be able to read between the lines. Ann Romney was no “Good Wife” who had to endure scandals about prostitutes or bathroom stalls. His children are all grown and married with children of their own. If Mitt Romney didn't show his “human side” more often on the campaign trail, then it's because he's just not that good at campaigning; which, ironically, made him an even better candidate for president, in my mind.

    • mary D

      I agree

      • Bob O.

        Oddly enough neither of you seems to remember that MItt Romney paid a higher tax rate than was required, and that the subsequent analysis debunked the pension claims.
        Basically Bain Capital is a turn ariound firm, creating value from failing firms. The majority of compainies taken over by Bain were headed fro the toilet or in there already.
        He looks good right now compared to the competition, who seems to have the reverse midas touch. Everything Mr Obama oversees lately has turned to crap.

        • Paul V Sutera

          Nice revisionist history on the offshorer-in-chief, Mitt Romney. While we're at it, if I ran for president and wanted to win, I would REPATRIATE my money to the USA. He paid 13.7% taxes in 2011. But his companies profited by being headquartered offshore, while getting most of their revenues from the USA. Leveraging the advantages of first world countries while paying in … not so much.

          • fitzsimmons Photography

            Bottom feeder….maybe if you liberals learned how to tell the truth we'd have a better world. But that will never happen!

          • fitzsimmons Photography

            Talk about revisionism. Why don't you check out the biggest part of Democrats history that has been left out of their websites and their general thinking? Democrats historically have been the party of racism. That history has been ignored for years….Article by Jeffrey Lord ‘The Democrats missing History’ I DARE YOU TO READ IT!!!

    • Paul V Sutera

      I didn't like what he did to firms – loading them up with debt and then driving them to abandon their pension obligations – private pensions for already retired folks. That's plain wrong, but it helped Mitt become fabulously rich. And then he got rewarded later with the Bush tax cuts so he paid very little on that money but still needed to offshore it to the Caymans so he would pay no taxes at all. Hey you get a lot of freebies for being in the USA, not the least is highways, ports, security, legal protections (patents), rails, police, infrastructure, telephony…etc. But when you offshore money you say: I live the first world and enjoy all its benefits but when it's time to pay my share? It's the Cayman Islands for me… and then to run for President as a patriot. Sorry folks, this is the real Romney.

      • bytebear

        More hype. He didn't leverage businesses to fail. He did everything he could to make them survive. His track record for success was way higher than the average for the industry. He was a genius at saving companies. You have no idea who the real Romney is.

        • Paul V Sutera

          He was a genius at offshoring manufacturing. He bought very profitable companies and turned them into losers in one year and his excuse was that they would have been in trouble soon. I don't buy it. And when you run for President, at least have the patriotism to reshore your money. His remark about the 47% shows he hasn't met a lot of poor folks. Some of my friends worked for 30 years and lost pensions due to guys like Romney. They're in the 47% now that pay no FEDERAL income taxes, but they still pay THOUSANDS in taxes despite making $12K a year in Social Security. A pox on ALL his houses and car elevators….Pishaw!

          • bytebear

            On what planet do you live? He didn't buy profitable companies and turn them into losers. Sorry, but your fantasyland is just as distorted as your view of Obama who destroys everything he touches. The fact are all there for you. He was absolutely right about the 47%. They were stupid and wouldn't change their vote no matter what, because they were promised lies. Now that we all know they are lies, its more like 28%. A pox on YOU for taking away millions of people's health care all to feel better about helping the supposed poor. You and your philosophy are flawed and destructive. Good luck in 2014, because all signs look to a full GOP take over.

          • Paul V Sutera

            2001: USA 31% of world GDP. End of Bush's term: USA down to 21% of world's GDP. And no, it didn't go to Mexico or Canada (the NAFTA line I hear so much). 58.000 manufacturing facilities closed during the Bush years. So yes by all means more GOP. Keep bagging the American people. The 58,000 figure is easy to find online from multiple sources. Most favored nation trading status made permanent with China in 2001. The cost of my healthcare is dropping by more than HALF, it was $12K a year for 2 people over-50. Most of the people who lost coverage had catastrophic plans which they can buy. The prices are very reasonable. The current plan was going to cost me $150,000 and I COULD NOT LEAVE it because of a cancer surgery 6 years ago. Thanks to the ACA, I can leave this expensive plan. Hooray for the ACA.

          • Paul V Sutera

            150K to get me from age 56 to age 65 medicare.

          • Paul V Sutera

            There you gave yourself away: The “supposed poor”. Get out of your suburb and meet some poor people who worked for decades. This is at the very crux of the baggerist thesis: Hatred for the poor getting $11K a year while we have a boondoggle F-35 program that costs 1.2 trillion and they barely have a working prototype after years of work. A GOP takeover? Great I guess you like inequality. What do you think caused the rich to become so rich? Do you pay 15% on your income? I pay over 20%. I wish I had only capital gains. Way to incentivize a bubble economy. Something Republicans do best. NO GDP growth during the Bush years exceeded current GDP growth under Obama. Many quarters under Bush before 2008 were no better than our current economy. The Bush tax-cuts turned productive corporations into “financial” firms, knowing that stock appreciation would be rewarded better than income from real work. I hope we go back to that. They'll be combing the blogs looking for people who supported baggernomics. Watch out then!

          • bytebear

            This isn't about military spending, but I'd be happy to discuss Obama's failed foreign policy. Why are you distracting from the Health care law? Why if the Health Care law is so good for the poor has Obama changed or delayed major aspects of it? Why has he dolled out exemptions like candy? And why are all of his decisions always dependent on the election cycle?

          • bytebear

            And you are a hypocrite considering Romney isn't even close to the top echelon of Liberal Democrats. John Kerry is far richer than Romney, and far more stingy with his money. Sorry, but your lies are no longer potent. The wizard has been revealed behind the curtain. Buh bye.

      • Rich Kay

        Obama has been revealed and only a fool (and a tool) would try to classify him as superior in any way to Romney, with the exception of campaign rhetoric.
        Romney would have turned the country around and we may have been out of the Obama pit by now, but we will never know.

        • Paul V Sutera

          Well I'll meet you halfway and say Romney would have done a better job than Bush. However so many of the things he recommended were tried by GWB. Taxing capital gains at 15% – meant that sitting on a beach sipping a drink was rewarded more handsomely than my laboring for 30 years in I/T. CEOs don't do the work, the middle-class makes the money FOR the CEO. 58,000 factories closed under Bush. We could give them tax-breaks tied to AMERICAN wages by verifiably US workers. Ain't hearin’ that from any Dumbocrat or Repukes.

        • Paul V Sutera

          Why are people complaining so much? The Bush tax-cuts did exactly what they were predicted to do: Make the rich grow their wealth subject to only 15% taxes, and guess what happens? I would only have expected more “supply-side” trickle-down economics from Romney. But throwing money at the rich apparently doesn't create too many jobs.

      • stephenmonteith

        Venture capitalists and turn around artists like Romney ensure the US sees more tax revenue than it otherwise would have. Not only do they make sure companies keep producing, which means more employees paying taxes and collecting fewer unemployment benefits, but it also keeps the economy running in general, which means even more growth. You may have heard of a few of the companies Mitt Romney kept running: Burger King, Sports Authority, Sealy Mattress, Domino's Pizza, Brookstone, Staples, and his old firm Bain, which he ran for the exorbitant wage of $1. People talk about the “failures” of Bain as if those companies weren't already circling the drain when they went to Bain for help, and they conveniently fail to mention the success stories which far overshadow the companies that even he couldn't make successful. Bottom line, his experience turning failures into successes is what made him a great candidate.

        • stephenmonteith

          I recall what Evan Bayh, a Democrat, said when he retired from the US Senate. He lamented that, if he could help one person get a job as a private citizen, then he'd have done more than the entire Congress had done while it was under full Democratic control.

    • fitzsimmons Photography

      Mit Romney was beaten by ugly,dishonest,criminal minds hired by Barack Obama. What Stephanie Cutter and David Axelrod did during the Presidential campaign was unforgivable. They should both have been prosecuted but Obama has millions of constituents who are clueless and uninformed. That's what he counts on. Unfortunately in todays America that works!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/signalfire6 Dawn Owens

    Maybe it's karma for that kid who he held down screaming while he hacked off his hair. Maybe it's karma for being a Mormon who didn't protest blacks and women being barred from church offices, or believing in that Kolob crap. Maybe it's karma for being a corporate raider who loves money and doesn't care about what people are hurt when he takes over a company, guts it, and walks away with the loot,

    • barbkemp

      mitt was just too good of a man so now they all know what Obama is just a liar another black man living in government housing

    • mofo

      maybe you are a loser

    • bytebear

      You do know that the story you reference has no corroborating evidence. Lies and more lie

  • hogie

    Oh yes, he's just a fine corporate raider who destroyed a lot of lives of hard working Americans.

    • Unbelievable

      Get a job and get off the unemployment check.

      • Paul V Sutera

        I had a job for 30 years. My company is now pursuing endlessly increasing profits and cost-cutting its way to oblivion. In the tea-bag world, there are no victims of capitalism, only lazy people and good people. The tea-party: Marching minions of morons.

  • Paul V Sutera

    I didn't like what he did to firms – loading them up with debt and then driving them to abandon their pension obligations – private pensions for already retired folks. That's plain wrong, but it helped Mitt become fabulously rich. And then he got rewarded later with the Bush tax cuts so he paid very little on that money but still needed to offshore it to the Caymans so he would pay no taxes at all. Hey you get a lot of freebies for being in the USA, not the least is highways, ports, security, legal protections (patents), rails, police, infrastructure, telephony…etc. But when you offshore money you say: I live the first world and enjoy all its benefits but when it's time to pay my share? It's the Cayman Islands for me… and then to run for President as a patriot. Sorry folks, this is the real Romney. Paying 13.7% in taxes. Even his wife's horse stayed at a stable where the horse was groomed by undocumented workers. The bar is higher when you run for president.

  • Paul V Sutera

    I know plenty of really nice folks who I would trust with my life – and they offshore money to tax-havens. But they aren't running for president. We pay for being in a first world country. Safer water, cleaner air, legal protections, fire and police, universities, highways, bridges, ports, rails, patent law. But if you enjoy all these things but need to offshore so much money, sorry repatriate the money BEFORE running for President. And when you are in reality, a billionaire, ‘fess up.

  • B. Mac

    Oh PLEASE!!! We've seen this same sort of crap with ‘Dubyas’ campaign. The video, heavily edited, shows only the few good points;

    Two points about Mutt, that I DIDN'T like…
    He was NOT a consideration for the presidency, being that, he consistently LIED to the american people.
    and/or…
    He relied on fraudulent & misleading info by his advisers and even believed what was being told to him.
    He DID flip flop on multiple occasions. His own party even brought it up during the debates!
    I don't like people who constantly change their positions…they can be easily manipulated.

    • Jessi

      B. Mac, you need to re-read what you wrote. Obama has done the EXACT same thing lol. Obama has been recognized as the Biggest Liar of 2013 for concealing the truth about Obamacare.

    • 96440060

      ” . . .LIED to the American people”? “He relied on fraudulent & misleading info by his advisers . . . “. . . flip flop on multiple occasions” Oh really? Uh, sounds kinda familiar, from yet another cabdidate, who turned out to be our current President. Did you vote for that liar? Hypocrisy at it's finest. Over and over and over again. Don't ya think B. Mac???

    • B. Mac

      GOOD POINT on both and YES, Obama is a LIAR and YES I voted for him in 1st term, not second.

      I DON'T despise the Man though, I believe he's just “given up”, thus he'll be just another flunky president, along with the likes of ‘Dubya', Hoover, et al.
      O'Bummer.

    • bytebear

      Did he get Lie of the Year? Nope, that was Obama.

      In fact, everything you call a lie turned out to be true.

  • TOMMY QUEZ

    mitt lost his bid for the highest office due to saying he woukld not deport illegal aliens , he also said that he would give iilegals a hard time so they would leave on their own and for that silly remark , he lost to the worst president ever , obama…… what an idiot ….

    • Paul V Sutera

      Yeah truth is, illegals groomed his wife's horse. I know all the particulars, but it's a commonplace practice. All talk by politicians on illegals is hot air – both sides of the aisle.

  • Jim Marcum

    tommy I agree. no good reason in the world that obamie won. the media of course could never find anything wrong with anything he ever done or did. they even covered the fact that he smoked and never mentioned it again.