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. April Hamm

    Romeny should suck it up and stop running for President every 4 years....LOSER!...OBAMA 2012

    April 18, 2012 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  2. Jack Kieser

    LOL! Lollerskates! ROFLcopter! What a hypocrite! I really hope everyone writes this down or posts it on their fridge so that any time Theoretical President Romney even THINKS about leaving the White House for anything other than work (I mean, ANYTHING), we can point at it and call him out.

    Of course, I'm hoping that it never comes to that, but sometimes you have to prepare for the worst case, no?

    April 18, 2012 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  3. GOP hate america

    no Mitt you will use four years to bomb the world

    April 18, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  4. waikikijohn

    yea, Mitt, no like you buddy who is building a car elevator so you get off and climb into bed. Please this guy has no shame

    April 18, 2012 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  5. Ex-GOP Con

    Considering what he's accomplished in less than 4 years:

    1) turning the economy around
    2) preventing a swine flu epidemic
    3) hunting down bin laden
    4) bringing our troops back from iraq
    5) passing healthcare reform
    6) getting rid of DADT
    7) foiling the New York subway terror plot

    the American people give him their blessing to take some time off.

    April 18, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  6. Lisa

    And I keep scratching my head, when I looked online at Mitts 6 homes, and how one worth millions of dollars he is tearing down, Why? cause it doesn't meet there needs? LMAO how lame is that. ""TOTAL WASTE"" and where most americans are struggling to keep the one home they have. He has a lot of nerve talking about Obama and his golf. He is so out of touch with the avarage american its not even funny. I looked on google earth at Mitts homes and gasped , how does a person live like that, and feel free to wonder why a sitting president would take four hours to play golf? well Mr.Mitt from what I see you own, seems to me your out of touch, and oh yes the new home you want to replace the other one with has to have a car elivator ROFLMAO, Get real Mitt you have lost me and my vote also

    April 18, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  7. Dean


    What I hate the most about romney is how he seems to flaunt his wealth in the face of the ordinary people!. I can't stand that, so to me this guy is a big show off! He doesn't care about the rest of us
    --------------------–So how has Romney flaunted his wealth in your face? The only mention of his wealth comes from the liberal media.

    April 18, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  8. FitchGetz

    "When you're in trouble, finding a scapegoat and attacking is a ploy that's been used over the years by people in trouble."
    Mitt Romney

    So this is how you're going to play it Mitt??? Attack the President and his family even after they came to Anne's defense in the fake Rosen dustup?? Getting real itchybay now that Frothy's outta the race, eh?

    Captains of Industry, politicians, executives, etc. have been conducting business and closing deals on the golf course for....oh I don't know....since forever. It's called multi-tasking.

    Wonder how many companies got carved up, how many jobs did you delete while you were teeing off?????

    April 18, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  9. kmdab

    When was Obama's last globe-trotting vacation?

    April 18, 2012 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  10. Keeping it Real

    It seems the libs here cant take a dose of the truth. The things Romney said were just simple facts. Obama hasn't set much of an example with his jet-setting lifestyle. Too much style and not enough substance for my liking.

    April 18, 2012 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  11. Dean


    What a crock! Romney has sat around on his fortune and done nothing but corporate raid to get ahead. Now he expects us to believe he cares about workers and their plight!

    ---------And Obama's pick of Jeffery Immelt (the king of jobs to China guy) as his chief advisor on job growth really shows that Obama cares about U.S. workers and their plight?????

    April 18, 2012 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  12. justaminit

    What a weasel this jerk is. Ten homes, multiple luxury cars, off-shore accounts to evade taxes and this is what he comes up with? What an empty vessel the Repubs have for their champion. This guy is an empty suit with corporate leanings.

    April 18, 2012 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  13. Rob

    Better yet, that socialist Obama just needs to do the American people a favor and resign.

    April 18, 2012 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  14. Rob

    Don't go away mad Obama, just go away.

    April 18, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  15. Gracie

    Mitt you say you know how to "FIX" this economy, yet you cannot seem file your own taxes and have to file for an EXTENSION!!! You cannot take care of your own business and yet you think you can fix America????

    April 18, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  16. Jim

    So Mitt begrudges the President playing golf to decompress and relax a bit. If Romney gets in, he'll burn off his stress by off-shoring a company and wiring the money to his Swiss back account. We're all creatures of habit and Mitt will turn to what he knows best as his diversion.

    April 18, 2012 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  17. Shardik

    "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,"

    Classic Rovian strategy. Bush(42) is the *documented* record holder for most and longest Presidential vacations (including the entire month of August just six months after taking office and days before 9/11). Wonder why suddenly it's an issue now?

    April 18, 2012 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  18. mel

    willard will find a way to screw up,,,go pres Obama 4 more years

    April 18, 2012 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  19. Rob

    Romney will be ten times better as president, than King Obama.

    April 18, 2012 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  20. Candace Clough

    these types of claims are just insulting to voters honestly. Does anyone think there is ever a minute in a POTUS life that he/ she is not working? constantly in contact? Romney knows it. he's playing to the idiots

    April 18, 2012 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  21. Shirley

    Mitt, can you please find something else to criticize? Tell us about your jobs the last few years. If you do win the election, which I seriously doubt, I will be watching to see how many vacations you take. You are so out of touch with the average middle class American it is funny! I haven't heard one of your ideas on how to improve the economy or make things better for the middle class.

    April 18, 2012 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  22. Melo-D

    Where was Romney when Bush was taking the most vacations by any president ever?? And that was when both wars were going full steam. Willard is an embarrassment. I can't believe that this is the best the GOP can do. Never mind, actually I can believe it.

    April 18, 2012 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  23. SensibleJoe

    Funny, Mitt... We common-sense Americans, with a long memory, don't recall you criticizing George W. Bush for the many more golf vacations (without family in tow) he took. Why the double standard, Romney?

    April 18, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  24. Spikemanlou

    Here is Romney bashing our President, how soon he forgets about the clown that was in office before the current President. I believe the Bush clan went on a boat load of trips while driving this country into the mess it is currenly in. Romney is just another rich clown that will trash this country just like George W did while taking care of his millionaire buddies on the middle class backs.

    April 18, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  25. G D

    Oh Mitt, just because the POTUS has a better handicap than you... Really, can't Romney focus on anything of substance? No, quite simply because he has no substance and I am totally disenchanted with the GOP for giving us this "thing" as our option. Really? Obama will win if anyone shows up to vote. Please, we need a 3rd/4th party, these two clearly cannot do the job.

    April 18, 2012 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
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