July 5, 2012 -- intro: Check out some of President Obama and Mitt Romney's most awkward moments. After all, politicians are human, too.
quicklist: 1title: Band Plays Romney Campaign Song After Obama Speakstext: After a Fourth of July speech given by President Obama at the White House, the Marine Corps band played Rod Atkins' "It's America." While not Mitt Romney's official campaign anthem – that would be Kid Rock's "Born Free" – the Rod Atkins song is on heavy rotation and often played at Mitt Romney campaign rallies before the candidate walks on stage. The president might not have recognized the all- American tune, but a pool reporter noticed the audio mishap and pointed out its awkwardness.
quicklist: 2title: Heckler Interrupts President Obama During Rose Garden Announcementtext: While delivering presidential remarks on immigration, President Obama was repeatedly heckled by a reporter. The speech took place in the White House Rose Garden in mid-June. The heckler, who asked the president several times, "Why do you favor foreigners over American workers?" was identified as Neil Munro of The Daily Caller. Obama first tried to satisfy the man's question but proceeded to snap at the reporter, saying, "I didn't ask for an argument, I'm answering your question," after unrelenting interruption.
quicklist: 3title: Ann Romney Drives a 'Couple of Cadillacs'text: In September, GOP hopeful Mitt Romney gave his audiences a sneak peek into his automotive investments. "See, I'm a Detroit guy, so, you know, I only have domestics," Romney said as he toured the Jim Click Ford Lincoln East Dealership. "I have a couple of the Cadillacs at two different houses. You know, small crossovers." Just months later, he made another statement that revealed his fleet of cars was larger than most Americans'. "I like the fact that most of the cars I see are Detroit made automobiles. I drive a Mustang and a Chevy pickup truck," Romney declared on Ford Field in February. "Ann drives a couple of Cadillacs, actually. And I used to have a Dodge truck, so I used to have all three covered."
quicklist: 4title: Obama's Unrequited Fist Bumptext: President Obama had an awkward encounter in November 2011 before the Carrier Classic basketball game between the University of North Carolina Tar Heels and Michigan State Spartans in San Diego, Calif. While greeting a group of veterans, Obama goes in for the fist bump when an excited supporter reached for the standard handshake.
quicklist: 5title: Romney Pretends Waitress Grabs His Derrieretext: Mitt Romney played a rather awkward joke last year on a group of waitresses working at MaryAnn's diner in Derry, N.H. Standing among a group of women, Romney thrust himself forward as if one of the waitresses had grabbed his derriere. Although he eventually admitted that no one had actually grabbed his bottom on that day, Romney does claim that he had a real butt-grabbing experience on a previous campaign.
quicklist: 6title: Awkward Moment During Obama Toast to Queen text: President Obama royally flubbed while toasting to the queen at Buckingham Palace in March 2011. A pause in the commencement of Obama's toast caused the orchestra to begin playing the classic, "My Country, 'Tis of Thee," but it was not the time to queue the music. Obama got in two words before the music began, but continued his speech over it, saying, "...of the special relationship between our peoples and for the words of Shakespeare to this blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England." After the toast, the president proceeded to lift his glass toward the queen and awkwardly smiled, but no one sipped from their glasses as the musical performance was still in play.
quicklist: 7title: Supporter Blindsides Romneytext: During a town hall meeting in Cleveland, Ohio, GOP candidate Mitt Romney had an awkward encounter with a supporter. The rowdy woman grabbed the microphone at the meeting and claimed that President Obama was "operating outside the structure of our Constitution." This comment was followed by a remark from another member of the audience: "I agree, he should be tried for treason."The woman then turned to Romney and asked what he would do to "restore balance" between the three branches of government and "restore our Constitution." When Romney was expected to reply to the heavy-hitting comment, he awkwardly ignored her suggestion about the president committing "treason" altogether. Instead, he continued to respond about how he would "respect the different branches of government." Later, a New York Times Reporter asked Romney whether he agreed with the woman's comment regarding a "treason" sentence for the president. He replied "No, of course not." Although he tried to redeem himself, Romney was criticized by Democratic opponents, who accused him of not standing up to "extreme voices" in his party.
quicklist: 8title: Romney Let the Dogs Outtext: In early 2008 Mitt Romney was greeted by a largely African-American group of people at the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Parade in Jacksonville, Fla. While glad-handing and posing for pictures, a non-supporter yelled to Romney, "Mitt Romney, go home. You're delaying the parade." In response, Romney blurted out the old music hit, barking, "Who let the dogs out? Who, Who."