Romney: Obama should 'suck it up'
April 18th, 2012
02:11 PM ET
11 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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  1. Guest

    Romney – suck this!!

    April 18, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  2. Sickandtired

    Funny how you liberals are so quick to critize Bush, but when Obama does it is okay. Bush took vacations to his ranch, yes he did to work and get away from the idiots in Washington, not to lounge around on the beach, or swing a club. Bush left Obama with a bad economy, okay, seems the Democrats had two years at the end of his Presidency to screw things up and then another two years with Obama as President to make things worse. All of the policies he has come up haven't worked. Is Romney my first choice, no but I think my 16 month old daughter could do a better job running this country then a man who did not for Illinois, or this country but campaign. Think about the same who is now running this country had his hand in the disaster of a state I have the unfortunate opportunity to live in. I do have a choice to leave the State, but the United States, never, I love my country, I just don't like the village moron currently in charge. Elections have consequences, you think things are bad now, just you wait, you elect him for second term, you will really see this country go down hill, with Obama leading the charge.

    April 18, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. Evil Hollywood Liberal

    How can Mittens suck, and blow, simultaneously? geez, what a whiner.

    April 18, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. Rich54

    What are the 3 things you can't give Obama?

    1.) A black eye.

    2.) A fat lip.

    3.) A job

    April 18, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. The GOP opens mouth and inserts foot

    Bush spent 3/4's of the time he was the illegitimate president on vacation in Texas. What does Romney have to say about that?

    April 18, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    hey, rshafer0
    explain, please:

    "Go ahead, take our guns" – the president and his administration have proposed NO legislation that threatens gun owner's rights. in fact he signed a bill making it legal for cwp holders to carry in national parks.

    "take our jobs" – the economy tanked under the previous administration (a republican – ifi recall) and we have had 28 months of job growth counting march. i would say that your corporate buddies "took our jobs" and shipped them overseas.

    "and take our American dream." is it your "dream" to return to the '60's or maybe the '40's? instead of sittin' in your double-wide, sippin' a cold one, why don't you go out and try to make things better.

    April 18, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  7. max

    OK Mitt go on vacation...but don't strap the dog on the roof of the car...BOZO

    April 18, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  8. 60minuteman

    Obama has something you can suck up Robmey.....

    April 18, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  9. bluedogboy

    Noboby would abuse presidential perks more than Mitt.

    Too bad he'll never know how it feels to do so.

    April 18, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  10. SomeNameHere

    Mitt Mitt Mitt. It's easy for you to say "I would not be jetting around the world and using four years in office to see the world" since you have no real chance of being president. But in a fantasy world where you actually were, I suppose you'd drive around to all your official meetings around the country and the world? I'd really like to see you drive to Europe...but preferably without your dog strapped to the roof.

    April 18, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  11. Hannibal7

    Obama will steal every last light bulb, every last can of beans... I can't wait till he is replaced. He is a stain on the USA. A communist. A shake down artist. A crook. A mistake.

    April 18, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. JuneCleaversBeaver

    Wow CNN is sure full of sheeple today.

    April 18, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  13. CCMars

    Wah wah, Romney. IIRC, even the President's "vacations" have him on call. Besides, President Obama has had a lot less vacations than Former President Bush did when he was around.

    I also recall NONE of the more recreational vacations (what, you think he's taking a vacation every time he travels?) his family has taken being no more paid by taxpayers than Average Joe's do.

    April 18, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  14. dme

    sucj a f-in idiot

    April 18, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  15. Former Republican, but never again!

    Mitt just sucks!

    April 18, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  16. Brian

    "After all, blacks did ALL of the work in building this nation for ZERO pay and NO time off. "...................................The White House was built with slave labor. There should be a big sign on the front of the White House saying BUILT WITH SLAVE LABOR. By the way, before the Civil War, Romney's religion actively supported slavery, in no uncertain terms.

    April 18, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  17. Charlie from the North

    Interesting point mittens. You have no idea how hard the President works. And I pray to God that you never will.

    April 18, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  18. a disgrace

    obama should have been removed from office over two years ago...

    April 18, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  19. weR4freedom

    Mitt is the right man for America!

    Romney 2012/2016

    April 18, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  20. Mary

    Please shut up are a moron!!!!

    April 18, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  21. Larry

    So Romney describes the President's annual vacation in Hawaii as "taking an opportunity to see the world"? More desperation from a completely out of touch GOP.

    April 18, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  22. Indy

    Mormons dont golf and the jealousy just oozes from Mitts skin, and once again he sounds like a high school kid that has to pay people to be popular and the other guy is popular because people genuinely like him. I wonder if Romney realizes that while he failed to get a job in the past seven years technology has made progress and now Presidents can be in touch within seconds on any matters needed.Surely Mitts checks all his offshore bank accounts every hour electronically and should be aware of this ?

    April 18, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  23. Mark

    Hey Mitt, nice tan. Get it from all the work you do outside? Your whole life has ben a vacation and with luck you'll be going on a very long vacation after November.

    April 18, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  24. Sandra

    Mitt is just another rich idiot who has no ideas except to decrease taxes on the rich and make the middle class fill the gap.

    April 18, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  25. znHcats

    "take our guns, take our jobs and take our American dream. I wish that I had time for golf every week, I sure as heck would not have any time being the president. Remember everyone, "perception is reality" that may have been one of the reasons you were fired from you last job."

    I hope our government will take your gun away ASAP, more innocent people killed by the gun owners, in the name of so called protection. Our jobs were taken away by politicians who received the political finance from the big corps to protect their fortunate, not only the President, therefore your American is diminishing. Obama doesn't not vacation every week, but you'll have time to golf every day because your job will be shifted to overseas once a Republican in WH next year.

    April 18, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
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