(WASHINGTON) — Voters will either elect a master painter or expert snow shoveler to the White House come November.
“I’ve painted rooms, stained floors. Oftentimes I don’t even need to put down a drop cloth,” Mitt Romney told Oprah Winfrey in a sit-down interview for an upcoming issue of her magazine. “I’m good enough at it.”
And though it’s been quite some time since Obama has had household chores, he has a knack for shoveling snow.
“You try chipping some ice off some windshields when it’s five below at six in the morning,” he said from their interview in the White House.
The comments come as both Romney and his wife, Ann, as well as Obama and first lady Michelle Obama get personal with the queen of media for the first time this presidential cycle.
The contenders dished on favorite foods (pizza for the president, Ann Romney’s meatloaf cakes for the former governor), their visions for the world, and just one thing they like about each other.
“I really like the healthcare bill that he passed in Massachusetts. It was great,” Obama said.
For Romney, it was the Osama Bin Laden raid: “Well, I’m glad he got Osama bin Laden, that’s one. A man’s been in office three and a half years, he does hundreds of things,” he said. “I’m sure there are a few that are fine.”
The full interviews will be available on Oct. 9 when O, The Oprah Magazine hits the newsstands.
In it, Ann Romney says she laughed off the controversy that erupted after Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen suggested that as a stay-at-home-mom she “never worked a day in her life.”
“Frankly, it was rather humorous to me,” Romney said, according to excerpts. “Because it was like, maybe she should visit my house once and see what it’s like. Raising children is the hardest job that there is on the face of the Earth. There’s no question about it and I think that Mitt would agree.”
Here are some more tidbits from the interview:
On their visions for the world:
On how the president draws joy from his family:
On what Mitt Romney wanted to be when he was growing up:
On what they have to say to their critics:
On not sweating the small stuff:
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