Romney Shambles Day One: Disconcerting London Gaffes
Romney Shambles Day Two: British Press Pounces
Romney Shambles Day Three: On to Israel
Romney Shambles Day Four: Bomb Bomb Bomb Iran
Romney Shambles Day Five: Poland
Romney Shambles Day Six: Warsaw Speech
Romney Shambles Review
You know it's hard to know just how well it will turn out. 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.~ Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney in London
. . . It is impossible for absolutely no mistakes to occur. Of course there will be errors from time to time, but those are all overshadowed by the extraordinary demonstrations of courage, character and determination by the athletes.
The Games are, after all, about the athletes, the volunteers and the people of the community who come together to celebrate those athletes. As soon as the Games begin, we all forget the organisers and focus on the athletes.
. . . Do they come together and celebrate the Olympic moment? That's something which we only find out once the Games actually begin.
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.
~ British Prime Minister David Cameraon, referring perhaps to Mitt's Olympic experience in Salt Lake City, Utah
I think we will show the whole world not just that we come together as a United Kingdom but also we're extremely good at welcoming people from across the world.
~ Prime Minister Cameron, quoted by CNN
To look out of the back side of 10 Downing Street and see a venue having been constructed and knowing that athletes will be carrying out their competition almost in the backyard of the Prime Minister is really quite an accomplishment on the part of those who wanted to make sure that the Olympics was not something held far off where the people can't enjoy, but something held right in London itself
~ Mitt Romney's Palinesque Word Salad about his new view of the London Olympics after meeting with Cameron, from Independent UK
Romney Rolling Back His Previous Statements:
Like you, Mr Leader, I look forward to our conversations this morning ... and recognise, of course, the unique relationship that exists between our nations, our commitment to common values, our commitment to peace in the world and our desire to see a stronger and growing economy.
~ Mitt Romney addressing Labo Leader, Ed Ed Miliband
Mr Leader? Did Mitt Romney forget Ed Miliband's name?
~ Headline on the Independent UK
I appreciated the insights and perspectives of the leaders of the government here and the opposition here as well as the head of MI6.
~ Mitt Romney bragging about meeting ir John Sawers, the chief of Britain's MI6 Secret Intelligence Service
For our American readership, this isn't like bragging you just met David Petraeus. The British take on the national secret intelligence service comes with an extra-heavy dollop of the whole secret thing. The very existence of the MI6 was not officially acknowledged until 1994.
Good luck, Romney handlers: this is only stop No. 1 on a three-stop international tour. What will he say in Jerusalem? That when you really look at it there are some pretty daunting barriers to the peace process, like take all those Arab Israelis, how's that going to work out for a Jewish state?
~ Guardian UK
Not content with upsetting his British hosts, Mr Romney has now also managed to enrage the travelling American press corps, who pay tens of thousands of dollars to follow him around the globe. After his meeting with Ed Miliband, the Republican presidential challenger apparently took questions only from British reporters.
The gaffe-prone Mr Romney is so rarely made available to these media "embeds" on the trail that his campaign has been nicknamed the "Mittness Protection Programme". So his decision to ignore them during one such "avail" went down predictably badly.
~ John Swaine, reporter for Telegraph UK
Romney’s press-corps faux pas: During his meeting with Miliband, according to the pool report, Romney answered questions from British reporters but did not take any questions from the American reporters, which isn’t protocol. In fact, it’s considered a bit of an insult to the U.S reporters who are following the presumptive GOP presidential nominee overseas. Even bringing this up will lead some to say, “There goes the media, whining again.” But folks, those of us that have traveled overseas and been involved in these VERY limited press avails have rarely seen heads of democracies TOTALLY ignore their own press corps but answer ANOTHER press corps’ questions. Sure, it would have looked REALLY bad had Romney ignored the U.K. questions. But is the campaign so intent on limiting media access that the candidate won’t call an audible when standing next to a leader from another country who DOES want to take questions?
~ MSNBC First Read
If Shakespeare was still alive he couldn't write a character better than Mitt!!!
~ comment by rksnj67 on Huff Post
Just thank the right wing for allowing this embarrassment to talk and represent the US around the world. This guy is worse than bush, didn't think that was possible.
~ comment by meronnotu on Huffington Post
Swiss Mitt to Brits: You limeys could have fixed these Olympics if you had followed MY Great and Powerful Bain Leadership Skills. Just get $1.3 billion from the US Federal Treasury and all your problems are solved.
~ comment by sunbeltvoter on Huff Post
The Gaffe-Tastic Mr. Romney
~ Headline on Salon.com
What accounts for Romney’s capacity to consistently insult even those he’s trying to court? I’d argue it’s his fantastic sense of entitlement, with its accompanying inability to feel empathy for the less fortunate. It may or may not be connected to his pranking/bullying impulse, which showed itself in his school days when he forcefully cut the hair of a gay classmate, led a sight-impaired teacher into a closed door, or intimated friends by impersonating a state trooper. Romney clearly lacks the ability to put himself in the shoes of others (except other wealthy business owners). That’s a bad trait on the campaign trail, but when it extends to the leaders of other sovereign nations, it’s a terrible trait in a president.
~ Joan Walsh on Salon.com
He's showing all the tact and savvy you'd expect from someone relying on crib notes prepared by John Bolton and Dan Senor.
~ comment by Dartagnan on Daily Kos
Did he meet James Bond?
~ comment by Lenny Flank on Daily Kos
Being condescended to by a rich Yank - I'm sure they're just eating that up.
~ comment by Igmcp on Daily Kos
Mitt overseas, a glimpse of a Palin presidency.
~ comment by FiredUpinCA on Daily Kos
Mitt Romney Needs to Start an Apology Tour, Pronto bit.ly/OM8fqe— Mother Jones (@MotherJones) July 26, 2012
A message to our European pals: Please keep Mitt Romney. He's suitable for framing.— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) July 26, 2012
Romney to end UK visit by tipping over Stonehenge dominoes-style.— Eric Schroeck (@ericschroeck) July 26, 2012
Britain's 'The Telegraph' says, " Romney is launching a “charm offensive” that is “devoid of charm &mildly offensive.” telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews…— Candace Brown (@candacetx) July 26, 2012
The UK is now figuring out what the US already knew: Romney is a plutocratic self-important asshole.— Dante Atkins (@DanteAtkins) July 26, 2012
that twitter outage was by far the best thing ever to happen to romney's UK visit— Teddy Goff (@teddygoff) July 26, 2012
Mitt Romney tells the press how much he enjoyed looking out of 'the back side of Downing Street'. The mind boggles.— Political Animal (@politic_animal) July 26, 2012
Neither side of the pond is impressed by Mitt Romney's diplomatic skills. Just look at these headlines: j.mp/QdM91f— D Wasserman Schultz (@DWStweets) July 26, 2012
The UK Daily Mail's headline on Romney's comments about the Olympics: "Who Invited Him?" bit.ly/OMjsHj— Max Fisher (@Max_Fisher) July 26, 2012
Romney bombs in London, and can't wait to get to Jerusalem - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper bit.ly/PwWbx7— Pam Spaulding (@pamspaulding) July 26, 2012
I love that someone on Twitter has coined the term #Romneyshambles for Mitt Romney’s various verbal slip-ups on his visit to the UK— David Oakley (@davidoakley) July 26, 2012
Amazing performance from Conservative mayor of London Boris Johnson. Swipes at Romney and the Eurozone: VIDEO bbc.co.uk/news/uk-190064…— James Chapman (Mail) (@jameschappers) July 26, 2012
Extraordinary that London mayor Boris Johnson invoked Obama's 'yes we can' slogan to mock Romney in front of Hyde Park crowd #mitthitsthefan— James Chapman (Mail) (@jameschappers) July 26, 2012
I hear there's a guy called Mitt Romney who wants to know whether we're ready. He wants to know whether we're ready. Are we ready? Are we ready? Yes, we are!
~ Boris Johnson to the crowd waiting for the Olympic Torch in Hyde Park today
"The Geiger counter of Olympo-mania is going to go zoik - off the scale" - Boris Johnson hails the torch in Hyde Park bbc.in/MMkjM7— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) July 26, 2012
Mayor Of London Rips Romney At Rally huff.to/ONkumy Did you know that the word "Mitt" actually means "putz" in 14 different languages?— David Berke(@berkeslaw) July 27, 2012
Mitt Romney retroactively cancels visit to London. #RomneyShambles— Danielle Blake (@DCPlod) July 26, 2012
If the Dixie Chicks criticize the president overseas it's "treason" but if Mitt Romney does it it's "pro-growth."— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) July 26, 2012
Mitt Romney struggling to connect with the British, which is not surprising because they are people.— Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) July 26, 2012
That awkward moment when Mitt Romney goes on a foreign policy trip and gets chewed out by the prime minister of our biggest ally.— Top Conservative Cat (@TeaPartyCat) July 26, 2012
Romney in London. Come on. We needed this. It's a little comic relief. Kind of like Mr. Bean, only he's an American.— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) July 26, 2012
Mitt Romney made all kinds of news for saying and doing the wrong things in the first full day of his trip to London. The trip was meant to make him look presidential. In the apt summation of John Podhoretz, it made him look like Mr. Bean. The Romney show continues tomorrow, when he attends the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games. Should be fun!
• British politicians David Cameron and Boris Johnson took umbrage at Romney's remarks and ridiculed Romney in front of tens of thousands of people, respectively. We can't believe we just typed that sentence.
~ The Guardian UK
You know what'll fix Romney's PR disaster in London? A fundraiser with LIBOR-fixing Barclays! bo.st/N6E4JX— Derek Johnson (@derekjjohnson) July 27, 2012
Oh, Mitt: those Romney gaffes in full ow.ly/1OnsTt. Do the British use the expression "...and the [dressage] horse you rode in on?"— Sanho Tree (@SanhoTree) July 27, 2012
All he has to do is show up and say wonderful stuff about his host and why we're going to be strong allies. And everybody in those countries and around the world will understand. It's a rebuke, without saying so, a silent rebuke to Obama - 'you treated the Brits and the Poles and the Israelis pretty shabbily, particularly the Brits. Remember when he came into the Oval Office he removed the bust of Churchill. There's a state department spokesman who said 'there's no special relationship,' etcetera, etcetera, a long list of stuff....
All Romney has to do, say nothing. It’s like a guy in the 100-meter dash. All he has to do is to finish, he doen’t have to win. And instead, he tackles the guy in the lane next to him and ends up disqualified. I don’t get it.
~ Republican Pundit Charles Krauthammer on Fox News