Romney: Obama should stop ‘berating’ Republicans

Mitt Romney, in his and Ann Romney's first public interview since the election, told Chris Wallace of Fox News that President Obama's harsh rhetoric has contributed to Congress's inability to reach a deal to avoid the sequester.

"Well, no one can think that that's been a success for the president. He didn't think the sequester would happen. It is happening," Romney said. "But to date, what we've seen is the president out campaigning to the American people, doing rallies around the country, flying around the country and berating Republicans and blaming and pointing.

"That causes the Republicans to retrench and to put up a wall and to fight back. It's a very natural human emotion. The president has the opportunity to lead the nation and to bring Republicans and Democrats together. It's a job he's got to do and it's a job only the president can do."

In a previously released clip, Romney compared the campaign to a roller coaster.

“It's different. But it's like, you know, riding on a roller coaster. We were on a roller coaster, exciting and thrilling, ups and downs. But the ride ends. And then you get off. And it's not like, oh, can't we be on a roller coaster the rest of our life? It's like, no, the ride's over," Romney said, according to an excerpt provided by Fox News.

Ann Romney added that it was an adjustment to revert to civilian life.

"You know, it's interesting; in our church, we're used to serving and you know, you can be in a very high position, but you recognize you're serving. And now all of a sudden, you're released and you're nobody," she said. "And we're used to that. It's like we came and stepped forward to serve. And you know, the other part of it was an amazing thing, and it was really quite a lot of energy and a lot of passion and a lot of -- a lot of people around us and all of a sudden, it was nothing.

"But the good news is fortunately we like each other. …And we like being with each other.”

The entire interview will be on "Fox News Sunday" this weekend.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.

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