Mitt Romney sounds like a presidential candidate. Except when he doesn't.
Greeted as a celebrity here Wednesday in the heart of the Republican Deep South, the GOP's 2012 nominee — who still says he's mulling another bid in 2016 — talked to Mississippi State University students like a commencement speaker.
He urged them to "keep life in perspective" and warned that "fame ... comes and goes in a minute."
Looking back at his loss to President Barack Obama, Romney mostly avoided second-guessing his strategy and tactics, at least explicitly. He talked instead about voters he remembers, Secret Service agents he befriended and how he'd write the word "Dad" and draw a sun atop his notes at each debate: reminders of his father and the scriptural encouragement to "let your light so shine.