The Handsome Mitt Romney

The New York Times finds a picture of Mitt Romney as a dashing young man.

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ALISON STEWART, host:

This is THE BRYANT PARK PROJECT from NPR News. It is Thursday, November 15th. I'm Alison Stewart.

LUKE BURBANK, host:

And I'm Luke Burbank.

Alison, I'm not going to tell your husband about your secret crush.

STEWART: This is - I've been a little obsessed with this all morning. The New York Times has got a story about Mitt Romney, his - what his life was like when the '60s, when he was in France on a Mormon mission. But there's a picture of him. He is impossibly handsome as a young man.

BURBANK: Distractingly handsome, even.

STEWART: Distractingly. We were - you know, it's a game we play, who would play you in movie? Some people say Vince Vaughn or Johnny Knoxville will play you in "THE BRYANT PARK PROJECT The Movie," you know. I think Jennifer Aniston could play Rachel.

BURBANK: Who would be you?

STEWART: Don't even get into that. But Mitt Romney, there's no young actor good-looking enough to play Mitt Romney, circa Mitt Romney in 1968 and…

BURBANK: Yeah, he's like old-school. He's like Cary Grant-looking or something.

STEWART: Yeah. It's interesting, I remember when the campaigns - they found that memo that was leaked that said that his being good-looking was an issue in the campaign and everybody scoffed at it. I'm actually starting to think maybe whoever did this market research was right. You have to go check it out at New York Times Web site.

BURBANK: I mean, he's not Chris Dodd hot…

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BURBANK: …but he's…

STEWART: He doesn't have that Biden fire, but…

BURBANK: No, he doesn't.

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BURBANK: Oh, Joe Biden. Mrs. Joe Biden, is that why you're writing that over and over again on your peachy(ph) earlier?

Speaking of taking it back-to-school age days, old-school "Sesame Street," there are some new DVDs out of the first season of "Sesame Street" and turns out it was a greedy, greedy place maybe not suitable for today's young people.

STEWART: Also, we're going to have a performance from Mark Olson. He's a founding member of the band The Jayhawks. He's currently touring in Europe and Denmark tonight, I do believe. But we did catch up with him here in the States, he came by THE BRYANT PARK PROJECT studios to perform for us.

Here's a little taste of Mr. Olson.

Mr. MARK OLSON (Founding Member, The Jayhawks): (Singing) Once I lost my self-respect, I was stranded in blue and all by myself. Then my love came up to me, I want to ride with you…

STEWART: A little chat and some music from Mark Olson coming up.

We'll get today's headlines from newscaster Rachel Martin in just a moment.

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