“…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.…”
Cue the music!
Anglo-Saxon relations? Not according to Andrew Sullivan:
“…All in all: hilarious so far. But one serious point: the Brits bitch and moan about everything all the time. They are characterologically piss-takers and doom-mongers, fearing (and predicting) national embarrassment always around the corner. But if a non-Brit joins in the doom chorus, the ranks will close, and the anger will be intense. They expect that kind of sneer from the French, not from an American. And now the Brits have a real asshole to prove wrong: the guy who’s running to be president of the US….”
Could it be that Mittens is crazy like a fox? I am using this analogy deliberately. He’s in the UK, his wife has horses, and the Brits love fox hunting. Reminds me of Elmer Fudd going hunting. Seriously, no one is now talking about his tax returns. They’re talking about his European Vacation.
“...In a move that astonished Downing Street, hours before it laid on a special reception for Romney at No 10, he told NBC there were “disconcerting” signs about the preparations for the Games. One senior Whitehall source said: “What a total shocker. We are speechless.”
David Cameron wasted no time in rebuking 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 in the world. Of course it’s easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere.”..”
What fascinates The Pink Flamingo is the fact that Mitt’s apologists are STILL sticking up for him, even after he insults the UK and makes Clark W. Griswold look good! Yes, it does matter. In order to support Mitt, we must insult our greatest friend in the world, make fun of Her Majesty (my 4th cousin) and generally act like we’re French. Sorry, but I find the whole thing offensive. I find people like Dan Riehl who stick up for Romney to be offensive and insulting. It also proves why I detest anyone connected with Breitbart.
“...Get over it, Britain. You’re a second rate, semi-degenerate nation still on the way down because you went too far to the left too long ago for anyone to care about. Don’t expect us to wring our hands over what you losers did. We’re too busy fighting to make sure it doesn’t happen here….”
Please cure the music, and you know which music we want…. Let’s face it, he even put the dog on the roof! You need to listen to the music as you read the post. Trust me, it helps.
“…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”….”
There is a scene in the really bad Chevy Chase, European Vacation, that completely describes the way Mitt Romney is behaving in the UK. He’s acting like an incompetent version of Clark W. Griswold. So far, he has insulted the PM. He has insulted MY British heritage. He’s made a fool of himself about his running of the SLC Olympics.
Months ago The Pink Flamingo jokingly predicted that Mitt Romney would eventually destroy US-UK relations if elected. I can’t believe I was right – and he’s not even officially nominated. The man’s utterly disastrous European Vacation is just getting worse.
“…The prime minister has hit back at comments from the US presidential candidate Mitt Romney querying Britain’s readiness for the Olympics, urging the country to “put its best foot forward” and ensure they are remembered as “the friendly Games”.
On a visit to the Olympic Park with the London 2012 organising committee chairman, Lord Coe, before Friday’s opening ceremony, Cameron said the Games were an opportunity to promote Britain despite the gloomy economic backdrop.
“This is a time of some economic difficulty for the nation, everyone knows that. But look at what we’re capable of achieving even at a difficult economic time. Look at this extraordinary Olympic Park, built from nothing in seven years,” he said.
Romney said the fallout from the G4S security fiasco and a threatened strike by immigration officials were “disconcerting” and questioned whether British people would get behind the Games.
“Do they come together and celebrate the Olympic moment? And that’s something which we only find out once the Games actually begin. It is hard to know just how well it will turn out,” said Romney.
But Cameron, who was due to meet Romney later on Thursday, said: “In terms of people coming together, the torch relay demonstrated that this is not a London Games, this is not an England Games but this is a United Kingdom Games. We’ll show the world we’ve not only come together as a United Kingdom but are extremely good at welcoming people from across the world.”…”
This man is incapable of being POTUS, it is quite obvious. He is incapable of handling foreign policy. He’s rapidly becoming a joke, to everyone but his shrinking group of supporters.
“…More Mitt Romney Gaffes: Mitt Romney is creating quite a name for himself in Great Britain as a somewhat out-of-touch presidential candidate. First, he previously criticized whether Britain was fit to stage the summer games and awkwardly referred to Labor Leader Ed Miliband as “Mr. Leader” at the Houses of Parliament. Um, is this the guy who has an in-depth understanding of the “Anglo-Saxon” heritage the US shares with the UK? MSNBC also reports on the gaffe with Ed Miliband. Of course, Mitt Romney backtracked on criticizing the British, saying that “as the sporting events begin, we all forget the organizers and focus on the athletes,’ the Daily Mail reports. This flip-flop comes one day after he told NBC News, that ‘disconcerting’ events surrounding Olympics preparations meant ‘it’s hard to know just how well it will turn out.’ Nice Mittens, just keep on talking teabag!…”
Liberals are having a field-day with this one.
“…Now, Mitt of course speaks with the experience of having run an Olympics of his own, sort of. See, we’ll never fully know how involved he really was because he refuses to release the records of those games, and Mitt quit in 2002 to run for governor of Massachussetts.
Say, what is it with Republicans and quitting before a job is done, anyway?
The records have apparently been destroyed, despite pledging the most transparent Games AND receiving almost a billion and a half dollars in state and Federal financing.
Oh. And he got much of that money by registering as a lobbyist.
So much, I guess, for private enterprise and “We did do that”…
But let’s get back to London: that Romney could insult not only his hosts, but the very people he hopes to impress enough to endorse his foreign policy qualifications, makes this more than just a faux pas. it puts Romney in a very bad place, and puts hosts like Prime Minister David Cameron into the position of either standing with Mitt or standing with the current and likely-to-be-re-elected President.
That’s not a place Cameron would wish to put England, “special relationship” and all. There’s not a whole lot worse things Mitt could do on this trip, except maybe point out that one of his ancestors was part of the Prussian army during the war with Austria, in which Poland was annexed….”
He is bungling our foreign policy – in the UK!
“…The Romney campaign today denied any connection to anonymous aides who to spoke to a British paper about his appreciation for “Anglo-Saxon heritage,” but the White House said that Romney was “fumbling” his foreign policy trip.
In one of the most heated exchanges between the two campaigns, several spokespeople and surrogates entered the fray to assail, qualify and deny the comments.
Coinciding with Mitt Romney’s arrival in London for a six day foreign trip, The Telegraph reported two Romney advisers, later characterized as members of “the foreign policy advisory team,” said President Obama could not fully understand the “Anglo-Saxon heritage” between the U.S. and Britain.
“We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he [Romney] feels that the special relationship is special,” a second Romney adviser told the newspaper. “The White House didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have.”
Those remarks prompted Telegraph reporter John Swaine to note they could be read as racially insensitive, given the president’s mixed African and European heritage….”
Earlier in the day, while I was laughingly putting this post together, I thought it was a joke. To The Pink Flamingo it simply proves how completely incompetent Mitt Romney is. He is incapable of being POTUS. Is he this clueless, or this arrogant?
From Democrats for Sale:
How much worse is this going to be? Democrats for Sale is right: Can we recall a candidate?
Evidently there is a suicide pact within the GOP. It is the only logical explanation.