Behind the Mitt Romney paradox
Mitt Romney asked it hundreds of times: "Are you honest in your dealings with your fellow men?"
A Mormon leader during the 1980s and early '90s, he posed the question to congregants wanting to enter one of the church's sacred temples. Romney was a rising businessman in Boston but poured himself into his faith and community.
He also liked to have fun. During a church meeting one Saturday, Philip Barlow, a student at Harvard Divinity School, watched in amazement as
Romney sang Billie Jean and performed "a very credible, smooth moonwalk."
So impressed with Romney's leadership and personality, Barlow wrote his mother to say he could one day be president.
As Romney stands at the edge of fulfilling a prophecy, the question he asked of others looms over his prospects for success.
He is a paradox, a devout and generous family man but also a calculating politician who has shifted positions with blinding ease. The private Romney is said to be warm and giving, while the campaign Romney is shellacked, stiff and detached.
The question for voters: Who is the authentic Willard Mitt Romney?