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. Al-NY,NY

    the new Osmond Brothers band is a complete loss. Mybe Tagg can get together with one of Quitta from Wasilla's oddball-named kids and they can have a kid and name it Jethro Bodine or Ellie May Clampett

    June 21, 2012 08:27 am at 8:27 am |

    The boys enjoy pranks just like dear old dad. How many kids have they given crew cuts to?

    June 21, 2012 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  3. s

    don't these kids have jobs??? I doubt it

    June 21, 2012 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  4. Joseph B

    Obama could trounce Romney's starting five in basketball.

    June 21, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  5. Core republican Values

    I wonder if any of these boys are school yard bullies like their father/

    June 21, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  6. v_mag

    Let's think of band names for the "boys", okay?

    The Draft Dodger's Dodging Descendants
    Too Rich to Serve
    The Chicken Hawk Five
    The Five Weenies
    The Bishop's Baby Boys
    Useless and Clueless
    The Unemployed
    The Trust Fund Five
    The We Never Worked a Day in Our Lives, Screw You Band

    Don't worry about them learning to sing and play an instrument. Daddy Rob-money can outsource that job.

    June 21, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  7. Tony

    The Romney sons can form the boy band for rich, out-of-touch heiresses. Come on, people, give heiresses a break. Heiresses are human too. They are more human than corporations.

    June 21, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  8. annie s

    Gee. Mitt's hilarious. Cutting people's hair. Squashing butter in their faces. Yep. A laugh a minute.

    June 21, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  9. B

    The purpose of last night's interview with the Romney boys was an attempt by the Romney campaign to show that the Romneys are just a down to earth average family that's no different from the rest of middle America. And, there is a softer side to Mitt Romney that is often not seen. And, that he has a great sense of humor and loves a good joke.

    However, it is still difficult to get over the fact that he along with a group of classmates held down another classmate while clipping his hair off.

    June 21, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  10. GI Joe

    He has no policies - that's a laugh a minute, isn't it?

    June 21, 2012 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  11. Andrew

    It's obvious these boys had good parents. Well done. Very nice family!

    June 21, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    What have the Romney boys done? We don't hear about them. Granted they aren't running for office, but what have they done for the country. It might give a better sense as to Romney as a father and what he has done at home.

    June 21, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  13. thehc

    Man, what haters some of you are. Did Romney's kids ever do anything to you? Or Sarah Palin's? Later on you'll hypocritically be on some other site talking about how awful bullies are. Look in the mirror, can you see the people you are? Or are you always justified when it's YOU doing the bullying? Bullying gays or blacks is bad, but bullying kids because they happened to be born to a politician, or christians, or conservatives, or Republicans, or anyone else you disagree is OK. The bigots of yesterday have simply changed their clothes. 30 years ago you would have been harrassing gays because it was the popular thing to do and socially acceptable. Your no different.

    June 21, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  14. zisee

    Wow, was very impressed with these boys. These are class act brought up boys. Of course all of your comments will be against them, since this is a liberal site, too bad.

    June 21, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  15. scmom

    Dorky my goodness. Nothing funny going on here.

    June 21, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  16. Peace

    All of them should be sent to Afghanistan. From there, I will understand that their father (Romney) is really in for it to serve people.

    June 21, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  17. Severely Moderate

    If only these boys BELIEVED enough in America, at least ONE of them could have served in the military.
    Oops! They are sons of the rich.

    June 21, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  18. Donna

    They are a wonderful family, Mitt Romneys sons show his true character.

    June 21, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  19. Dan

    All five brothers have college degrees. Three have Harvard MBA's. One is a medical student. They are not just sitting around spending Daddy's money. You people love to pretend that rich people are just like the idiot celebrities you watch on television. Some people have smart kids and teach them to work hard so that they can also achieve success. Others sit around on CNN caling people names because they are jealous.

    June 21, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  20. Thomas

    All five of Romney's sons avoided voluntary military service during Americas longest wars.

    Not one !

    Like Father , Like Sons .

    June 21, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  21. g

    new show-leave it to romney,s

    June 21, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  22. 100 % ETHIO

    "We are blessed", George H.W. Bush.
    They are blessed. Good to see, fit-to-govern family. No doubt, they will fill-up the White House.
    They seems to me, they are Two times Twins and One Son is not.
    I don't know their ages.

    They will take over, most of the highest WH jobs. Good for them and for US.

    June 21, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  23. v_mag

    This message is for @thehc:

    When you pick on a rich guy, it is not bullying. It is the only way a middle class guy can stand up to the bosses of this world. It is self-defense.

    If the Rob-money family had not put itself forward as worthy of leading this country, it would not have attracted adverse attention. It comes with the territory, and all of it is deserved. My negative comments about this family of cowards (and yes, I am a Vietnam era veteran) are the only power I have to combat the evil they represent. A bully is not the same as a person speaking truth to the powers that rule us.

    June 21, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  24. enuff

    The difference is that Sarah Palin's kid is trying to pimp herself out like she is important to people with a program on TV and make money for herself. These guys are trying to p.r. for their dad for image improvement. I'm sure they are nice guys. but i still won't vote for their father. not because he's stiff – but because he has not given me any reason TO vote for him. He still does not have any policies except make the rich richer.

    June 21, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  25. Sandi Mc

    Are they "nice"? Could be, but so what? My kids are also nice. My son is serving in the USMC and though I'm always nervous for his safety, I couldn't be more proud. So, sorry, not all that impressed with this pampered Romney lot.

    June 21, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
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