Mitt Romney, on a call with top donors on Wednesday, referred to some of the policies enacted under the Obama administration as "gifts" that helped him win young, minority and low-income voters.
Here's The New York Times's account of the call:
“In each case they were very generous in what they gave to those groups,” Mr. Romney said.
“With regards to the young people, for instance, a forgiveness of college loan interest, was a big gift,” he said. “Free contraceptives were very big with young college-aged women. And then, finally, Obamacare also made a difference for them, because as you know, anybody now 26 years of age and younger was now going to be part of their parents’ plan, and that was a big gift to young people. They turned out in large numbers, a larger share in this election even than in 2008.”
According to that account and another in the Los Angeles Times, Romney also apologized to donors and said he was surprised by the loss.
Just a few hours earlier, Obama said in his news conference that he hoped to meet with Romney to discuss ideas for ways they could work together.
Romney's knack for inspiring Twitter fodder didn't end with the election. Here are a few choice tweets, including some from the buzzing hashtag #obamagifts:
If POTUS hosts Romney at WH, Romney should absolutely bring gift basket....
— Mark Leibovich (@MarkLeibovich) November 14, 2012
Bet Romney hates Santa Claus. That guy gives gifts to *everybody*. #obamagifts
— Joshua Green (@JoshuaGreen) November 14, 2012
I tried to return my healthcare but I only got store credit. #obamagifts
— Eliot Nelson (@eliotnelson) November 14, 2012
— aimeeb (@aimeeb262) November 14, 2012
Sure, the tag says "Universal Coverage," but the sleeves on this healthcare are FAR too short! #ObamaGifts
— delrayser (@delrayser) November 14, 2012