I can not stop laughing! I have had a grin from ear to ear (my muscles are beginning to hurt) for over an hour now while reading the news from London and watching various footages. It is clearly apparent that Mitt Romney is NOT in high standing in London. In fact, when I was watching CNN this morning, a British correspondant hit the streets and asked people passing by if they knew who Mitt Romney was. No one had ever heard of him. Of course, this is just one area of London and only a few dozen were asked, but looks like Mittens is batting .000 in that section of London.
Mitt Romney’s Poor Manners with David Cameron
The papers and tabloids are having a field day with Romney. In fact, The Guardian has an entire live blog devoted to Britons rebuking Romney’s visit. The incident that started Romney off to a horrible start was when he met with the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, and, frankly, completely offended him. The head of the country he’s visiting. This does not bode well for Romney and international relations….
“You know, it’s hard to know just how well it were turn out — will turn out,” said Romney, who ran the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City – and is constantly reminding everyone how he “saved” the SLC Olympics, which was by going to Congress and begging for money. “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 fired back at Romney’s concerns over security, and suggested British officials were dealing with more complex issues than Romney faced when he ran the show. “We are holding an Olympic Games in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities anywhere in the world,” Cameron said. “Of course it’s easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere.”
John Podhoretz, of Commentary Magazine, tweeted:
Romney in London. Come on. We needed this. It’s a little comic relief. Kind of like Mr. Bean, only he’s an American.
Romney in London. Come on. We needed this. It's a little comic relief. Kind of like Mr. Bean, only he's an American.—
John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) July 26, 2012
The Guardian wrote, “Mitt Romney made all kinds of news for saying and doing the wrong things in the first full day of his trip to London. The trip was meant to make him look presidential. In the apt summation of John Podhoretz, it made him look like Mr. Bean. The Romney show continues tomorrow, when he attends the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games. Should be fun!”
London Mayor Boris Johnson pokes fun at Romney
In response to Romney putting his foot in his mouth with Cameron, here is what Johnson said to thousands of people in attendance:
Video: London Mayor Boris Johnson pokes fun at Mitt Romney
“The Geiger counter of Olympo-mania is going to go zoink! off the scale! People are coming from around the world, and they’re seeing us, and they’re seeing the greatest country on Earth, aren’t they? There are some people who are coming from around the world who don’t yet know about all the preparations we’ve done to get London ready in the last seven years. I hear there’s a guy called Mitt Romney who wants to know whether we’re ready. Are we ready?”
References and related articles:
TPM: Mitt’s British Blunders: How It Played In The UK Press
TPM: Anger Games: Cameron, British Press Pounce On Romney’s Olympics Critiques
The Guardian UK: Mitt Romney rebuked by David Cameron in London – the day in politics
Commentary Magazine: Gaffes Alone Won’t Stop Romney
BBC News UK: Boris Johnson hails ‘Olympomania’ for torch at Hyde Park
Huffington Post: Mitt Romney Walks Back London Olympics Criticism
Twitter: John Podhoretz