Team Obama knocks Romney for not showing up…on Nickelodeon

posted at 5:31 pm on October 8, 2012 by Mary Katharine Ham

He may not have been ready to take the fight to Mitt Romney in Denver last week, but Team Obama wants you to know ithe president welcomes a showdown on… Nickelodeon. Bring. It. On.

TMZ reporting:

President Obama’s peeps say Mitt Romney is gonna be sorry for blowing off a bunch of kids who participated in the Nickelodeon show, “Kids Pick the President.”

The premise of the show — kids submit questions to each candidate and based on the answers they make their pick for leader of the free world.

Obama answered the kids’ questions, but Romney said he didn’t have the time.

Deputy National Press Secretary Adam Fetcher tells TMZ, “It’s no surprise Romney decided to play hookey. Kids demand details, and I’m sure they want some answers on why Romney could increase their class sizes, eliminate their teacher’s jobs, raise taxes on their families and slash funding for Big Bird.”

It’s not off-limits for campaigns to give statements on pop culture subjects, and it can arguably reach young audiences the president clearly needs to pump up. But given President Altitude Sickness’ universally panned performance in Denver last week, should he really be bragging about his ability to face questioning from iCarly anytime, anywhere?

Unless Team Obama thought this was the townhall-style debate the Debate Commission was talking about… Hm, they are doing a bunch of huddling this week, perhaps to adjust preparation given this new information. Too bad, because the president had an absolutely whiz-bang answer on why candy corn is his favorite Halloween treat.

Meanwhile, Romney made an unplanned stop to hang with some elementary school kids today in Virginia. The stop comes at a time when Romney is no doubt anxious to signal he’s unafraid of questions from fourth-graders:

Mitt Romney ordered his motorcade to make an abrupt U-turn in rural Virginia today, after zipping by a group of elementary school students waving in the front yard of the school, so he could go back and meet them.

“Thanks for waving at me as I came by, I decided to come by and say ‘hi’ to you guys,” Romney told the kids, many of whom were fourth- and fifth-graders.

Romney was overheard telling one of the kids that fourth-grade was his favorite.

“I just saw you on TV,” one little girl said to Romney, overcome by excitement and giggling.

Romney, still dressed in a suit and a tie from his formal foreign policy speech he had completed just prior, was visibly amused, laughing with the kids.

One student approached Romney and asked, “Are you Mitt Romney?” The candidate replied, “I am Mitt Romney. And that’s your governor. That’s Governor McDonnell.”

Asked and answered, Mr. President. Who’s ducking questions now?

From the pool report:

Three little girls in the front could barely contain themselves, looking at Romney as though he were a modern day pop star. They were red-faced and letting out loud gasps and giggles.

And, yet, this is the photo AP put on the wire from this adorable encounter. Mitt Romney, terrorizing grade-school kids with his well-known penchant for nalgas-flaunting. When this photo was taken, Romney was in the process of squatting to take a photo with the entire class. He and Gov. Bob McDonnell knelt in the front row, so they didn’t obscure any of the kids.

In his answers to Nickelodeon, Obama gives a possible clue as to the problem in Denver: “Running into the wall is par for the course for me. I’m running into doors and desks all the time.”

Sheesh, maybe he should have steered clear of this, too.

Photo on the front page, better than any I found by the Washington Post or AP, via Brittany Cohan of the RNC and Rick Gorka of the Romney campaign.


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Romney should be in CA, standing in front of gas stations. :P

lorien1973 on October 8, 2012 at 5:34 PM

…team O are the Romper Room crowd!

KOOLAID2 on October 8, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Fourth graders would be better debate moderators than the MSMers we otherwise have to put up with.

Mark1971 on October 8, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Says the guy who didn’t have time for Bibi while he was in the neighborhood.

CycloneCDB on October 8, 2012 at 5:35 PM

…JugEars maybe could debate Barney!

KOOLAID2 on October 8, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Team Obama knocks Romney for not showing up…on Nickelodeon

Well, not EVERYONE can be like our First Lady and show
up on Nickelodeon dressed as a Tranny.

ToddPA on October 8, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Obama wishes he could be part of the Cartoon Network Debates, because he just do a voice over and not show up.

portlandon on October 8, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Romeny should say he won’t go on Nickelodean because of those tweets sent out by one its stars, [insert name I can't remember].

SouthernGent on October 8, 2012 at 5:36 PM

And, yet, this is the photo AP put on the wire from this adorable encounter. Mitt Romney, terrorizing grade-school kids with his well-known penchant for nalgas-flaunting.

Oh man, that picture is hilarious.

lorien1973 on October 8, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Romney should be in CA, standing in front of gas stations. :P

lorien1973 on October 8, 2012 at 5:34 PM

$5.00 a gallon for premium where I live… right around the corner…

Khun Joe on October 8, 2012 at 5:37 PM

If the icarly crowd is deciding elections, then we are screwed.

I give credit to Romney for passing on doing a quasi-debate for the tweeners.

Happy Nomad on October 8, 2012 at 5:37 PM

its just amazing what this campaign is thinking….

and the lsm continues to prop this idiot up…

cmsinaz on October 8, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Obama is worse than Carter.

SparkPlug on October 8, 2012 at 5:40 PM

MKH, remember a few months back when Obama’s bus drove past a bunch of kids who were running a lemonade stand instead of stopping for a few moments?

Might wanna remind people of that.

lorien1973 on October 8, 2012 at 5:41 PM

should he really be bragging about his ability to face questioning from iCarly anytime, anywhere?

Another good cup of coffee wasted on my screen!

whatcat on October 8, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Only democrat children are allowed to vote anyway (wink-wink).

Pork-Chop on October 8, 2012 at 5:42 PM

JugEars maybe could debate Barney!

KOOLAID2 on October 8, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Barney in a blow out.

msupertas on October 8, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Dear Rick Gorka,

Instagram is for tweens, not campaign aids. You ruined a perfectly good photo running it through that nostalgia filter. Quit it.

Dead Hand Control on October 8, 2012 at 5:42 PM

So cute.

LASue on October 8, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Did Obumble get those kids registered? He should; no ID needed in Dem World and the intellectual and emotional maturity fits right in with his base.

M240H on October 8, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Why the hell is the president of the United States on Nickelodeon instead of the PBS that we help pay for? Does he not care about Big Bird?

MechanicalBill on October 8, 2012 at 5:43 PM

So, Obama and his campaign think the crucial voter demographic are people too young to vote?

I can understand that Obama is more equipped to address questions at the elementary school level than from adults, but it still doesn’t seem relevant.

talkingpoints on October 8, 2012 at 5:43 PM

These are the kids he’s fighting for. It’s immoral to saddle them with our debt.

John the Libertarian on October 8, 2012 at 5:43 PM

I’m in laugh out loud mode everyday at these Chicago punks.

msupertas on October 8, 2012 at 5:44 PM

AP pic: Romney shows what he thinks of Obama: “ppppfffffffttttttt”

KS Rex on October 8, 2012 at 5:45 PM

That little 4th grade girl is going to be ripped to shreds for that photo the AP published — “oooh, you’re lookin’ at his butt!” Nice work, AP. You got to do something unflattering to Romney, but you took an 8-year-old along for collateral damage. Proud?

Rational Thought on October 8, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Instagram is for tweens, not campaign aids aides.

Dead Hand Control on October 8, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Pantload plays with kids while the world burns…

… At least he had time to congratulate Hugo.

Seven Percent Solution on October 8, 2012 at 5:46 PM

President Obama’s peeps say Mitt Romney is gonna be sorry for blowing off a bunch of kids who participated in the Nickelodeon show, “Kids Pick the President.”

Not really. That cheap gimmick would have hurt Romney in my book.

MeatHeadinCA on October 8, 2012 at 5:46 PM

But given President Altitude Sickness’ universally panned performance in Denver last week, should he really be bragging about his ability to face questioning from iCarly anytime, anywhere?

brutal….utterly brutal……and awesome

ted c on October 8, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Says the guy who didn’t have time for Bibi while he was in the neighborhood.

CycloneCDB on October 8, 2012 at 5:35 PM

THIS.

86 on October 8, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Kids debates and the View…about Obama’s speed.

Certainly not national Presidential debates./

CW on October 8, 2012 at 5:48 PM

What, no chanting “mmmmmm mmmmmm mmmmmm Willard Mitt Romney”? /

Brat on October 8, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Romney should be in CA, standing in front of gas stations. :P

lorien1973 on October 8, 2012 at 5:34 PM

$5.00 a gallon for premium where I live… right around the corner…

Khun Joe on October 8, 2012 at 5:37 PM

$5.45 just down the street from me, If Romney were to show up at the 7-Eleven at 9600 Brimhall Rd & Calloway Dr in Bakersfield California and make a campaign commercial in front of that $6.21 per gallon for Diesel he would totally steal California right out from under El Barky’s nose, and put a whole world of hurt on El Bark-bark…

SWalker on October 8, 2012 at 5:50 PM

How about a debate with our country’s unemployed and no not just the ones Obama wants you to think are unemployed. That would be interesting.

CW on October 8, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Well, I guess Obama does have Oval Orifice visits with pirates, at least when he’s not having the SEALs cap them in the head out in the Indian ocean….

ted c on October 8, 2012 at 5:51 PM

LOL
Tingles upset that they actually lampooned obama on SNL (who hasn’t touched obama in 4 years)….

going with the MITT IS A LIAR meme….

cmsinaz on October 8, 2012 at 5:51 PM

lib talking head suggests that both of them go on SNL…

no bloody way

cmsinaz on October 8, 2012 at 5:51 PM

So, today’s meme is that Romney hates kids?

Cody1991 on October 8, 2012 at 5:52 PM

I doubt they care much about Nickelodeon, where one of the executives in charge of programming is the ex-Mrs. Rosie O’Donnell.

Marcus on October 8, 2012 at 5:52 PM

No offense to children, but thats more Obummers speed.(They are easier to fool) Let a REAL MAN deal with our countries issues!!

kcd on October 8, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Asked and answered, Mr. President. Who’s ducking questions now?

heh. did we ever get an answer to, “Daddy, did you plug the hole in your poll numbers yet???”

ted c on October 8, 2012 at 5:53 PM

the democrats last resort when desperate is always to throw some fourth graders out there – their default panic shield.

mittens on October 8, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Romeny should say he won’t go on Nickelodean because of those tweets sent out by one its stars, [insert name I can't remember].

SouthernGent on October 8, 2012 at 5:36 PM

It was Jason Biggs.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2012/09/03/Nickelodean-to-stick-by-cyber-bully-Jason-Biggs

Brat on October 8, 2012 at 5:53 PM

So, today’s meme is that Romney hates kids?

Cody1991 on October 8, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Kids, puppies and that millionaire Big Bird.

Romeny should say he won’t go on Nickelodean because of those tweets sent out by one its stars, [insert name I can't remember].

SouthernGent on October 8, 2012 at 5:36 PM

It was Jason Biggs.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2012/09/03/Nickelodean-to-stick-by-cyber-bully-Jason-Biggs

Brat on October 8, 2012 at 5:53 PM

That probably was the reason. You think a man like Romney with his wonderful loving wife want to support that channel? I suspect he wants to avoid it on the downlow so his wife doesn’t have to hear such nastiness revisited. Obama supporters in general are one sick bunch.

CW on October 8, 2012 at 5:56 PM

he would totally steal California right out from under El Barky’s nose

SWalker on October 8, 2012 at 5:50 PM

It’s our stupid state legislature insisting on designer gas. But yes, the optics would be excellent.

John the Libertarian on October 8, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Oh noes! Romney may have just lost the under twelve vote!

Wait. Did Dear Leader tell the kiddies how much debt he plans to saddle them with?

farsighted on October 8, 2012 at 5:57 PM

So his campaign staff fails to see the irony in chastising Romney for being “too busy” for Nickleodeon, while the president couldn’t find time to meet with Bibi and other world leaders while the UN was in session?

Really?

When the president responded to the kids questions – was he reading from his beloved teleprompter – or did he stumble and mutter his way thru?

Hill60 on October 8, 2012 at 5:57 PM

After the horrible, rotten tweets about Ann Romney and Janna Ryan from Jason Biggs of Nick’s much vaunted “New Teen Age Mutant Ninja Turtles” Mitt should ignore them, and Jug Ears should be ashamed of himself for associating with them.

Just like Mitt should ignore the View, he’ll gain nothing but insults and derision appearing with those harpies, and won’t swing a single voter in his direction.

Having spent 4 years watching the celebrity president, I’m ready for a real President that I don’t have to see on every station on the TV unless he has something important to say.

waterytart on October 8, 2012 at 5:57 PM

“Too bad, because the president had an absolutely whiz-bang answer on why candy corn is his favorite Halloween treat.”

Oh, snap! That’s a keeper.

AnonymousDrivel on October 8, 2012 at 5:58 PM

The Ass Press is a subversive organization…

d1carter on October 8, 2012 at 5:59 PM

I guess the criticism seems about right….the Team O campaign does hold the View, Glamour, GQ, Rolling Stone and other grocery store aisle rags in high regard…..

ted c on October 8, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Did Obama promise all the little kiddies free ice cream for life?

Axion on October 8, 2012 at 6:00 PM

“Look, Ma, no teleprompter!”

Christien on October 8, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Those kids in Virginia will remember that day for the rest of their lives.

JPeterman on October 8, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Since the administration is going after the kiddie vote the WH Halloween party should be really something this year.

Cody1991 on October 8, 2012 at 6:03 PM

If Mitt stands a shot at winning he needs to stop dodging hard hitting interviews with Nikelodeon, The View and Entertainment Tonight…

Proof- Recent Poll Found most important issues of likely voters:
1) Favorite Halloween Candy
2) Economy
3) Gas Prices
4) Cootie Prevention
5) Foreign Policy

nextgen_repub on October 8, 2012 at 6:03 PM

In that last pic linked in the post, look at how excited those kids are to see Romney, bodes well. Obama will surely be crushed that among the 4th grader crowd, he’s out and Romeny’s in.

Mayday on October 8, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Big Bird cries Fowl!

Chewy the Lab on October 8, 2012 at 6:04 PM

So freaking cute. Romney looks like he had a blast.

gophergirl on October 8, 2012 at 6:04 PM

that is a great area of Virginia. Unlike Georgia, most areas of Virginia are habitable, beautiful and have friendly people to boot./

ted c on October 8, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Those kids in Virginia will remember that day for the rest of their lives.

JPeterman on October 8, 2012 at 6:02 PM

What makes it so perfect is he turned around to go say hi. It wasn’t scripted – he just did it.

Bet those kids are talking a mile a minute at the dinner table tonight.

gophergirl on October 8, 2012 at 6:05 PM

no, the left’s criticism will be that the school wasn’t diverse enough, as if that is some virtue or something. At which point, we will roll out the pics of Obama’s lily white campaign HQ.

ted c on October 8, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Those kids in Virginia will remember that day for the rest of their lives.

JPeterman on October 8, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Yeah, after he read them, “My Pet Dog” who ended up on a dinner plate.

Cody1991 on October 8, 2012 at 6:06 PM

yep, now, there’ll be 100+ families guaranteed to vote for Romney in a few weeks.

nice work Mitt and Bob.

BTW. Virginia loves Bob McDonnell.

ted c on October 8, 2012 at 6:07 PM

The Ass Press is a subversive organization…

d1carter on October 8, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Yes indeedy. Remember their obsession with Sarah Palin’s shoes?

Brat on October 8, 2012 at 6:07 PM

That cheap gimmick would have hurt Romney in my book.

MeatHeadinCA on October 8, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Agreed 100%

IMO this cheapening of the Presidency started when Clinton actually answered the “boxers or briefs” question instead of chiding that worthless girl for not asking a serious question.

Happy Nomad on October 8, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Oh, no!!! Romney not agreeing to follow along with the celebrity predident’s multiple activities in the pop culture world? The horror!!!

So Letterman, Fallon, Nickelodeon, Vanity Fair, some local radio station in NM, ESPN, etc, etc, etc, this is what passes for official work for a sitting president these days. Hopefully we can get a grown up in there this November that will bring back some respect to the office.

ptcamn on October 8, 2012 at 6:10 PM

So freaking cute. Romney looks like he had a blast.

gophergirl on October 8, 2012 at 6:04 PM

He likes debating. Obama…not so much.

CW on October 8, 2012 at 6:10 PM

After the horrible, rotten tweets about Ann Romney and Janna Ryan from Jason Biggs of Nick’s much vaunted “New Teen Age Mutant Ninja Turtles” Mitt should ignore them, and Jug Ears should be ashamed of himself for associating with them.

Romney should make a point of stating why he won’t go on Nick for that reason.

chewydog on October 8, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Mitt Romney hates kids. He doesn’t care about kids the way Nickelodeon does.

CycloneCDB on October 8, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Those kids in Virginia will remember that day for the rest of their lives.

JPeterman on October 8, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Yeah, after he read them, “My Pet Dog” who ended up on a dinner plate.

Cody1991 on October 8, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Uhhhhh…… you know who I was talking about.

The photos of Romney are great, but I agree with MeatHead and Happy Nomad that these events cheapen the office.

Cody1991 on October 8, 2012 at 6:13 PM

In that last pic linked in the post, look at how excited those kids are to see Romney, bodes well. Obama will surely be crushed that among the 4th grader crowd, he’s out and Romeny’s in.

Mayday on October 8, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Sad to say but that is a safe area of the state for Romney. Those kids’ parents will vote for Mitt. Frankly, where I live in Northern Virginia is the key and it is truly too close to call.

Happy Nomad on October 8, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Who wants to bet this will be the lead story on every lunatic asylum show on MSNBC tonight? Rachel Maddow particularly will likely have a field day with this one!

pilamaye on October 8, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Who wants to bet this will be the lead story on every lunatic asylum show on MSNBC tonight? Rachel Maddow particularly will likely have a field day with this one!

pilamaye on October 8, 2012 at 6:21 PM

That guy kills me.

CW on October 8, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Finally. The child president speaks with his peers.

fogw on October 8, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Maybe now SNL can find something funny about the debate?

I mean, it’s hilarious to picture Obama losing horribly in a face-to-face debate, then running over to the middle of a group of schoolkids and issuing a double-dog-dare challenge to “debate me now!”

tom on October 8, 2012 at 6:25 PM

he would totally steal California right out from under El Barky’s nose

SWalker on October 8, 2012 at 5:50 PM

It’s our stupid state legislature insisting on designer gas. But yes, the optics would be excellent.

John the Libertarian on October 8, 2012 at 5:56 PM

BWAHAHAHAH….. California voters would sooooo fall for it…. ;p

SWalker on October 8, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Hurt Romney? I don’t think so. The kids were waving and he turned around to thank them.I think it was great!

sandee on October 8, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Team Obama is great with kids. Just go see what Kevin Jennings has in store for them…..and don’t shake his hand.

ted c on October 8, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Maybe now SNL can find something funny about the debate?

I mean, it’s hilarious to picture Obama losing horribly in a face-to-face debate, then running over to the middle of a group of schoolkids and issuing a double-dog-dare challenge to “debate me now!”

tom on October 8, 2012 at 6:25 PM

If SNL writers need material, they should go to the comment section of Ace’s post, “It’s Over”.

Rowdy, fun and hilarious.

Cody1991 on October 8, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Obama’s daughters: “Daddy, have you filled the hole that Mr. Romney blew in your support during last week’s Denver Debate Debacle?”

BuckeyeSam on October 8, 2012 at 6:30 PM

President Obama’s peeps say Mitt Romney is gonna be sorry for blowing off a bunch of kids who participated in the Nickelodeon show, “Kids Pick the President.”

OH shut the HELL up! This country is going straight into the TOILET. Nothing is going to get done with NICKELODEON’s help!

TX-96 on October 8, 2012 at 6:32 PM

And obozo was still the least qualified person in the room.

Flange on October 8, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Too bad, because the president had an absolutely whiz-bang answer on why candy corn is his favorite Halloween treat.

Is O aware that Moose A Moose, the MC for Nick Jr, doesn’t like candy corn? Check it out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJsNi7JWZJw

maineconservative on October 8, 2012 at 6:41 PM

that is a great area of Virginia. Unlike Georgia, most areas of Virginia are habitable, beautiful and have friendly people to boot./

ted c on October 8, 2012 at 6:05 PM

I beg your pardon! We southern folks are fine people, some of the friendliest people around. ( Of course you have to exclude Atlanta Metro)

Barred on October 8, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Jeeze, the next thing you know they’re gonna be bitching about Mitt not taking illegal overseas campaign contributions and getting a US Ambassador killed…

BigWyo on October 8, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Kids demand details, and I’m sure they want some answers on why Romney could increase their class sizes, eliminate their teacher’s jobs, raise taxes on their families and slash funding for Big Bird.”

OH YEAH, I’m sure those were the questions those sharp-brained kids were going to ask. Kids ask questions like that all the time :-D

Ozwitch on October 8, 2012 at 7:37 PM

After the horrible, rotten tweets about Ann Romney and Janna Ryan from Jason Biggs of Nick’s much vaunted “New Teen Age Mutant Ninja Turtles” Mitt should ignore them

Agreed. He should do nothing for or with Nickelodeon because of this.

Rockygold on October 8, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Kids actually do decide elections, but not for what Dems think.

See, when dad is unemployed and mom is working 2 jobs, plus cooking, cleaning – that $3.80 a gallon is taken into consideration when deciding “just soccer this year or can we afford hockey across town?”

When the mortgage payment can’t be made, and a costly move and downsize occurs to an apartment – kids are effected by a new bus route, group of friends and some shame.

When the President appears in a Nationally televised debate – and looks like an ignorant moron in front of millions of kids and parents…

Kids do decide elections.

Odie1941 on October 8, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Deputy National Press Secretary Adam Fetcher tells TMZ, “It’s no surprise Romney decided to play hookey.

What a pathetic attack. Obama is the one who is truant when it comes to meeting face to face with world leaders at the U.N., daily intelligence briefings, and meeting with his jobs council. But hobnobbing with celebrities and doing softball interviews…no problem. And Mitt is intentionally ducking questions from kids? Did Fetcher say that with a straight face?

And how often has Obama faced tough questions? Once in the last four years…. and 70 million of us saw what happened when he tried to do that.

Get out there and wow those kids now Mr.President.

lynncgb on October 8, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Hmmm…Obama on Nickelodeon. Did he get slimed? (Hey, one can hope you know.)

Deanna on October 8, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Since Oblabla and his minions play in the Romper Room daily, I can see their point…/s
Kali gas stations…you betcha….great optics
Burning Volt…great optics…how about that volt battery co in MI.

dirtengineer on October 8, 2012 at 10:11 PM