For the homeowners and residents who live in the townhouse development on the former McLean Hospital, the possibility of their neighbor Mitt Romney becoming President – which appeared like a real possibility in October – forcec them to face a unique consequences: "the 'coolness' factor of living in a president’s hometown versus the nuisance of road closures and curiosity-seekers.," wrote Shira Schoenberg, political correspondent for MassLive.
That dilemna was decided when President Obama defeated the 41-year Belmont resident on Nov. 6 not only in the popular vote and in the Electorial College, but also in his hometown, receiving only 4,728 votes to Obama’s 9,108.
"'It’s a nice little town,' said Kiril Sinkel, a Belmont retiree walking his dog on Monday. 'It would have been too big a price to pay. There’s no reason to want to attract the traffic and security,"' wrote Schoenberg.