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. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    "Bush is ANCIENT histoty"

    Maybe Bush is ancient "histoty" to you, but he's recent history to anyone paying attention to why America is so corrupted by predatory capitalists.

    April 18, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  2. Bill

    I love how all these GOP'ers talk so much trash about the only guy who is actually trying to save our country from the conservative fiscal policies of the past 13 years. Where was the GOP the past 13 years when this country was being driven into the ground; Oh I forgot, the GOP were the ones doing the digging.

    April 18, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. JimS.

    What does Romney have to say about all of Bush's trips to Crawford TX? They took up way more time than Obama's occasional vacations. And as we all know, he's not really on vacation anyway. Do you seriously think he's not working the whole time anyway? If you don't think so, you're clueless.

    April 18, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. Alan J

    This lying wonder needs to shut up! He's got nerve to say what another man should or shouldn't do is preposterous at best! The President had better get some rest and relaxation or keep working around the clock and explode! Romney has said ALL the right things to ensure the President's Re-Election, keep talking fool! Whereis Palin now to accuse Romney of "Paling" around with terrorists? When Ted Nugent has openly threatend the POTUS, oh we forgot he endorsed her too! Got to love it!

    April 18, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. B

    the obama admin is just like the GSA. he makes up fake events so he can charge the tax payers for his campaign instead of the DNC. Just like the GSA would hold fake competitions so the tax payers could pay.

    April 18, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  6. LynneSki

    Let's see 4 hours every once in a while to play golf when you are basically at work 24/7 52 weeks of the year. and Mitt has a problem???????

    Old dude needs to get a reality check on what the job description of President of the United States of America is!!!!!!!!

    April 18, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. The Real Truth and Nothing But the The Real Truth

    Did verybody hear Obama's comments when he was in Columbia? How he and Michelle like to scout out these places while they are there for potential future vacation spots?! I have a feeling that after he gets tossed this November, Obama will be costing us even MORE as he jaunts around the world giving paid speeches, while his Secret Service detail protects him.

    April 18, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  8. rs

    A pretty bold comment coming from someone whose party took a powder in November 2008 and has done nothing constructive since.

    April 18, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  9. Kathy

    Hey real American, it was more than just a couple of hundred miles, it was a trip from Massachusetts to Canada!!!! The dog got sick and Mitt just hosed him off and threw him back up on top of the car again...he was not stopping for anything! The dog then ran away just as soon as they got to Canada.

    April 18, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  10. Marcia Greenwood, IN

    So Mitt-I don't have a job because I can live on the interest-Romney has been on vacation for how many years-so he would find the Presidentcy 24/7 job too hard and would probably fire himself

    April 18, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  11. M-AZ Independent - Tired Ole Politics!


    If this is all you got on the President; you NEED to suck it up!

    Obama/Biden 2012

    April 18, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  12. GOP2Hell

    He so hypocritical. Why doesn't he looks at how many days bush wasted on vacation.

    April 18, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  13. independent

    Do you all want our wonderful country to become another bankrupted Greece? If President Obama keeps us on this spending track you then will wake up and say, "Oh we should have voted for someone else!"

    April 18, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  14. Jennifer

    He tells the president to "start packing" now he's telling him where and when to take vacations. Can't wait to see what nonsense he will spew during the debates.

    April 18, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  15. ray

    i kepp saying everyday this man is a pathological; liar and cnn and other net works let him gets away with it. i winder where was mitt when bush was doing worse?. these romneys will lie for everything just to get into the white house after all they dont like a blackman being in the white house with his family. all romneys are liars and its nothing more than the truth.. where is mitt and his ugly wife gets there news from? remember people the right hates a blackman being president of the usa and living with his family in the white house , after all its called the white house .

    April 18, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  16. The Real Truth and Nothing But the The Real Truth

    Gotta just love Obama's "solution" to rising gas prices! SPEND $50 MILLION for more government workers!! Come on people!! The guy is a JOKE!! And a cruel joke at that!!!

    April 18, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  17. MA Citizen

    This is priceless Willard. He was AWAY from MA tons when he was Gov – laying the groundwork for his future campaign for President. Google it if you don't believe me. People in glass houses.....what a low-life Mittster really is.

    April 18, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  18. Just Say No to Flipper Rmoney

    "To those who criticize Romney for allowing his Dog to ride on the roof of his car for a few hundred miles this is only an issue because the dog got sick this dog was not loose on the roof he was in a protective cage strapped down very tight and Romney has already said the Dog loved fresh air"

    It's bad enough that a psychopath like Rmoney would try to defend his cruelty to a family pet, in a way it's even sicker that someone unrelated to the event would try to defend a psychopath like Rmoney for political reason. Virtually all dogs love fresh air. Virtually no dogs want to ride in a crate strapped to the roof of a car going highway speeds. Do you really need a poll to know this is true and Rmoney is lying through his greasy snake-oil selling teeth?

    April 18, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  19. John

    from –

    "So far, President Obama has taken 61 vacation days after 31 months in office. At this point in their presidencies, George W. Bush had spent 180 days at his ranch where his staff often joined him for meetings. And Ronald Reagan had taken 112 vacation days at his ranch. Among recent presidents, Bill Clinton took the least time off - 28 days."

    Nice try, Romney. Keep spinning while Obama keeps winning...

    April 18, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  20. dnick47

    Clearly the repub do not have any real issues with Obama other than his color. A few days ago it was something about dogs and eating vs. letting get ride on top of the car. Today is about vacations – Lord have mercy! Millions of Americans have been out of work over a year and some over two years and some over three years; so, lets talk about getting them back to work and forget about dogs and vacation time. Each day tens of thousands of Americans are denied medical care because they cannot afford it, let's talk about being humane to our own fogetting about dogs and R&R. Each day US military personnel face danger in I do not know how many hot spots around the world; let bring them home and drop the dogs for a decade or more.

    April 18, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  21. Cranky Yankee

    So where was Mittons every time that Bush II took off to dig divots? Once again Romney shows that he and FACTS don't even share a casual relationship. At 31 months into the presidency Bush II had taken 225 days and Obama had taken.........wait for it........a WHOPPING 70 days. Like all the Republi-can'ts of late, Romney has to resort to LIES AND DISTORTIONS to come up with a message, any message, because HE HAS NOTHING ELSE TO OFFER. Lyin' sack of...

    April 18, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  22. Zman

    I suppose this is the Republican way of trying to make Romney seem more like a "regular guy" instead of the product of a very privileged life. The President's location at any particular time is hardly relevant to the job. President's can't ever "take off" completely and as far as golf or basketball is concerned, if it helps a President to be active, so what?

    Really, if this is the best Romney can do who need him?

    April 18, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  23. John

    Oh, we'll be much better off with Mittens Von Romney in charge. He can identify with the common man. After all, he hires a lot of them.

    April 18, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  24. jennifer in Houston

    So when did Romney do his last real days work? Isn't he the one who lives off ill gotten gains kind thanks to all those he threw out of work.. what a yuck he is.

    April 18, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "Do you seriously think he's not working the whole time anyway? If you don't think so, you're clueless."

    Correct, and again to be fair, so were past presidents for the most part. This vacation nonsense, like the "POTUS can directly effect gas prices" nonsense, is another one of those perrenial talking points the opposition party drops like a hot dooky on the political discourse when it's POTUS election season. It's consistently sensationalized by the press and their bases consistently and excitedly sniff it.

    April 18, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
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