Obama ‘Irritated’ by Romney’s 2012 Concession Call

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US President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign event in Denver, Colorado, on May 23, 2012. Obama may have made his name peddling hope and change, but his aspirational politics concealed a ruthless streak now being turned on the man who wants his job: Mitt Romney. President Obama and his hard-eyed political consultants have unleashed a long-planned attack on the Republican's corporate past, seeking to turn November's election on Romney's character rather than his own economic record. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad        (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages)
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Former Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod has a memoir coming out next week, and you can rest assured that it has the requisite gossipy tidbits (Obama briefly considered putting Hillary Clinton on the Supreme Court, Steve Jobs showed him an iPhone before it came out, etc.). According to the Daily News, the book also reveals what Mitt Romney said when he called Obama to concede in 2012. Axelrod says Obama was “unsmiling during the call, and slightly irritated when it was over.” Apparently, Romney was already working out his dubious claim that Obama won by bestowing “gifts” on minorities and young people. “‘You really did a great job of getting the vote out in places like Cleveland and Milwaukee,’ in other words, black people,’” Obama said, paraphrasing Romney’s remarks. “That’s what he thinks this was all about.”