Legendary singer and senior spokesman Pat Boone was hoping for a “Dewey-Truman surprise” Tuesday night even after most of the television networks had already pronounced President Barack Obama the winner over Republican Mitt Romney.
“I’m saddened, I was waiting for a midnight surprise — a Truman-Dewey surprise,” Boone said in an exclusive interview from his California home shortly after midnight. “I’m saddened because I don’t think the best qualified man won. The sadness that I feel is based on the fact that I don’t think we elected the best man for the job — or even the one who got the most votes, but the one who had the best political machine.”
A spokesman for the 60 Plus Association, which is the nation’s leading conservative seniors’ organization, Boone tells Newsmax that he had not only invested much of his time working for Romney, but he had also participated in a 40-day semi fast, which was timed to end on Election Day.
“There were several million Christians who committed verbally — and they made commitments because of the urging of Christian leaders — to fast and pray for 40 days,” explained Boone, who lost about 9 pounds by giving up mainly meats and deserts. “I haven’t had a bite of anything — no sweets and no meats — just mainly vegetables and rice.”
Even as the president victory was projected, Boone and his wife, Shirley, continued to hold out hope that the networks would be mistaken — as they were in the 2000 election when the media mistakenly declared victory for then Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore against George W. Bush.
“It won’t surprise me at all. It will delight me on many levels to find out that all the pundits and the projectors are wrong,” Boone said, noting that he and his fellow Christians had prayed for a Romney victory during the fast.
“It was a continual prolonged prayer for God to give us a righteous government, a righteous leadership,” he explained, comparing Romney to Ronald Reagan. “He stands for all the things that Reagan stood for. We believe that God had chosen him and we had been believing that he was going to win the election.”
But Boone also believes that God doesn’t immediately give people what they need.
“It’s a very troubling situation to me, but we’ll have to make the best of it,” the singer lamented. “We may be getting what we deserve.”
He concluded by saying that his family will continue to pray for President Obama.
“We’ll have to pray that God will influence Obama’s thinking and judgment,” he said.
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