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. Arch

    it's "not a lie, if you believe it." mitt romney doesn't even understand the word "decency."

    April 18, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. carlos

    this guy is such an illiterate and fooking POS and he walks very funnnnnnnnnnnny.

    April 18, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. whipity doooo

    You can tell this site is full of libral hacks!

    April 18, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  4. mrindependent

    From where did making frequent trips to his home state of Hawaii translate to travelling around the world ? This guy is so negative and pessimist, he would next complain that the president spends too much time with his daughters.

    April 18, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "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 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. harvey 60

    Another lie by Romney. He'll be on Air Force One at least 150 days a year, free transportation anywhere in the world for him and his wife. Mitt, just ask your spokesman Governor John Sununu, George the First's Chief of Staff, how it's done. He scammed the government for limousine transportation from DC to New York, air transportation back and forth for shopping and other personal trips, and NEVER was forced to pay the money back. Kind of like you, Mitt, made over $20 million and didn't work a day, then paid 15% in taxes. Wonder how much you wrote off in travel expenses?

    April 18, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  7. PJ/Tx

    "Suck it up"?
    That's it? That's all he's got? Have fun at the Olympics in London, like your good buddy GW Bush did in China.
    Wonder if Mitt is going to accompany his other good buddy, Ted Nugent, when he meets with the Secret
    Service tomorrow.
    Guess the "need to be civil" does not include the MItt.
    What will he do when he comes face to face with the real world, meaning debates with President Obama.
    Nothing, because he is too weak and shallow.

    April 18, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. Fish

    I refuse to consider ANY GOP candidate until they begin respecting our President,After all we are at war and their disrespect of the President only makes our nation look very bad. Are the GOP terrorists or simply talking like them??? I can't take Romney serious when he repeatedly says Obama Care like a village idiot or Michelle Bachmann, I expect a candidate for President to at least act like a President!!!

    April 18, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC


    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.
    The dog actually ran away when they reached Canada!?! Didn't know that. Thanks.

    But, I did hear that when the one son noticed the dirty window, Mitt quickly pulled over and "hosed" Seamus down. How do you do that in the middle of the interstate? Do you think Mitt knows what that phrase, "hosed", means to many folks? Didn't Mitt say that he personally "hosed" down the dog? That's awful. No wonder the dog ran away.

    April 18, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  10. BeverlyNC

    George Bush spent more days in Crawford TX than he did in the White House. He was ALWAYS on vacation. President Obama rarely takes any time off except at Christmas to see his family in Hawaii. He plays golf on the weekends. A President NEVER is "off duty". Romney could not stand up to the working schedule of President Obama. Romney has always led a life of luxury from childhood to now. He doesn't know what real work or responsibility is. He lies as easily as he breathes. He cannot be trusted. His policies are one of total destruction of our nation – except for what would benefit his corporate buddies, Wall St buddies, and rich country club friends.
    I stand with President Obama....who has worked non-stop for ALL Americans and turned our economy around, created jobs every month, and had tremendous success in foreign policy. He is a leader and he was born with real values.

    April 18, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  11. The Real Truth and Nothing But the The Real Truth

    So what's with all the libtards in here asking about what Romney will do? You morons voted for an inexperienced community organizer who did nothing but spout a "hope & change" marketing campaign! Since when did you imbeciles care about details?!!! hahahaha....

    Fact is he has put our PLENTY of details but you're too wrapped up in the liberal bubble to look at them.

    April 18, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  12. Mike

    Mitt is a joke and the american people can see through this BS! I want my President to play golf or do something to ease the stress of the daily grid that Mitt speaks about with a large amout of ignorance! Please talk about an issue Mitt, any issue that will better the USA!

    April 18, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  13. GOP2Hell

    He so hypocritical. You have to be stupid to vote for him

    April 18, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  14. Joe

    These comments are hilarious considering Obama's predecessor set the record for most days vacationing by any president in history. Attacks like this suggest Romney has nothing tangible to actually criticize. There will be some true schadenfreude come November. I just hope people like The Real Truth and Nothing But the The Real Truth stick around as punching bags.

    April 18, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  15. asdf

    So somehow vacationing at camp david rather than hawaii is less of a vacation?

    I bet Romney was scratching his head. Probably thinking "but how does he play golf with only one bagslave? I need at least 14 bagslaves, one to carry each club!"

    April 18, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  16. Laverne

    I guess he don't have time to play golf since he spend all his time remodeling his many homes and overseeing the installment of car elevators by lobbyist!

    April 18, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  17. Patrick

    Just when I think I might consider voting for Romney.......................he says something STUPID like this and makes me have to wonder what the HELL is he wonder they got rid of him in Massachusetts..................I believe he may need a trip to the Doctor to get something to fix his 'FOOT IN MOUTH' disease.

    April 18, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  18. Patrick Lewis

    Why doesn't he criticize the 1/3 rd of the day Obama spends on something as trivial as sleeping? I mean, come on! Of the four years Obama will have been in office, a whole year and four months will have been spent unconscious!!!!!

    April 18, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  19. Ed


    Another candidate blasting a president for golfing.

    Is it 1960 again or something? Presidents golf. Get over it.

    April 18, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  20. GI Joe

    Romney must not understand the stress related to a REAL JOB. I don't think he has the stamina for a 24/7 job. He'd probably start crying like Boehner.

    April 18, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  21. ThinkAgain

    President Obama works very hard and if he wants to take a couple hours off to go golf and relax, he deserves to.

    BTW, President Obama golfs with staffers, US trade representatives, press aids, VP Biden, members of Congress (Boehner), among others. I'm sure their discussing policy and in other ways working, at the least in building communication and relationships. Nothing wrong with that.

    Mittens hasn't worked in 10 years, so he should keep his mouth shut.

    April 18, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  22. GI Joe

    Romney's 65 years old and probably won't last thru 4 years. ha ha ha ha ha ha

    April 18, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain

    This is a preview of the next 6.5 months of Republican campaigning: Act like petulant children and hope that people will decide you're fit to be POTUS.

    Guess that's all you can do when all of your party's economic, military and foreign policies are PROVEN FAILURES.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    April 18, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  24. Ed

    ...or more appropriately, suck it up.

    April 18, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  25. Sickandtired

    For all of you Obama supporters. I think it is time for you to get your head out of his butt and look at what he has done to the country. Let us see here. He has been in for almost four years the economy is in worse shape than when Bush was in office. The decline started in 2008, oh when Pelosi and Reid took over Congress. His stimulus has not worked, Solendra tanked, he ordered a moritorium on drilling which cost jobs, as well as not allowing the Pipeline through the US to go through, thus causing more loss of jobs. Since the Democrats and Obama have taken the deficit had quadrupled, if you go to the CBO website you will find that his Obamacare is going to add almost 1Trillion more to the deficit (he stated it wouldn't add a dime), I can go on and on here.

    Oh and by the way for those of you going on about Romney and the dog that was 1983, why don't you read Obama's book and find out just how good the dog he ate in Indonesia tasted.

    April 18, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
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