Mitt to Brits: You Suck

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney began an international tour Wednesday meant to show his ability on the world stage. So far, the trip has not gone as planned.

Romney was forced to walk back criticism of the London Olympics, after he questioned the readiness of Olympic organizers and the enthusiasm of the British people.

“It’s hard to know just how well it will turn out,” Romney told NBC’s Brian Williams in an interview Wednesday night. “There are a few things that were disconcerting: the stories about the private security firm not having enough people, supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials, that obviously is not something which is encouraging.”

Romney also noted a lack of joie de vivre among the residents of London, and asked rhetorically, “Do they come together and celebrate the Olympic moment?†That’s something which we only find out once the Games actually begin.”

Romney took over leadership of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, and has made his Olympic experience a key part of his appeal to voters. His ties to the Olympics made the criticism sting all the more.

In a later press conference, Romney tried to downplay his remarks.

“The weather could not be better. Fortunately the sunshine is out and the warmth is here,” Romney said. “I know the spirit and the people of this community will welcome the athletes of the world.”

Romney also continued to deal with comments from advisers coming back to hurt him. One member of Romney’s foreign policy team complained to The Telegraph about U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron’s March visit to Washington, saying Cameron was too close with President Barack Obama. The adviser also said Cameron’s Conservative Party was not doing enough to forge ties with the Republican Party.

“It was unprecedented,” said the unnamed adviser. “It wasnít just one more visit with the same treatment. It was very different. So why now?”

The adviser did not explain how Cameron’s warm relationship with Obama fit into the Romney campaign narrative that Obama did not understand the “special relationship” because he lacks understanding of the countries’ “Anglo-Saxon heritage.”

Brits did not take kindly to the insults. An editorial in The Telegraph said that “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.”

Cameron, meanwhile, shot back at Romney’s assessment of the country’s Olympic readiness, and not-too-subtly implied that Salt Lake City is not quite the metropolis that London is.

“We are holding an Olympic Games in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities anywhere in the world,” said Cameron. “Of course itís easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere.”

Romney †met with officials in the British government on Thursday, including Cameron. On Friday, he will meet with American athletes before viewing the opening ceremonies of the Olympics — assuming the crowd is enthusiastic enough to meet with Romney’s approval.

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Lee Witton
3 years ago

I can see that those who claim to be making intelligent statements on the right, have little to say other than congratulating each other for their impotent posts. "Mitt the Twit" does suck and the article is relevant to the interests of every Progressive who cares about our country and getting it out of the hands of the top 2%!

J.L. A.
JL A.3 years ago

perhaps historians will use this as their example of what not to do in international relations some day

Elisa and Susan Petersen

I am un-following this post and I gave everyone with something intelligent to say – including Sue - a green star. Excellent comments, some of you! ;)

Lee Witton
3 years ago

Sue - try taking your own advice!

Sue T.
Susan T.3 years ago

shut up unless you have an intelligent comment to make.

Susan T.
Susan` T.3 years ago

I think Romney made the stupid comments because he is an egomaniac. He didn't want to look like a "nice" guy nor a non-educated or non-paper reader, nor like a person who can't troubleshoot a business or an Olympic Host. Just an egomaniac: who couldn't care less about others feelings or shortcomings. That's us you Romniacs.

Lee Witton
3 years ago

Hey Kevin - My brother and sis-in-law have a neighbor with the name Rudy and my sis-in-law used to forward the b.s. emails he'd send them. Of course, the Republican blood courses through their veins, so instead just trashing their emails, I started sending them articles, or info refuting their ridiculous assertions. Now I get nothing from them other than cordial emails. Anyway, just wondering whether it's just the name Rudy that attracts the the hen and the egg (which came first)!

Valentina R.
Valentina R.3 years ago

You suck more.

Lee Witton
3 years ago

Willard has already been labelled by Murdoch (no less) in the Sun as "Mitt the twit". And, I hate to say it but, how appropriate! I'm not sure Ray, with all the other baggage Willard is carrying, why his inability to connect diplomatically with heads of other countries would be his only downfall. I mean, the man refuses to show his taxes other than very selectively providing 2 years worth, he's been a corporate raider, outsourced many thousands of jobs, ruined the lives of many people who were close to retirement by selling off assets of corporations including these peoples pensions and 401k. I mean, seriously!

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown3 years ago

But, but you said you ate all the cookies, what choice did I have?

Also it is obvious that your use of the word "fairy" was part of some liberal plan orchestrated in cahots with the homosexual community to force a same-sex agenda on the god-fearing right. (Oh no they are on to us!)