June 21st, 2012
08:20 AM ET
10 years ago

Romney sons to start a boy band? ... Just kidding

(CNN) – Mitt and Ann Romney's five sons, often dubbed the "Romney boys," took to comedian Conan O'Brien's couch Wednesday night where they received some playful mocking and lightheartedly described their father, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

Fashioned with name tags after O'Brien admitted "I really honestly don't know who's who and I've been looking at your pictures for days," Tagg, Matt, Josh, Ben and Craig described some of the pranks delivered in the Romney household.

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Matt said his father often asks someone to smell a food and then covers their faces with the butter or whipped cream.

"You're ending up with stuff all over your face," Matt said on TBS' "Conan" before describing a stunt of his own.

During Romney's first presidential bid in 2008, Matt played audio over the phone of then-California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose endorsement Mitt Romney was hoping to secure, to impersonate a phone call. Video of the stunt was played on the show and greeted with laughs from Romney's sons.

Although Romney has received a reputation as a sometimes stiff candidate, Craig said his Dad was a fan of the "Taco! Burrito! What's coming out of our Speedo?" skit on "Saturday Night Live," made famous by Will Ferrell and Cheri Oteri and had it stuck in his head for about five years.

"Anytime you mentioned the words 'taco' or 'burrito' you knew my Dad would chime in, 'Taco, burrito, what's coming out of your Speedo?" Craig said.

But the jean-clad offspring could not escape jokes about their appearance.

"We have three extra Romneys on back-up that can be brought in at any time. That's Tragg, Lagg and Bernie right there," O'Brien said as a shot of three men, similarly attired to the Romneys, appeared on the screen.

During a "true or false" section of the show, O'Brien made light of the former Massachusetts governor's perfectly coiffed hair.

"True or false, your Dad's hair is chiseled out of imported African mahogany?" O'Brien asked.

"That is true," Tagg responded with a laugh.

When O'Brien showed a picture of the large Romney clan, he described it as "absolutely incredible."

"You can tell when you guys get together there's a global khaki shortage. There's panic worldwide," O'Brien said.

Josh, who said the five sons prefer to be referred to as "brothers" instead of "boys," joked that they were "thinking about starting a boy band." The third oldest also said he was hesitant about his father launching another bid for the White House.

"We knew what we were getting into this time and so we were definitely more hesitant," Josh said.

Matt said he was "really reluctant."

"I didn't want him to do it. I tried to convince him not to. I think there were a few of us that tried that," Matt said. "For us as family this isn't the best thing, but as Josh said, for the country we think it's the right thing."

TBS, like CNN, is part of the Turner Broadcasting System.

- CNN Political Producer Rachel Streitfeld contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Ann Romney • Mitt Romney
soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. ThinkAgain

    Mittens' sons were born on third, but think they hit a triple.

    June 21, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  2. scottye

    When are they going to enlist in the military or are they too privileged to do so. I understand their father received 6 deferments. Did I say something wrong? It is the truth, isn't it or something no one wants to discuss?

    June 21, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. Taylor

    I have no problem with their weath, however they can no see beyond their nose. Always had their dad taking care of them. They know nothing about the real world......... If i had those millions i will know nothing too. Unfit Mitt is not fit to run a country of people you have different issues and different concerns (middle class). Can't understand the middle of the road of the middle class, because the Romey's always takes the high road.

    June 21, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Shame on you to even suggest Romney's sons enlist when there is no history of any generation of Romney's ever serving in the military. They can't break the code of their family history, it would be out of order.

    June 21, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  5. scmom

    Glad you got it like the Romney's "Obama 2010-bend forward". They will be happy to know how much you support them. Who's jealeous? Most americans and there is a lot of them who work hard who just want to be able to have shelter, food, medical care and a little to send their kids to college. You know how I know Romney don't have the middle class future in his plan is because he's going to look out for the rich. So I guess you are set and can get on here and talk about how great he is (God only knows how you can do that). Narrow republican view everybody that's not rich is looking for a handout and lazy.

    June 21, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Remember when Mitt Romney was speaking about student loans...."just borrow $10,000 from your parents..."

    June 21, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ThinkAgain: "Taking advantage of someone's trust, tricking them and then humiliating them is Mitten's idea of humor? Sick, pathetically sick."

    Agreed. More remarkable yet are those who will vote for the man regardless of his moral defects displayed openly for all to see.

    June 21, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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