Mitt Romney’s Magical Mystery European Disaster Tour Launches by Insulting Britain

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Mitt Romney’s overseas trip is doing the exact opposite of his intention; Romney is trying to prove that he is ready to be a world leader. Instead, he’s been sticking his foot in his mouth over and over and over again. So far, and this is post his campaign’s Anglo-Saxon debacle, Romney has insulted Britain by questioning their readiness to host the Olympic games, which enraged PM Cameron, and then far less threatening but still uncool, Romney gaffed and called labour leader Ed Miliband “Mr. Leader”.

In his NBC News interview Romney insulted the British by questioning their preparedness to host the Games.

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Transcript from NBC News:

BRIAN WILLIAMS:
And in the short time you’ve been here in London, do they look ready to your experienced eye?

MITT ROMNEY:
You know, it’s hard to know just how well it were turn out– will turn out. There are a few things that were disconcerting, the stories about the– private security firm not having enough people– the sup– supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials, that obviously is not something which is encouraging. Because in the games, there– there are three parts that makes games successful.

Number one, of course, are the athletes. That’s what overwhelmingly the games are about. Number two are the volunteers. And they’ll have great volunteers here. But number three are the people of the– of the country. Do they come together and celebrate the Olympic moment? And that’s something which we only find out once the games actually begin.

PM Cameron was none too pleased with Romney’s fear-mongering on matters of security, and defended their preparations for the games:

“This is the biggest security operation in our peacetime history, bar none and we are leaving nothing to chance.”

Cameron is said to have slapped Romney down in The Guardian, and embarrassingly referring to Romney’s stint running the Olympics in the middle of nowhere:

David Cameron wasted no time in slapping down Romney hours after his remarks were broadcast. On a visit to the Olympic Park, the prime minister said: “We are holding an Olympic Games in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities anywhere in the world. Of course it’s easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere.”

And then early this morning, Romney backtracked on his Olympic comments, only to step in a diplomatic gaffe by calling Ed Miliband “Mr. Leader”:

“Like you Mr. Leader I look forward to our conversations this morning and I have had a number of conversations with leaders both present and past and recognise of course the unique relationship that exists between our nations.”

Here’s Mitt going for a redo on his Olympic insult:

Everyone makes gaffes, but Romney needs to prove that he is up to the most simple Presidential tasks – preparing to meet other world leaders and learning enough about their protocol that he shows a modicum of respect. The tough stuff is actual wrangling through conflicting interests in order to find consensus on international issues. This, meet and greet, is supposed to be the easy stuff, because as long as you do your homework, you should be able to get through an introduction without too much trouble.

The real oops moment for Romney came in his opening his big mouth once again and saying something insultingly stupid about Britain’s readiness to host the games. It’s unclear whether Romney truly understands the job of the President at this point, but it’s clear that his approach to meeting world leaders has a whiff of the same ignorant arrogance as George W. Bush.

Romney must not believe he has to do any homework, and thinks he can bumble on over the pond and tell them they aren’t handling the games well. Perhaps this explains his refusal to take questions from the American press so far.

After all, Romney is running for President of this country, so you’d think he would answer at least one American reporter’s question. Chuck Todd summed it up in a tweet, “Can’t believe Romney took questions from the British press corps but not from my colleagues traveling overseas with him. Bad form.” Later, in another tweet, Todd added, “Whether you love or hate us in the media; you should want your leaders to at least submit themselves to questions.”

But Chuck, perhaps what you can’t see is that Romney was retroactively-retired from running for President when you asked your question.

Mitt Romney’s oops I did it again moments are piling up and we’re only on day one of his magical mystery disaster tour.

37 Replies to “Mitt Romney’s Magical Mystery European Disaster Tour Launches by Insulting Britain”

  1. This guy is a nightmare! He can’t even spend a day in Britain without insulting potus the British and the labor leader. Is he going to take questions from the press real questions? British press aren’t the brain dead “we just repeat what they say” savants that our press is.

  2. IMO, this rift with Britain goes much deeper. The Telegraph did an article yesterday about how conservatives here in the US don’t like the support Cameron is giving President Obama. And I think it has to do with Iran. We all know that Romney and his cronies want a war with Iran and they probably think in their delusions about selling this war to the rest of the world, they are going to need Cameron. It sounds to me that Cameron is not biting. He is not promising that if Romney is elected, he will support a US attack on Iran. The GOP is also probably trying to bully Cameron into beating his own drum for a war with Iran so they can make President Obama look weak on this issue.

    Whatever the case is, good for Cameron not falling for it. At least he is doing one thing right for his country.

  3. IMO, this rift with Britain goes much deeper. The Telegraph did an article yesterday about how conservatives here in the US don’t like the support Cameron is giving President Obama. And I think it has to do with Iran. We all know that Romney and his cronies want a war with Iran and they probably think in their delusions about selling this war to the rest of the world, they are going to need Cameron. It sounds to me that Cameron is not biting. He is not promising that if Romney is elected, he will support a US attack on Iran. The GOP is also probably trying to bully Cameron into beating his own drum for a war with Iran so they can make President Obama look weak on this issue.

    Whatever the case is, good for Cameron not falling for it. At least he is doing one thing right for his country.

  4. The more I see of Romney the less I like him… here’s hoping he’s making a similar impression on the rest of America. It would be a real shame if we replace Barack Obama with this… guy.

  5. We already had Howdy Doody run our country, now doofus wants to be the idiot in Chief? Hasn’t our country been embarrassed enough? President Obama is beloved around the world, but dipshit here thinks he can do better?

    Just once, I want to hear Romney respond to a question without dancing around it. Just give us ONE example of what he would do that would help people like me. He can’t and wont’ because he’s rich and could give a rats ass about you and I. He got his and screw us.

  6. You said it here “Romney must not believe he has to do any homework, and thinks he can bumble on over the pond and tell them they aren’t handling the games well.”

    He believes he is the closest thing we have to royalty. He is certain that the British should recognize his elevatedness, they are used to nobility, after all. He is rich and privileged and sees no reason that he cannot say and do what he pleases. In reality, he is no different than Sarah Palin,each one bumbling their way through celebrity life and thinking they control the protocol. Neither has a clue what “protocol” is.

  7. I loved the headline (Telegraph’
    Never before has a foreign leader ever come on a charm offensive, and is totally devoid of charm AND MILDLY OFFENSIVE!

  8. I’m afraid there’s a major international incident in our future. Someone get him back to the states before he embarrasses us further.

  9. I was just reading the report in the UK Guardian: apparently Romney committed a third gaffe.

    He also met Nick Clegg, William Hague and George Osborne. One meeting was held way from the cameras when Romney was briefed by Sir John Sawers, the chief of the Secret Intelligence Service, MI6. This prompted Romney’s third blunder of the day when Romney announced in Downing Street that he had met Sawers. Visiting dignitaries tend not to announce when they meet the head of MI6.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jul/26/mitt-romney-olympics-blunder?CMP=twt_gu

    This guy is about as ready for prime time as Sarah Palin was in 2008.

  10. Can’t say I’ve ever tried it, but I imagine it’s exceedingly difficult to speak with any clarity when you’ve got a silver spoon in your mouth; tongue tangling for sure. Talking out his a$$, Mitt finds his Republican voice.

  11. My British friends are incensed. They love our President and were pissed about the Anglo Saxon remark. Same with Irish colleagues; just livid. In continental Europe, they think he represents the worst of the worst. Australian co-workers are aghast this country even allows Willard-types to run. My dear friends in Iran love America and are frightened at the prospect of a Romney presidency and believe it or not, they love Barack. in fact, in every continent people I deal with on a daily basis are proud we elected a “good, decent man” as President. Romney’s making enemies without being an elected official, shudder at what he would do as Commander in Chief.

  12. PM Cameron is right: SLC really is in the middle of nowhere….a rest stop on the way to Canada for those of us who live south of there.

  13. Willad “I’m Not A Crook” Mitt Romney is not only…

    A Crook, but he is…

    A Fraud as well.

    His Daddy warned us about people like Mitt…

    Us People want to see 12 years of Tax Returns Mitt…

    We’ll decide if you are fit to be POTUS…

    Not, You Romney People.

  14. I agree the RMoney is not capable of running anything, everything was always run for him – even the bidet.

    But sadly, I am convinced after several trips to the Bush ranch, this election has already been bought by the Texas Mafia.

    Note what is going on in Florida – a voter purge by a man that defrauded Medicaid to the tune of $14mil. Jeb already knows how to decode Diebold voter machines and I’m sure he will be these on Tuesday night, Nov 6th to lend a hand, again.

  15. The Mayor of London jeered Romney’s UK gaffes before a park crowd of 60,000 –even taunting him with a cheer of “Yes, We Can.”

  16. If that’s the case, say goodbye to Medicare, say hello to more debt via tax cuts, a war with Iran, the shrinking of the Middle Class, and Corporate Fascism as our form of Government.

  17. Everyone posting comments here are SOOO RIGHT! I do hope Romney’s behavior and BIG mouth, with foot inserted, gets the attention of those American people who are convinced that Romney would be a better President. May they be convinced that they need to vote for Obama.

  18. We live a world that is merciless to those in public office. Everybody makes mistakes, but the ones they are pointing out here in this post are quite trivial. I saw the article with Brian Williams and it didn’t come across as offensive at all. He was actually quite supportive of what they had to do and what they were up against. He wasn’t slamming them at all.

    Calling someone Mr. Leader is probably the worst of the mistakes, and I am sure he will learn from that one for the future.

    Revealing something about MI6 doesn’t seem to be much of a big deal, they may have actually asked him for some advice from his previous experience.

    Give him a break. Mitt Romney will make a great President and the only one capable of getting our country out of the mess Obama put us in.

    Elect Mitt Romney

  19. LOL. I agree, Obama was president 3 years before he was inaugurated!

    Mitt Romney couldnt tell the truth if he was going to be electrocuted

  20. I imagine you felt the same way about George W. Bush and voted for him twice. You know how that turned out, don’t you? FYI, the mess was already made before President Obama was inaugurated, and the fact that you won’t acknowledge it shows that you aren’t one who believes in telling the truth. No American president has a magic wand he can wave and solve all of our problems, and at your age, you should be fully aware of this.

  21. Yeah, if it was President Obama calling for an end to Medicare as it currently exists, or if he were calling for more tax cuts for America’s wealthiest citizens. The deficit has decreased in each of the last two years, but I wouldn’t expect you to know this because you appear to be very uninformed. Based on your comment, it doesn’t seem that you know the policies of the party that you are supporting.

  22. Rigjt now the undecideds are sitting out. Wait till Romney gets up under the lights on stage across from the President. He’s gonna fold like a cheap suit.

  23. Mr. Smith makes good points, but I would like to ask him a question.

    Mr. Smith, the self-stated intent of Mr. Romney’s foreign trip was to demonstrate how the POTUS should act abroad.

    In your view, how is Mr. Romney doing in that demonstration?

  24. Mr. Romney is not meeting with the American press because they will have questions about the amount of money he is raising on this trip.

    It is interesting that on of things Mr. Romney wants to demonstrate about the way POTUS behaves abroad is that he comes with his hand stretched out to rich political donors.

  25. Actually, his worst mistake was saying he had met an official of MI6. That’s considered to be a security breach.

    You don’t go to America and say you’ve been hanging around with the CIA… why would he think it was any different here?

    That’s a very serious breach for a conservative candidate looking to reassure the voters on security issues, something which a Republican SHOULD be at home with. If he doesn’t understand that you don’t blab about meetings with the covert security agencies of your closest political allies then he doesn’t understand how to engage on a global platform on security issues, sorry.

    I don’t care how well he ran the Salt Lake City Olympics, the British won’t trust him and nor will anybody else if he carries on like that. That means American security will be at a major loss.

    Even from a conservative viewpoint it’s hard to see what makes him electable.

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