President Barack Obama said he had already forgotten the election on Wednesday afternoon in his first press conference since his reelection, but that didn’t stop him from talking all about former Republican candidate Mitt Romney.
After a brief speech, mainly about his plan to get the economy moving forward, which is mostly based on taxing the wealthy, Obama opened up the floor to questions and spent a significant amount of time talking about his former opponent.
“If there was one thing that everybody understood was a big difference between myself and Mr. Romney, it was when it comes to how we reduce our deficit, I argued for a balanced, responsible approach, and part of that included making sure that the wealthiest Americans pay a little bit more,” said Obama in response to a question of whether eliminating loopholes instead of raising taxes would be a better approach for wealthy citizens.
“I think every voter out there understood that that was an important debate, and the majority of voters agreed with me,” he continued.
Obama answered another question, about whether or not he would take Romney’s opinion into account when making an economic plan for the future, by talking extensively about Romney’s successes with the Olympics in Utah.
“He presented some ideas during the course of the campaign that I actually agree with,” Obama said. “So I’m not either prejudging what he’s interested in doing, nor am I suggesting I’ve got some specific assignment.”
Despite his knee-jerk reaction to immediately set himself opposed to Romney and Romney’s policies, Obama confirmed that he was already over the election.
” I think everybody forgets that the election was only a week ago and — I know I’ve forgotten,” he said. “I forgot on Wednesday.”
Maybe the election was more nerve-wracking for him then he claims because there are clearly some memories that he can’t quite shake.