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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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

bbbut…buuuutt…he is white …aandd rich …and his wife has a horsey….and he once had a dog …

burrata on July 26, 2012 at 9:31 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

Yeah … Olympic games tend to leave a trail of win and lots of profits behind them! They are so European in every way, it hurts thinking about them.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 26, 2012 at 9:31 PM

He shouldn’t have said anything other than wishing London “Good Luck!,” but what he said and the questions he asked were both right on the money. Many are unaware that several unions had planned a massive transportation and security strike yesterday that was called off at the last minute and the security company that was hired has had some real big problems and dropped some huge balls.

I think that he was speaking as a former Olympics organiser, but, obviously, when you are running for President, that is not how it is going to be taken.

In the same interview, he spoke about several of the mistakes that he made with the Salt Lake City games and how, once the Olympics begin, the early mistakes are generally overlooked. For example, few outside of Pyongyang are going to remember that the British organisers used the South Korean flag on Wednesday rather than the North Korean flag, which caused the football team to storm off of the field. I mean, it’s not like the two Koreas have had any diplomatic problems in the last 60 years. /s

And, it is certainly true that there has been a level of resentment over the games in the last few years because — as with all or nearly all Olympic games — the 2012 Games are way over budget and the UK is again in recession.*

* Leftys, before you start screaming about “austerity,” just know that The Coalition has spent even more than Labour and those b@stards bankrupted the country PLUS it raised taxes on the evil rich. Both are positions that you have advocated as elixirs to recessionary economic effects. Epic Fail.

Resist We Much on July 26, 2012 at 9:32 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

You skipped over the part where he/she says “God forbid”. Had Romney said all is well with the Olympic situation and something goes wrong, God forbid, you and yours will pound him for it.

Lightswitch on July 26, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Obama bows. Romney tells it like it is. That’s what he was thinking.

Ronnie on July 26, 2012 at 9:34 PM

So hasn’t the boy president ticked off the Brits and other so called allies. Start compiling the list……the only people that should be happy with him are all our enemies because he is ruining us from within and they have not had to lift a finger….

crosshugger on July 26, 2012 at 9:35 PM

The Brits are going to be eating their righteoud indignation as more and more comes out about the miserable facilities and conditions at the games. Sounding 3rd worldish for being someplaace really important according to Cameron. Mitt should just sit back and enjoy the show.

gracie on July 26, 2012 at 9:35 PM

For example, few outside of Pyongyang are going to remember that the British organisers used the South Korean flag on Wednesday rather than the North Korean flag, which caused the football team to storm off of the field.

Resist We Much on July 26, 2012 at 9:32 PM

I kind of liked that. I’ve been giving Britain the benefit of the doubt and assuming it was intentional. Why would North Korea deserve any decent treatment by any civilized country? I hope they do it to them again. I’ll laugh my head off.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 26, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Within 2 days Mitt has half the UK mocking him.

mythicknight on July 26, 2012 at 9:24 PM

In AMERICA, we call this a BADGE of HONOR.

Pork-Chop on July 26, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Can you guys imagine what the Olympics would look like if Obama were running them? We’re talking record breaking levels of mismanagement. The games would be the sideshow.

The Count on July 26, 2012 at 9:36 PM

I normally don’t copy and paste my own comments, but I was worried you might miss it again.

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

Bmore on July 26, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Sorry, but all I see is Obama’s bromance-buddy, Cameron, using a reasoned statement by Romney and twisting it to distract everyone from the “You Didn’t Build That” meme.

If anything, absolutely anything, goes down in London, Romney is going to look like a genius leader.

Mutnodjmet on July 26, 2012 at 9:36 PM

MK is having chicken tonight for dinner…I just thought that was funny.

d1carter on July 26, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Rombo should take a page from Bark’s incredible international prowess by giving the British dude a plastic helicopter from the WH gift shop, complete with price sticker still attached.

Bishop on July 26, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Fallon on July 26, 2012 at 9:23 PM

Well if they are going to be easy.

Cindy Munford on July 26, 2012 at 9:37 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

Asking the ‘bots to criticize Romney in any way other than “he’s just too darn nice and perfect and too many TrueCon ‘nistas hate him (sarahpalinsarahpalinsarahpalin)” is an exercise in futility.

ddrintn on July 26, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Within 2 days Mitt has half the UK mocking him.

mythicknight on July 26, 2012 at 9:24 PM

In AMERICA, we call this a BADGE of HONOR.

Pork-Chop on July 26, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Then what was he doing in the United Kingdom?

sharrukin on July 26, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Then what was he doing in the United Kingdom?

sharrukin on July 26, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Slumming.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 26, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Mitt Romney on arrival in Israel:

“These Olympics were almost as exciting as 1972!”

Mr. Wednesday Night on July 26, 2012 at 9:38 PM

For example, few outside of Pyongyang are going to remember that the British organisers used the South Korean flag on Wednesday rather than the North Korean flag, which caused the football team to storm off of the field.

Resist We Much on July 26, 2012 at 9:32 PM

I remember Eddie the Eagle.

JPeterman on July 26, 2012 at 9:38 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.

Yes please. It’s the only rational course of action, as it puts his comments in a positive light. The left will try to bury him for it, but a lot of indies will totally get it and accept it.

holygoat on July 26, 2012 at 9:38 PM

the left just manufactures straight sh!t outta nowhere, flings it anywhere it will stick

buncha monkeys <– racist dog whistle

Slade73 on July 26, 2012 at 9:38 PM

WTF. thought I was going to hear Romney ripping London for not being ready. Is this really all he said that people are having a problem with? Please tell me there is more.

The Notorious G.O.P on July 26, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Check out the comments in the Sky News piece linked over from Drudge. It’s just one pro-Romney comment after another:

– What is the big deal? It is worldwide news about the security issues that have come up, as well as stories that not all the venues may be ready. So Romney says it is ‘disconcerting’. That is an insult? Really?

– I guess all the offended Brits are unaware that Mitt ran a successful olympics himself and is plenty qualified to make the comments he did.

– Romney is a breath of fresh air. Speaking honestly is a trait unfamiliar to the present occupant of our White House.

– The 2002 Winter Olympic Games are widely respected as among the best ever put on, and Mit was the guy who came in to run them and reverse the $400 million deficit they had hen he got there, with a $100 million surplus.

– Love, loath, hate and scathe… The guy is right and is only saying what is known in the media…

– So, Romney politely voices the same concerns that Brits have been screaming and ranting about. So, don’t get your knickers all in a knot and pretend you are gobsmacked at the words that you are hearing. Just belly up and act like adults.

– Romney actually has a point. If you look at the media the pre-ponderance of negative journalism aimed at the Olympics hardly fills you with confidence.

– What you are seeing with romeny is a man simply speaking the truth, where Obama would exercise political correctness and keep quiet.

– he fact is, he’s right. We all know the run up to the Olympics has been a complete shambles orchestrated by a government lead by scholars and graduates from the best schools and universities in the country!

– But its ok if Geldof says it?

– This is an international event and he was asked by his own news channel and gave his opinion. I actually fear this will be a global humiliation for our nation.

– Hes only reporting what the media has been saying for months so you have no right to criticise him

Yup. This is going down the memory hole ASAP. Another Obamamedia campaign fail.

Rational Thought on July 26, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Then what was he doing in the United Kingdom?

sharrukin on July 26, 2012 at 9:37 PM

I hear…

That if you are campaigning for the Presidency of the USA…
If you campaign abroad..

There is a Nobel Prize in it for you….

I have seen this….

Electrongod on July 26, 2012 at 9:39 PM

I will long for the day when that horse is on AF1!!!!!!!

Rovin on July 26, 2012 at 9:40 PM

WTF. thought I was going to hear Romney ripping London for not being ready. Is this really all he said that people are having a problem with? Please tell me there is more.

The Notorious G.O.P on July 26, 2012 at 9:39 PM

That’s all he said…
And now we are on page two..

Electrongod on July 26, 2012 at 9:40 PM

BettyRuth on July 26, 2012 at 9:27 PM

You realize he did change his response in the second interview? Why did he change? I think he realized the first response wasn’t that great, that he should have been diplomatic, and he tried to make amends.

Commenting on the Olympics should have been boilerplate PR. It’s not a time to take a stand or express concern (there are plenty of Brits who are already angry). It seems to me that he went into analysis mode in the first interview, which isn’t the way to go on this topic or at this time.

INC on July 26, 2012 at 9:41 PM

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

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

No, at least, he didn’t touch Her Majesty, as Michelle Obama did.

In 57 years, NO ONE had touched the Queen without her permission. Her own children must bow/curtsey to her.

Resist We Much on July 26, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Mitt Romney on arrival in Israel:

“These Olympics were almost as exciting as 1972!”

Mr. Wednesday Night on July 26, 2012 at 9:38 PM

TFGRP on arrival in Israel:

…….

Ok yeah you’re right, Bark is never going to visit Israel.

Bishop on July 26, 2012 at 9:42 PM

MKH wears too much makeup on TV. She has a natural beauty that shouldn’t be covered up by all that.

Mark1971 on July 26, 2012 at 9:42 PM

The fact is that on opening day there was a traffic jam related to the Olympics that stretched 32 MILES. Gee.. THAT was great planning!

The Brits have missile launchers mounted on roof tops around the city. The British people have been complaining about it for weeks and don’t feel safe.

When the tickets for the Olympics were raffled off Brits were furious that more tickets weren’t reserved for BRITS.

The Security company hired to provide overall security by the Olympic committee has put security guard in place who can’t effectively speak ENGLISH.

These are just a FEW of the problems that have already come up due to the poor planning that has gone into Britain hosting the Olympics.

Pick pockets from all over the world have descended on Britain and due to the disastrous economic climate in Britain, the police forces and resources needed to deal with the increased criminal activity of all kinds have been cut to the bone. Soldiers, untrained for these particular tasks, in the military have been tasked with serving in their stead to take up the slack.

It seems to me that there is ample room for some criticism given that MANY nations have already hosted the Olympics and their respective experiences provide for a readily accessible template the Brits might have used had they wished.

thatsafactjack on July 26, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Exit answer: There’s a world of difference between spitting (as Obama has done) on decades, if not centuries, of allied relations VS Romney’s critique of a very public and highly orchestrated worldwide event (of which he has some administrative expertise).

Romney’s criticism seemed rather tepid to me; Krauthammer doth protest too much; and the Brits need to send out a search party for their stiff upper lip!

locomotivebreath1901 on July 26, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Lol! Of course.

Uppereastside on July 26, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Actually I doubt anyone other than the LSM and Cameron care. Cameron because he knows it’s probably true and is worried Mitt is right. And the LSM because…well just because. Oh and you…LOL
As for MKH and the Kraut, sorry but most people don’t care what they think either.

Deanna on July 26, 2012 at 9:42 PM

i think this is a nothing burger…but the leftist press will try to do an endzone dance on this….and say Scoooore Obama!!!!!

Sad day when everything is nuance and the slightest deviation is cause for hand wringing.

part of the problem, is that conservatives are totally shell shocked by living in a proto-socialist country with a raging demagogue at the helm…using every chicago tactic to suppress votes, suppress money and make the oppo party illegitimate

so they wring their hands…worried about every little thing.

meanwhle, barry is planning his next theatrical performance of being the sweet emphatic Commander in Chief..the one that Cares about the People…the little people…showboating to the cheap seats, and the expensive seats, to show how Presidential he is

r keller on July 26, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Then what was he doing in the United Kingdom?

sharrukin on July 26, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Mrs Romney’s horse will be competing with a rider in dressage.

Resist We Much on July 26, 2012 at 9:43 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

Perhaps I should rephrase my request.

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 9:43 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

Over 130 comments in less than 30 minutes on this thread alone but no one will give a damn.

bgibbs1000 on July 26, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Will we ever see “Allahpundit, HotAir.com” on a chyron?

Mark1971 on July 26, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Then what was he doing in the United Kingdom?

sharrukin on July 26, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Mrs Romney’s horse will be competing with a rider in dressage.

Resist We Much on July 26, 2012 at 9:43 PM

So thats why he went on this trip? Well that clears it up then. /

sharrukin on July 26, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Within 2 days Mitt has half the UK mocking him.

mythicknight on July 26, 2012 at 9:24 PM

In AMERICA, we call this a BADGE of HONOR.

Pork-Chop on July 26, 2012 at 9:36 PM

^^^^This^^^^

Europe can go F themselves, as far as I’m concerned. We bail them out of two big ones, and they send a couple of marching bands to Afghanistan & Iraq. They do nothing but tell us how to run our country while they hold out their hands for a bailout because their liberals spend even more than ours, as if that’s our problem.

The Count on July 26, 2012 at 9:44 PM

“These Olympics were almost as exciting as 1972!”

Mr. Wednesday Night on July 26, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Speaking of which, the IOC has refused to allow a moment of silence to remember the 11 Israeli athletes that were murdered 40 years ago in Munich.

Nice, eh?

Resist We Much on July 26, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Asking the ‘bots to criticize Romney in any way other than “he’s just too darn nice and perfect and too many TrueCon ‘nistas hate him (sarahpalinsarahpalinsarahpalin)” is an exercise in futility.

ddrintn on July 26, 2012 at 9:37 PM

From the Richard Simmons of exercising futility.

Chuck Schick on July 26, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Her own children must bow/curtsey to her.

Resist We Much on July 26, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Obama courtseyed to the queen too I heared …or maybe it was to Barney Frank :O

burrata on July 26, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Maybe since Mrs. Romney’s horse is there I will actually get to see the dressage competition. That would be cool.

Cindy Munford on July 26, 2012 at 9:46 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

Really? Fine then. I’d love to see the press annoy the hell out of the athletes by injecting politics into their interviews. Bring it!

Dongemaharu on July 26, 2012 at 9:46 PM

The Notorious G.O.P on July 26, 2012 at 9:39 PM

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

This is what I read. There are quotes from two separate Q & A times. I’ll give him a silver medal for the second time. (He doesn’t get the gold because I’m docking him points for not saying this first).

INC on July 26, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Over 130 comments in less than 30 minutes on this thread alone but no one will give a damn.

bgibbs1000 on July 26, 2012 at 9:43 PM

LOL That doesn’t mean anything. People will post about anything, if there isn’t much else to discuss. You just did and so did I.

Deanna on July 26, 2012 at 9:46 PM

He may not have won gold, but Romney’s comment about looking forward to the bust of Churchill being returned to the White House was excellent.

Oh, yeah, and Chicago is still out.

Christien on July 26, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Romney also plans to stop in Germany and lament how Ferdinand Porsche wasn’t smart enough to build the AMC Pacer.

Mr. Wednesday Night on July 26, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Mary Katherine Glamour-Puss and Sauerkraut can put a sock in it. I don’t care for Romney but I actually admired his honesty here. Anyway, what a nothing burger.

rrpjr on July 26, 2012 at 9:48 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. He should have defended Palin against the Tuscon shooting blood libel (as I did -vigorously)
2 That GPA could have been 4.0.
2. I wish he had served in the armed forces.
3. I wish he had read Theodor Landscheidt’s views on AGW.
4. He shouldn’t have lied about being a progressive.
5. That 3.97 GPA could have been 4.0.

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

Your turn to tell me 5 things you like about Mitt.

Basilsbest on July 26, 2012 at 9:49 PM

I kind of liked that. I’ve been giving Britain the benefit of the doubt and assuming it was intentional. Why would North Korea deserve any decent treatment by any civilized country? I hope they do it to them again. I’ll laugh my head off.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 26, 2012 at 9:35 PM

I doubt it was intentional. It was a huge embarrassment. While I am not going to pull for the North Koreans, I am going to try to remember the athletes and not the countries from whence they hail. After all, the Games are a celebration of excellence, perseverance, goodwill, and overcoming adversity.

We should hope that the entire North Korean contingent defects while they are in the UK.

Resist We Much on July 26, 2012 at 9:49 PM

AP first love is snarkiness to any R’s except Ron Paul of course.

Fuquay Steve on July 26, 2012 at 9:49 PM

^^^^This^^^^

Europe can go F themselves, as far as I’m concerned. We bail them out of two big ones, and they send a couple of marching bands to Afghanistan & Iraq. They do nothing but tell us how to run our country while they hold out their hands for a bailout because their liberals spend even more than ours, as if that’s our problem.

The Count on July 26, 2012 at 9:44 PM

I remember a time when the our stock market looked at the success of America..
today…
Some European says they will try real hard to not let the Euro fail..
And our market skyrockets….

Something is wrong…

Electrongod on July 26, 2012 at 9:49 PM

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

You don’t think there is already a “hostile environment?” I take it you’never been to any British sporting events. And Obama would be foolish to bring it up. People don’t want politics injected into the Olympics, they watch it to get away from that.

Deanna on July 26, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Oh, yeah, and Chicago is still out.

Christien on July 26, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Wait what? It’s out? Chicago is out? Chicago is out? Chicago is OUT?

Bishop on July 26, 2012 at 9:50 PM

yawn

JellyToast on July 26, 2012 at 9:50 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.

dbilly76 on July 26, 2012 at 9:26 PM

LOL. You don’t remember the Seoul Olympics, I see. That was the last Olympics I ever took seriously. And that country’s very existence and great prosperity was and is thanks to nothing other than America.

Who cares if the Brits are azzes to our athletes. It’s only the Olympics. We don’t consider that our national pride depends on it. We look at it as a second-rate pseudo sports competition, which is all it is. The Euros and the rest of the world all look at the Olympics as if their whole national worth is expressed in it. They’re idiots. Barky and the left think the same – as we saw when Barky did the amazingly un-American act of becoming the national salesman for Chicago – something America NEVER does.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 26, 2012 at 9:50 PM

I’d love to see the press annoy the hell out of the athletes by injecting politics into their interviews. Bring it!

Dongemaharu on July 26, 2012 at 9:46 PM

The press is doing it because the Mooch is there in London and they want her to feel welcomme , with all the filth in the media against the Romneys

burrata on July 26, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Funny, I always thought the English a well mannered and caring host. Old school etiquette and such. I see I may have been wrong.

Bmore on July 26, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Olympics swimming a hot ticket – in many ways

With temperatures soaring in London, swim coaches are complaining that it’s also too hot inside the venue.

The temperature at the pool deck and in the stands has reached more than 85 degrees, about the same as the outdoor temperature Thursday.

Lol.

Weak.

The UK is a joke.

tetriskid on July 26, 2012 at 9:53 PM

repeat after me kids, nothing-burger.

the new aesthetic on July 26, 2012 at 9:53 PM

fwiw, Richard Grenell has a different take on Twitter. Frankly I was more bothered by Mitt’s lack of interest in watching Rafalca (and thought C.K. was off-base when he suggested they just sit this Olympics out.)

Buy Danish on July 26, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Jeeee-zus will someone get MKH and Krauthammer an oxygen bottle? Both look as though they’re having a terminal case of anoxia. And Charley hating on the horse thing is a big nothing burger. Inside DC bloviaters (even MKH) really are the limit.

Get a grip. Hell, get a life.

Is it just me or are any others here on HG falling out of love with Krauthammer? If the guy was so-o-o-o-o-o-o goddam concerned about appearances, maybe he shoulda been a little more circumspect when he attended that dinner party with The Pant[crease]load back in 2009.

The War Planner on July 26, 2012 at 9:54 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

MoniSTAT!!!!

AllahsNippleHair on July 26, 2012 at 9:54 PM

So thats why he went on this trip? Well that clears it up then. /

sharrukin on July 26, 2012 at 9:44 PM

You asked. I told you. Save the snark.

He has also met with:

Prime Minister David Cameron, leader of the Tories
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats
Ed Miliband, leader of the Labour Party
Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the UK and Labour leader

He will be going to Poland and to Israel.

What was Barack Obama doing in Berlin in 2008?

Resist We Much on July 26, 2012 at 9:54 PM

repeat after me kids, nothing-burger.

the new aesthetic on July 26, 2012 at 9:53 PM

..I guess I did.

:-D

The War Planner on July 26, 2012 at 9:55 PM

After all, the Games are a celebration of excellence, perseverance, goodwill, and overcoming adversity.

Resist We Much on July 26, 2012 at 9:49 PM

That’s how Americans look at sports events but that’s not what the Olympics are about and not how most of the world sees them. The Olympics are not about the best competing but about nations competing, which is BS for sports. We don’t have national teams because we’re a different type of nation than everyone else. Heck, when it was amateurs competing in sports that didn’t really have professional leagues, American athletes used to complain that they got no government assistance, because we just don’t do that. But, that’s why we have the best professional leagues in whatever we like and the best come here to compete. The Olympics has turned into a really bad Eurotrash joke. It’s a shame, because it could be a great sporting event … but it isn’t.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 26, 2012 at 9:55 PM

The best answer would have been “how the hell should I know?”. Romney’s answer was pretty good, though.

I imagine there was a time when the question itself would have caused everyone to look at each other in total bewilderment. Our minds have been conditioned to expect throw-away answers to throw-away questions. The person who asked the question should be fired for stupidity.

Buddahpundit on July 26, 2012 at 9:55 PM

The reaction of many here reminds me of another funny scene in The Naked Gun, where Drebin is standing in front of an exploding fireworks factory, saying, “Nothing to see here! Move along, nothing to see here!”

Mr. Wednesday Night on July 26, 2012 at 9:56 PM

MoniSTAT!!!!

AllahsNippleHair on July 26, 2012 at 9:54 PM

wasabi

burrata on July 26, 2012 at 9:56 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

..figures this turd would be circling the bowl in this thread.

The War Planner on July 26, 2012 at 9:57 PM

I had forgotten that there was an Olympics this year until I read something about it here a couple days ago. Doesn’t say much for the marketing people.

forest on July 26, 2012 at 9:57 PM

I don’t often disagree with Krauthammer, but here I do. Romney was in a lose lose situation. He made the choice to speak the truth, something I find quite comforting coming from a candidate running for the most powerful office in the world.

Here is what this Londoner has to say about all this http://bit.ly/POI86I

Sheya on July 26, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Your turn to tell me 5 things you like about Mitt.

Basilsbest on July 26, 2012 at 9:49 PM

You are cowardly for that retort. I am not. These are things I consider admirable.

1. Business savvy.

2. Charitable.

3. Strong family man. Loyal.

4. Frugal.

5. His Mild mannered nature.

Your turn.

Bmore on July 26, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Romney could not control his inner technocrat.

This faux pas reveals Romney as bureaucracy/government technician. He is not reformer.

He will try to fix things, not reform them.

Hopefully he will fix the deficit without raising taxes, undo Obamanomics, and get the economy growing again. Hopefully he will fix Obama’s “a weak, pliant, apologetic, and accommodating America is good” foreign policy.

That sums up my hopes for Romney, because Romney is not a reformer.

farsighted on July 26, 2012 at 9:58 PM

OT – I like turtles.

Buttercup on July 26, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Mrs Romney’s horse will be competing with a rider in dressage.

Resist We Much on July 26, 2012 at 9:43 PM

So thats why he went on this trip? Well that clears it up then. /

sharrukin on July 26, 2012 at 9:44 PM

You asked. I told you. Save the snark.

He has also met with:

Prime Minister David Cameron, leader of the Tories
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats
Ed Miliband, leader of the Labour Party
Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the UK and Labour leader

Do they have someone competing in dressage as well?

What was Barack Obama doing in Berlin in 2008?

Resist We Much on July 26, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Why do you think that has any relevance to Romney’s trip if he’s there for the dressage event?

sharrukin on July 26, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Krauthammer sure has become a little wuss. Romney was asked a specific question about the Olympics. Was he supposed to lie and say that “all is well”? This is such a non-issue. Our President tells us we don’t build anything and Romney’s comments are taken as more insulting? Just wait until the reports of how poorly the London Olympics are being managed start to come out. No air-conditioning, botched flag presentations, poor security, etc.
London is a silly, little place anyway. We should be focusing on the road our country is headed down–not a country that has already drove off a cliff.

Rusty Allen on July 26, 2012 at 9:59 PM

yawn

JellyToast on July 26, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Thread Winner!!!

JPeterman on July 26, 2012 at 9:59 PM

I watched Special Report tonight. What was he thinking? He answered a question in an honest and straight forward way and the media is appalled…he was supposed to smile and say it is all so lovely and go his merry way..doesn’t he know this is all a little game?

Truth is most people do not care one way or the other and my guess is most Brits know he is right..considering the fact the same media having a fit about this little dust up have been saying the same stuff themselves for months.

We all know it..Bret Baier’s Special Report started with a story about the security problems the Brits are having.

I think he should have worded it differently, but all in all, it is just kind of over the top.

It also makes the Brits look thin skinned and none to gracious themselves..I mean was it really necessary to take a swipe at Utah?

Terrye on July 26, 2012 at 9:59 PM

I think all the things he said were true, but more importantly, heads of state need to be capable of an unexpressed thought from time to time. Not smart to have said it. “It’s a big challenge but the people of Great Britain have always risen to challenges; I wish them the best of luck,” that sort of thing, would have been enough.

DrSteve on July 26, 2012 at 10:00 PM

The best answer would have been “how the hell should I know?”. Romney’s answer was pretty good, though.

Buddahpundit on July 26, 2012 at 9:55 PM

..it was. In fact, this post was the first time I had seen his actual response (all day at work, doncha know) and I thought it was kind of a bland question and a very constructive response.

You know, like when your wife asks you, “Does this dress make me look fat?”

The War Planner on July 26, 2012 at 10:00 PM

MoniSTAT!!!!

AllahsNippleHair on July 26, 2012 at 9:54 PM

wasabi

burrata on July 26, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Not hot sauce?

AllahsNippleHair on July 26, 2012 at 10:03 PM

given the nature of the british press

Given the nature of the British press, they will always find something. The Left here will cheer them on, but they should remember that many in the British press refer to Barack Obama as “Hamlet” and Michelle Obama as “Lady Macbeth.”

Sign on with the UK press at your own peril.

Resist We Much on July 26, 2012 at 10:03 PM

The War Planner on July 26, 2012 at 9:54 PM

I’m a big fan of C.K. but agree his opinions about the horse was unadulterated horse manure. There’s no reason to be ashamed of having a horse in the Olympics – not to mention not to be proud of this. That said, nobody’s perfect. And that includes candidates for Prez.

Buy Danish on July 26, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Mr. Wednesday Night on July 26, 2012 at 9:56 PM

You’re trying really hard. I can write a note for you so Axelrod might give you a bonus or something. I think you deserve it for tonight’s work. You’re not convincing or anything, but that’s why I’m so impressed that you keep pushing on. Are you on Barky’s special Olympic propaganda team? If not, you should be.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 26, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Resist We Much on July 26, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Nearly all Olympic games go way over budget. If I remember correctly the L.A. Games made a small profit, the Atlanta games made a huge profit and Salt Lake City made a profit in between those two. All three have something in common. Try to guess and your first two don’t count. :)

chemman on July 26, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Er, his opinions were not was. Time for my evening coffee.

Buy Danish on July 26, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Wait what? It’s out? Chicago is out? Chicago is out? Chicago is OUT?

Bishop on July 26, 2012 at 9:50 PM

The right thing to do, at this point, is to cancel the London games. It’s only fair.

Christien on July 26, 2012 at 10:05 PM

And if Mitt had praised the British debacle everyone would be bitching that he was pandering.

He told the truth, get over it.

mitchellvii on July 26, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Is it just me or are any others here on HG falling out of love with Krauthammer? If the guy was so-o-o-o-o-o-o goddam concerned about appearances, maybe he shoulda been a little more circumspect when he attended that dinner party with The Pant[crease]load back in 2009.

The War Planner on July 26, 2012 at 9:54 PM

I know what you mean. After all, how does he think the liberals in Britain would react to his own attitude toward the United Nations? They love crap like that…they help keep it alive. And how popular does he think he would be with the British media if he gave a pro Israel statement in London?

They would not like him anymore than they like Romney.

Terrye on July 26, 2012 at 10:06 PM

It also makes the Brits look thin skinned and none to gracious themselves..I mean was it really necessary to take a swipe at Utah?

Terrye on July 26, 2012 at 9:59 PM

..you know, Terrye, it could be lost in the fog of the upcoming two weeks. The Olympics are gonna get a lot of ink and — based on the stuff we have been hearing so far — it just might turn out to be a huge security stink bomb. Face it, it takes a lot of skill and organization to bring off a set of games. Before Uberroth and Romney, these events (Munich and Montreal) were real catastrophes. (And, frankly, I think the Brits are using this to bury the fumbled Nork soccer match opening and the Palestinian pout about Israel’s request for a moment of silence to observe the ’72 massacre. Rest assured there might be much more in store.)

In which case, Romney’s remarks might be thought of as prescient — if remembered at all.

The War Planner on July 26, 2012 at 10:07 PM

sharrukin on July 26, 2012 at 9:59 PM

The Romneys times the trip because of the Olympics and the horse’s participation.

I suppose that only TFBG guy running for POTUS gets to go around the world.

Frankly, I could care less…just as I did when Barack Obama opened for a rock band at the Victory Column in Berlin.

If you think that there was a crowd in Berlin for Obama, you should see the peeps that The Hoff can draw in Germany.

Run along and light your candle for The Won. I don’t worship or idolise politicians.

Resist We Much on July 26, 2012 at 10:08 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

Just read it about 2 weeks ago. Good book and good timing…

Barred on July 26, 2012 at 10:08 PM

I’m a big fan of C.K. but agree his opinions about the horse was unadulterated horse manure. There’s no reason to be ashamed of having a horse in the Olympics – not to mention not to be proud of this. That said, nobody’s perfect. And that includes candidates for Prez.

Buy Danish on July 26, 2012 at 10:03 PM

This is true.

Terrye on July 26, 2012 at 10:08 PM

What were Mary and Charles thinking.
We finally have an honest man and they can’t take it!
What Romney was an accurate observation and was followed by the Britts using the wrong Korean flag for North Korea.
Was Romney correct in his observations?? You bet he was.
He also said he couldn’t wait to put the bust of Churchill back in the White House. God Bless him for stating it.
We must all remember he is dealing with Europeans and I agree they, some not all, can go F themselves as someone before me so aptly put it.

Delsa on July 26, 2012 at 10:09 PM

It also makes the Brits look thin skinned and none to gracious themselves..I mean was it really necessary to take a swipe at Utah?

Terrye on July 26, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Actually, what Cameron said was just plain stupid. It’s easier to put a big event on in a busy city rather than “nowhere” because big cities are busy naturally, have huge airports, infrastructure, …

Cameron just showed what an idiot he is and why Britain is chewing the pooch on these games.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 26, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Nearly all Olympic games go way over budget. If I remember correctly the L.A. Games made a small profit, the Atlanta games made a huge profit and Salt Lake City made a profit in between those two. All three have something in common. Try to guess and your first two don’t count. :)

chemman on July 26, 2012 at 10:04 PM

..Uberroth, Romney, and who/what? (Serious question.)

The War Planner on July 26, 2012 at 10:10 PM

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