Obama Annoyed by Romney’s Concession Call in 2012

AFP PHOTO / The White House / Pete Souza
AFP PHOTO / The White House / Pete Souza

A new book says President Obama was annoyed after he hung up the phone in 2012 after former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney conceded that he had lost the race.

According to David Axelrod, his chief political adviser, Obama was “unsmiling during the call, and slightly irritated when it was over.”

Later he told Axelrod that Romney praised him for getting unusually high vote totals in Milwaukee and Cleveland.

“‘You really did a great job of getting the vote out in places like Cleveland and Milwaukee,’ in other words, black people,'” Obama said, “That’s what he thinks this was all about.”

Axelrod reveals the details of the call in his new book, which was obtained by the New York Daily News.