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.