Romney on Obama: 'Is he really that out of touch?'
June 8th, 2012
02:01 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney on Obama: 'Is he really that out of touch?'

Salt Lake City, Utah (CNN) - Mitt Romney berated Barack Obama as "so far from reality" after the president said the private sector is "doing fine" during a press conference Friday.

"He said the private sector is doing fine. Is he really that out of touch? I think he is defining what it means to be detached and out of touch with the American people," Romney said in Council Bluffs, Iowa after a roundtable discussion with farmers.

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In his opening remarks in the White House briefing room, Obama addressed the economic crisis in Europe and offered his assessment of the state of the economy in the United States during a question and answer session with reporters.

"The truth of the matter is that, as I said, we created 4.3 million jobs over the last two, 27 months, over 800,000 just this year alone. The private sector's doing fine," Obama said. "Where we're seeing weaknesses in our economy have to do with state and local government, oftentimes cuts initiated by, you know, governors or mayors who are not getting the kind of help that they have in the past from the federal government and who don't have the same flexibility as the federal government in dealing with fewer revenues coming in."

The Republican presidential candidate criticized his 2012 competitor for "pushing aside the private sector" and instead wants to add more government jobs. He cited the recent gubernatorial recall vote in Wisconsin as a sign voters want the opposite.

Romney said of Obama, "he wants another stimulus, he wants to hire more government workers. He says we need more fireman, more policeman, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It's time for us to cut back on government and help the American people."

During a conference call with reporters Obama's re-election team defended the president's remark.

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"The president has always made clear that we need to do more than just recover from the recession because the fact is even before the economic crisis it was getting harder for middle class families to send their kids to college and make ends meet. And that's why he's focused every day on creating jobs now and restoring economic security to the middle class," Obama press secretary Ben LaBolt said.

Speaking in Iowa, Romney called his characterization that the private sector is doing fine will "go down in history as an extraordinary miscalculation and misunderstanding by a president who's out of touch."

Romney poked fun at the president, referring to a to-do list Obama said he keeps in his desk in the Oval Office.

"I got a copy here of his to do list from his desk. You see I was able to sneak that out and there were a few things that are missing. Missing is lead a real recovery. Missing is reduce the deficit. Missing is save Medicare and social security. Missing is help for small business," Romney said.

"And I won't have to have a long to-do list in my drawer at the White House. My to do list is written on my heart and the first three entries are these: jobs, jobs and jobs. I'm going to go to work to get America working again."

– CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum
soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. California Gary

    Romney calling anyone else "out of touch" is just too funny! Romney has never been "in touch" with the average person for a single day in his life. This is like a sumo wrestler calling someone else fat.

    June 8, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. Delusional Democrats Whining Crying Blaming, My Dream Has Come True

    "The truth of the matter is that, as I said, we created 4.3 million jobs over the last two, 27 months, over 800,000 just this year alone. The private sector's doing fine," Obama said. "Where we're seeing weaknesses in our economy have to do with state and local government, oftentimes cuts initiated by, you know, governors or mayors who are not getting the kind of help that they have in the past from the federal government and who don't have the same flexibility as the federal government in dealing with fewer revenues coming in."
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    This is downright SCARY. Totally clueless doesn't even describe Obama anymore. He is living in some bizarre leftist bubble that is devoid of reality.

    Yes, they do NOT have the same "flexibility" LIKE PRINTING MONEY AND GENERATING INFLATION!!

    Obama has now moved so far left he has left the clueless scale and stopped on the DANGEROUS setting. Four more years of this imbecile are we are ABSOLUTELY TOAST.

    June 8, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. cali girl

    This coming from the guy who needs an elevator for his cars.

    June 8, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. Bella7

    Obama needs to see a therapist to uncover why he would sabotage himself with the statement that the private sector is doing fine. Drive down main street in any big town and see all the boarded up homes and empty storefronts. The housing industry hasn't been this bad in decades. Obama is more than out of touch – I think there;s something wrong with how his brain is working. Seriously.

    June 8, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. tee27

    LOL ! calling someone else out of touch How about this Mitt a $55,000 car elevator $250 million sitting off shore and refusing to pay you past taxes,

    June 8, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  6. cali girl

    Robmey quotes Obama on his to do list, saying Medicare is missing from that list.
    What would Robmey like to do with Medicare? He follows the Ryan plan. Ryan's nickname is the Kill Medicare Kid.

    June 8, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  7. Four and The Door

    "I got a copy here of his to do list from his desk. You see I was able to sneak that out and there were a few things that are missing. Missing is lead a real recovery. Missing is reduce the deficit. Missing is save Medicare and social security. Missing is help for small business," Romney said.
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    This is exactly true. The most important things to Americans seem to be of no real interest to the Obama Administration. Obama's head is is caught up in this ugly political world that doesn't reach outside the boundaries of Washington DC.
    Obama even signs his name Obama/ Biden 2012 now. It is completely who he is and what he stands for.
    Mitt Romney represents the rest of us. Fortunately it is 2012 and Republicans have picked a winner.

    June 8, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  8. TomTom

    LOL!! This is AWESOME! GET 'EM MITT!!! can't wait till you DESTROY him in November!

    June 8, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  9. b

    obama couldn't run a lemonade stand. what is a community organizer again. does that job prepare you to be president? lol

    June 8, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  10. Corporations of America

    Yes, the private sector is doing fine. Let's see here major corporations are sitting on trillions of assets but not investing into jobs. They're taking a bigger share of the nation's income than they did under Reagan, Bush 41, Clinton and Bush 43. It's the small businesses that need help. obama gave congress a job bill and republicans fillibustered it. why? because nobody hates small business like big business. And they want to make sure Obama is a one term president, even if that means the country does poorly. How unpatriotic can you be???

    June 8, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  11. kayla

    this president is far too intelligent for these idiots

    June 8, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  12. Sue

    Yep, Obama is really that out of touch!! And, he thinks that the majority of the country/voters are blind, deaf, clueless, and gullible Obama drones--and will believe him when he says that the "private sector is fine". Due to Obama and his policies-there are many citizens in the 50-60 year old range that may never be able to get a good job again!! He has destroyed their chances/opportunities of working those remaining years to save up for their retirement. Based on all recent state/national polls-the majority in the country want independence, self worth, jobs, and the opportunity to succeed-not welfare and foodstamps. Hold on voters/America--only 5 more months and Obama will be booted out of the White House and sent back to Chicago!!

    June 8, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  13. kbv206

    Guys, Obama has been fighting for the American people since day 1, namely that jobs bill that he put out for Congress to sign. Congress doesn't do anything and they are the ones that are supposed to regulate commerce! I think Obama was trying to instill consumer confidence and reassure Americans that our economy will be okay (which is is).

    Granted, more still needs to be done and I do not agree with Obama that the solution will be to inflate bureaucracies. But, those are the only jobs he can control. He is not in charge of private companies and he is not the one who is supposed to be legislating*** for our economy. It should be Congress.

    With that said, I definitely DO NOT trust Romney. He'll probably just de-regulate Wall Street, who will earn record profits and pronounce the economy "to be back" only to sputter out and flame out in the next 4 or 5 years because of risky bets. It takes time to build businesses that actually make products that matter instead of creating wealth.

    June 8, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  14. Roy

    Ask Romney if he is willing to donate all of his $200 to $300 million to help to pay off USA debt but he can keep his $10 million so in that way we can see if he truly cares about our country.

    June 8, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  15. Jules

    Romney continues to accuse President Obama about the things he himself is weakest on. Nobody has been more out of touch than Romney so of course he accuses the president of being out of touch. I am not sure I have ever seen a candidate in the 50 years I have been watching politics so blatantly unthruthful. Mitt Romney is a liar – and I am not afraid to call him that. Even when he has been proven to have lied, he never retracts or corrects what his lies. This is the trait of a person totally lacking in integrity and honesty. I hope he will be called on all of these lies because American does not deserve to have this man as President.

    June 8, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  16. Delusional Democrats Whining Crying Blaming, My Dream Has Come True

    So let me see if I understand this... The federal government sent all this money to cities and states to hire police, firemen and teachers that the state sand local municipalities couldn't or wouldn't pay for. The federal government has been borrowing BILLIONS for this it appears.

    So when the federal government couldn't afford to pay for them anymore, then had to be let go because again, the states and cities couldn't not afford to pay for them.

    So now Obama wants to keep doing the very same thing??!! Borrow (or print) BILLIONS to send to states and cities to hire UNION police, fire and teachers, which will AGAIN have to be let go when the federal money runs out!!!

    THIS IS A MAKE WORK PROGRAM FOR HIS UNION CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTORS!!! States, cities and towns need to make these decisions AND pay for them. The federal government has NO business running this make work union jobs scam using our tax dollars.

    June 8, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  17. Mikey

    If public sector jobs had grown only at the pace of population growth over the past 2 1/2 years, instead of sheding 600,000 jobs, our unemployment rate would be below 7.5% now. If the GOP had not blocked every jobs bill in the past 18 months, we would probably be below 7%. But then, the President would be elected in a landslide and the GOP doesn't want that.

    June 8, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  18. wade

    Sure Obama the private sector is just fine. 25 million out of work 18 % unemployed or underemployed 8 to 10 % unemployed but hey were just fine. ROFLMAO. What a ( whatever) .

    June 8, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. non issue

    Just look at the picture above. Does that represent the American People?

    June 8, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  20. Silence DoGood

    @cali girl "This coming from the guy who needs an elevator for his cars."

    And by comparison Obama is currently campaigning in an on-call 747 jet with a personal army, essentially unlimited resources and throngs of misty eyed fans.

    The last NON-US (you know, the rest of the world) article I read labelled Obama as "aloof".

    and the point is?

    June 8, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  21. Pander Bear

    I see. So Romney's election strategy is to take everything that is applicable to him and attribute it to Obama. Don't think "I know you are but what am I" is really a strategy as such.

    June 8, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  22. Pander Bear

    @ DelusionalDem, I liked it better when you called yourself "Truth and Nothing but the Truth". At least the irony was entertaining.

    June 8, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  23. Independent Voter

    Romney is really out of touch..Romney you didnt win in your first try in 2008 and you not going to win 2012.
    Romney you is out of touch with the middle class.

    June 8, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  24. wade

    22 jobs bills passed by the GOP congress many bipartisan all blocked by the D-party Senate and Obama. A budget passed by the GOP killed by the D-party Senate. All the D-party wants to do is spend spend and spend some more and call it jobs. What a total joke on the American people.

    June 8, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  25. The Real Tom Paine

    Projecting just a tad, eh Mitt? For someone who claims he knows something about job creation, he certainly did not demonstrate that while governor, the one elected postion he's held( and effectively abandoned after 2 years). His tenure in MA saw him raise taxes and fees on everything that moved, and over 200,000 people elft the sate in his one term. Does that sound like anyone who accomplished anything, except take personal interest in adapting the Individual Mandate to suit the needs of his state? SHHHH, we can't talk about his record, probably because it was a record of tax hikes on the middle class, tax break for the wealthy (again)and failure on a scale that, only a few months ago, hadhim getting slammed repeatedly by his primary opponants. Public sector employees are huring because of budget cuts at the federal, state and local level because GOP leaders are pushing auserity measures even if it throws more people out of work. They don't really care about unemployment, they just want to destroy the one thing that keeps them from achieving their Objectivist paradise. I'm waiting for the righties to put up a statue of Ayn Rand in the Capital.

    June 8, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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