Piers Morgan: Romney was right about his Olympics criticism

posted at 10:01 am on July 27, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Were Mitt Romney’s comments about Olympic security impolitic?  I think we can agree on that, as did our own Mary Katharine Ham and Charles Krauthammer did last night on Fox News.  When a political candidate goes abroad, it’s usually to demonstrate that he can bolster relationships with key allies, not start kerfuffles.  (The President we have is already awfully good in the latter department.)  This trip wasn’t a time for Romney to put on his Olympics-consultant hat and offer constructive criticism over security arrangements; it was a moment for him to say “Hooray for our allies!” and “Go, USA!”

But was Romney wrong about Olympic security?  Not according to CNN’s Piers Morgan, who wonders why Brits are annoyed at Romney for telling the truth — and saying what everyone else is about the problem:

 

“It’s no secret over here that for the last three weeks the security around the Olympics has been a shambles,” said Morgan. “The outside firm they got in to run it has been all over the place – they didn’t have enough people and the army had to be drafted in. So, Mitt Romney was only saying exactly what has been happening.”

“He’s run an Olympics, so I thought he was perfectly entitled to be critical,” Morgan continued. He said that the English press jumped on him because they wanted Romney to “talk us up a bit,” but the substance of Romney’s critique was on point.

“I thought it was a bit of a fuss about nothing,” said Morgan. “He was just speaking the truth which can sometimes be rather unpalatable.”

No one will remember this in November, but it did start Romney’s foreign tour off on the wrong foot.


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Wow, Piers Morgan actually gets something right? Stop the presses!

The British papers have been bitching and moaning for weeks about how bad the Olympic preparations have been. But former Olympics chief Romney can’t make the same point because he’s . . . (gasp) . . . American?

Nonsense.

AZCoyote on July 27, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Were Mitt Romney’s comments about Olympic security impolitic? I think we can agree on that, as did our own Mary Katharine Ham and Charles Krauthammer did last night on Fox News.

No, “we” can’t.

Blake on July 27, 2012 at 10:31 AM

No, we really can’t. Just because MKH writes for HotAir doesn’t make everything she says gospel, and Charles Krauthammer had a silly hissy fit about Romney’s horse as well as Romney telling the truth abouth the security in London. They both looked like prisspots last night.

BettyRuth on July 27, 2012 at 11:22 AM

We need to send Britain a reset button.

gwelf on July 27, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Romney speaks truth to power.

meci on July 27, 2012 at 10:07 AM

The Brits are DEFENSIVE because Romney IS right.

djn on July 27, 2012 at 11:12 AM

LOL! Well, Romney just flip-flopped:

““I read the same reports I think a lot of people did about all the challenges being faced by the organizing committee,” Romney told NBC, “but after being here a couple of days, it looks like London is ready.”

“I’m absolutely convinced the people here are ready for the Games,” he added.

So in less than 24 hours, Rommey has predictably changed his mind. Everything is fine with the Olympics! People are ready!

Looking forward to hearing the Mittbots who claimed Romney was “right” and speaking “truth to power” explain his 180 degree reversal today…LOL

Norwegian on July 27, 2012 at 11:28 AM

We need to send Britain a reset button.
gwelf on July 27, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Blank them. I’m glad we kicked their butts outta here 222+ years ago. they got rotten teeth and their food and medical care sucks, too. Mitt shoulda told ‘em their Olympics was a disaster and they should be ashamed of themselves.

gracie on July 27, 2012 at 11:30 AM

The Brits don’t care for the Tea Party, either.

faraway on July 27, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Of course Romney was right. He still shouldn’t have said it.

J.E. Dyer on July 27, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Does anyone know why I keep geting loud ads when I come on Hotair? It is so so annoying and is the only place it happens.

Paddington on July 27, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Its an annoying gimmick to get you to click it.. even if your trying to shut it off, somebodys getting paid per click.

try firefox…

MrMoe on July 27, 2012 at 10:57 AM

I use Chrome. Recently, I had to update by adblock add-on because it ceased working. Now, I don’t have to hear those video ads playing.

Blake on July 27, 2012 at 11:34 AM

This is just a “tempest in a teapot”.

So to speak.

Gunlock Bill on July 27, 2012 at 11:34 AM

No, “we” can’t.

Blake on July 27, 2012 at 10:31 AM

No, we really can’t. Just because MKH writes for HotAir doesn’t make everything she says gospel, and Charles Krauthammer had a silly hissy fit about Romney’s horse as well as Romney telling the truth abouth the security in London. They both looked like prisspots last night.

BettyRuth on July 27, 2012 at 11:22 AM

You’re both correct. This is ridiculous. Romney voices what any sane person is thinking, if they have been watching the news reports about the seccurity there and the Brits get in a huff. This is a gaffe?! God forbid if something happens, can you imagine what would be said if Romney did not voice some concern .

tbrickert on July 27, 2012 at 11:35 AM

I think there is a little bit more to this than meets the eye.

Romney organized the 2002 Winter Olympics, at a time, not long after 9-11, when security concerns were paramount.

I suspect that Romney’s experience with Olympic security was specifically on the agenda in his meetings with Cameron and MI5 chief John Sawers.

Of course, the powers that be in England would not want the public and press to know this, given the touchy situation there, and Romney’s gaffe, including mentioning the MI5 meeting, threatened to spill the beans. The touchy Brits, of course, quickly moved to distance themselves from Romney.

This is the first of Romney’s so-called gaffes and missteps that actually made me wince, given the opportunity he had to contrast himself with Obama’s disastrous handling of the Special Relationship. But barring any further diplomatic errors on Romney’s part, it will be forgotten by Jerusalem.

Mr. Arkadin on July 27, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Mitt is correct in his comments..

I just got back from a trip to Europe and the BBC was not stop 24/7 going off about this company G3S or something that promised X number of security personnel for olympic security and had thus far only delivered a fraction of them just a week prior to the event. It was the biggest news item by far over there.

What Mitt did probably wasn’t polite, but it is refreshing to hear a politician state a politically incorrect fact.

Defenestratus on July 27, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Norwegian on July 27, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Good Lord, didn’t you hear him say in the FIRST comment that it’ll take a few days to better determine if they’re ready ??
And, after some time, he assesses their readiness and that’s a flip-flop ??
Get a grip.

pambi on July 27, 2012 at 11:41 AM

We don’t need Morgan to tell us Mitt is right on this issue…Morgan was run out of Britain journalism in disgrace, and that takes some effort to be a disgraceful journalist in Britain.

right2bright on July 27, 2012 at 11:43 AM

A longtime friend had us over to her home for an elaborate dinner. Unfortunately her preparations were less than they might have been and the food was not very good. When she asked us how we liked the meal we told her, quite honestly, that the food was crap. She seemed upset.

plewis on July 27, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Who cares what Peers Morgan says about anything? Honestly. This is about as bad as that other post that had something about what the idiots on the view thought (though at least that was only an update or something and not the whole post).

There aren’t three people in the universe who bother watching this twerp on his show so why would anyone write a post about his idiotic musings? Isn’t there enough news?

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 27, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Looking forward to hearing the Mittbots who claimed Romney was “right” and speaking “truth to power” explain his 180 degree reversal today…LOL

Norwegian on July 27, 2012 at 11:28 AM

I am no “Mittwit”, hardly, but this is nothing, he said it didn’t look like they were ready, now after being their a few days, he thinks they are…you don’t know Brits journalism, sensationalism at the height of hypocrisy. And of course, people like you fall for it every time, congrats at being so easily manipulated….gee, I wonder how Obama got elected??? Who would be so easy to control and manipulate, hmmmmmmm?

right2bright on July 27, 2012 at 11:48 AM

I don’t agree his comments were impolitic.

I also don’t understand why we are still talking about this. It is a non issue that is being made into an issue by conservatives. If we are going to deconstruct and critique every innocuous comment Romney makes (“oh, he should have chuckled a little less at the end of that comment”…” his pause was just a hair too long…” “his hand gestures need work” ” he should use one syllable words” …) instead of focusing on the issues, we are doomed.

LASue on July 27, 2012 at 11:48 AM

So what if Mitt criticized their security? It’s not like he pointed out individual locations of laxity, thus giving ideas to any would-be terrorists.

I also don’t care that he changed his mind today (what’s that term we now use in America–evolved?).

London mayors tend to lean liberal-left. Like liberal prigs here in the US, I imagine they can’t handle criticism.

And, as Biden said the other day, “Politics stops at the shores.”

Liam on July 27, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Who cares what Piers thinks? This is the guy who falsely accused SAS troops – by name – of murdering and raping Afghani men/women/children while he worked for the Daily Mirror.

Ryan Anthony on July 27, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Good Lord, didn’t you hear him say in the FIRST comment that it’ll take a few days to better determine if they’re ready ??
And, after some time, he assesses their readiness and that’s a flip-flop ??
Get a grip.

pambi on July 27, 2012 at 11:41 AM

LOL!

So let me get this straight. In less than 24 hours (more like 10 actually if he spent anytime sleeping last night) he has changed his mind and “made” his assessment

So you’re saying Romney spent last night feverishly studying Olympic security protocols, schematics, etc. and then came to the conclusion this morning that “people are ready” and everything will be fine??

Oh, OK.

Of course this has absolutely NOTHING whatsovever to do with the fact that Romney is being admonished in every single UK paper today.

Norwegian on July 27, 2012 at 11:55 AM

President Obama can lecture us and the world on how to fix an economy, something he has failed to do but Mitt Romney can’t be critical of something HE HAS RAN?

Seriously, the “you didn’t build that” stuff is making them unhinged.

Wagthatdog on July 27, 2012 at 11:58 AM

This is really simple. The Brits don’t much care for their little American cousins from across the pond criticizing anything British (or European, for that matter). To them, we will always be unsophisticated Yankee rubes who talk funny.

It also does not help that Romney has an R after his name. The average media, politician, and rich person over there is even further left than ours.

RedCrow on July 27, 2012 at 11:59 AM

No, we really can’t. Just because MKH writes for HotAir doesn’t make everything she says gospel, and Charles Krauthammer had a silly hissy fit about Romney’s horse as well as Romney telling the truth abouth the security in London. They both looked like prisspots last night.

BettyRuth on July 27, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Amen to that. Well put BettyRuth.

woodNfish on July 27, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Romney was impolitic, but if jihadists take advantage of the actually poor security at least he won’t look like a fool.

PersonFromPorlock on July 27, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Take a look at the Daily Mail; there is a litany of fiascoes surrounding the olympics… http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/index.html

Pest on July 27, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Of course Romney was right. He still shouldn’t have said it.

J.E. Dyer on July 27, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Tact and diplomacy is how Romney is going to win our allies back, after Obama has alienated all of them.

Romney is a man. Not a diety.He is going to make mistakes.

But, having a Moderate in the WH is better than having a Communist.

kingsjester on July 27, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Norwegian on July 27, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Mitt is unfortunately folding on something that he was correct on to begin with. So what? Nobody gives a sh!t about what the Brits are doing with their Olympic games, anyway.

I wish Mitt would have not changed his view but the whole world is always looking to beat up on any GOPer (including the squishes on the right in America, who were Mittens’ friends and political allies until Mitt got the presumed nomination and became the GOP candidate) and Mitt can’t hold up against that too well. Big surprise.

He was still correct on his initial assessment and didn’t go nearly far enough with it. The British games are a joke and have been an organizational nightmare, typical of all government-run projects. And Cameron’s idiotic response that it’s easier to hold such events “nowhere” was totally ridiculous, as big, busy cities are built to handle things like this (they love to compete for conventions and major events of all sorts and have the infrastucture, hotels, etc. to accommodate them, unlike “nowhere”). Of course, Cameron is a Barky supporter, as are most of the UK, so they can s##k my d##k.

In the meantime, China’s $20 billion of stadiums are ghost stadiums, now, to go with their ghost cities. Total waste … just for a little propaganda that the left ate up, as easily predicted.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 27, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Romney made honest comments and the left-media in London blew them way out of proportion.

I am thinking this will help Romney back in the States.

Americans aren’t very keen on foreign press attacking our citizens over silly stuff. For those who watched Romney’s interview prior to the faux-outrage, did you think he made a gaffe? I certainly did not. I think Americans will stand behind Mitt over this non-issue, especially since it is the foreign press leading the charge. This is only for Americans who watch news other than NBC news.

weaselyone on July 27, 2012 at 12:11 PM

No, “we” can’t.

Blake on July 27, 2012 at 10:31 AM

No, we really can’t. Just because MKH writes for HotAir doesn’t make everything she says gospel, and Charles Krauthammer had a silly hissy fit about Romney’s horse as well as Romney telling the truth abouth the security in London. They both looked like prisspots last night.

BettyRuth on July 27, 2012 at 11:22 AM

You’re both correct. This is ridiculous. Romney voices what any sane person is thinking, if they have been watching the news reports about the seccurity there and the Brits get in a huff. This is a gaffe?! God forbid if something happens, can you imagine what would be said if Romney did not voice some concern .

tbrickert on July 27, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Great comments. Remember it was Krauthammer that gravely told us little Bammie “has the temperament to be president”. Has he ever been asked for a followup on that?

slickwillie2001 on July 27, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Were Mitt Romney’s comments about Olympic security impolitic? I think we can agree on that, as did our own Mary Katharine Ham and Charles Krauthammer did last night on Fox News

Who is this “we” you speak of? Or better yet, why do you “three” have a problem with someone speaking the truth?

Haven’t you “three” had enough of 3-1/2 years of lies coming out of the White House?

JPeterman on July 27, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Remember it was Krauthammer that gravely told us little Bammie “has the temperament to be president”. Has he ever been asked for a followup on that?

slickwillie2001 on July 27, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Krauthammer’s an idiot. He’s genrally wrong about everything. When he finally is correct about something, it’s 2 years too late and obvious to even the brain-dead at that point.

Kraut has been talking about the Indonesian Imbecile’s “intelligence” for YEARS when it’s clear that Barky has a room-temperature IQ, if that.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 27, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Romney’s criticisms were spot on, but he didn’t have to air them publicly. Instead, he could have offered advice or assistance. He didn’t have to pi$$ off one of our best allies; Obama already has that job.

Ward Cleaver on July 27, 2012 at 12:21 PM

He didn’t have to pi$$ off one of our best allies; Obama already has that job.

Ward Cleaver on July 27, 2012 at 12:21 PM

The Brits love Barky. They’ve been pushing that miserable third world piece of sh!t on us since 2008. Screw them. That’s not how allies act.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 27, 2012 at 12:27 PM

No, we really can’t. Just because MKH writes for HotAir doesn’t make everything she says gospel, and Charles Krauthammer had a silly hissy fit about Romney’s horse as well as Romney telling the truth abouth the security in London. They both looked like prisspots last night.

BettyRuth on July 27, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Exactly…

mnjg on July 27, 2012 at 12:48 PM

No one will remember this in November, but it did start Romney’s foreign tour off on the wrong foot.

No it did not… And it is utterly stupid to even make statement like this…

mnjg on July 27, 2012 at 12:49 PM

The Obama jock sniffers trying to cover for the UK’s mistakes & it’s pretty sad.

No, North and South Korea are not the same country. FAIL.

Many venues (like swimming) are running without proper ventilation. FAIL.

Athletes do not have proper housing. FAIL.

Simple Google searches bring up these facts. Sorry if Krauthammer and Mary Katherine Hamm can’t use a search engine.

tetriskid on July 27, 2012 at 12:54 PM

A longtime friend had us over to her home for an elaborate dinner. Unfortunately her preparations were less than they might have been and the food was not very good. When she asked us how we liked the meal we told her, quite honestly, that the food was crap. She seemed upset.

plewis on July 27, 2012 at 11:46 AM

What kind of dog did she cook?

Del Dolemonte on July 27, 2012 at 1:01 PM

No one will remember this in November, but it did start Romney’s foreign tour off on the wrong foot.

He put his foot in his mouth and gave the British and other media an unexpected gift on a platinum platter.

I love that the same Krauthammer, who fought so hard for Romney to be the one, is hammered on his remarks. He is the PHd in psychology.

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Mitt is walking back like crazy, just like Obama with his idiocies. So, relax, all is right in the world.

Schadenfreude on July 27, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Of course this has absolutely NOTHING whatsovever to do with the fact that Romney is being admonished in every single UK paper today.

Norwegian on July 27, 2012 at 11:55 AM

‘every single UK paper’ lol :-), that doesn’t say much…. I lived there for 8 years before moving to the US and with the exception of the Telegraph (that used to be called Daily Telegraph) that is mildly conservative, but at times reads like NYT, the rest of the British media is all leftist , and the most noise usually comes from the BBC who is the most left-leaning them all and by far the most influential…so what the heck do you expect, for them to say that Romney was actually right, it takes grace and a healthy dose of objectivity to do that, not to mention break with their own cognitive dissonance pattern…the same media was all over the place and freaking out the week prior that they screwed up the security and all…why don’t you accuse them of walking it back, today they are angry at Mitt saying that there are some disconcerting things in the preparations, and yesterday they were angry at the security firm who turned out didn’t provide the adequate number of security guards, reason why they had to bring the military in in great numbers…so, pls, square with that…or make them square with that…don’t you see the faux outrage over this? and tell you what, probably if he didn’t say that (which was absolutely correct, if undiplomatic), they probably wouldn’t have even mentioned in their sorry rags and/or on the BBC that he was visiting London on the Olympics occasion at all…talking of the Uk media…h, and you forgot to mention the rest of screw ups by the Brits, describing Ukrainian and Georgian athletes as being from the Russian Federation, not to mention the South Korea/North Korea flag outrage…talking of gaffes, maybe the British media should focus on those..or those didn’t happen either and it’s undiplomatic for those athletes to complain> lol :)

jimver on July 27, 2012 at 1:48 PM

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 27, 2012 at 12:16 PM

completely agree with you about CK there (and no, I don’t mean Calvin Klein by that :-)…not to mention that he must be the most boring commentator out there, at times I have the feeling that either his brain or his mouth works in slow motion, you can literally fall asleep on his Bret Baier segment…

jimver on July 27, 2012 at 1:54 PM

. . .
They both looked like prisspots last night.

BettyRuth on July 27, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Nicely said, and I’m almost never critical of CK.

But that was a “group-think” moment those two had.

Trochilus on July 27, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Just a few days ago a private security guy shows up late, carrying a little weed along with him for good measure. Evidently there were lots of problems with the security that had been hired, so the organizers had to call in more troops.

That doesn’t exactly scream “We’re ready for any eventuality.” A terrorism expert predicted a 30% chance of some kind of incident.

It’s not only unfortunate but also dangerous that it’s become bad form to tell the truth for fear of hurting someone’s feelings or “national pride.” Romney isn’t any average joe just spouting off, he actually ran an Olympics.

We need more people telling it like it is.

(And along those lines, couldn’t somebody come up with enough nerve to give St. Paul McCartney the word that no one wants to hear another “Hey Jude” singalong?)

Meredith on July 27, 2012 at 2:15 PM

If was so worried why is he here?
Ann Romneys horse is competing.
If his comments are so true why did he spend all day backtracking,that is what he is being laughed at for.
He seems unaware that we can see American TV and hear his views but then come here and start gushing.
If he so concerned why didn’t he tell the British people.

Mr Romney questioned the enthusiasm of the British public. “Do they come together and celebrate the Olympic moment?”

If he was so informed he must of missed the Olympic torch going around the country to huge crowds.
The Union Jack is everywhere.

We have all agreed to stop whining and bring it on.
The is excitement building here.

The problems are being sorted,the MD of g4 is in the Tower of London
but will be in stocks so we can throw things at him.
If anybody mentions the weather they will join him.

Romney went to Downing ST and didn’t seem to know Ed Millibands name
he called him’ Mr Leader ‘to a bemused country.

We are ready ,the Queens jubilee went well ,the whole country is united to make this a great Olympics.

mags on July 27, 2012 at 2:48 PM

So this is what the uproar is all about?

This is what the left is trying to make into his “you didn’t build that” moment?

This? BAHAHAAHAHAHA

Obama is qualified to talk about job creation when he’s never done it but Mitt can’t be critical of something he’s actually done?

Wagthatdog on July 27, 2012 at 3:01 PM

No, “we” can’t.

Blake on July 27, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Agree. I suppose we should understand that the MKH “honeymoon at hotair” is still underway, so Ed employed the editorial “we” . . . and joined forces with the “Romney was right, but in the wrong place” crowd.

There certainly is a time and a place to be polite in politics (a quality which is entirely unknown to certain practitioners) but we don’t know what the tone and content of his background conversations were — the ones that he’d had with the organizers before making his comments. He may have given them a good suggestion, and they blew him off.

As for the few reported hick-ups that the event organizers have experienced so far, they are ones that are to be expected — traffic jams with taxis, cowardly Iranians, etc. and they are in line with Romney’s expressed caveats in that regard when he made his original comments.

Meredith on July 27, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Absolutely right! Romney seemed to be focusing his initial questions on the preparedness of the security arrangements, which were definitely eyebrow-raising.

. . .
London mayors tend to lean careen hard liberal-left. Like liberal prigs here in the US, I imagine they can’t handle squawk like a banchee at the first sign of criticism, legitimate or otherwise.
. . . .
Liam on July 27, 2012 at 11:50 AM

fify

Trochilus on July 27, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Since the OC is not being aired live, I’m trying to follow live tweeting. They are not suppose to tweet photos but some have and it looks pretty lame so far.

https://twitter.com/gilescoren

Blake on July 27, 2012 at 3:25 PM

If he was so informed he must of missed the Olympic torch going around the country to huge crowds.

mags on July 27, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Get real. They showed up to get free stuff. Worse, the torch traveled mostly by bus: The torch bearer himself was toward the end, a chubby gentleman of mature years. Bit of an anticlimax. Then they relit a lantern from the flame, blew out the torch, trundled the lantern onto a bus and off to the next town.

LOL

Blake on July 27, 2012 at 3:30 PM

mags on July 27, 2012 at 2:48 PM

the Queen Jubilee went well :-)… who the heck cares about an anachronistically ridiculous institution whose only current claim to fame is that its members make the daily headlines in the tabloid press…the whole Jubilee was just circus, funny that you even compare the two events that are completely different in magnitude…

‘if he was worried, why is he here’ – most idiotic thing to say…let me tell you what, genius, the US has a few thousands athletes in competition, so maybe he was worried about their safety given the sorry state of the UK Olympic security…security firm contracted by the organizers turned out to be in shambles, reason why they had to bring in 40,000 military, air traffic and immigration staff and officials threaten to go on strike, taxi drivers in London are on strike, wow,that doesn’t strike me adequate preparations… Olympic village has inadequate living conditions, as tweeted by many intl athletes, Olympic swimming venue lacks proper ventilation, so shut up already, before you make a further fool of yourself…Romney had every reason to be worried about his nationals’s safety and living conditions…I lived long enough in England to know that your govt doesn’t give a shite about its peeps abroad, guess that might have something to do with the embarrassment the Brits constantly bring on themselves every time they travel abroad (ever read the Spanish and Greek and Italian press bemoaning the presence of British tourists who go on binge drink trips abroad and leave only destruction behind ? obviously not…

jimver on July 27, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Wow, 3D glasses for the opening ceremonies? LOL!

Blake on July 27, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Suppose to be a live stream of the OC: http://goo.gl/mulNw

Blake on July 27, 2012 at 3:51 PM

ON a different note, Romney raked in 2 millions USD in a few hours, from the US expats in London :-)…now, this is what I call effective fundraising…who cares about the hypocritical Brits and their imbecilic media, a random perusal through the Daily Mirror and the rest of the British tabloid press tells you all you need to know about the state of the British media today…oh, and they don’t vote in our elections anyway…

jimver on July 27, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Bring me my arrows of desire!!!

Blake on July 27, 2012 at 4:07 PM

No one will remember this in November, but it did start Romney’s foreign tour off on the wrong foot.

Today I actually heard a little of Rush’s show on my commute. And he supported Romney. He said something to the effect that there is nothing so politically incorrect as the truth..and it is a shame when the truth is a bad thing.

I think it is much ado about nothing. Romney’s remarks were really pretty mild. He did not say they were idiots or incompetent or anything of the kind. He just said that some of the reports of problems with security were disoncerting..but he also said he was sure they would work themselves out.

This is just a case of the liberal media going after a Republican and I was sorry to see so many conservatives piling on as well. It seems that journalists tend to stick together.

Terrye on July 27, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Be not afeared!

Blake on July 27, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Romney went to Downing ST and didn’t seem to know Ed Millibands name
he called him’ Mr Leader ‘to a bemused country.

We are ready ,the Queens jubilee went well ,the whole country is united to make this a great Olympics.

mags on July 27, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Oh what a bunch of whiners…bemused? Well, I was bemused a few years ago when a British journalist wished George Bush dead and no one in England seemed to think that was a big deal.

I was bemused when I heard that among the Olympic souvenirs offered in London…were the I rented my flat to a fat American couple tote bag…bemused and somewhat disgusted.

Terrye on July 27, 2012 at 4:14 PM

I also remember the snotty British media making fun of the Olympics in Salt Lake City..they thought the opening ceremonies were just so bafoonish.. I was on some message board with a lot of foreigners listening to laugh at what fat moronic doofuses we were and how we could not do anything right..and here we are listening to the British media go into hysterics because Mitt Romney spoke the truth.

Terrye on July 27, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Terrye on July 27, 2012 at 4:14 PM

do not expect a typically hypocritical Brit to actually recognize the hypocrisy of that :-)…

as for the ‘fat American couple’ cheap and offensive shot, it kinda amuses me, I’m French originally and in France as well as in the rest of Europe, the Brits are being mocked as the obese people of well…Europe :-) and the statistics actually back it up…must be all that beer (highly caloric) and their binge drinking habits :-), plus their horrendous food and eating habits…

jimver on July 27, 2012 at 4:23 PM

as for the ‘fat American couple’ cheap and offensive shot, it kinda amuses me, I’m French originally and in France as well as in the rest of Europe, the Brits are being mocked as the obese people of well…Europe :-) and the statistics actually back it up…must be all that beer (highly caloric) and their binge drinking habits :-), plus their horrendous food and eating habits…

jimver on July 27, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Apparently, they are in denial.

Terrye on July 27, 2012 at 4:47 PM

The fact that Romney felt he needed to rollback the comments is just the instinct I’ve been warning about.

Just tell the truth and defend it if you want my vote. Blowing smoke up Camerons posterior does him no good. He’s just too weak to know it.

Lonetown on July 27, 2012 at 5:16 PM

The fact that Romney felt he needed to rollback the comments is just the instinct I’ve been warning about.

Just tell the truth and defend it if you want my vote. Blowing smoke up Camerons posterior does him no good. He’s just too weak to know it.

Lonetown on July 27, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Really? Well if he had not had people like Krauthammer on his ass to do something just like that, maybe he would not have rolled them back…no matter what he does, people just have to complain about it.

In fact, I don’t think he really said anything all that critical to begin with.People just over reacted.

Terrye on July 27, 2012 at 5:40 PM

We are well versed in the problems being made.If he did have concern’s
why was he saying opposite to us ,gushing about how great the Olympic’s
is going to be.
We not in denial. The issue isn’t that we are annoyed to hear any criticism.
He was contradicting his own statement that he said while in the U.S
thats the point.

He chose to come here and show that he will have a better relationship with us then Obama.
As an allie with troops shoulder to shoulder he might of found out the name of the Leader of the Opposition.
Mr Leader?

Blake on July 27, 2012 at 3:30 PM

What is up with you people.

The torch had a 70 day, 8,000 mile journey across the British Isles. 8,000 people, aged from 12 to 100, will each carry the flame somewhere along the way, with the relay visiting over 1,000 towns, cities and villages. Between Land’s End and the Olympic Stadium torchbearers will visit some of Britain’s most spectacular sights, including Stonehenge and the Giants Causeway, and the flame both cross Loch Ness and reach the peak of Mount Snowdon.
Why be so insulting here are the torch carriers.
http://www.london2012.com/torch-relay/torchbearers/

mags on July 27, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Why be so insulting here are the torch carriers.

mags on July 27, 2012 at 5:57 PM

People showed up because they were giving away stuff. They didn’t carry the torch anywhere but transported it by bus, getting off now and then. Call me unimpressed especially in such a tiny country.

Go brush your tooth.

Blake on July 27, 2012 at 6:07 PM

If he did have concern’s why was he saying opposite to us ,gushing about how great the Olympic’s is going to be.

To shut up the immature and whiny brit pols and you.

Blake on July 27, 2012 at 6:11 PM

mags on July 27, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Romney did not insult anyone. He made a simple statement of fact and a lot of reporters went ballistic over nothing. It is silly.

And so what if he called the man Mr. Leader? It is not as if he spat in his eye.

Americans have tolerated a lot of anti Americanism from Brits and Europeans over the years…luckily for you guys we are not as touchy.

Terrye on July 27, 2012 at 6:26 PM

If he did have concern’s why was he saying opposite to us ,gushing about how great the Olympic’s is going to be.

The thing is he never said they were going to be lousy in the first place…all he did was mention what he had heard in the British media about the problems they were having with security…he never said they were going to have crappy games or something..and he said right then and there that the athletes were the ones who made the Olympics special. He never ever said that they would not be good.

Terrye on July 27, 2012 at 6:28 PM

To shut up the immature and whiny brit pols and you.

He choose to come here and has shown that he can’t say it to our face.
When unable to do this he will say anything to shut us up even when he
contradicts himself in 24hr period.
You must be so proud.

And so what if he called the man Mr. Leader? It is not as if he spat in his eye

You must have a very low thresfield of what is acceptable.
He asked to go to Downing st,he knew who he was going to see,but still
called him Mr Leader so thats ok because at least he didn’t hit him over the head with a bat.

Terrye on July 27, 2012 at 6:28 PM

He questioned the British people enthusiasm even though we are united behind the Olympic’s.
He has had a really bad time,he said he was’ looking out of the backside of Downing St.’

Lighten up and enjoy the Games,maybe say you hope it goes well and
there isn’t any terrorist attack

mags on July 27, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Paul McCartney didn’t hesitate to make a snide remark about former President George W. Bush when he came to the US.

But in British eyes, that’s OK.

Stepan on July 27, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Yes, the ole queen’s knight is featured at the OC tonight.

P!ss on ‘im! It’s hard to admit that I was going to marry that guy once, but that was yesterday, and I was only nine… it’s all over now.

texacalirose on July 27, 2012 at 11:54 PM

The Brits are extremely sensitive on occasion like the one that Mitt opened a conversation with, “Are you ready for this”, or something very similar and the Brits think it’s a slam in the face. Their culture has a ceremony for just about everything which we as Americans question. The Brits are having their hands full with this Olympics especially the Middle East Countries and how they react with each other. The calloused culture embraced by Brits is going to be an interesting study how they handle the Muslim problem……whoooooppss..they probably don’t think they are a problem….yet.

mixplix on July 28, 2012 at 8:13 AM

You must be so proud.

mags on July 27, 2012 at 7:52 PM

I am. Piss off, limey hypocrite!

Blake on July 28, 2012 at 12:49 PM

all he did was mention what he had heard in the British media about the problems they were having with security

Is that how Romney gets his information,did he pick the Daily Mail from the floor of a train?

who cares about the hypocritical Brits and their imbecilic media, a random perusal through the Daily Mirror and the rest of the British tabloid press tells you all you need to know about the state of the British media today…

But your happy that Romney used it during his indepth research.

People showed up because they were giving away stuff. They didn’t carry the torch anywhere but transported it by bus, getting off now and then.

Pathetic Mohammed Ali carried the torch,was he just there to get free stuff.
Blake i hope you are just annoyed with me but don’t insult our soldiers injured with yours,you should be ashamed
http://news.sky.com/story/952850/wounded-soldier-carries-olympic-torch
He was only there to get free samples of perfume for his sister.

I am disappointed that couldn’t come up with a rebuttal and chose
swearing
Your mum must be very proud

mags on July 28, 2012 at 6:30 PM

P.S,
Should the U.S be questioning our security considering a bomb went off at the Atlantic games?
http://news.sky.com/story/952850/wounded-soldier-carries-olympic-torch

mags on July 28, 2012 at 6:38 PM

mags on July 28, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Piss off, limey troll!

Blake on July 29, 2012 at 1:25 AM

Where you raised by a pack of wolves?
Your country must be proud of you.I thought the ‘ignorant/arrogant American’ was just a stereo type.
I am sad to see it isn’t.

mags on July 29, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Romney could have avoided this by saying “if the news reports are true that …”

But his credibility as an Olympic organizer (as opposed to community organizer) got him into hot water with the authorities responsible for security – hence the protests from Cameron and Boris Johnson. They could safely ignore criticism from the press, but not from a political figure who did the job before them.

Piers Morgan is well-meaning and honest most of the time. When he says ridiculous things about America its because he doesn’t know the country, having spent most of his time NYC and LA. He comes across as a recent settler still trying to figure out the new land he’s living in, so his reactions to American conservative views are just what most europeans would give. It will take a few years.

virgo on July 29, 2012 at 1:41 PM

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