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Obama roasts Romney

2012-04-29 14:35

Washington - Cheered by Hollywood stars, President Barack Obama on Saturday lampooned Mitt Romney's wealth and mined a shaggy dog story about his foe, striking a rare light note in the bitter White House race.

Obama used an annual star-studded dinner with White House correspondents and Hollywood A-listers, which presidents use to rip their rivals, to take a few gentle shots at Rommey, before the two rivals face off for the presidency.

He riffed off the hit movie the Hunger Games to poke Romney's hard bore Republican primary approach which he said saw "wealthy sponsors" brutally savage each other until only one contestant is left standing.

"I'm sure this was a great change of pace for him," Obama joked before a crowd of 2 000 journalists and celebrities.

"Everybody is predicting a nasty election. And thankfully, we've all agreed that families are off-limits," Obama said, after a period when the two campaigns have feuded over the women's vote.

Cracking jokes

"Dogs, however, are apparently fair game," Obama quipped.

Romney has been dogged by Democratic supporters who keep bringing up the former Massachusetts governor's long-time ago family road trip when he affixed his family pet aboard the roof of his station wagon in a kennel.

As Obama spoke, a large screen in the ballroom of the Washington hotel hosting the dinner, pictured a mock-up of a dog kennel atop Air Force One.

Obama also jabbed Congress which has frustrated his job creation plans and most of the rest of his agenda since Congress seized the House of Representatives in 2010 mid-term elections.

"I've tried to be civil, to not take any cheap shots. And that's why I want to especially thank all the members who took a break from their exhausting schedule of not passing any laws to be here tonight," he said.

Comments
  • James - 2012-04-29 15:06

    Barry the Commie did zero. The whole speech was written for him. Romney has more brains than Barry,Moochelle, Biden combined.

      pietopper - 2012-04-29 15:12

      And you know this for sure -- how? If you have had the pleasure of a display of Romney's brainpower, please share, because the rest of us have not seen it. Unless you are confusing money with brains -- a common mistake.

      Nebul - 2012-04-29 15:27

      Typical Republican response. Do you know anything about politics? Look in the mirror mate, you'll see a fool!!

      Morgaen - 2012-04-29 16:01

      Word has it that Romney already has a fumigating company to clear the stink out of the White House after the 2012 elections.

      James - 2012-04-29 18:33

      For the benefit of all the down thumb ignorants. $ = brains in US Romney made every dime of it. He inherited ZERO. As M/M Consultant at Mckinsey {no1 worldwide} He was regarded as a Financial genius. They Hire top 1% out of Ivy L Schools. The Halfbreed in the Blackhouse, Aff. Action posterchild. It's a tradition, HL Review President writes opinions he did ZERO.Goes Law Clercking for Senator, he went "Community organising in that corrupt hole commonly known as Chicago. {Where Demorats vote early and often} He spent close to $1 Mill in campaign money to cover his past up. He refuses to release his transcripts. WHY? He did release a fake birth cert.

      James - 2012-04-29 18:39

      In the US you have to show proof of identity to buy booze, Cigs,at traffic stop etcetc.The Obamistas are fighting tooth and nail the introduction of a Law that would require a Voter ID system. Yup it smells like corruption.

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-04-29 15:29

    Interesting, Obama got more campaign money from Goldman Sachs alone than anyone had ever raised before. His Hollywood pals are also stinking rich and he is a millionaire. Poking fun at Romney is a case of the pot calling the kettle black.

      wesleywt - 2012-04-29 16:04

      Its quite funny reading comments of people who don't have a clue :D

      goyougoodthing - 2012-04-29 18:25

      What's funnier is giving them evidence: http://www.opensecrets.org/pres08/contrib.php?cid=N00009638 Remember, Sachs is number 2 on the list, but employees of the organisation also gave in their private name to avoid bringing even more attention to their contribution.

  • SM1012 - 2012-04-29 15:41

    James, James...you are such a BIG ASH@LE losser...wake-up and smell the Coffee...Obama is far Educated that half of your Family COMBINED...Obama is regarded as best speaker....meaning he's along the NAZI-Hitler who was also good in speeches....kry wakker and smeel die koffee dude.

      James - 2012-04-29 18:46

      sm 1012. Listen you DNA/IQ challenged moron. {Source any Bio Chemist with PHD in Nano tech} First get your spelling, English fixed. Second, 8 months ago Barry the Commies Teleprompter died and he stood there with his bootlips full of teeth. And I'm not your "Dude"

      James - 2012-04-29 19:03

      As far as Moochelle is concerned. As senators wife she landed a noshow "job" in a Chicago Hospital that paid $320,000 pa. The "position" is still vacant. BTW little Hawaiian trip cost US taxpayers $4 MILLION.I lost count but +- one of 11 vacations. The corruption and spending is of course a hallmark of people with 3rd world DNA. Latest disaster, Secret Service screwing whores. They used to be the Elite {FBI,DEA}

  • Morgaen - 2012-04-29 16:05

    I can understand Obama's affinity for digs...he married one

  • fishycraig - 2012-04-29 17:23

    Gone are the days when a politician was a wit of his own accord. Now it is all just scripted and probably rehearsed over and over again. Don't like Obama but for a leftie he can pull off humour. The left are usually a rather serious lot.

  • Sharmay - 2012-04-29 21:13

    Obama for a second term!

  • terence.hogben - 2012-05-02 15:33

    A Republican victory will be a disaster for the working people in America Romney will only benefit the haves.

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