June 21st, 2012
08:20 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney sons to start a boy band? ... Just kidding

(CNN) – Mitt and Ann Romney's five sons, often dubbed the "Romney boys," took to comedian Conan O'Brien's couch Wednesday night where they received some playful mocking and lightheartedly described their father, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

Fashioned with name tags after O'Brien admitted "I really honestly don't know who's who and I've been looking at your pictures for days," Tagg, Matt, Josh, Ben and Craig described some of the pranks delivered in the Romney household.

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Matt said his father often asks someone to smell a food and then covers their faces with the butter or whipped cream.

"You're ending up with stuff all over your face," Matt said on TBS' "Conan" before describing a stunt of his own.

During Romney's first presidential bid in 2008, Matt played audio over the phone of then-California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose endorsement Mitt Romney was hoping to secure, to impersonate a phone call. Video of the stunt was played on the show and greeted with laughs from Romney's sons.

Although Romney has received a reputation as a sometimes stiff candidate, Craig said his Dad was a fan of the "Taco! Burrito! What's coming out of our Speedo?" skit on "Saturday Night Live," made famous by Will Ferrell and Cheri Oteri and had it stuck in his head for about five years.

"Anytime you mentioned the words 'taco' or 'burrito' you knew my Dad would chime in, 'Taco, burrito, what's coming out of your Speedo?" Craig said.

But the jean-clad offspring could not escape jokes about their appearance.

"We have three extra Romneys on back-up that can be brought in at any time. That's Tragg, Lagg and Bernie right there," O'Brien said as a shot of three men, similarly attired to the Romneys, appeared on the screen.

During a "true or false" section of the show, O'Brien made light of the former Massachusetts governor's perfectly coiffed hair.

"True or false, your Dad's hair is chiseled out of imported African mahogany?" O'Brien asked.

"That is true," Tagg responded with a laugh.

When O'Brien showed a picture of the large Romney clan, he described it as "absolutely incredible."

"You can tell when you guys get together there's a global khaki shortage. There's panic worldwide," O'Brien said.

Josh, who said the five sons prefer to be referred to as "brothers" instead of "boys," joked that they were "thinking about starting a boy band." The third oldest also said he was hesitant about his father launching another bid for the White House.

"We knew what we were getting into this time and so we were definitely more hesitant," Josh said.

Matt said he was "really reluctant."

"I didn't want him to do it. I tried to convince him not to. I think there were a few of us that tried that," Matt said. "For us as family this isn't the best thing, but as Josh said, for the country we think it's the right thing."

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– CNN Political Producer Rachel Streitfeld contributed to this report.

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soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. Lionel

    Why did they not join the Army Forces. Obama grew up with a WWII Vet, his grandfather who served in Patton's army. Oh yeah, i forget, the Romney men don't join the Armed Forces.

    Obama / Biden 2012

    June 21, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  2. RF

    Not a Veteran or active service man in the bunch. What a disgrace!

    June 21, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. Bella

    Nice looking, well mannered boys. Kudos to their parents. Those who say they would be less successful and in more trouble without daddy's money are forgetting about the many infamous children of movie stars/musicians/business titans. Paris Hilton anyone?

    June 21, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Thomas - What is Mitt planning to do to support the latino community?
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    The same thing he will do for ALL "communities", JOBS and a better economy!! Four years of Obama excuses, blame game and finger pointing is enough. Time for somebody that knows how our economy works and doesn't attack businesses for partisan political ideological reasons.

    June 21, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  5. Woman In California

    The Romney "boys" should learn to recite this:

    "My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for YOU - ask what can YOU do for your country."

    Then, and only then, will they be taken seriously.

    June 21, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  6. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Rudy NYC - Most people begin the American Dream at home plate, looking to get to first. Those "brothers" started on third base.
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    You're clueless Rudy, as usual. All too often having rich parents can be a curse to kids. Never having to work for anything, getting everything you want, no motivation, having to "compete" with a highly successful father, etc. A LOT of rich parents and kids get it wrong and end up with kids that are spolied drop out losers with drug problems. Good and successfull kids is NOT a guarantee just the parents are rich. It takes hard work to navigate the very different minefield of raising kids if you're rich.

    June 21, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. Chris of Oregon

    As Microsoft founder, Bill Gates, said "It is no ones fault if you are born poor, rather, it is your fault if you die poor". So, Rudy NYC it is not the fault of Romney's that they have money. They started as migrant and worked their butt to climb to the ladder as all Americans do. Is there a reason why migrants (like Asian, Russian, etec) do well in America than those who are born in America? Well, when they get here in America, these people went to school, aimed high to improved their living, and kept on the American Dream. So, don't be jealous or envious with the Romney's. Instead, DO YOU OWN WORK - WORK HARD - AND STOP BLAMING others for you being in low income family. I am a middle class family, migrant from other countries, our family went all to school for years and now our lives our better from earlier sacrificies to get our masters degree. It is all about hard work - no complains no envy - I admire the Romney kids.. they could be drug addicts like most rich hollywood people.. but these young men are all professionals.

    June 21, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. Pander Bear

    Wait, I thought the GOP hated Obama because of his ties to celebrities. Now it's super duper fun for the Romney boys to go on Conan? I'll stay tuned for the right wing outrage. *cough*

    June 21, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  9. ST

    @dave

    A bunch of real class acts posting here. It's so cool to pick on kids you don't know. Grow up bullies
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    I disagree with you Dave. Have you ever seen Sen. McCain's sons? Or do you think he hasn't any!!! These five boys of Romney put themselves up to public eyes. It is our right to go after them. No one knew about them before. If they want peace, they should take a low profile and act like Sen. McCain's sons. No one will go after them where they are!

    June 21, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  10. Bob

    5 punks who couldn't be bothered to serve their country in any way.

    June 21, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  11. A P

    Last three President Mr Clinton, Mr Bush & President Obama NO SON , Romney Have five sons NEVER BE PRESIDENT.

    June 21, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. Natalie

    They had a dad who could pay their college tuitions....is that suppose to be impressive? I remember Romney making some lame suggestion that anyone who wants to go to college can "borrow $20,000 from your folks" or some crazy thing like that. Number one, that won't even get you a year in college and number two, most American kids don't have parents who can afford to do that. If he was more in touch he'd understand that many parents are struggling to work two jobs to scrape by enough for rent and food...forget about health coverage! Romney's biggest problem, other than no solid plan for America, is that he is so completely out of touch with middle America. Wearing jeans does not bridge this gap.

    June 21, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  13. gurgyl

    Why do they serve military, each one gets 5 million dollars...ha..ha...Did their father join????He wants poor and middle Class join, and lose lives....ha...nonsense, idiot of Bain Capital...

    June 21, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  14. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Raising FIVE successful kids, especially SONS, in this day and age is a tribute to the parents as well as the kids. Ann and Mitt Romney should be congratulated. Doing this with ONE kid is tough.

    Let's face it, the lefties in here just HATE good and successful people. They would rather we be a nation of losers, just like them. I guess having good and successful people around just makes the lefties more aware of just how much of a loser they truly are. The hate and envy just eats their soul to the point that all they can do is hate and be envious. So sad.

    June 21, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    Ah, yes. The Romney "boys" - giving us the inside scoop of their all American, presidential wannabee father "who often asks someone to smell a food and then covers their faces with the butter or whipped cream".

    Hilarious. Well, for the "boys" maybe. For the rest of America, not so much.

    June 21, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  16. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Sure they don't even know who was the first President of the United States! But bet they have alot of skills like how to sail a yatch (did I spell that right?) Sure they know how to race a horse across the pasture, sure they know how to operate a car elevator! Sure they know how to sip fine wines! Sure they can identify Monte Carlo and the French Rievera on a map while blindfolded!

    June 21, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  17. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Why is it that all the lefties are so concerned with military service and yet they voted for Obama, who has none, over a decorated war hero, John McCain? Oh yeah, because it is just another dishonest and deceitful way to attack people that they do not know. So sad and pathetic.

    June 21, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  18. Lenny Pincus

    Matt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor's second son, told how his father would present his children with a stick of butter, telling them "it's so rotten you have to smell it". When they leaned down he would gleefully shove their faces into the plate.

    Mr Romney apparently repeated the trick recently with one of his grandsons, pushing the shocked child's head into a platter of whipped cream.

    Funny, but if someone did that to one of their kids and I saw it, I'd kick his a$$ all the way to Mongolia.

    June 21, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  19. Donaldbain

    And not a one has ever served the country. Only the poor get sent to war. Why would anyone in the 99% ever vote for Republicans?

    June 21, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  20. Sirned

    Is it just me or are these pranks what 5 year olds come up with? The pranks are ones that could only come from someone with an emotion ly juvenile nature. Just annoying and weird .Pushing faces into butter for fun? Really? The family appears to be so closed that they are socially stunted....Will Romney hide Food stamps to the poor as a prank? Ha ha ...Just wierd

    June 21, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Chris of Oregon wrote:

    ....So, don't be jealous or envious with the Romney's. Instead, DO YOU OWN WORK – WORK HARD – AND STOP BLAMING others for you being in low income family. I am a middle class family, migrant from other countries, our family went all to school for years and now our lives our better from earlier sacrificies to get our masters degree. It is all about hard work – no complains no envy – I admire the Romney kids.. .....
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    It is human nature to judge the actions of others from your own personal perspective. No one is fautling the Romney brothers for being wealthy. The fault lies with them pretending to be something they are not, and that is middle class. They have lived their lives in an elite bubble; private schools, private planes, multiple vacation homes, trust funds, etc.

    Your admiration sounds more like envy that anything that liberals and moderates have been saying about te Romney's. Face the facts. They are wealthy, but they are also phony.

    June 21, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  22. cali girl

    Robmey is doing his best to ty to relate to real Americans. The only way he can do this is send out each son and his own wife to talk about "real issues".
    Just remember folks you are electing a President, not his sons or his wife. Its a really cheap way to relate to people. Robmey says women are concered about the economy. But who talks to the women to find out? It isn't Robmey.
    If he sends his wife and children to stump for him, then they are fair game. They are choosing to speak for the election of their family.

    June 21, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  23. v_mag

    I have worked for over 40 years. I always did well in school, and I have a masters degree from a good university. I was in the Army for over 3 years. I make just a bit under 6 figures. I was able to do all that, modest as it was, because I had a decent middle class upbringing. I also know it could have turned out much worse, had I not had any infrastructure and help.

    That is what the Rob-money mob doesn't understand and never will. They had breaks that only a tiny fraction of people get, but they think they earned it. That fact makes them ignorant in my view, and I don't want ignorant people in charge of America.

    June 21, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  24. RMoney Can't Buy the White House

    The Three Dollar Bill Band. Fake as a nice crisp $3 bill.
    Chickens just like their daddy.

    June 21, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain

    @Lynda/Minnesota: "Ah, yes. The Romney "boys" – giving us the inside scoop of their all American, presidential wannabee father "who often asks someone to smell a food and then covers their faces with the butter or whipped cream".

    Taking advantage of someone's trust, tricking them and then humiliating them is Mitten's idea of humor?

    Sick, pathetically sick.

    June 21, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
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