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. He Said That?

    Mitt will say anything to get elected. If the correct answer is "he does not play enough golf" then Mitt would have said that too.

    April 18, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. craig

    Why is Romney upset? Is it because the President didn't put Bo in a carrier and strap it to the top of the car?

    April 18, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  3. Iamnotfooled

    President Obama has done more then the Republicans in Congress. All they have done is obstruct and make the U.S. lose their credit rating. If they had helped the President things would be better.

    April 18, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  4. Jeff in Virginia

    And when in Mitt Romney's PATHETIC life has he ever "sucked it up"?

    April 18, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  5. NeedNewGov

    Mitty sucks!
    I'm surprised he and the other idiots at Fox don't condemn the President because he takes time out of from his important job to go to the bathroom, sleep, take a shower. God these GOPrs are sad.

    April 18, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  6. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    For a guy that hasn't worked in at least six years, I think he should just shut his big mouth.

    April 18, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  7. Ben

    If Romney becomes President, I'll move to China so that I can keep my job.

    April 18, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  8. Jon in Texas

    I'm a Republican. I'm going to vote for Romney. But, this is ridiculous.

    April 18, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  9. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    "bush debt in 8 years=4 trillion
    Obama debt in 3 years = 6 trillion"

    You low-information voters just don't stop with your blatantly phony math. That debt you stuck on Obama is the responsibility of your GOBP cult. A mere date on the calendar doesn't change that fact, though you try to make it out to be everything.

    April 18, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  10. Emperor Vadik, CA

    A Republican Obama golf joke won't work in a general election...

    ...pretty petty and pathetic actually...

    April 18, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  11. Beverly - NYC

    I thought Mormons didn't do drugs. What's with the smack talking from Ken and Barbie this week.
    Save it for the debate Mittens, Obama will own you.

    April 18, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  12. phoenix86

    Larry, I guess you enjoyed paying part of the $13 million in taxpayer funded vacations for Michele Obama last year, or the bi-monthly golf outings for this lazy president?

    Time for real change in November.

    April 18, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  13. He's been on your side at one time or another.

    well, at least he is talking about a topic he knows something about...sucking.

    April 18, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  14. Taylor

    Matt needs to go home .....he is unfit and the American People knows this. An for those who going to vote for the FAKE beward because he does not have your best interest. Only the RIch......He is a liar and a big KID, playing games like he is doing and he will play games with you life too.

    April 18, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  15. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    Hy romnycare ,you bum, you have been on vacation for 6 years and killed your dog on your trip to Canada . Go back to Boston or one of your favorite son states and stay there, we don't want you or any teapublican bum in office. Thanks teaparty clowns !!!

    April 18, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  16. longtooth

    Mitt Romney couldn't sell a drowning man a lifeboat, although I'm sure he'd try. His record as 'governor' of Massachusetts will come back to haunt him.

    April 18, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  17. Todd in DC

    Yeah, because W never went on vacation his entire terms. Right?

    April 18, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  18. caeser

    Romney won't sound so tough when Obama's scraping him off his boot.

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

    Suck up your lies Mitt: According to President Obama has spent all or part of 26 days "on vacation" during his first year as president,

    President Reagan, in 1981, spent all or part of 42 days away from the White House "on vacation" at his home in Santa Barbara, Calif, according to Knoller. President Reagan and his wife, Nancy, also spent three or four days around New Year’s Day each year in Palm Springs, Calif., at the home of philanthropist Walter Annenberg. (In 1993 the late Mr. Annenberg founded the nonpartisan Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, which is’s parent organization.)

    President George W. Bush spent even more time away from the presidential mansion in the nation’s capital than Reagan. Of the 77 total "vacation" trips the former president made to his Texas ranch while in office, nine of them — all or part of 69 days — came during his first year as president in 2001, according to Knoller.

    Bush’s father, President George H.W. Bush, spent less time "on vacation" during his first year than his son, but spent more days than President Obama. According to travel records provided to by the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, the former president took six trips — spanning all or part of 40 days — to the Bush family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine, in 1989. The archivist at Bush’s presidential library told us she didn’t have a list of all vacations but did have the Kennebunkport visits.

    April 18, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  20. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    Dem landslide coming in Nov, get used to it teaparty morons!!!

    April 18, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  21. PulTab

    The fact that the shrub was on vacation more than he was at the white house must make him really scratch his nuts.

    April 18, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  22. mdn

    Neither Mitt or Mrs. Mitt work. All they do is vacation and run for office in between.

    April 18, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  23. Brianna

    Maybe if Bush hadn't taken all those vacations he would have caught Bin Laden and not ruined the economy.

    April 18, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  24. Tiz

    I think Obama had his shot....... it's time for a business-savy person to get things going.... say what you will...but Romney will have better success getting this country out of debt and back on track..... Obama would rather expand governement than stream-line it..... the larger the government...the greater the odds for GSA to happen all over again....

    April 18, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  25. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    "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."

    Whoah, the RW Idiot Miner has just found an extremely rare example of a Bush apologist. Note the hysterical detachment reality and the implication that what one does on vacation and why somehow weighs for or against a given vacation.

    April 18, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
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