This is getting a lot of attention:
Ann Romney, the wife of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, said Monday that she doubted she and her husband would vacation overseas as frequently as the Obamas if her husband were elected.But I think what Mrs. R says after that is most telling:
Romney was responding to a question from WJR Detroit's Frank Beckmann, who asked Romney if her family would be vacationing abroad as frequently as the Obamas.
"I doubt that," Romney replied. "Our vacations and our happiness come from being with our children and our grandchildren."
But the potential future first lady didn't rule out vacationing at all, noting the Romney family has their "own places for that."Yeah -- it's easy to have a staycation when you've got so many lovely places in the United States to, um, stay: the $3 million place in New Hampshire; the $12 million house (about to be vastly expanded to more than 11,000 square feet) in La Jolla, California; and the modest house they purchased in Belmont, Massachusetts, in 2010, which runs to a mere 3,000 square feet (plus private courtyard).
The Obamas have a nice house in Chicago. But that's all they own: one house. The Romneys own multiple pleasure domes (and used to own more). And I'm not even counting the houses owned by the five sons.
So, yeah, they've got a lot of options for R&R. I'm sure they have no idea that other people, including the well-to-do Obamas, don't live this way.