Romney: Obama should 'suck it up'
April 18th, 2012
02:11 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney: Obama should 'suck it up'

(CNN) - Mitt Romney drew new contrasts with President Barack Obama on Wednesday by targeting the president's fondness for golf and vacations with his family.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee said Obama's golf trips make him "scratch his head."

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"I must admit, I scratch my head at the capacity of the president to take four hours off on such a regular basis to go golfing," Romney told WLW Radio in Cincinnati, responding to a question about the president's hobbies. "I would think you could kind of suck it up for four years particularly when the American people are out of work."

When asked about vacations taken by the Obama family, who travel to the president's native Hawaii annually, Romney said his family would not use four or eight years in the White House to "see the world." Instead, the former Massachusetts governor said he would frequent Camp David, the presidential retreat in the Catoctin Mountain Park of Frederick County, Maryland.

"I think one of the great resources that the president enjoys is Camp David," Romney said, after the host referenced a recent trip by Obama's eldest daughter Malia to Mexico. "I would anticipate if I were fortunate enough to become elected president that I'd be spending some time at Camp David, and my family and I would not be jetting around the world and using four years in office to see the world."

Obama has admittedly not used the grounds as much as his predecessors but is scheduled to host the G-8 summit there in May.

"Somebody pointed out that I hadn't had any of my counterparts, who I've worked with now for three years, up to Camp David," Obama told reporters in March. "I think that the weather should be good that time of year."

Team Obama did not immediately respond to a request for comment following Romney's interview.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
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  1. teamosil

    Wow Romney sure wasted no time going for the very stupidest of positions eh? Going after vacations, which obviously he is educated enough to realize are more like working from someplace other than DC. Ranting about the "vast liberal conspiracy" on right wing hate radio. Sending Nugent out to treaten violence... We're only a few days in to him being formally the nominee and he's already digging this deep?

    April 18, 2012 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  2. PTBarnumboy

    Mittens smart mouth is a bit premature.

    April 18, 2012 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  3. David

    He just looks desperate, spending 4 hours once or twice a week on the golf course is hardly an issue, indeed it is a stress reliever and I would be concerned if such breaks didn't occur.

    April 18, 2012 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  4. JPoet

    When POTUS you count days worked not days vacation.

    April 18, 2012 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  5. Babyboomer

    Mr. Romney, Hawaii is not "Seeing the world". Hawaii is President Obama's home just like Chicago. People are allowed to have more than one place to call home, where they can go to decompress. I'm sure you know that, given the number of homes you and your family own. Please do us all a favor and go find some other hobby besides running for the Presidency of the United States. There is still a great deal of serious work to be done and the American people can not afford to be your experiment, flavor of the month, lab rats, etc...

    April 18, 2012 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  6. Klemn

    I have to scratch my head when someone that is already described as out of touch with average Americans decides to totally rebuild his California mansion at the same time he is running for President. Don't forget the elevator he is building in his garage. What a clown.

    April 18, 2012 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  7. Indyswimmer66

    What a petty windbag! Could pampered Mittens be any "smaller?"

    April 18, 2012 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  8. Art

    A President Romney is just what this country needs! Obama will be a one term president .... FACT

    April 18, 2012 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  9. Pander Bear

    So says the man with a million dollar beach house with a car elevator. Puh-lease.

    April 18, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  10. ruemorgue

    romney is a complete hypocrite. how many cars does he own? how about donating them? i'm really beginning to despise these republican candates, and that's that i am *NOT* an obama fan.

    April 18, 2012 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  11. mickey1313

    What is he talking about, bush spent 90% of his time, for 8 years on vavation. The republicans will say anything for a vote, too bad most americans are dumb enough to believe it.

    April 18, 2012 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  12. Chipster

    That's it? That's Mitt's big complaint – that the President plays golf? I've worked for some pretty successful executives who had the nerve to take time to play golf. In fact, I've played golf quite a bit too and yet I managed to handle my job. How would it make any difference for the President to stop playing golf, especially with the technology we have today? It has been reported that Bush took 967 days of vacation in his 8 years as president (more than 30% of his presidency). Does anyone really think that a president, ANY PRESIDENT, actually gets away from the Office? This type of complaint is just petty and reflects very poorly on Romney, not Obama.

    April 18, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  13. Chipster

    @MaryA
    Meeeoooowww!
    Have you checked vacations for previous Presidents and their families? No, of course not. Petty, petty, petty.

    April 18, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  14. Gabbo

    LOL ! The truth hurts, doesn't it ? Especially the parts on film where you can't lie about it !

    April 18, 2012 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  15. JD

    Yes Angela, I do. Senator Obama. I get that people have already decided who to vote for. Many decided years, decades ago before either one's name was known, much less a President/candidate.

    For the record, President Obama has done a good job under difficult times. Times that would have occurred regardless of who won on '04', '00', '96. Unless you're also saying the Pelosi was the worst Speaker of the House in HISTORY. If everything Democrats say is true, then, that's just simply a statistical fact.

    April 18, 2012 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  16. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    Really, coming from a cult member that wears magic underwear should make you wonder where he gets his info. None were worse that the war criminal and his constant trips to Crawford.

    April 18, 2012 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  17. Meki60

    all of Obama's appointed czars are of the lowest caliber. They can give guidence to the GSA for corrupt spending. Maybe Obama is concerned that this might get closer to home.

    April 18, 2012 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  18. RealityCheck

    Flaunt his wealth? Uh, guess what, folks...his family earned it, he still works for it, and when he goes on vacations, he PAYS for it out of HIS OWN POCKET. Obama's recent little jaunts across the globe are paid by YOU and I. I offer the following quote made by Jack Nicholson as The Joker (applies directly to D.C.): "This town needs an enema!"

    April 18, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  19. Chuk

    Romney will promise the world to the gullible just to get into office! He'd even tell you he'd never take a vacation while in office. Just to get in. He's a flip-flopping chameleon!

    April 18, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  20. PTNY

    Romney touts: "The President won't do it, but I will.

    Annihilate to within an inch of it's life, the Department of Education, The Environmental Protection Agency and Commerce Agencies.

    I will pay for the tax cuts for the top 1% with the money I take from them. :)

    April 18, 2012 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Hawaii is where Mr. Obama grew up, it is his hometown...If elected, will Mr. Moneybags never visit his hometown for 4 years? I think not

    April 18, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  22. Keith A. Sillsbury

    Seeing the world? last I looked Hawaii was part of the United States. Golf has been a regular pass time for Presidents for who knows how long, so that leaves trips with the Family? So I guess Family time doesn't mean anything to this hopeful.

    April 18, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  23. Squigman

    If any person knows what the word suck means, it's Mitt.

    April 18, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Romney is full of it. Don't know what people see in him.He turned me off when i heard that he put his dog on top of his car.Is that the way you treat a family member.

    April 18, 2012 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  25. CP

    @MaryA – LOLOLOLOL. You would sound a lot more credible if you used their actual names and actual facts.

    Obama 2012

    April 18, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
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