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Obama: I Stayed At HoJos, Not Resorts

Draws contrast to vacationing wealthy opponent. But his vacations as president have included Martha’s Vineyard and Hawaii.

KEVIN LAMARQUE / Reuters

POLAND, Ohio — Hours after Mitt Romney said he is campaigning so that more Americans can afford to take vacations, President Barack Obama recounted his far more modest upbringing than his wealthy opponent.

“Maybe you took a vacation every once in a while. It wasn’t some fancy vacation at some fancy resort,” Obama said, drawing an implicit contrast to Romney’s current family vacation on the picturesque Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.

Obama recounted that the “best vacation I had when I was a kid” was traveling on trains and Greyhounds across the country, saying at Howard Johnson hotels.

“I was eleven, so there was any kind of swimming pool…it was very exciting,” Obama said. “You were very excited to go where the vending machine was and the ice machine and get the ice.”

Obama then launched into a critique of Romney, saying he is looking out for all Americans while the former Massachusetts governor is only worried about those who are rich like him.

Since his election, Obama has vacationed in Martha’s Vineyard and in Hawaii.

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