July 27, 2012

So How Badly Did Romney Do In London?

It was pretty bad.  But first, some context from Talkingpointsmemo:
Undergirding Mitt Romney’s trip to Europe and Israel this week was a single concept: President Obama has weakened the view of America in the eyes of foreign leaders thanks to a policy of appeasement and “apology.” How the world views America is important, Romney said, and he’s going to see to it that America’s reputation overseas is bolstered on his watch.

Within 24 hours of Romney landing abroad, that premise had unraveled and Romney’s own top surrogates were scoffing at the notion that foreign opinions of America mattered at all to American voters.
But what went wrong in London?

Lots.  Gaffes galore.

This one:
Security shortfalls and a now-cancelled strike from border guards make for a "disconcerting" start to the London Olympic Games, presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney said in an interview Wednesday.

Speaking with NBC News, Romney said it was too early to tell if the London organizers were ready for the start of the Games.

"You know it's hard to know just how well it will turn out," Romney said. "There are a few things that were disconcerting. The stories about the private security firm not having enough people, the supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials - that obviously is not something which is encouraging."
Led to a British rebuke:
Romney's remarks became a full-blown controversy Thursday morning, when Prime Minister David Cameron -- asked in a press conference about disruptions in London's subway service -- defended the game's organizers.

We are holding an Olympic Games in one of the busiest most active bustling cities anywhere in the world," Cameron said. "Of course it's easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere. I visited Naypyidaw recently, in Burma, they've got six-lane highways and no cars on them. This is a busy, bustling city so inevitably you're going to have challenges."
It was a gaffe that Romney had to correct but it led to another lesser, though funnier gaffe:
In an interview with NBC on Thursday, Mr Romney said stories about difficulties with security guards and threats of border staff strikes were "obviously... not something which is encouraging".

Some eyebrows were raised when Mitt Romney referred to Ed Miliband as 'Mr Leader' But following talks with Mr Cameron he said mistakes were to be expected and he was sure the Games would be a success.

"To look out of the back side of 10 Downing Street and see a venue having been constructed, knowing that athletes will be carrying out their activities almost in the back yard of the prime minister is really quite an accomplishment," said Mr Romney.
What's the funny? I'll let a native British news source explain:
Firstly, in Britain, "backside" means "ass". As in the part of the body. Secondly, "10 Downing Street" is often used in political reporting as a synonym for a press spokesman for the prime minister, in the same way as "the White House" can say things or have opinions.
I'm thinking that if you wanted to "bolster" America's image, the first thing to do is to not insult your hosts or look like an ignorant backside ass.

Yea, Romney's ready for the international scene.


EdHeath said...

As I recall, Republicans/conservatives still like to chortle about Jimmy Carter's Polish translator. And Republicans/conservatives like to say that Obama and his foreign policy has made us a joke to the rest of the world.

But Romney can't even manage to be diplomatic in his native tongue.

Unknown said...

As I recall, Republicans / conservatives still like to chuckle about the Polish translator Jimmy Carter. And say Republicans / conservatives that Obama and his foreign policy has us. A joke to the rest of the world

But Romney can not even be too diplomatic in his native language.
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