As news broke this week that Mitt Romney "almost certainly will" run for president for a third time in 2016, the country let out a collective "why?" Some might have choked on their morning bagels while others likely chortled at their iPads. As The Washington Post put it, it just makes no sense for Romney to run for president again.
The former governor of Massachusetts has previously run for president twice, once in the 2008 election and then again in 2012, an election year that is still very fresh in the minds of Americans. The Republican nominee became better known for his embarrassing gaffes than his party platform. First, he was caught on video saying that 47 percent of the country was dependent on federal help and painted themselves as victims. Therefore, "My job is not to worry about those people." The comment cemented his already plutocratic image.
Then came Romney's infamous "binders full of women" comment during the presidential debate that confirmed he was a rich white guy who represented other rich white guys.
So why is he running once more? Is he a glutton for punishment? Either way, the man's resolve is a thing of beauty. And you can detect it in his face, that chiseled all-American face that says "U.S. presidency, I'm never gonna give you up." In fact, every time you look at his face, it's a little bit like getting Mitt-rolled.
Here are 19 times Mitt Romney's face looked determined to run for president and fail all over again.
“America, I’m ready for my close-up. Again.”
“Do I think Jeb is a threat? Are Chicken McNuggets made of chicken?”
“What? Is running for president supposed to be hard or something?”
“I’ve got Chumbawamba stuck in my head again. I get knocked down. But I get up again. You’re never gonna keep me down.”
“I can see you smiling, Obama. I have 360-degree vision. Because I am not human.”
“How would you feel if I gave everyone here a new SUV?”
“Look how presidential I look on that Jumbotron.”
“God, when I’m on, I am on.”
Mitt in 2008: “I swear this will be the only time I run for president.”
Mitt in 2012: “This is the last time. I swear.”
“You’d vote for me, wouldn’t you?”
“I could really get used to all this attention. [Blushes]”
“Everybody calm down. I promise I’ll run for president again.”
“I can do this. I can do this. I can do this. I can do this. I can do this. I can do this. I can do this. I can do this. I can do this. I can do this. [Swipes sweat from forehead.] I can do this. I can do this. I can do this. I can do this. I can do this. I can do this. I can do this.”
“America! F**k yeah!”
Romney: “You may have defeated me this time, Obama. But this isn’t the last America has seen of me.”
Obama: “Mitt, you sound like a bad Bond villain.”
“Come at me, bro.”
“Quick, these people said they’d vote for me if I got them hot dogs.”
“I believe I can fly!”