White portrayed Romney as champion of his employees, contrasting the Democrats image of Romney as a calculating titan who fired people at will.
"I will never forget when he said: 'Bob, 1,000 employees and their families depend on us. We can't let them down,'" White said.
The mood on the floor of the convention was congratulatory.
"My reaction is I thought the American people got to know him... He criticized the president, he did not attack the president and that's an important message," said delegate Richard Moccia, who is the mayor of Norfolk, Conn.
Kathleen King, a Florida delegatre, said, "I think he did a great job. He hit his stride just right."
Friends had urged Romney to open up about Bain and his religion in an effort to let voters get to know him better.any of the speakers early in the evening set out to humanize Romney.
Old friends of the Romney' Ted and Pat Oparowski, Mormons who lived in Romney's Boston ward, shared with the convention a deeply personal story about Romney's devotion to their 14-year-old son who died of cancer 30 years ago.
Romney, Pat Oparowski said, visited the dying boy and touchingly helped him draft a will, leaving his skateboard and model rocket to a best friend.
"How many men do you know would take the time out of their busy lives to visit a terminally ill 14-year-old and help him settle his affairs," she to a hushed arena.
But beyond the all the compassion, Romney was careful to signal the Republican base that he is devoted to core conservative values.
"As president, I will protect the sanctity of life. I will honor the institution of marriage. And I will guarantee America's first liberty: the freedom of religion," he said.
Actor Clint Eastwood took the stage at the beginning of the telecast, giving a rambling speech that appeared to be one of the few unscripted moments of the evening.
Eastwood engaged in an imaginary conversation with an empty chair standing in for President Obama. He chastised the chair for failing to create jobs and then much the excitement of delegates inside the hall made a lewd joke.
ABC News' Michael Falcone and Shushannah Walshe contributed to this report.