Sen. Mitt Romney has taken on a new persona, at least for Halloween.
Though often perceived as a stiff, buttoned-down, every-hair-in-place politician, the Utah Republican’s lighter side emerged in the form of Ted Lasso.
Don’t know who Ted Lasso is? Here’s a description: “Ted Lasso” is a comedy series streamed on Apple TV+ about a relentlessly optimistic small-time American football coach who is hired to coach a professional soccer team in England, despite having no experience coaching the sport.
Jason Sudeikis, of “Saturday Night Live” fame, plays Ted Lasso. Sudeikis, by the way, also parodied Romney on “SNL” during his 2012 presidential run. (Kate McKinnon plays Ann Romney in the sketches).
Posted one person on Twitter in reply: “Ok but there should be an SNL skit where Jason Sudeikis plays Mitt Romney dressed up as Jason Sudeikis.”
With 20 Emmy nominations last month, “Ted Lasso” is the most-watched program on Apple TV+. One Deseret News viewer described it as a “heart-warming comedy, but with super strong HBO language.”
One of Romney’s sons turned him on to the show, and he’s a fan.
“Ted Lasso is the perfect combination of comical and heartwarming. So why not dress up as him for Halloween and provide a moment of levity on Capitol Hill? And since Jason Sudeikis dressed up as me once upon a time, it was high time I returned the favor,” Romney said.
Romney donned a fake mustache a la the main character and did Ted Lasso things around the Senate office building. He delivered cookies — biscuits, in this case, because the show is set in Britain — to Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., as Lasso does to his boss.
Romney also put on a Real Salt Lake jersey and rehearsed Lasso lines such as “Your body is like day-old rice. If it ain’t warmed up properly, something real bad can happen.”
He also taped a replica of the show’s iconic “believe” poster above his office door, a nod to the “Lasso Way” of inspiring the mediocre soccer team.
“If you believe in yourself, and have clear eyes and full hearts — you can’t lose,” Romney posted on Twitter, combining a phrase borrowed from another of his favorite TV shows, “Friday Night Lights,” during his 2012 presidential run.