Mary Katharine and Krauthammer on Romney’s Olympics comments: What was he thinking?

posted at 9:02 pm on July 26, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via Mediaite. MK was planning to write about this but I got to the story first, so I want to make sure she has her say on the front page too. Here she is on “Special Report,” in sync with the other ‘Hammer in mystification at Mitt’s strategy. How did it come to pass that a candidate famous — infamous, even — for being cautious and scripted decided to venture a little candid criticism of his host country on a goodwill tour? So fixed is the narrative of a Romney foreign gaffe-o-rama now that the dumb lefty British press is straining to find screw-ups even where they don’t exist. Ah well. His trip to Israel will be even easier than this one. No one can mess that up. I think.

Exit question: Is it time for Team Mitt to start pushing some counter-spin? After all, who wants a president who’ll tell foreign nations what they want to hear? What we need is a leader with the stones to sit down, look them in the eye, and say that they need to step it up on a global event for which they’ve spent the past seven years preparing.


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Mmmmm… stones.

The Chewbacca Defense on July 26, 2012 at 9:05 PM

As if either of you mental midgets had any room to snipe at what someone else is thinking. That’s about like Hon-duhhh insulting a MENSA member.

MelonCollie on July 26, 2012 at 9:06 PM

ouch

koaiko on July 26, 2012 at 9:07 PM

So he’s criticized for being too cautious, for being too interested in telling people what they want to hear, and he’s criticized for simply providing an honest opinion (one based on his own experience with the Games)? Got it.

I guess when the British are allowed to vote in our elections, I’ll worry about what they think about this.

changer1701 on July 26, 2012 at 9:08 PM

President – stones ?????

koaiko on July 26, 2012 at 9:08 PM

no one cares.

rob verdi on July 26, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Exit question: Is it time for Team Mitt to start pushing some counter-spin?

No. Let it die down.

My advice to Team Mitt, that I said in the below thread, is that his staff should have him practice practice practice going off script.

They should ask him the most random, hostile or ridiculous questions possible, so he can give impromptu answers. I hope he has some people who will do some honest critiquing.

INC on July 26, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Exit question: Is it time for Team Mitt to start pushing some counter-spin? After all, who wants a president who’ll tell foreign nations what they want to hear? What we need is a leader with the stones to sit down, look them in the eye, and say that they need to step it up on a global event for which they’ve spent the past seven years preparing.

I’ve heard enough lies for the last three and a half years. Also tired of being the weak horse.

a capella on July 26, 2012 at 9:09 PM

nothing burger, weak sauce

Slade73 on July 26, 2012 at 9:09 PM

I beg to differ. He was asked his opinion on an area he is very familiar with. He gave an honest assessment.
If these Olympics are a disaster, then the left says – oh, he is incapable of assessing a situation.
I’d rather have someone being honest than smarmy.

usedtobeinmich on July 26, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Oh, well, at least he didn’t try to give the Queen an iPod with his “greatest hits” speeches.

natasha333 on July 26, 2012 at 9:10 PM

How did it come to pass that a candidate famous — infamous, even — for being cautious and scripted decided to venture a little candid criticism of his host country on a goodwill tour?

So what ?
He said what he said , he is a private citizen with a record of successes .
Get over it .

burrata on July 26, 2012 at 9:10 PM

I thought Obama was the foreign policy amateur, with the iPod and all that.

At least he didn’t tell the Queen he hated her hairdo.

urban elitist on July 26, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Who cares what Mittens has to say about the Olympics? This is a big nothing burger. Kraut will realize it in a few years and write a great article about it … way too late, but great.

Frankly, American candidates are supposed to stay in America for the campaign. This whole trip was plain stupid and un-American, though not illegal as Barky’s repulsive Berlin campaign rally was.

Mitt – you’re running in AMERICA. What are you doing overseas, man? You can say whatever you want about the Olympics – it’s only a cr@ppy Eurotrash, tribalistic pseudo-sports event – but do it while you’re campaigning in America, man.

WTFFFF?

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 26, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Worst case = unwise but true. Otherwise, BFD.

carl todd hand on July 26, 2012 at 9:10 PM

an opinion from someone who ran an olympics is now not tolerated?
eff u hamdumb and hamdumber.

good allan i’m defending mittens

newrouter on July 26, 2012 at 9:11 PM

GDP # tomorrow.

That’s virtually all that matters.

artist on July 26, 2012 at 9:11 PM

After all, who wants a president who’ll tell foreign nations what they want to hear? What we need is a leader with the stones to sit down, look them in the eye, and say that they need to step it up

I don’t know if you were being sarcastic, but I agree with this. Maybe it wasn’t required in this particular instance but, in general, it’s a good quality.

Plus, maybe Romney didn’t appreciate Boris Johnson’s endorsement of Obama in ’08.

jaime on July 26, 2012 at 9:12 PM

If anyone has read James Patterson books, his most recent release (fiction) is a stunner. “Private Games”.

Key West Reader on July 26, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Oh, well, at least he didn’t try to give the Queen an iPod with his “greatest hits” speeches.

natasha333 on July 26, 2012 at 9:10 PM

I wonder how the Brits feel about Hussein , as POTUS , dissing them on Maldives and aligning himself with Argentina ?

burrata on July 26, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Give me a break… He said the truth about the London Olympics and he what he said was already said many times by British officials… Both Krauthammer and this young lady who thinks too much of herself are just being jerks here…

mnjg on July 26, 2012 at 9:12 PM

This gaffe will drown out all the gaffes by the WH marxist. The media will see to that.

bgibbs1000 on July 26, 2012 at 9:13 PM

If Mitt goes to the theater and wishes some to “break a leg” the MFM will take that as a gaff that he wants someone really to break a leg.

tjexcite on July 26, 2012 at 9:13 PM

He told them what he’d been reading in the British newspapers. That’s a “gaffe” now? Cameron and his staff are going to be sending this story down the memory hole ASAP, because if (God forbid) anything goes badly at the Olympics, they’re going to have made Mitt Romney the smartest man in the world.

Rational Thought on July 26, 2012 at 9:13 PM

I thought Obama was the foreign policy amateur, with the iPod and all that.

At least he didn’t tell the Queen he hated her hairdo.

urban elitist on July 26, 2012 at 9:10 PM

The Indonesian manhandled the Queen. But his best was doing his beat poem toast over G-d Save the Queen … I love that!! Too friggin funny … the blithering idiot.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 26, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Did Rombo give the British Olympic organizer a DVD player for the wrong region?

Bishop on July 26, 2012 at 9:14 PM

It’s like Mitt had some experience at managing the Olympics..or something..

But this Obama character..

Failed at getting the Olympics to Chicago…
Failed at getting the unemployment under 8%
Failed at closing Gitmo.
Failed at unity.
Failed at creating prosperity.
Failed at transparency.

Failed Presidency.
President DownGrade has failed us.

Electrongod on July 26, 2012 at 9:14 PM

usedtobeinmich on July 26, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Then why did he change his tune in the second interview if the first was fine?

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/240475-british-pm-pushes-back-against-romney-suggestion-london-not-ready-for-olympics

This isn’t a killer gaffe, but it is an indication that Mitt needs to work on some things.

burrata on July 26, 2012 at 9:10 PM

He’s a private citizen who just happens to want to be President. That means it’s a little different.

INC on July 26, 2012 at 9:14 PM

There are extant security and operational issues that have been widely publicized by the British press.

If he said yes they are totally on point here and someone deployed a WMD, it would be the subject of a “Romney cannot be trusted with global security” ad for the next 103 days.

CorporatePiggy on July 26, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Mitt said “the stories he’d been reading were disconcerting”… Get it, Mitt read about it in UK papers dummies. I imagine any tourist reading a UK paper about the olypics security problems (not having enough) would be disconcerting! Mitt comment on WHAT HE’D READ from UK media!!!

soapyjeans on July 26, 2012 at 9:15 PM

If Mitt goes to the theater and wishes some to “break a leg” the MFM will take that as a gaff that he wants someone really to break a leg.

tjexcite on July 26, 2012 at 9:13 PM

They’ll actually say he’s trying to incite terrorism in the aftermath of the Aurora shootings.

bgibbs1000 on July 26, 2012 at 9:15 PM

In Britain, if a member of the public essays a mild jest about bombs or terrorism to the authorities, he faces seven years in jail. But, if a Muslim police officer does it in Dorset, where Olympic events are being held and where the constabulary is stretched to the limit by the biggest security operation in years, it just shows what a great sense of humor the guy has:

A police officer caused a major terrorism alert after ringing a busy port with a hoax bomb threat.

PC Hatef Nezami, 48, rang colleagues at the police Special Branch office with a coded message that a device was placed in a busy port.

Specialist terrorism staff were so concerned by the call’s authentic nature that they started preparing for a full terrorist attack.

But don’t worry. Falsely reporting that a bomb is on a ferry in the harbor at Poole doesn’t seem to harm your career prospects in the Dorset police:

The Daily Mail understands that Mr Nezami, who has worked as a detective, has not faced criminal or disciplinary proceedings.

link

newrouter on July 26, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Did Allahpundit criticize Obama when he went to Cairo in 2009 and told Muslims lie after lie about their history and place in the world?

Basilsbest on July 26, 2012 at 9:16 PM

didn’t two or three raging Jihadis already try to blow up the stadium?

Slade73 on July 26, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Yes, it’s preferable to keep the criticism to a minimum when visiting other countries(although that hasn’t stopped foreign leaders from criticizing us on our soil – whatever), but you know, these people already have a very low opinion of us, and kissing their a$$ ain’t gonna change that. Brits . don’t . like . us. Generally speaking, that is.

Dongemaharu on July 26, 2012 at 9:16 PM

no one cares.

rob verdi on July 26, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Lol! Of course.

Uppereastside on July 26, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Good Lord. I weep for this country and the world.

gophergirl on July 26, 2012 at 9:17 PM

This gaffe will drown out all the gaffes by the WH marxist. The media will see to that.

bgibbs1000 on July 26, 2012 at 9:13 PM

And the majority of voters would not give a damn about it but rather they would laugh at both the media and Obama…

mnjg on July 26, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Geesh, AP, haven’t you tortured the Mittwitts enough for one night?

Cindy Munford on July 26, 2012 at 9:17 PM

The shark in him came out.

tacodawn on July 26, 2012 at 9:17 PM

He’s a private citizen who just happens to want to be President. That means it’s a little different.

INC on July 26, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Romney wants to be President of just 50 states, something has to be wrong with him ;-)

burrata on July 26, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Perhaps private citizen Bark can give his opinion when the Olympics come to Chica…….yeeeeaaaahhhh, sorry to bring that up again.

Bishop on July 26, 2012 at 9:17 PM

The entire trip is about Romney showing he is capable of repairing the damaged relations brought about by Obama. This does not inspire much confidence that he is capable of doing so.

Yes it does matter, and no its not that big of a deal. If this sort of thing keeps up it will however, become much more significant.

sharrukin on July 26, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Is it time for Team Mitt to start pushing some counter-spin? After all, who wants a president who’ll tell foreign nations what they want to hear? What we need is a leader with the stones to sit down, look them in the eye, and say that they need to step it up on a global event for which they’ve spent the past seven years preparing.

Oh yea, it’s time.

Uppereastside on July 26, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Lol! Of course.

Uppereastside on July 26, 2012 at 9:16 PM

The only people who care are stupid people like you… The majority of voters would not give a f*** about this… In fact Romney said what the British officials in charge of the Olympics have been saying all along. I want the media and Obama to stupidly focus on this so they will anger the voters further more against Obama the utterly failed President…

mnjg on July 26, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Lol! Of course.

Uppereastside on July 26, 2012 at 9:16 PM

All polling shows the economy is the top concern.

What do you have to share?

artist on July 26, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Oh yea, it’s time.

Uppereastside on July 26, 2012 at 9:18 PM

I like this new Upper….

Electrongod on July 26, 2012 at 9:19 PM

didn’t two or three raging Jihadis already try to blow up the stadium?
Slade73 on July 26, 2012 at 9:16 PM

yes. i don’t think anyone shold be laughing. the UK is not going to be able to protect the athletes if the jihadists or the like want to make their lives miserable.

gracie on July 26, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Not a big deal. I say this, as a conservative who did NOT WANT Mitt as our nominee. Bygones.

Hey, he countered with the bust of Sir Winston Churchill comment.

the new aesthetic on July 26, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Comment from the previous thread from someone who lives there:

Romney was absolutely right. I live one mile from the Olympic Park and it’s a disaster. London is not ready. From when you arrive at Heathrow, border control is chaos, you can wait up to 4 hours for passport control. Traffic is a disaster, everything is clogged up everywhere. Every day there is talk of other strikes. The joke around town is that “They ran out of toilet paper at the Olympics park”. Not that they actually did, but no one would be surprised if it actually happened. THAT’s how bog of the mess it is.

Romney spoke the truth, he called it like he sees it. Isn’t that what we want from our leaders? Yeah.. yeah I get the diplomacy. Just imagine if Romney would have just responded to the question that yeah everything looks perfect. The criticism would be that for someone who managed the Olympics he’s so out of touch of what really is going on. The British media would have gone after him for not knowing what’s going on and would have demanded that for someone who actually ran the Olympics he should have given real advice. Romney was in a lose lose situation.

Sheya on July 26, 2012 at 8:36 PM

conservative pilgrim on July 26, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Romney was right to tell the Brits the truth. He is speaking from a position of strength and the fact that he would tell the truth regardless of the optics is to his credit.

Further, the UK, including Britain, is shackled to the Eurozone and the rest of the EU….AKA… THE TITANIC. Britain is suffering its worst double dip recession in over 50 years… and its only going to get worse thanks to their social programs and inability to effectively cut any program without discomfiting some socio-economic group.

The United States has provided for the security of the UK, the Eurozone and the rest of the EU for the last CENTURY. The United States also provides the majority of that regions trade.

When Romney is elected President of the United States of America, the heads of state for the UK/EU will fight one another to be first in line to congratulate Romney.

thatsafactjack on July 26, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Noted fiscal wizard Bark-O will give Germany another scolding about getting their economic house in order.

Bishop on July 26, 2012 at 9:20 PM

This is the Political Economy That Barack Built, A Mother Axelrod Faerie Tale

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/07/this-is-political-economy-that-barack.html

M2RB: Aerosmith

Resist We Much on July 26, 2012 at 9:20 PM

The most interesting thing about Romney’s response is that he contextualizes his “criticism” as a response to media reporting:

You know, it’s hard to know just how well it will turn out. There were 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…

…and he’s done. The rest is positive.

It’s not like, addressing the subject of their Olympics, Romney told the Brits: “you didn’t build that.”

de rigueur on July 26, 2012 at 9:21 PM

I wonder how the Brits feel about Hussein , as POTUS , dissing them on Maldives and aligning himself with Argentina ?

burrata on July 26, 2012 at 9:12 PM

From British articles I’ve read, it appears that Obama is awesome.

El_Terrible on July 26, 2012 at 9:21 PM

first Chik Fil A, now this. they need the false outrage, anything to drown out -you didn’t build that-

Slade73 on July 26, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Could have been worse Mitt. They could have been in chicago.

But I really don’t care. We’ll find out if he’s right. Maybe he is.

wolly4321 on July 26, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Piers Morgan agrees with Mitt (and apparently so do several Brit newspapers as well):

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2012/07/26/CNNs-Morgan-Romney-Was-Just-Speaking-The-Truth-About-Olympics-Security

UnderstandingisPower on July 26, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Please. the British press have been saying the same for six weeks. Security is in shambles. Cabbies are engaged in the sport of Olympic slow down. Traffic is out of control. The people show little enthusiasm, at least by press accounts which may be overstated. And the Brits are already ragging on ordinary American tourists by selling anti-American merchandise and merchandise calling Americans fat(Brits are a bit fatter).
Cameron finally has someone on vent on as he has been punched around by the press for months on this same subject. And may I say Cameron is an astoundingly incompetent leftist loon by American or even Canadian standards.

pat on July 26, 2012 at 9:21 PM

His trip to Israel will be even easier than this one. No one can mess that up. I think.

Joe Biden screwed up an Israel trip, so I guess it’s possible.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on July 26, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Seriously, “You didn’t build that!” is the gaffe truth that will live on in this election.

the new aesthetic on July 26, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Nontroversy.

rockmom on July 26, 2012 at 9:22 PM

VERY lame criticism of a big, fat nothing-nothing-nothing. Seriously – are these people joking? NOBODY with a brain CARES about this.

Pork-Chop on July 26, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Oh well. Wateva. Kiss your islands goodbye Brits.

El_Terrible on July 26, 2012 at 9:23 PM

first Chik Fil A, now this. they need the false outrage, anything to drown out -you didn’t build that-

Slade73 on July 26, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Upper looks at your comment with that tilted, dog head look…

Electrongod on July 26, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Basilsbest on July 26, 2012 at 9:16 PM

No, he cheered him, thought he was the greatest things since sliced bread. Lighten up Chauncey.

Cindy Munford on July 26, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Geesh, AP, haven’t you tortured the Mittwitts enough for one night?

Cindy Munford on July 26, 2012 at 9:17 PM

He likes batting them around like cat toys.

Fallon on July 26, 2012 at 9:23 PM

He told them what he’d been reading in the British newspapers. That’s a “gaffe” now? Cameron and his staff are going to be sending this story down the memory hole ASAP, because if (God forbid) anything goes badly at the Olympics, they’re going to have made Mitt Romney the smartest man in the world.

Rational Thought on July 26, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Typical HA commenter. Wish bad on the American economy and our best ally for political gain.

Uppereastside on July 26, 2012 at 9:23 PM

The Brits love Barky and the abuse he’s heaped on them. They can rot for all I care. And they certainly screwed up that pathetic Olympics. What’s up with dedicated “Olympic lanes” on the roads from the airport to the village? Are the Olympians too stupid to know how to book their travel to allow for enough time to get there?

The London Olympics are a national mess and a farce over there and a waste of money just like every other Olympics … except for the ones done in America that are run privately, for the most part, and actually make some cash occasionally. But, we can’t say the rest of the world doesn’t know how to use their Olympic venues afterwards. The awesome Srbian tennis players all learned by playing in the dried-out Sarajevo Olympic pool and Djokovic is great and Anna Ivanisovic is gorgeous. Yay Olympics! Pools to drain and learn tennis in. Djokovic is only a world champion in tennis because of Olympic swimming pools. He didn’t get there on his own talent!

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 26, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Sorry folks, I think on balance this being over reacted to, feigned offense. Small gaffe, barely a gaffe at all, until he walked it back. Frankly, being a diplomat is not always what we should want, IMHO. Not that big a deal.

Bmore on July 26, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Exit question: Is it time for Team Mitt to start pushing some counter-spin? After all, who wants a president who’ll tell foreign nations what they want to hear? What we need is a leader with the stones to sit down, look them in the eye, and say that they need to step it up on a global event for which they’ve spent the past seven years preparing.

Who in their right mind thinks being rude and obnoxious is a winning strategy?

Basilsbest on July 26, 2012 at 9:24 PM

This trip was supposed to demonstrate Mitt’s foreign policy superiority over Obama. Within 2 days Mitt has half the UK mocking him. welp.

mythicknight on July 26, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Mitt may be proven right.

the new aesthetic on July 26, 2012 at 9:25 PM

I honestly don’t care. After visiting London last year, there is a whole bunch of things they need to improve.

Like public restrooms for starters. Seriously? Why in the hell do they still have separate faucets in the same sink for hot and cold water? And what’s with the lack of soap and removed toilet seats?

jawkneemusic on July 26, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Uppereastside on July 26, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Suck What?

Bmore on July 26, 2012 at 9:25 PM

All polling shows the economy is the top concern.

What do you have to share?

artist on July 26, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Low IQ liberal scums like “uppereastside” live in a delusional world and in this delusional world she/he really thinks that this is it, Romney is now finished because of this… Bain Capital, his taxes, etc… did not work against him but this is it, they got Romney for making a comment which is 100% true about the London Olympics… That is how stupid and detached from reality liberal scums are… uppereastside and a handful others on this side are your typcial stupid low IQ delusional liberals…

mnjg on July 26, 2012 at 9:25 PM

The UK had seven years and there is no air conditioning for the athletes. FAIL.

The UK had seven years and they don’t know the difference between North and South Korea. Fail.

tetriskid on July 26, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Oh yeah, the most important aspect of our president is how the Brits mock him.

the new aesthetic on July 26, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Joe Biden screwed up an Israel trip, so I guess it’s possible.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on July 26, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Joe would screw up synchronizing the toilet seat to his needs.

Electrongod on July 26, 2012 at 9:26 PM

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 26, 2012 at 9:24 PM

The Olympic stadium in Sarajevo also became a world-class shooting range, complete with live human targets.

Bishop on July 26, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Mountain. Molehill.

davidk on July 26, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Did Team Romney bow to a Saudi King…?

… Did he give a speech in Cairo telling the Muslim world that America sucks?

Is he planning to let Israel to go it alone…?

… Has he implemented policies, regulations, and laws that have destroyed America’s economy and energy production capability?

No, he hasn’t…

… Has he turned around an actual Olympics and made it successful?

Why yes, yes he has, so he may just know what the he%% he is talking about…

Seven Percent Solution on July 26, 2012 at 9:26 PM

dismiss this gaffe at your own peril. given the nature of the british press, this could cause a rather hostile environment for the US athletes competing. i wouldn’t be surprised if NBC decided to ask everyone possible about their thoughts on the comments just to keep the story going. obama will be pushing this story hard and expecting the media to follow…

dbilly76 on July 26, 2012 at 9:26 PM

I rarely feel the need to criticize Charles Krauthammer, but I found myself listening to him and Mary KH, and wondering, WTF are you talking about? They asked him- He has tremendous experience- it is a FACT that the UK has already screwed up a number of things- Did they want him to put a big “know nothing smile on his face and give a big happy thumbs up??” It was pretty lame if you ask me, for them to be so critical. Very “bury your head in the sand” conservativism. I like that Romney is honest.

BettyRuth on July 26, 2012 at 9:27 PM

why does our side want to find doom in everything? this thing is nothing.

i like the guy, but if krauthammer had to spend a day under the pressure of a presidential nominee, i’m sure he’d screw up several times and pee his pants. after all he’s just a journalist like the rest — not in the game, and probably could not handle 15 minutes of what romney does every single day

hey righties: let’s play offense. we have the winning hand!

darkegop on July 26, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Mitt is a smart man but shows a lack of intelligence and sensibility in being critical of the olympic effort of his host country. He should say nothing that would not be wise to say as president – after all the goal is to “assume” the presidency – act like one. If he wanted to help he would make those criticism through back channels…Remember the tenent for friends, colleagues, employess,…. – “Critical comments in private 1:1 and praise always in front of an audience. Its just that simple.

alQemist on July 26, 2012 at 9:28 PM

it’s not like they had 6 months to prepare, they won the bid for the games what about 5-6 years ago, everything should have been pretty much set by now

RonK on July 26, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Typical HA commenter. Wish bad on the American economy and our best ally for political gain.

Uppereastside on July 26, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Listen liberal low IQ scum… The economy is bad only because of the totally incompetent and utter failed socialist policy of the welfare queens agitator Obama… No one is wishing bad for the London Olympics howver Romney only stated the facts that the British officials have said many times regarding their olympics…

mnjg on July 26, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Gov. Romney is a fine man who didn’t mean to offend anyone, he will regroup and calm the ruffled feathers. The press is going to do what the press is going to do.

Cindy Munford on July 26, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Olympics 2012: Excessive heat inside Aquatics Centre a concern as temperatures are soaring in London

The UK can’t keep the facilities at the proper temps.

Weak.

tetriskid on July 26, 2012 at 9:28 PM

He told them what he’d been reading in the British newspapers. That’s a “gaffe” now? Cameron and his staff are going to be sending this story down the memory hole ASAP, because if (God forbid) anything goes badly at the Olympics, they’re going to have made Mitt Romney the smartest man in the world.

Rational Thought on July 26, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Typical HA commenter. Wish bad on the American economy and our best ally for political gain.

Uppereastside on July 26, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Typical O-bot. Seeing things that aren’t there. Fear does that.

Rational Thought on July 26, 2012 at 9:29 PM

This trip was supposed to demonstrate Mitt’s foreign policy superiority over Obama. Within 2 days Mitt has half the UK mocking him. welp.

mythicknight on July 26, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Rombo can still get his cred back by giving his next interview in Austrian, that will really wow the Europeans.

Bishop on July 26, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Typical HA commenter. Wish bad on the American economy and our best ally for political gain.

Uppereastside on July 26, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Typical HA commenter..
Cheers for a bad American economy and dis’s our best allies for political gain.

Electrongod on July 26, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Who in their right mind thinks being rude and obnoxious is a winning strategy?

Basilsbest on July 26, 2012 at 9:24 PM

Just wondering if you had been able to list a few things that you disagree with Romney on. I left the request to you on another thread. Thought you may have missed it so…….. A simple straight forward list would be great. Maybe,
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

No specific order or anything, just a few of the things you think Romney is wrong on either past or present. Thanks.

Bmore on July 26, 2012 at 9:30 PM

It almost seems like it was just yesterday…

… that when the Olympics were held in Greece, you needed an insulin shot watching the fawning stories about how great this was going to be long term for the Country and economy.

Oh, wait…!

Seven Percent Solution on July 26, 2012 at 9:30 PM

dismiss this gaffe at your own peril. given the nature of the british press, this could cause a rather hostile environment for the US athletes competing. i wouldn’t be surprised if NBC decided to ask everyone possible about their thoughts on the comments just to keep the story going. obama will be pushing this story hard and expecting the media to follow…

dbilly76 on July 26, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Great… let Obama and the media focus on this so they will the majority of voters even angrier at Obama utter failure…

mnjg on July 26, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Cindy Munford on July 26, 2012 at 9:17 PM

You’re on a roll.

INC on July 26, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Oh, enough already!

Blake on July 26, 2012 at 9:30 PM

I thought Obama was the foreign policy amateur, with the iPod and all that.

At least he didn’t tell the Queen he hated her hairdo.

urban elitist on July 26, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Oh come on, no mention of the Churchill bust? What else was that except a completely intentional FU?

Chuck Schick on July 26, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Exit question: Is it time for Team Mitt to start pushing some counter-spin?

No. Mitt told the truth and after listening to the King lie, pander and bow to foreign leaders, it was kind of like a breath of fresh air.

JPeterman on July 26, 2012 at 9:31 PM

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