Day two has passed for Mitt Romney’s trip to London, and the media is having a field day. They have even come to the conclusion that Mitt Romney is worse than Sarah Palin. Ouch!!! That has to hurt! And for the cover of The Sun to headline “Mitt the Twit”…. oh, boy oh boy. It’s just best for Romney to leave the country with his tail tucked between his legs and return home to his two daddies – the Koch Brothers. I have been laughing so hard at Mitt’s gaffes, but in all seriousness, this is horribly embarrassing – even for Obama supporters, like myself, who revels when Romney puts his foot in his mouth. Why should we be so embarrassed? Because we are showing the world the type of fool who is running for President of the United States. This was the best of the Republican Party??? Completely and totally humiliating.
Today, Mitt did a major faux pas – he mentioned a meeting with the MI6 – Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service – which is a heavily guarded secretive organization among the Brits. As The Guardian pointed out, MI6 was not officially acknowledged until 1994. “For our American readership, this isn’t like bragging you just met David Petraeus [current director of the CIA]. The British take on the national secret intelligence service comes with an extra-heavy dollop of the whole secret thing,” the Guardian’s Tom McCarthy wrote.
In my opinion, the only reason Mitt mentioned this was an attempt to brag about who he met with in order to impress American voters that he discussed Syria and other international affairs with one of the most secretive agencies in the UK.
MI6: What Romney said, and MI6’s reaction
According to the Wall Street Journal Blog:
LONDON–Mitt Romney met privately with the head of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service — also known as the MI6 — Thursday to discuss the civil unrest in Syria.
“I appreciated the insights and perspectives of the leaders of the government here and opposition here as well as the head of MI6,” Mr. Romney told reporters Thursday. “We discussed Syria and the hope for a more peaceful future for that country.”
But MI6 chief Sir John Sawers’s meetings are often conducted quietly, and afterwards, neither MI6 or the Romney campaign would confirm or deny the meeting.
“Sir John Sawers meets with lots of people,” said an aide in Britain’s foreign press office, “but we don’t give a running commentary of any of these meetings.”
The meeting with the MI6 chief wasn’t disclosed in the list of scheduled visits released to the press and only came to light after the Republican presidential hopeful mentioned it in a brief press conference outside of 10 Downing Street.
After Mr. Romney mentioned the meeting, his campaign declined to discuss it further. “The governor expressed who he met with today,” said a senior adviser who is traveling with Mr. Romney.
Sara Murray covers the 2012 presidential campaign. Follow her on Twitter @SaraMurray.
A London Blogger
I found a blogger out of London who wrote:
It has been widely reported already in the US that Mitt Romney’s first foreign trip as a US Presidential candidate… did not go well.
But my suspicion is that a lot of my friends in America who are accustomed to “he said, she said” news coverage might suspect that this disaster is being blown out of proportion by the schadenfreude of delighted Obama supporters.
As your woman on the ground here in the UK, I want to assure you: IT REALLY IS THAT BAD. Here below are the Romney headlines in every British Newspaper this morning.
So here are several images of the Romney headlines…. Plus a few other photos with captions….
References and Related Articles:
Obamalondon Blogspot: How bad was Romney’s first day in London?
Politicus USA: Romney in Shambles as Britain Proclaims Him Worse than Sarah Palin
CNN: Romney trip begins in shambles
The Raw Story: Romney tells public of secret meeting with MI6 spy chief
The Wall Street Journal Blog: Romney’s Not-So-Secret Meeting With MI6
CBS News: Did Romney break cone of silence?
Politico: Mitt Romney broke MI6 silence, according to reports