NEW YORK -- Likability. Itâ€™s been Mitt Romneyâ€™s Achillesâ€™ heel for years. U.S. voters, polling shows again and again, just donâ€™t like him all that much. And, the same polls show, they like President Obama a good deal better.
Now, with Obama apparently opening a lead over Romney as the presidential campaign enters its final phase, Romney is trying to diminish one of the presidentâ€™s greatest attributes.
â€śThe president exudes an air of likability and friendliness, which is endearing,â€ť Romney told ABC News. â€śBut at the same time, I think people recognize that he has not done the job they expected him to do and that he promised he would do.â€ť
In an interview that aired Friday on â€śGood Morning America,â€ť anchor George Stephanopoulos presented Romney with a specific finding from this weekâ€™s Washington Post-ABC News poll. When voters were asked â€śWho would you rather have dinner with,â€ť Obama led Romney by 19 percentage points.
â€śTry and convince people that theyâ€™re wrong,â€ť Stephanopoulos told Romney. â€śBring us inside. What would dinner be like at the Romney home?â€ť
â€śItâ€™d be chaotic, all right?â€ť Romney replied, laughing. â€śYouâ€™d have grandkids climbing all over you. Probably some food would be thrown from one side of the table to the other by one of my grandkids. Itâ€™d be a lot of fun. By the way, thatâ€™s my favorite dinner in the world is with my kids and my daughters in law and with my grandkids.â€ť
â€śSo I canâ€™t tell people who would have more fun at whose table,â€ť Romney continued. â€śBut I can tell you the presidentâ€™s a person that a lot of people like.Â I donâ€™t dislike him myself and wish him the very best.Â But I think the American people are looking for someone who has the capacity to help them get good jobs and more take-home pay.Â And I do.â€ť