On day three of his overseas tour, Mitt Romney woke up to unfriendly headlines from the British media, who continue to trash him for telling NBC News that he found preparations for the Olympics here "disconcerting."
"Mitt the Twit," declared The Sun tabloid, condemning Romney as a "wannabe president."
The Independent headlined their take on Romney's trip, "Romneyshambles"—accusing him of not only committing a diplomatic gaffe but later "the cardinal sin of U.S. politics, flip-flopping" on his criticism.
The Daily Telegraph suggested Romney's "Olympic gaffe" had overshadowed his trip to London.
Meanwhile, the conservative Daily Mail slammed Romney as "devoid of charm, offensive and a wazzock."
comorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4895 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 6717 times:
Romney's wife Ann owns a ballet-dancing horse which is not helping his image with beer guzzling down home types either. But I must say he has made the election so much fun! I am hooked on what he has to say next, and am glued to the internet for his next pronouncement. Hop fully he doesn't go to Russia and say "Mr. Leader, the Wall must come down!" or something.
einsteinboricua From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2010, 2934 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 6700 times:
This is incredible: he sets out to make the impression that he will be the next commander in chief and to set up his reputation and it has all backfired. Wonder why FOX and the entire FOX cheerleading squad here have yet to speak about this and defend their infallible candidate.
In way it won't matter because it's not the British who will elect the president. However, should a major conflict arise where the US needs UK assistance, perhaps the British will at least think about it before answering.
Quoting incitatus (Reply 1): Romney just really reminds me of Joe Biden. Silence can only help him.
Unfortunately for Romney, he must speak.
Quoting comorin (Reply 3): Hop fully he doesn't go to Russia and say "Mr. Leader, the Wall must come down!" or something.
He'll go to China and ask for the Great Wall to be torn down.
"You haven't seen a tree until you've seen its shadow from the sky."
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13149 posts, RR: 78
Reply 8, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 6598 times:
Apart from his flat footedness, what surprises is that he's 'behind the news agenda'.
G4S screwed up - big surprise.
Troops - who are trained to do effective, rapid bag searches in far more difficult conditions - take their place.
Olympics become safer.
Had he cracked a wry joke followed by 'but I'm confident that it's all OK now', there would likely have been no response.
ATTart From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 638 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 6432 times:
Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 14): Utter horsecrap. Such thinking is and always has been at the core of socialism and Obama had a brief moment of honesty.
You so funny... Keep the lies coming, this crap you spew is what turns off the moderates and independents. So please keep these type of attacks coming, you will just help President Obama win. Sarah Palin tried this back in 2008, and see how well that worked for her and McCain.
[Edited 2012-07-27 13:52:26]
Remember: When someone talks behind your back, it only means you're two steps ahead of them!
ltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13005 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6321 times:
Romney's comments in the UK and in a book a few years ago as to the UK, to me show a person who is narrow minded but also trying to boost the idea of 'American Exceptionalism', that Europe is too 'socialist' and the USA is superior to all others, and was for USA voters consumption.
His disclosure as to meeting with the head of MI 6 was intentional to show that he is to be considered the equal to the sitting President as to having privy to certain confidential and top secret information, especially as to terrorism.
His criticizing the way the Olympics in the UK was to make himself look like he was so great in his running the 2002 Winter Olympics, showing business leadership, that there were few problems. Of course only 5 months after 9/11/01, you probably had a lot of pressure on everyone to do well and you had huge Fedeal investment in security.
Of course I doubt he will be as mumbled mouth in Israel, he will just say yes and boost their right wing leaders, something he is comfortable with.
I wonder what boneheaded thing he will say in Poland...
kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12396 posts, RR: 37
Reply 24, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 6151 times:
Quoting jakeorion (Reply 16): This applies to both sides. The political smear garbage is not just pathetic, but downright sad. It's all about smearing someone.
There's an old saying that goes something like "better keep your mouth shut and let people think you're a fool, rather than opening it and removing all doubt!".
Unfortunately, Mitt opened his mouth and he did so in relation to something which the British establishment is very proud of and focused on making work (the Olympics); those comments won't be soon forgotten. It's often said that the Conservatives/Tories in the UK are closer to the Republicans, but I think that few in the current UK government would welcome Romney as President. So much for the special relationship, which Romney touted some weeks back.
: I hope he does not come to Germany and say that.... Wouldn't Sarah Palin be the perfect running mate for Mitt? The educated world would be cracking u
: Romney's comments are extremely offensive on a subject Brits are very proud of. I haven't even seen what the left-wing press (Independent, Guardian, M
: I think it's been pretty much accepted across the (UK's) political spectrum that he's a bit of a prat: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012...-gaffe-
: Which is irrelevant. Yes, there have been questions about the preparedness of London for the Olympics, even in the British press, but Rule 1 of forei
: Actually I think "Mitt The Twit" fits pretty well.
: No; I had to do it as well; this is from Dictionary.com: World English Dictionary wazzock (ˈwæzək) — n dialect ( English ) a foolish or annoying
: Hmm really? I don't know Mr Biden very well, but to me his gaffes seem to stem from too much honesty - he doesn't think before he sputters something
: It should be said that one government insider said he was worse than Sarah Palin. Surely that takes some going?
: As was pointed out elsewhere, Romney is really having a bad day when he's even pissing off rich white folks!
: ...another candidate for Presidency who has no international experience, cannot spell diplomacy, has a backwoods view on things, just to mention a few
: Personally, I think electing a President who is "devoid of charm" is also a bad choice. The man will need to be able to use personal charm, tact and
: You guys are all wrong! Mitt went to Harvard Business School so he must be smart. Just like George Bush. Carry On Mitt!
: I'm sure he is very smart. I'm sure anyone that can get into Harvard is smart. What's the point of your post??? Sure they made some bad choices, but
: Or if daddy was a GOP big cheese and governor, or the latest, most powerful yet of the Bush clan. It's not much different over here, if at all. Look
: So did Jeffrey Skilling and Rajat Gupta, what's your point? Going to a reputable school doesn't make you smart. For every HBS grad you name, I'll nam