Romney Stumbles in London

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U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney at 10 Downing Street in London, where he met British Prime Minister David Cameron

Mitt Romney’s foreign trip is not going well. Since arriving in London, Romney has been tripped up by a series of niggling skirmishes. Taken together, they have sidetracked media coverage of a sojourn intended to showcase Romney’s statesmanship. 

The trouble began before Romney’s arrival, with an anonymous quote in the conservative Daily Telegraph. The White House, a Romney “adviser” suggested, didn’t appreciate the shared “Anglo-Saxon heritage” of the U.S. and U.K. It is unfair to hold Romney accountable for a blind quote uttered by someone who could be far outside his orbit, and his campaign disavowed the sentiment. Still, not a strong start.

The former Massachusetts governor, whose stint at the helm of the Salt Lake City Olympics is a central part of his case for the presidency, compounded the problem by suggesting on the eve of the London Games that the city’s preparation may not have met his standards. There were “disconcerting” signs, Romney said during an interview with NBC, before questioning the capital’s ability to “come together and celebrate the Olympic moment.” The jab, which was splattered across the A1 page of London dailies on Thursday, left British officials “speechless,” according to the Guardian.

“Of course it’s easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere,” huffed British Prime Minister David Cameron. London mayor Boris Johnson used Romney’s comment, which the presumptive Republican nominee later walked back, as a rallying cry at a massive public event in Hyde Park on Thursday. “Can this get any worse for Romney?” tweeted the political editor of the conservative Daily Mail. Both Cameron and Johnson are Conservatives, a sign that the U.S. pol’s blunders had transcended ideology. Meanwhile, Romney referred to British Labour leader Ed Miliband as “Mr. Leader,” an appellation some British outlets took as a sign that he had blanked on Miliband’s name.

Those weren’t Romney’s only goofs. The candidate divulged to reporters a confab he had held with the chief of the British intelligence service MI6 — information the agency apparently would have preferred to keep quiet. And while he said too much to the press, Romney also drew criticism for saying too little. His refusal to take questions from the domestic pool that trailed him to London prompted an angry missive from NBC.

Romney has tried to distance himself from the dressage competition that Democrats have sought to make a symbol of his wealth. But his dodge on the topic — “I have to tell you. This is Ann’s sport. I’m not even sure which day the sport goes on” — prompted one influential blogger, Andrew Sullivan, to argue that Romney’s comment was “either a fib, designed to insulate him from whatever minimal fallout there is from owning a dressage horse; or it’s true and he’s just unlike other human beings.”

The pounding continued on Thursday when reporters excavated a passage from his book No Apology that includes some unflattering remarks about the U.S.’s chief European ally. “England is just a small island,” he wrote. “Its roads and houses are small. With few exceptions, it doesn’t make things that the rest of the world wants to buy. And if it hadn’t been separated from the continent by water, it almost certainly would have been lost to Hitler’s ambitions.” (The context of the quote is a rumination on why nations rise and fall.)

At home, these flaps would quickly disappear into the maw of the news cycle. The standard is different on foreign soil. Romney’s blunders have undercut the entire purpose of the trip, which was to prove he could adequately represent U.S. interests with international leaders despite his scant foreign policy experience. He hasn’t met that standard so far. Even Drudge has turned against him.

(PHOTOS: The Rich History of Mitt Romney)

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Libertad Morales
Libertad Morales

Romney comments could be "not politically correct" but they are true.UK has been infected by socialism,and they lack nowdays the qualities and energy that made England great.They have been declining ever since 2 world war

pc1397
pc1397

Romney Stumbles in London? Romney stumbles almost everywhere, that's how we know he's alive.

Jackson
Jackson

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DropBear666
DropBear666

As an Australian, have to believe that if Mitt Romney has said something that has upset the Pommy press, public and politicians, then he has obviously said the right thing.

Carey Frisch
Carey Frisch

We're so sorry, Uncle Willard

We're so sorry if we caused you any pain

We're so sorry, Uncle Willard

But there's no one left at home

And we believe you've been a royal pain!

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nissanwatt

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jacksoncrew

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53underscore3
53underscore3

Snick.  Screeeeeeeee.

Wow.  I done missed all the good stuff!  This must have been fun.  Look at all the party hats, empty beer bottles, and barf!

Cwap!

eeeeeeeeeeek.  Click

Organic Ant
Organic Ant

I'm amazed at how much coverage a single word seems to justify! Who cares what Romney thinks

The

time you wasted reading all of this rubish would have been a million

times better spent learning about something useful at a website such as

www.lucidTree.com

 

organicAnt
organicAnt

Amazing what makes the news! Check out the Media section at www.lucidTree.com for a clearer view of why pointless articles like this even exist.

chacalcdn
chacalcdn

If I may, being Canadian I don't really have the right to meddle in your politics, but if you will let me.

How any ordinary person would trust, look up to or even consider him for any office is beyond me.

To warrant or accept a 100 millions $ offer from 1 individual to buy the Presidency ?

How Presidential is it to hide your OWN fortune abroad and ask the fireman, policeman, teacher to HELP him when he would lock the door if there was MONEY for him and his friends.

That's the way I see it.

53underscore3
53underscore3

You'll have to excuse a lot of us down here in the Lower 57.  There's a buncha lizard people with tons of money that want Romney to move into the What House.

Trouble is, there's a bunch a blah people there and there are all these old loonies who never got over 1964 that keep tying to throw parties to make enough money to have them kicked out or something.

Trouble is, they get to guzzling and pretty soon they wake up, their money's gone, they get calls from their bosses that they missed work and that they're fired from their jobs, and so they just go back to drinking some more and blaming the blah people in the What house.

ChowT
ChowT

It is scary that Mitt Romney can make such a blunder.

Imagine he is commander-in-chief.

I feel that Mitt Romney just dont have the qualities to lead a nation.

smooth edward
smooth edward

I’m sure glad Romney has that experience running the Olympics or he might have made a gaffe or two. The only thing he didn’t do was call Lady Margaret Thatcher a hag. Give him time.

LiberalLies2012
LiberalLies2012

The lib loons are making so much out of this supposed "gaffe" by Romney, are we trying to hide the biggest gaffe of the campaign right here at home?

Seems so.

The Obama team today has come out with a new, more improved Obama so far as middle class Americans are concerned.  

Here it is...  "I Believe!!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

But does he really "believe".  Here is what he really believes.  He believes all those middle class businesses didn't do anything unique.  They were helped along like the old lady waiting on the street corner by a boy scout to cross the road.  That's what Barry Obama "believes".  Big Government Barry Obama believes you are too stupid to do anything on your own and you need Big Government to push you along the way.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

LiberalLies2012
LiberalLies2012

I will admit Romney's first foray onto the soil of one of our greatest allies was not a stellar moment.

But remember when?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new...

"Sources close to the White House say Mr Obama and his staff have been "overwhelmed" by the economic meltdown and have voiced concerns that the new president is not getting enough rest.

The American source said: "Obama is overwhelmed. There is a zero sum tension between his ability to attend to the economic issues and his ability to be a proactive sculptor of the national security agenda."

That was the gamble these guys made at the front end of this presidency and I think they're finding it a hard thing to do everything.

"British diplomats insist the visit was a success, with officials getting the chance to develop closer links with Mr Obama's aides. They point out that the president has agreed to meet the prime minister for further one-to-one talks in London later this month, ahead of the G20 summit on April 2.

But they concede that the mood music of the event was at times strained. Mr Brown handed over carefully selected gifts, including a pen holder made from the wood of a warship that helped stamp out the slave trade - a sister ship of the vessel from which timbers were taken to build Mr Obama's Oval Office desk. Mr Obama's gift in return, a collection of Hollywood film DVDs that could have been bought from any high street store, looked like the kind of thing the White House might hand out to the visiting head of a minor African state.

The British people and their diplomats are so used to be snubbed and degraded by now that anything Romney does is mute. Hopefully his meeting with Cameron at 10 Downing Street smoothed out any ruffled feathers.

James
James

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Aaron Gibbons
Aaron Gibbons

 After

more reflection I find that I am now very annoyed with him. Speaking

personally I was prepared to give G.W. the benefit of the doubt  after

2000 right up until the Kyoto decision. Then the detritus hit the Aircon

Extractor in September and everything destabilised and very poor

decisions were made with unsound judgement which we are all still trying

to clean up now.

Yet the Republican Party appears to have now chosen a candidate that

despite his years of "Business Success" and "Intelligence" appears to

make G.W. look intelligent. I mean you guys are telling us poor defeated

Imperialists that you are the leaders of the Free World, but, you know

what, with a leader like him I would genuinely consider hopping on the

first transport to Mars if it can be made available in the next 4 or 5

months, even if the plumbing isn't ready.

He is a liar and obfuscator, a preening shuttlecock who simply lands

whichever side the  NeoCon/Tea Party Badminton Championship net is

scoring. His ability to spout half truths, no truths and Moonie-like

inventions to appear the "least bad" must surely be the most damning

indictment of the state of Right wing politics in America. He will not

call a spade a spade when pressed, yet offers the perfect definition of

said gardening implement as if it is a newly invented wondertool, ripe

for the profiteering (made in China, of course).

Seriously, we have to put up with some rubbish over here in the

political class, but if this is the best you've got, then god help us.

Mitt Romney - what a waste of a perfectly good suit. @UpPoppedSpotty:disqus Lisa showed me that i was able to get monthly some extra dollars by doing my work from comfort of my living room... Here's how i've done it...  http://samstipsandtricks.blogs...

gysgt213
gysgt213

Britain to the NAACP:  Now we know where you were coming from.

Swag
Swag

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ChowT
ChowT

Our 'commander-in-chief' humiliates himself in London.

Manish Jain
Manish Jain

It is bad enough for a US presidential candidate to show up at the London Olympics with a statement of personal disinterest in the games. It makes matters worse when he publicly chimes about 'low standards' at the most expensive Olympics ever and shares MI6 inputs with the media. But what is completely flabbergasting is how he could tell the British standing in their own country that the 'small island' would have been vanquished by the Nazis but for the English Channel. The man is a public disaster, and a few months down the line he might be the face of the US for the rest of the world to reckon with.

ChowT
ChowT

I want my Bush back.

sacredh
sacredh

Stop shaving it then!!

ChowT
ChowT

Ha ha ha !

ChowT
ChowT

Mr. Leader, ha ha ha.

Whats next from our aspiring commander in chief? and Winter Olympics expert?

Ha ha ha ha......

sacredh
sacredh

I like the slow ones right across the plate.

nflfoghorn
nflfoghorn

You tossed him a slow one again!

ChowT
ChowT

I think to be fair to Sir Romney, it is the programmer's fault.

Please reboot.

James
James

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Jackie730
Jackie730

I have said from day one that this guy is not very bright.

PerryWhite1
PerryWhite1

Me, too. I think he's always been so insulated by wealth, he's never had to compete intellectually with anyone. He was always the boss, so everyone always told him how good his ideas were and how smart he was. And silver-spoon guys like Romney are always quick to believe that they deserve their money, that there's something better about them than the rest of us, a belief that's never been challenged.

Until now. Honestly, I genuinely think he's not very bright.

anon76returns
anon76returns

Someone needs to tell Romney that acting like a Keystone Cop will not guarantee a win in the Keystone state.

James
James

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Sara Rose
Sara Rose

Americans need to go around the world apologizing for Romney.

Dan5404
Dan5404

Romney "statesmanship"?  It is non-existent.   He knows nothing about conducting foreign policy and the first thing he did was  to piss off the people of our best friend in the world, Britain.  His ignorance and lack of common sense in dealing with people is downright embarrassing.