Romney riffs on Obama's 'titanic struggle'
September 28th, 2011
03:10 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney riffs on Obama's 'titanic struggle'

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) – Standing in the same room where an Obama adviser said the president's campaign would be "a titanic struggle," Mitt Romney had some fun with analogies the next day.

Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod acknowledged to an audience at Saint Anselm College Tuesday that the president's re-election bid would be a "titanic struggle" in the face of the slumping economy and unpopular partisan gridlock in Washington.

Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, opened his town hall at the college Wednesday with a riff on Axelrod's choice of the word "titanic."

"I'm not sure if he saw the movie," Romney said. "A titanic struggle –how appropriate an adjective that is."

The word titanic means "of exceptional size or strength" but the word has become almost synonymous with the ill-fated voyage of the Titanic ocean liner.

Romney played on the reference and drew Obama into his extended joke.

"The captain of the ship has been inattentive, otherwise occupied or asleep most of the voyage," Romney said of Obama's presidency. "It's going to sink."

During his speech Axelrod said he believed the president would eventually be elected to a second term in 2012.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. diridi

    Just say Obama2012....Amen....

    September 28, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  2. TomInRochNY

    Well, at least Obama never outsourced any of the crew, unlike Romney.

    September 28, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    "The captain of the ship has been inattentive, otherwise occupied or asleep most of the voyage," Romney said of Obama's presidency. "It's going to sink."
    -------------
    How does government create jobs? By citizens voting all Republicans out of office.

    September 28, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  4. Jake

    says the man who has lost plenty of elections!?

    September 28, 2011 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  5. No Amnesty for Teabaggers - Impeach Republicans

    For 17 years, Mittens has been trying to get republicans to support him, and has failed every time. I think it is time for him to get his own comedy show, because the tea baggers do not like Mormons.

    September 28, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  6. j

    Remember- the ship (Economy) was sinking when Obama took the helm.-– Bush and Paulson gutted (wall street bailout) us as they were "abandoning ship". --- Don`t forget, Bush started two wars AND cut taxes for the rich !!!!!! They knew the unfunded wars would have a disasterous affect on the economy just as the tax cuts were set to expire and it would be time to pay the fiddler.-– Tax cuts plus TWO wars– INSANE !!!!!

    September 28, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  7. CCMars

    What. Ever. Romney.

    The frequent insults and lack of any intelligent policy discussion coming from the candidates are not funny, just obnoxious. Elementary school elections have less mudslinging!

    September 28, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  8. HCX

    Look who's talking.

    September 28, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  9. The RNC (Righteous Neanderthal Circus)

    Pitiful Mittens trying to be clever. How awkward.

    September 28, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. Nash

    Nice try Gov Romney. You will never be President in the current Republican environment unless the party stand ups to tea baggers. You are too liberal for them.

    September 28, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  11. Terry, VA

    Romney has the business experince to get us out of this mess. Period
    @Rudy, NYC....The difference between Cain and Obummie is that Cain wants to create an atmosphere where business hire people. He wants people to WORK. Obummie wants people to rely on handouts. You say you and minorities have looked at Cain and see the back of his head. That, my friend, is subject to many interputations. Where I come from you say what you mean and leave nothing to interputation. Cain or Romney will lead this country out of the mess that Obummie made much worse over the last 2 1/2 years ago.

    September 28, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  12. Terry, VA

    Romney has the business experince to get us out of this mess. Period
    @Rudy, NYC....The difference between Cain and Obummie is that Cain wants to create an atmosphere where business hire people. He wants people to WORK. Obummie wants people to rely on handouts. You say you and minorities have looked at Cain and see the back of his head. That, my friend, is subject to many interputations. Where I come from you say what you mean and leave nothing to interputation. Cain or Romney will lead this country out of the mess that Obummie made much worse over the last 2 1/2 years ago. As usual my comment is awaiting moderation.

    September 28, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    Sounds about right: purposefully obtuse interpretation of a reasonable statement....perfect example of GOP/Teatroll thought patterns. And hey, let's skip over reporting that Mittens is now claiming that he "doesn't have a political career" to make himself sound like he's a DC outsider and could "shake things up" in Washington. The dude (and his magic undies) is a tapdancing farce.

    September 28, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "New poll on Iowa shows Romney on top"

    Really? With all his submissive flip-flopping, I always sort of assumed he was a bottom.

    September 28, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  15. John

    Romney republicans would be the ice berg here, There only solution is to find another ice berg and run into it too!

    September 28, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  16. Brian

    If these are real posts how do multiple people say the same things word for word?

    September 28, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  17. Marie MD

    Can you please STFU mitt!!! You are part of the problem we have lost jobs in the US! You freakin' idiot!
    You buy companies, fire American workers, send their jobs overseas and make money off the backs of the unemployed.
    Go back to CA and make sure they are building your mansion the right way. We wouldn't want it to be swallowed up by the ocean do we?

    September 28, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  18. Russ

    Wooooooo, that was sooooo funny Romney. Ah, don't quit your day job and try to become a comedian. Oh wait you don't have a day job. That's right you're unemployed and looking for a government job because of all the perks you get that the rest of us don't. Like free government health care.

    September 28, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |