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Mitten’s Gaffe Tour
Mitt Romney wants the media to stop focusing on dumb things he says and to focus on what Americans are talking about. Judging from the only thing I heard around my desk the other day, that would be about that chick from Twilight cheating on that dude from Twilight with that dude that directed that fairy tale movie, or something like that. I think this is a very important issue because I hear there is a dog between them who must now be raised in a broken family.
I did enjoy Mitt’s Europe tour. His gaffes in London were one thing, but what he said in Israel was even more of a “what the Hell?” moments for him.
The man said he wouldn’t criticize Obama overseas, but he did just that. Before he left U.S. soil Romney said “Since I wouldn’t venture into another country to question American foreign policy, I will tell you right here — before I leave — what I think of this administration’s shabby treatment of one of our finest friends.” Mitt said the capital of Israel is Jerusalem. Israel says it is but it’s official U.S. foreign policy that we don’t recognize that. In fact, the administrations of Clinton and George W. Bush did not recognize that. Our embassy is in Tel Aviv, which we recognize as the capital of Israel. In fact, only two countries, Guatamala and El Salvador, recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. If you want the peace process to have a chance at working, you can’t take Jerusalem entirely away from Palestine. Romney went overseas and threw a wrench into our relationship with Israel and the Palestinians and rebuked our own foreign policy. But hey, at least he didn’t criticize the president.
A few funny things about this Jerusalem issue: Right wingers are kind of up in arms over it. They forget Bush had the same policy. I watched Foxnews the other day and within one minute of my viewing, a commenator stated that our embassy is in Jerusalem. Nobody corrected him. No wonder Foxnews viewers are so angry. They’re being told everything in the world to get upset over, even if it’s not true.
Conservatives are also upset that Obama hasn’t visited Israel during his presidency. They take that as a sign he doesn’t support Israel unequivocally. I guess Bush didn’t support Israel either during his first term as he didn’t visit until the last of his eight years. Reagan never visited Israel as president or during his life but he did visit Mexico, Canada, Jamaica, Barbados, France, Italy, The Vatican, The United Kingdom, Germany, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Japan, South Korea, China, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Belgium, Grenada, Indonesia, Iceland, Finland, and the USSR. Oh my god! Reagan supported the Soviet Union more than he supported Israel!
The other thing Mitt did in Israel was compare that nation’s economy with the Palestinians’, then say Israel’s was better because of their culture. Later, he said he didn’t mention anything about the Palenstinian’s culture. OK, Mitt. Not only are you taking Obama’s words out of context, now you’re taking your own words out of context.
Later in Poland, he was at the Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier. Reporters were trying to ask him a question and one of Romney’s aides got really upset. He yelled at the press that this was a holy site for the Polish people and to have some respect. Then he said “shove it” and to “kiss his ass.” Apparently, asking questions at a Polish holy site is disrespectful but yelling “shove it” and “kiss my ass” is within the bounds of respect. The aide later apologized.