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WP Lists Romney’s Outrageous UK ‘Gaffes’

From the Washington Post:

Mitt Romney tries to steer around Olympics controversy in London meetings

By Philip Rucker | Thursday July 26, 2012

LONDON — Thursday was supposed to be the easy day, when Mitt Romney would audition as a world leader here by talking about his shared values with the heads of the United States’ friendliest ally.

Instead, the Republican presidential candidate insulted Britain as it welcomed the world for the Olympics by casting doubt on London’s readiness for the Games, which open Friday, saying that the preparations he had seen were “disconcerting” and that it is “hard to know just how well it will turn out.”

Which, in fact, is a sensible answer that even Piers Morgan and others in the media have defended. Especially in light of all of the news we have gotten about their preparations, or lack of.

But apparently, the Post and the rest of the news media wants Mr. Romney to lie. (See our transcription of this notorious exchange below.)

The comments drew a swift rebuke from Prime Minister David Cameron and, by day’s end, a public tongue-lashing by the city’s mayor as the Olympic torch arrived in Hyde Park.

“I hear there’s a guy called Mitt Romney who wants to know whether we’re ready,” Mayor Boris Johnson cried out to a crowd of at least 60,000. “He wants to know whether we’re ready. Are we ready? Are we ready? Yes, we are.”

This is a “tongue lashing”? But in any case, Mayor Johnson seems to have moderated his opinion, saying that ‘Romney’s praise of the London Olympics has been fulsome.’ But you would never know that from the Washington Post.

Cameron, responding to the candidate with a note of irritation, said that “of course it’s easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere,” an apparent reference to Salt Lake City. That city held the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, which Romney organized. The prime minister and the mayor are conservatives, making their scolding all the more embarrassing for the candidate, an otherwise sympathetic ideological ally.

In fact, this is almost as embarrassing as the report that one of Romney’s aides mentioned the phrase “Anglo-Saxon.”

It was a difficult start to Romney’s first foray on the international stage as the presumptive Republican nominee, one that was supposed to present him to U.S. voters as a potential commander in chief. Beyond his Olympics remarks, Romney had a series of uncomfortable moments — some of them seemingly minor, but distractions nonetheless.

At one point, he told reporters about his previously undisclosed meeting with the head of the MI-6, Britain’s secret intelligence agency.

And we are supposed to believe that this is a gaffe.

On the first official day of his six-day overseas tour, Romney declined to answer reporters’ questions about his foreign policy positions, saying he will avoid talking about any policy specifics while he is on foreign soil.

And we are supposed to believe this is a gaffe. And never mind that he would have been attacked if he had answered the question.

He ended the day in a scene that could prove damaging for a candidate sometimes labeled as out of touch. A dinner fundraiser, which raised $2 million, was co-hosted by executives at banks under investigation in London’s rate-fixing scandal.

What media bias? By the way, has the Post ever noted the investigations of any of Obama’s fat cats? (This is a rhetorical question.)

For any candidate on a foreign trip, the margin for error is small, with every misstep magnified, fairly or not — especially so for Romney, whose visit is drawing inevitable comparisons to Barack Obama’s largely successful foreign tour as a candidate in 2008.

Again, what media bias? For the record, that is the same foreign tour that many called Obama’s ‘apology tour.’ Which is worse? Responding truthfully to a question or apologizing around the world for our country?

The notoriously harsh British media spewed out brutal headlines about what they almost uniformly deemed a bomb of a debut for Romney…

The British media is just more open in their hatred of conservatives than ours is.

[I]n London, Romney hit a few other rough patches as well. During a morning press appearance with Ed Miliband, head of the opposition Labor Party, the candidate broke with typical protocol. While Miliband called on two British journalists to ask questions, which Romney answered, Romney did not call on any U.S. journalists…

Yet another gaffe! How can we even think of electing such a buffoon?

For the record here is the context of Romney’s infamous exchange with NBC’s Brian Williams:

Brian Williams: And do they look ready to your experienced eye?

Mitt Romney: You know it’s hard to know just how well it will turn out. There are a few things that were disconcerting. The stories about the private security firm not having enough people, the supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials – that obviously is not something which is encouraging.

Burn him!

By the way, today’s Post also has another scathing article excoriating the Romney campaign for taking Obama’s words out of context: "Context be damned, ‘It worked’ should work for Team Romney."

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, July 27th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “WP Lists Romney’s Outrageous UK ‘Gaffes’”

  1. canary says:

    “Mitt Romney: You know it’s hard to know just how well it will turn out. There are a few things that were disconcerting. The stories about the private security firm not having enough people, the supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials – that obviously is not something which is encouraging.”

    “Cameron: We are holding an Olympic Games in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities anywhere in the world. Of course, it’s easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere.”

    Romney should have pointed out the muslims who take over the stores, sidewalks and streets in prostate position every Friday. Cameron wouldn’t dare ban that mess they put up with.

    UK Workers Drop Olympic Strike Threat In Exchange For Promise of 1,000 Jobs- 07/27/12

    The U.K. dodged a shot put on Thursday as customs and immigration officials called off a strike in advance of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The employees had been planning a 24-hour strike on what would have been the busiest travel day for the games. The union representing the workers called off the strike after allegedly receiving a concession from the government that nearly 1000 new jobs would be opened up to help reinforce the border infrastructure. The government has denied that a concession had been offered.


    The Customs and Immigration officals “threat” deems firing at some point.

  2. mr_bill says:

    They were going to list nerobama’s accomplishments, but that wasn’t much of a list.

  3. Astravogel says:

    Heck, if Mitt’s mutt walked across the Potomac,
    headlines would scream, ” Rommney’s dog can’t swim!!”
    Sherrif Nancy would opine that character flaws such as
    that prevent him from becoming President, and that
    animatronic Senator from Arizona would introduce some
    legislation to appoint a Special Prosecutor!

  4. AcornsRNutz says:

    Of course London wasn’t prepared. They were to busy putting together a reality show (available to watch if you are mush minded enough to care on BBC America) about the planners tearing their hair out to get this Charlie Foxtrot up and running. I haven’t watched it, but it appeared to hint from the commercials that they ran into no small number of hurdles in getting the job done. Of course, it is a reality show, so the script may have called for the extra drama, but I wonder how much. Either way, the show, which is a BBC (ie UK State broadcasting) production demonstrating that it was a mess. How can Romney be expected to say anything else, considering that his impression is probably shared by all the schlubs who watched that show. And most of them if not all never actually planned an Olympic event.

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