No way around it: That photo of Ann and Mitt Romney sitting tandem on a Sea-Doo in New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee is pretty darn cute, and not really what you’d expect from sexagenarian parents of five and the grandparents of a “bevy” of Romneys, as the Republican presidential candidate put it Wednesday during a Fourth of July parade in Wolfeboro, N.H.
The Romney campaign is so controlled it’s hard to imagine that the couple did not at least pause to consider the optics before strapping on their life vests and leaving dry land. Sure, after tooling around the lake, they retired to the comfort of a gorgeous waterfront mansion, but there is nothing to suggest snobbery in their choice of sports.
In fact, quite the opposite, as motorboating and power-skiing are solid middle-class sports. (Rule of thumb: If it’s against the law to do a sport while drinking, it’s probably not considered snobby.)
It may strike some as silly to worry about such a thing, but every spontaneous photo opportunity during a presidential campaign comes with inherent risk.