There's no doubt that two of the most anticipated speeches during Tuesday's Republican National Convention were New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Ann Romney, wife of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Following their well-received RNC addresses, political commentator Charles Krauthammer weighed in to provide analysis on both speakers.
Contrary to Juan Williams, who said that Romney appeared to be "a corporate wife" who hadn't struggled in her life, Krauthammer found much of what she had to say "effective." Of particular note, the commentator favorably noted the portion of Romney's commentary during which she praised her husband, calling it "utterly heartfelt and extremely effective."
Among her many lines of praise, the one during which she addressed the candidate's charitable giving was particularly impactful, Krauthammer said. The transcript of her words about charitable giving and helping others reads:
"Mitt doesn't like to talk about how he has helped others because he sees it as a privilege, not a political talking point. And we're no different than the millions of Americans who quietly help their neighbors, their churches and their communities. They don't do it so that others will think more of them. They do it because there is no greater joy."
Here, Romney is addressing a number of issues. To begin, she's commenting on her husband's personal charity and his urge not to brag about what he's done for others. She also makes it a point to separate generosity out from politics. Then, she goes on to say that she and her husband are "no different" from millions of other Americans who also "quietly" help others.
Krauthammer found these elements praiseworthy, going on to say that Romney was speaking about the "two kinds of being genuine" she's observed in her lifetime.
"There’s the political genuine where you appear to be caring and all that when you give your speeches and when you do handouts from the public treasury," he explained. "And then there’s real generosity that I’ve seen, she says, in my life. And that’s what he’s got and the beauty of it is he won’t talk about it because he has a sense that you don’t exploit it."
As for Christie's address, Krauthammer said that "he talked about large ideas" and that "the whole speech was large." Like Romney's comments, the commentator said that Christie was also "extremely effective" and he likened some of his statements to "thunder."
Watch the analysis, below:
(H/T: FOX News Insider)