Obama's jab at Romney: Who describes a budget as 'marvelous'? (+video)
President Obama teased Mitt Romney for using that word. Was he being unpresidential? Or was it a smart, if subtle, attack on a rich guy who struggles with looking out of touch?
It was a light, throwaway moment in an otherwise dark speech that was aimed at painting Republicans ‚Äď and Mitt Romney in particular ‚Äď as believers in American decline, bent on destroying the social safety net.
But when President Obama tweaked Mr. Romney for using the word ‚Äúmarvelous,‚ÄĚ the moment may have been telling as the two start to rumble for the fall election.
Mr. Obama noted that Romney has been supportive of the House GOP budget. ‚ÄúAnd he even called it ‚Äėmarvelous,‚Äô which is a word you don‚Äôt often hear when it comes to describing a budget,‚ÄĚ the president deadpanned, to chuckles from his audience Tuesday at the Associated Press annual meeting. ¬†
Obama paused a second, the corners of his mouth curling upward. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a word you don‚Äôt often hear generally,‚ÄĚ he smiled.¬† The audience laughed.
With that one use of ‚Äúmarvelous,‚ÄĚ Obama was letting us know that he‚Äôs onto the whole ‚ÄúRomney as out-of-touch rich guy‚ÄĚ meme, and that we can probably expect more. ¬†
Romney, of course, has set himself up for endless mockery, as he has made one ‚Äúwealth gaffe‚ÄĚ after another: His wife‚Äôs two Cadillacs. His plan (now on hold) for a car elevator in his home in La Jolla, Calif. His friendships with NASCAR and NFL team owners.
To some Republicans, such mockery in a serious policy speech was unpresidential. To Democrats, it‚Äôs red meat. Maybe next, Obama will borrow from Jon Stewart and start running campaign ads depicting Romney as Thurston Howell III. Or maybe he'll enlist Billy Crystal to reprise Fernando on ‚ÄúSaturday Night Live,‚ÄĚ who told everyone, ‚ÄúYou look mah-velous.‚ÄĚ