In his first solo press conference of the year that happened to be on the same day as the big Republican primary day of Super Tuesday, President Obama had single message for potential opponent Mitt Romney, "Good luck tonight."
The president made the comment when asked if he'd weigh in on some of the GOP candidates and specifically Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, who is leading in delegate count, but has failed to secure his party's nomination.
Romney had spent Monday and Tuesday criticizing Obama's position on Iran, both in an op-ed and also in a speech to the AIPAC conference. Romney said, "Hope is not a foreign policy" and that Obama was "America's most feckless President since Carter."
The president had a simple line that he said with a slight smirk, but commanding delivery. When he said, "Good luck tonight," the line served got some chuckles from reporters in the room.
He followed up with "No, really." "Really," he said.
Asked about the comment later in the day, Romney said he appreciated the good wishes, and also wishes the president the best.
While he didn't want seem to want to engage into a specific war of words with a single candidate, that didn't stop him from at least acknowledging his press conference was coinciding with the GOP's big day.
In fact, the reference is how he opened the press conference saying, "Now, I understand there are some political contests going on tonight, but I thought I'd start the day off by taking a few questions, which I'm sure will not be political in nature," he said with a touch of sarcasm.
When discussing the situation of Iran possibly making a nuclear weapon and attacking Israel, Obama did slam what Republican candidates had been saying on the trail about military action, but did not mention them by name.
"Now what's said on the campaign trail, those folks don't have a lot of responsibilities, they're not commander in chief. When I see the casualness when I see these folks talk about war, I'm reminded of the costs involved in war. I'm reminded the decision that I have to make in terms of sending our men and women into battle and the impact it has on their lives," Obama said.