Mitt Romney’s sons told tales of a childhood filled with father-son horseplay and practical jokes when they appeared together on Conan O’Brien’s TBS talk show “Conan” Wednesday night.
It was a rare gathering of the Romney boys — Tagg (short for Taggart), 42, Matt, 41, Josh, 37, Ben, 34, and Craig, 31 — and Conan provided each of them with “Hello My Name Is …” name badges so he could tell them apart.
“Does it bother you that the press always calls you the Romney boys?” Conan asked them. “It’s like you’re 98 Degrees or something!” he said, referring to the boy band.
“We prefer brothers, but some people call us boys, so whatever,” said Josh, in an answer that was typical of the interview — bland and polite, but not exactly side-splitting.
It was left to Conan to do the comedic heavy-lifting. “If this were a western, you would be a posse! Get them Romney boys in here!” Conan said, in an example of how he tried to liven up the Romney boys’ segment.
Conan displayed a recent photo of the entire Romney clan — including Mitt and wife Ann, and all five sons with their wives and children — and commented, “When you guys get together, there’s a global khaki shortage!”
He then turned his attention to Mitt Romney’s penchant for pranks, and the brothers told stories about a few of them. Most notably, the presumptive Republican candidate for President of the United States enjoys asking people (his sons primarily) to smell something such as a bowl of whipped cream or a dish of butter and then, when the unsuspecting individual has come in close for a sniff, he smushes the foodstuffs in their face.
The brothers said they have fallen for this time and time again, even though it’s been sprung on them repeatedly for years.