Mitt Romney goes on an overseas tour to build up his foreign policy credentials and immediately angers our strongest ally. Nice going, Mitt. Can’t wait to see how you handle foreign relations as president.
Romney gives an interview in Londay and says it’s disconcerting all the problems London has had heading into the Olympics and then says ““You know, it’s hard to know just how well it will turn out.” That didn’t sit well with Prime Minister David Cameron who said “Of course it’s easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere.” That was a reference to Utah where Romney was in charge of the winter Olympics. Ouch.
Romney also questioned London’s enthusiasm for the games with “Do they come together and celebrate the Olympic moment? That’s something which we only find out once the games actually begin.”
At a concert for 60,000 Olympics supporters in Hyde Park on Thursday, commemorating the end of the Olympic torch relay, London Mayor Boris Johnson used Romney to rally the crowd. “There are some people coming from around the world who don’t yet know if we are ready,” the London mayor said. “There’s a guy called Mitt Romney who wants to know whether we are ready. Are we ready? Yes we are!”
Romney immediately started backpedaling and said the Olympics were going to be fabulous. That’s no better confirmation of a gaffe than from the candidate himself. The most fun part of this will be that the Obama campaign won’t have to take his quotes out of context.
In other flubs, Mitt Announced at 10 Downing Street that he had met the chief of MI-6. It’s custom for visiting dignitaries not to announce such things, as MI-6 is highly clandestine. It seems he would have been briefed about that or at least had seen one James Bond movie in his life. And finally, to top off his day, Mitt apparently forgot the name of the head of the Labour Party, referring to Ed Miliband as “Mr. Leader.” I guess we’re lucky Mitt didn’t call him “Mr. Bean.”
The London press had a field day with Romney’s visit. A commentary in The London Telegraph said “Mitt Romney is perhaps the only politician who could start a trip that was supposed to be a charm offensive by being utterly devoid of charm and mildly offensive.”
To make matters even worse, a Romney aide said Romney better understands the Anglo-Saxon relationship between England and the U.S. better than Obama does. Mitt quickly rebuked those comments as they’re slightly racist.
All this on day one of his trip. He still has to go to Poland and Israel where things can get dicier.
Ann Romney’s horse is competing in the Olympics (dancing) and maybe she’ll win gold which should make Mitt’s trip better, and add to the number of medals the United States is going to win.