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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Man crush?

msupertas on July 27, 2012 at 10:04 AM

So…extremely Liberal adn rapidly tanking CNN Host Piers Morgan is backing Mitt. Is that good or bad?

kingsjester on July 27, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Finally, something that I agree on with this d-bag.

UltimateBob on July 27, 2012 at 10:04 AM

It was a bad gaffe.

But I’m sure President Romney won’t give cheap, thoughtless gifts to the Queen & the PM like an iPod full of his speeches & a bunch of DVDs, like President Obama did.

I’m sure President Romney won’t foolishly call for Britain to negotiate with Argentina over the Faulklands, like President Obama did.

I know President Romney will re-accept the bust of Churchill given to the US that Obama sent back, because Romney said so.

BTW, Obama also called the kingdom “England”…twice.

itsnotaboutme on July 27, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Mitt Romney was thrown a BIG FAT HIGH-HANDING SOFTBALL, and he wiffed.

The correct answer is that I am sure that the folks here in merry old London, a fantastic town, will pull off the greatest Olympics ever, and I am so proud and glad to be here with my British friends.

gonnjos on July 27, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Piers needs to go back to hacking people’s cell phones..

ToddPA on July 27, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Ignore piers…..lets focus on the rest of the British press bashing on mitt
-lsm

cmsinaz on July 27, 2012 at 10:06 AM

So he gave what turned out to be a fair assessment. From a “politician,” no less.

What a novel idea.

Can’t have that, though…

Kraken on July 27, 2012 at 10:07 AM

He said that the English press jumped on him because they wanted Romney to “talk us up a bit,”

No, they jumped on him because the English press is part of the usual lefty MSM cabal, and firmly in Barry’s pocket just like ours. Nothing to see here.

bofh on July 27, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Romney speaks truth to power.

meci on July 27, 2012 at 10:07 AM

I agree that really the idea of going abroad to our Allies and critiquing anything is not wise. However, he HAS the chops to offer critique having been through the Olympic wringer already. But really, after the nightmare of Obama…we really should remind Britain that we like you, we really really like you still.

search4truth on July 27, 2012 at 10:07 AM

if piers morgan says its ok, then there definately is a problem here. he is pretty reliably 180 degreees off.

t8stlikchkn on July 27, 2012 at 10:07 AM

If the British think Romney was out of line, then prove him wrong by not letting any terrorism happen.

RBMN on July 27, 2012 at 10:08 AM

I wouldn’t really want someone with blind faith in another country. Maybe he should have kept it private, but we already knew he wasn’t wrong. Plus it was very mild to boot.

Zaggs on July 27, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Hey, a little support from the left, how abou-

wait, it’s Piers Morgan?

STOP… HELPING!

The Schaef on July 27, 2012 at 10:09 AM

We criticize pols for not being candid enough, then we criticize them when they are. Again, until the Brits are voting in our elections I don’t care if they’re butthurt over an accurate assessment of their preparation for the Games.

changer1701 on July 27, 2012 at 10:09 AM

From what I’ve been hearing, sounds like Romney is right about the security. As for the rest of it–much ado about nothing.

stukinIL4now on July 27, 2012 at 10:09 AM

When you lose Piers Morgan…

nobar on July 27, 2012 at 10:10 AM

The problem with the British is they chafe at the suggestion that they do not do everything perfect. I love the British people and love British history but they do have the reputation of being snobs and very smug that…to paraphrase them…”They know how to do it right.”

logicman_1998 on July 27, 2012 at 10:10 AM

It’s not about whether he was right or not…..
…..it was an unnecessary move that came back to bite him.

Of course Romney was only reiterating what the British Press and locals were all saying themselves…..
……….but people usually don’t like it when other leaders start calling them out.

Until Obama became President….we didn’t tolerate it either.
Now under the President who can’t bow enough…we have the audacity of having leaders of hell holes like Mexico lecture us on gun violence and immigration.

Of course Romney was right…just the wrong time and venue to state it.

Going to be a lot easier to take these positions after being inaugurated.

Baxter Greene on July 27, 2012 at 10:10 AM

If there was ever a tempest in a teapot, this is it.

I think we’re so worried about the One, we think any single gaff is going to blow this. It was unfortunate that it was said in Dear Old Blighty, an American saying it in a friend’s house.

Look at today’s numbers in the slump in American production and consumer confidence, and its hard to believe this “oops” moment lasts another week.

itsspideyman on July 27, 2012 at 10:11 AM

I’d rather he be impolite and potentially save some lives that to kiss ass and come off as a monday morning quarterback if something horrible DID happen, God forbid.

You know, we all go fangirl over Chris Christie for being honest to a fault. Maybe we should be prepared for — even encouraging — Romney to have the same policy.

fusionaddict on July 27, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Mitt was right about the Olympic security but should not have been critical.

I expect this to last as long as Etch-a-sketch

gerrym51 on July 27, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Often one might say “When you’ve lost (crazy liberal)” to Obama.

In this case one might say “When Piers Morgan agrees with you…” to Romney.

This story will be forgotten by Monday.

22044 on July 27, 2012 at 10:12 AM

If the British think Romney was out of line, then prove him wrong by not letting any terrorism happen.

RBMN on July 27, 2012 at 10:08 AM

…sh!t…they can’t even get their flags straight….
….got the N.Koreans all pissed off.

Baxter Greene on July 27, 2012 at 10:12 AM

The entire interview is excellent.

It’s long but worth the time.

Yesterday’s incident imho, was much ado about nothing. If anything, it made the Brits look like screaming banshees and the pundits like CK looked silly.

Like it or not, Mitt is our candidate. Perhaps it’s time to find something positive about him and run with it.

Cody1991 on July 27, 2012 at 10:13 AM

I will never forget the day that I found myself in disagreement with Charles Krauthammer and Mary Katharine Ham and in agreement with Piers Morgan.

GOPRanknFile on July 27, 2012 at 10:13 AM

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

True, but better to start on the wrong foot than to end there. Let’s see how Israel and Poland go. Obviously, the usual suspects will be on hand to put him in a bad light and prop up barack, but if he doesn’t give them any ammo, they’ll be shootin’ blanks and it’ll make the British kerfuffle look all the more silly.

Rational Thought on July 27, 2012 at 10:14 AM

I don’t understand why people think Romney should lie – haven’t we had enough of that over the past four years? So, Romney gave his fact-based, completely valid opinion – isn’t that good?

Romney did not insult anyone – so, Who cares if a few folks CHOOSE to display fake outrage and act as if they feel insulted? Romney was right.

Pork-Chop on July 27, 2012 at 10:15 AM

itsnotaboutme on July 27, 2012 at 10:04 AM

I agree with everything you’ve said, EXCEPT that it was a bad gaffe.
Nothingburger, simply blown out of proportion.
I’m fed up with enduring a ‘panderer in chief’.

pambi on July 27, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Why are we conceding that this was “impolite” or a “gaffe?”

He didn’t say the food in the UK tasted like shit after being asked how it was….He answered a question that directly relates to security and the safety of thousands of people…I’ll take reserved honesty (the same douchebag media was reporting the problems just two days ago) over lame ass kissing. Especially in someone who’s hopefully going to be the leader of the free world in less than 6 months…

jaygatz33 on July 27, 2012 at 10:18 AM

I like Mitt’s critique of the London Olympics. A straight talker is a refreshing change from the Liar-in-Chief.

JimK on July 27, 2012 at 10:18 AM

“We know it’s the truth, but you shouldn’t say it!”

Good Lt on July 27, 2012 at 10:18 AM

This is a world stage for the Jihad.They might pull something off.How will the British press handle that?

docflash on July 27, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Did anyone else catch the look of disappointment on the anchor’s face when Morgan didn’t hammer the underhanded softball she tossed him in an attempt to further bash Mitt? Looked like someone had just run over her puppy.

heddly_lamar on July 27, 2012 at 10:19 AM

I’ll take gaffes like this over bowing to kings of other countries.

Bitter Clinger on July 27, 2012 at 10:19 AM

This is manufactured outrage which the leftys always do. He used the word “disconserting” and you would think that he slapped the queen. I think thou doust protest to much. Were the brits even this mad at Hitler when he was bombing London?

steel guy on July 27, 2012 at 10:19 AM

if piers morgan says its ok, then there definately is a problem here. he is pretty reliably 180 degreees off.

t8stlikchkn on July 27, 2012 at 10:07 AM

…I think what Mitt said was right…but now I’m worried too!

KOOLAID2 on July 27, 2012 at 10:19 AM

What?
Hot air is endorsing this PC behavior…”you’re only there to make nice so don’t allude to any security problems that might involve millions of people?…would that be what we want in a president?
Not me…call ‘em out Gov. Romney!
We all know from past experience security is important at the games.

rebekahhuang on July 27, 2012 at 10:21 AM

$20 says Piers is simply preferring an opportunity to stick it to the Conservatives in the UK over the Republicans in the US.

Red Cloud on July 27, 2012 at 10:21 AM

His criticism was so mild, that I really don’t understand how this is a gaffe. And it seemed to me that he was in job interview mode, trying to prove to voters what his expertise has brought him, which is a keen understanding of how things should operate.

Considering the reaction to his comments, it obviously was a gaffe. I’m just not sure what he should have said when asked that question. “Everything’s perfect. Our allies never make any mistakes”? I mean, maybe he could have focused more on the things they got right and could have refused to go into negative territory, claiming he’d rather be polite as a guest, but I just don’t see why that should be necessary.

I want a president who won’t maliciously insult our allies, but that doesn’t mean I want one who will only whisper sweet nothings in their ears. That said, one who could offer constructive criticism without this kind of backlash would be ideal.

Esthier on July 27, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Mitt is supposed to rah rah an insecure facility. I don’t think so and he would have been remiss to do so just so he wouldn’t hurt people’s feeling. And from what I’ve read the Olympic facilities are substandard and poorly run so far. Sounds like merry old England couldn’t affor to do this and now are making people live through it in their substandard way….oh, and if u get shot or kidnapped…oops. Can u imagine in this country if someone said sorry, no AC. No, I can’t. I bet the toilets suck, too.

gracie on July 27, 2012 at 10:23 AM

It’s really not like Romney isn’t bringing anything up that hasn’t already been mentioned. He just connected the dots and came to the logical conclusion.

Red Cloud on July 27, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Just think if Chamberlain had dealt with Hitler in honest terms rather than appeasement????

2nd Ammendment Mother on July 27, 2012 at 10:23 AM

If you watch the interview with Piers Morgan, he asks Romney what moment in his life (business) he would like to relive. Romney’s response was the opening of the Salt Lake Olympics.

He gave up his position with Bain to run those Olympics taking no salary for three years. His other partners at Bain earned far more money during that time and are even more wealthy than he is.

The Salt Lake Olympics were clearly a significant endeavor for him and still hold a special place in his mind. I think that’s where his remarks came from yesterday and were not meant as a criticism but more an expression of the concerns surrounding any Olympic event.

If you don’t have time for the entire interview, start at 18:00. The last part with Ann Romney is interesting, too.

Cody1991 on July 27, 2012 at 10:24 AM

You know, I actually liked Romney’s response. It wasn’t scripted, and what we got was a really hands-on, in-touch leader, aware of the issues and able to express them frankly.

I honestly can’t believe the Brits got bent out of shape over it, but whatever. If there are security breaches because they didn’t get the right people in place, they’re going to have to deal with a lot more than a fairly gentle assessment of the potential for problems.

TexasDan on July 27, 2012 at 10:24 AM

I agree with everything you’ve said, EXCEPT that it was a bad gaffe.
Nothingburger, simply blown out of proportion.
I’m fed up with enduring a ‘panderer in chief’.

pambi on July 27, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Yup. Mitt’s “gaffe” has already been knocked from the top spot on (liberal) Memorandum in favor of the video of barack’s carney barker refusing to name Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. And then Carl Cameron on Fox just now — no friend to Republicans, that Carl — said it’s off the front pages in England and “moving to the back pages.” Oh, darn. This story had legs for less than 24 hours. “You didn’t build that” will last a bit longer than that.

Rational Thought on July 27, 2012 at 10:24 AM

So if anything bad happens they will blame it on Romney….

redguy on July 27, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Europe is going to need to hear and act on a lot of unflattering truth in the next four years, might as well start now.

I think Romney will be able to deal with our problems at home as well. He’s certainly inspired confidence of late. I really think Obama’s “you didn’t build that” really struck a chord with him. Mitt Romney and his father are the archtype that disproves Obama’s statement in living flesh.

BKennedy on July 27, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Morgan is right.

Another question–

If Michelle Obama was in remission with MS and if she had a horse in the Olympics, would the media be GUSHING over every possible detail of how riding helped her physically and mentally?

Answer: The horse would be a celebrity. The horse would have a blog, be a on-profit so people to contribute to the cause-
(and so on- you get my drift)

And to have the horse at the Olympics ?
More GUSHING: Hours and hours of it. The Obamas certainly would not have to downplay they own the horse, and they wouldn’t have to pretend they doesn’t know the day and time the horse will compete. The media would have tons of stories gushing with great pride and a sense of achievement. We would be subjected to life stories of the horse, the sport, the people

The hypocrisy of what the Obamas can do and what the Romneys cannot is cannot past being expected and stupid- it’s offensive

c.j.ammenheuser on July 27, 2012 at 10:27 AM

“He’s run an Olympics, so I thought he was perfectly entitled to be critical,”

Right…how do we know what Mitt is hearing/reading and seeing first hand? He may very well have genuine concern about the safety of all those that will attend the games, and is seeing red flags. The Brits are falling down on security? Out of all the preparations that are necessary, this is the single most important aspect where they should not be lacking. Mitt may very well be doing the exact right thing. Playing patty-cake with the Brits should be more important? Someone is going to have to explain that to me…

lynncgb on July 27, 2012 at 10:27 AM

From many accounts, the lead-up to this Olympics was a mess. Of course Mitt Romney was not wrong. However, that does not mean he should have said what he did yesterday.

Nevertheless, as Piers Morgan said, this is a non-story. This will not ruin America’s relationship with Britain.

milcus on July 27, 2012 at 10:30 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

The conservative folks are amazing. They want their politicians to say truth, and them bash them for saying truth.

Archivarix on July 27, 2012 at 10:33 AM

The whole hangdog tone of the “Okay…….” that came out of the she puppet’s head at the end of the clip said everything we needed to know about how she expected/wanted that bit to go.

waterytart on July 27, 2012 at 10:34 AM

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

mittens sux and so does piers!

Pragmatic on July 27, 2012 at 10:35 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

True, but better to start on the wrong foot than to end there. Let’s see how Israel and Poland go. Obviously, the usual suspects will be on hand to put him in a bad light and prop up barack, but if he doesn’t give them any ammo, they’ll be shootin’ blanks and it’ll make the British kerfuffle look all the more silly.

Rational Thought on July 27, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Romney needs to take off his “Olympics Organizer” hat and put on his “Candidate for Commander-in-Chief” hat, stop worrying about whether London is well-prepared for the Olympics–it’s THEIR Olympics, and let them handle it, and Romney should be talking about everything that brings the United States and United Kingdom together.

Things will probably go MUCH better with Bibi Netanyahu, where Romney can offer solid support for Israel against Iran’s nuclear threat, in contrast to Obama’s hectoring about what Israel “must” give to the Palestinians.

The trip to Poland could be Romney’s opportunity to score some foreign-policy points, reassuring the Poles of his willingness to maintain missile defense there, and a veiled support of Poland and a newly-free Eastern Europe (since 1989) against rising Russian aggressiveness, in contrast to the “flexible” Obama who insulted Poles with his “Polish death camps” remark.

This could also be an opportunity for Romney to talk to Eastern Europe about energy supplies–Eastern Europe is largely dependent on Russian natural gas, but an aggressive development of American natural gas in the Marcellus Shale could enable the United States to export natural gas (liquefied in tankers), and provide Eastern Europe with a friendly alternate supply if the Russians turn off the spigot.

Steve Z on July 27, 2012 at 10:37 AM

“Wrong foot”? Maybe the Brits needed a little kick in the ass. Frankly, should any of us really care that Romney ruffled a few feathers? I’d rather have a President that wasn’t all that worried about getting under the skin of allies and enemies alike when it is in our interest to do so. Since the issues with Olympic security have been widely reported, he probably thought there shouldn’t have been a problem with bringing it up instead of adopting a head in the sand approach.

JohnnyL on July 27, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Mitt Romney was thrown a BIG FAT HIGH-HANDING SOFTBALL, and he wiffed.

The correct answer is that I am sure that the folks here in merry old London, a fantastic town, will pull off the greatest Olympics ever, and I am so proud and glad to be here with my British friends.

gonnjos on July 27, 2012 at 10:05 AM

I could not disagree more. If he says that and he knows (like everyone knows) that security is in shambles and something happens, he looks as out of touch as Obama, if not more.

Fish on July 27, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Blake on July 27, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Exactly.

Rusty Allen on July 27, 2012 at 10:38 AM

I can’t believe this is an issue at all with the Brits. Are they THAT thin skinned? This is ridiculous. Yes, Romney should have just smiled and left it at that, but calm the hell down Britain, this is insane.

Daemonocracy on July 27, 2012 at 10:38 AM

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

Don’t be so sure. This will be touted til election day as “evidence” that Romney’s not fit to be the AWESOME commander-in-chief that Obummer is. Trivial junk like this is all the dems have to run with.

KS Rex on July 27, 2012 at 10:38 AM

He should have reminded the Brits how we saved their asses in WWII

steel guy on July 27, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Kraut, Ham, Ed, all wrong.

Rusty Allen on July 27, 2012 at 10:42 AM

it wasn’t a gaffe, it was nothing. Who cares?

two bloggers at HA have ceded the narrative and seem to agree with the left. Why? Do they enjoy being tools?

Slade73 on July 27, 2012 at 10:42 AM

When a bigtime lefty media personality defends Mitt Romney, does that count as Orwellian? Sort of seems like it. Maybe not so much Orwellian but more like Twilight Zone? Discuss.

dczombie on July 27, 2012 at 10:42 AM

I agree with your post Ed, but having Piers Morgan as the voice of reason is a little, uh, disconcerting.

conservative pilgrim on July 27, 2012 at 10:43 AM

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2178668/London-Olympics-2012-Team-GB-winning-start-victory-womens-football-clash-New-Zealand.html
Women soccer opened to empty stadiums.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/jul/17/london-2012-cull-football-tickets
Tickets not selling.

The snotty Brits will lose their shirts in their Olympic fiasco.

bayview on July 27, 2012 at 10:44 AM

…the ‘Mayor’s’ seem to be as nucking futs there…as they are here!

KOOLAID2 on July 27, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Silly season is upon us.

steel guy on July 27, 2012 at 10:44 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

Yeah, no $hit.

Any by the way, Mary K Ham did not come across very well on Fox last night…If that’s the type of intellect and focus on important issues that she’ll be bringing to the site…no thanks

jaygatz33 on July 27, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle heads the creative team for the Opening Ceremony, which will celebrate Britain’s history and feature chickens, sheep, mosh pits, a rain-producing cloud, the largest harmonically tuned bell in the world, the music of A.R. Rahman and a model of the hill known as the Glastonbury Tor, which many consider to be the place where King Arthur’s Avalon sat. Boyle told The Guardian he hopes the Opening Ceremony will reveal “how peculiar and contrary we are.”

Mosh pit? Arthur at Glastonbury? With all those archaeology televsion shows, you would think the Brits would know that it is a myth. Are they going to have a bunch of women running around in burkas? That’s what I think when I think of the UK these days.

Blake on July 27, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Sounds like merry old England couldn’t affor to do this and now are making people live through it in their substandard way….oh, and if u get shot or kidnapped…oops. Can u imagine in this country if someone said sorry, no AC. No, I can’t. I bet the toilets suck, too.

gracie on July 27, 2012 at 10:23 AM

The British did put on quite a show for the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation in June, and they didn’t hesitate to spend money on it. Of course, that was an event only among British people, not involving foreign athletes whose security needs to be ensured.

If something unfortunate happened to an athlete from a sensitive country (other than a sports injury), it could have international repercussions.

Still the loos in London are probably better than those in Beijing.

Steve Z on July 27, 2012 at 10:47 AM

OH and just to add: I’ve only ever seen Mary K Ham on the Fox shows opposite Juan Williams before. Let’s just say when you can’t obvoiusly clobber Williams and make him look like an idiot..you need to work on your communication skills…

jaygatz33 on July 27, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Sounds to me like the Brits can dish it out but they can’t take it.

steel guy on July 27, 2012 at 10:49 AM

I agree with your post Ed, but having Piers Morgan as the voice of reason is a little, uh, disconcerting.

conservative pilgrim on July 27, 2012 at 10:43 AM

The entire entire is really good. I’m not a Piers fan, but he asks good questions.

I think it’s pretty insightful, but what’s most important is watching how well Mitt responds to the questions. Ann Romney is also impressive.

Cody1991 on July 27, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Takeaways:

1) Romney unfiltered from his teleprompter, note cards, script, and staff, i.e., comfort zone, allows him to speak candidly and give us a glimpse of his true thoughts. He wasn’t so cautious and programmed. In this instance, I liked what he had to say although a different venue would’ve been better.

2) The press–national & intl–will magnify ANYTHING a Republican candidate says in order to make the person look bad. In a long interview with many positives, the press went crazy over one word. One mild word. Team Romney needs to be circumspect and play more offense.

conservative pilgrim on July 27, 2012 at 10:51 AM

entire - interview

Cody1991 on July 27, 2012 at 10:52 AM

This story has less than no legs unless you are a political junkie.

It’s just the warm up before we get to the really nasty fighting over Mormonism vs Black Lib Theology…

CorporatePiggy on July 27, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Sounds to me like the Brits can dish it out but they can’t take it.

steel guy on July 27, 2012 at 10:49 AM

take what! :) there was no gaffe.

all this proves is the British and American media are long lost bu++ brothers

Slade73 on July 27, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Kind of much ado about not too much.
Clumsy, but beyond that…whatever.
But based on his campaign’s patently false claims that Obama said small business owners never did anything and are failures and hate kids and puppies…I guess Dems are free to make as a big a deal out of all this as they can.
Let the games begin!

verbaluce on July 27, 2012 at 10:54 AM

…the ‘Mayor’s’ seem to be as nucking futs there…as they are here!

KOOLAID2 on July 27, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Boras was called a shambling clown by the Daily Mail, and was involved in multiple scandals.

bayview on July 27, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Just think if Chamberlain had dealt with Hitler in honest terms rather than appeasement????

2nd Ammendment Mother on July 27, 2012 at 10:23 AM

So you think Romney should declare war?

lexhamfox on July 27, 2012 at 10:55 AM

The whole hangdog tone of the “Okay…….” that came out of the she puppet’s head at the end of the clip said everything we needed to know about how she expected/wanted that bit to go.

waterytart on July 27, 2012 at 10:34 AM

You noticed that, too. Best part of the clip, I thought.

LooseCannon on July 27, 2012 at 10:56 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

verbaluce on July 27, 2012 at 10:54 AM

haha, the left thinks this is the answer to -you didn’t build that-

they’re all as dumb as you are

Slade73 on July 27, 2012 at 10:57 AM

The entire entire is really good. I’m not a Piers fan, but he asks good questions.
I think it’s pretty insightful, but what’s most important is watching how well Mitt responds to the questions. Ann Romney is also impressive.
Cody1991 on July 27, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Thanks. I’ll watch it later.

If this is the “gaffe” that Romney will make overseas then we all need to chill. It beats appeasement, bowing, and embarrassing, unthoughtful gifts to head of state.

conservative pilgrim on July 27, 2012 at 10:58 AM

I have friends in UK going nuts over this. Thin skinned doesn’t even touch the reaction. Mitt needs to have a Bass ale, eat some fish ‘n chips and get the hell out of there with a big smile the whole time.

No Affirmative Action points for the Mormon in UK.

Hening on July 27, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Has Fox News come to the rescue yet?
I imagine if this all doesn’t die down soon, they’ll jump in with some sort of xenophobic anti-British angle on the whole thing.

verbaluce on July 27, 2012 at 11:00 AM

What’s next; 40 years of dark…whoops, already in the middle of that. Human sacrif…dammit, we got that too. Dogs and cats living together? There’s probably a few examples of that. I know…mass hysteria.

Steve Eggleston on July 27, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Love it. Better to be uncomfortable (oh the horror of a gaffe!) in the short term but enjoy improved SECURITY for all the athletes and attendees long term (as in living the rest of your life) -All due to the gaffe.

Gaffe or Leadership – You Decide!

LetsBfrank on July 27, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Man crush?

msupertas on July 27, 2012 at 10:04 AM

No kidding! They had the interview from CNN on last night at the bar at which I was hanging. There was no sound but it was obvious from Piers’ expression that Mitt and Ann were charming the pants off of him.

Harpoon on July 27, 2012 at 11:07 AM

With all the effort required to prevent Christian extremists from being killed by peace loving Muslims the 2012 Olympics resemble the Obama economy.

Basilsbest on July 27, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Kudos to Piers Morgan for being honest.

The Brits are DEFENSIVE because Romney IS right.

In the meantime,the Democrats have Romney under the microscope seeking ANYTHING to take the attention off

THE GAFFE

which will be proven on election day to be the turning point for Romney in this election.

Just wait until Rubio comes out as VP when Romney returns. We will all be jumping up and down with excitement!

I also believe the ANONYMOUS quote was a DEMOCRAT PLANTED ARTICLE.

djn on July 27, 2012 at 11:12 AM

haha, the left thinks this is the answer to -you didn’t build that-

Slade73 on July 27, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Good gawd, no.
It takes a special kind of skill to pull off what the Romney campaign has done with that b.s.
As Mark Twain once said ‘a lie can travel half way around the world in a swift boat before truth has even had time to put it’s shows on’…

verbaluce on July 27, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Mitt Romney was thrown a BIG FAT HIGH-HANDING SOFTBALL, and he wiffed.

The correct answer is that I am sure that the folks here in merry old London, a fantastic town, will pull off the greatest Olympics ever, and I am so proud and glad to be here with my British friends.

gonnjos on July 27, 2012 at 10:05 AM

And if there’s a terrorist attack during the Olympics he would be universally described as someone who foolishly disregarded all of the evidence to the contrary.

Basilsbest on July 27, 2012 at 11:18 AM

typo fixed:

Good gawd, no.
It takes a special kind of skill to pull off what the Romney campaign has done with that b.s.
As Mark Twain once said ‘a lie can travel half way around the world in a swift boat before truth has even had time to put it’s shoes on’…

verbaluce on July 27, 2012 at 11:13 AM

verbaluce on July 27, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Dear Roger Ailes,

Please hire Brooke Baldwin for Fox News.

Chuckles3 on July 27, 2012 at 11:21 AM

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