Gibbs: Romney’s London gaffe was “embarrassing for our country”

posted at 2:41 pm on July 30, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Yes, Gibbs would want us to seize on any gaffe of Mitt Romney’s as a campaign issue of unrivaled importance, since any available distractions are the only thing standing between President Obama and the public’s undivided attention on his horrendous economic record.

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“Mitt Romney wondered aloud whether London was ready for the Olympics, and I think it’s clear that voters in this country wonder aloud whether Mitt Romney is ready for the world,” former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said on ABC’s “This Week” today. “And I think the world is not yet ready for Mitt Romney.”

“To go overseas, stand in the country of our strongest ally, and the Olympics that they’ve been preparing years for, and question whether or not they’re ready, does make you wonder whether or not he’s ready to be commander in chief,” he added.

“I’m happy David Cameron had the last word, because I thought it was embarrassing for our country,” Gibbs also said.

Oh, good grief. I haven’t put my two cents in on Romney’s Olympics gaffe yet, and I’ll just say that when I first saw the clip, I was a little nonplussed about all of the fuss. Yes, it did come off as kind of pompous and he really could have said it differently, but should he really have just been happy-go-lucky and delivered a thoughtless double thumbs-up? (Especially in the unfolding knowledge that perhaps their planning wasn’t perfect, yikes!)

I mean, do we really want to talk about embarrassing ourselves overseas? ‘Cause…

…I’m pretty sure that will forever and always take the cake, and I don’t think you really want to go down that road, Mr. Gibbs. (By the way, according to President Obama — who’s our ‘strongest ally,’ again?)


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Quick, pass Gibbs a breathylyzer, er I mean inhalator…

tom daschle concerned on July 30, 2012 at 2:43 PM

I wish I had a button that could turn off any teleprompter. Then would she daily gaffes.

Oil Can on July 30, 2012 at 2:43 PM

It’s as embarassing as an Austrian corpseman in the Maldives.

ErnstBlofeld on July 30, 2012 at 2:43 PM

It sure looks like he was a wise and accurate evaluator.

meci on July 30, 2012 at 2:44 PM

I’ll bet Romney would never give the British Prime Minister a bunch of Region 1 DVDs as a gift.

Doughboy on July 30, 2012 at 2:44 PM

The only thing clear here is that Willard was right.

Lost in Jersey on July 30, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Hey Gibbs…that soapbox you’re on? You didn’t build that.

kingsjester on July 30, 2012 at 2:45 PM

can’t wait to be proud of my country again…

DanMan on July 30, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Robert Gibbs’ term as WH spokesman was pretty embarrassing for our country, too.

Bitter Clinger on July 30, 2012 at 2:45 PM

You might want to ask Piers Morgan about that one, Bob. I think he has a bit more insight into the UK than you. He thinks Mitt Romney was merely speaking the truth.

Of course, given this administration’s attitude towards the truth, I can see why you would find the truth so disdainful…

JohnGalt23 on July 30, 2012 at 2:45 PM

With most British media openly mocking him, yeah, I’d say it was a tad embarrassing. He’s done right to mostly ignore it rather than keep attention to it.

mythicknight on July 30, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Gibbs is an embarrassment for the land, but Carney is an even bigger one. May God keep Carney, at least until Jan. 20, 2013.

Not a single vote will be affected by all the efforts of the leftists, and the media, yes, a repeat, to cash in on the flop.

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Has the bowing to the Saudi king made it into a Romney ad………yet?

aquaviva on July 30, 2012 at 2:46 PM

It’s as embarassing as an Austrian corpseman in the Maldives.

ErnstBlofeld on July 30, 2012 at 2:43 PM

And after visiting the Polish death camps…

jimver on July 30, 2012 at 2:46 PM

I find Gibbs and his boss a national embarrassment.

Mr. Joe on July 30, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Projection, sorry Gibbs we read up on the gaffe’s performed by your prez. Ya know the ones ignored by the MSM? Mitts little misspeak is nothing compared to obummer and Bozo biden’s.

jake49 on July 30, 2012 at 2:47 PM

As Mr. Romney is now in Poland on his extremely successful European tour, let’s take a moment to recall another outrageous gaff/insult by the “smartest president in the history of the universe”…

May 2012: Obama Insults Poland by Referring to “Polish Death Camps”

While awarding a prestigious Medal of Freedom to Jan Karski, a famous Polish resistance fighter from World War II, President Obama bungled his speech by referring to the Nazi death camps in occupied Poland as “Polish Death Camps.”

Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk demanded an apology for the President’s comments, but they went unheeded.

The White House dispatched spokesman Tommy Vietor to clarify the statement. “The President was referring to Nazi death camps operated in Poland,” Vietor said, without apologizing for Obama’s gaffe.

Later the White House revealed they sent a letter to Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski regarding the incident, but it still did not contain an apology.

TeaPartyNation on July 30, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Thus speaketh the man whose most noticeable attribute is making Jay Carney look (almost) good.

Drained Brain on July 30, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Peter Griffin does not speak for me or for America.

LASue on July 30, 2012 at 2:48 PM

0bama is at the G20 conference in Rio De Janeiro, and Axelrod says “Mr pResident, I just wanted to warn you that there are about a hundred Brazilians out in the street protesting your presence here”.

Obama says “Wow, that’s a lot! I thought they liked me down here.”….. “Uhhh… by the way, how many 0s are there in a Brazilian?”

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Wait, Mrs. Romney put her arm around the Queen?

rogerb on July 30, 2012 at 2:49 PM

He should do something classy to make up for it, like send the queen a iPod with his campaign ads on it.

BlueCollarAstronaut on July 30, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Rombo should be forced to take the intercontinental railroad back to the U.S. instead of flying.

Bishop on July 30, 2012 at 2:50 PM

It was embarrassing when Obama tried to toast the Queen right as the orchestra started, and he didn’t quit talking even with people glaring at him at shaking their heads. Just imagine if Bush or Romney had done that.

juliesa on July 30, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Gibbs: Romney’s London gaffe was “embarrassing for our country”

I think the U.K. is doing a fine job of embarrassing itself in the past 3 days.

JPeterman on July 30, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Isn’t Gibbs the guy who got replaced by some teenage kid?

Hummer53 on July 30, 2012 at 2:51 PM

How did that toast to the Queen work out Gibbsy…?

Seven Percent Solution on July 30, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Romney just gave Poland a Region 1 DVD boxset of the SLC Olympics… oh wait

nitzsche on July 30, 2012 at 2:52 PM

“…The stories about the private security firm not having enough people, the supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials … that obviously is not something which is encouraging…”

Gibbs and Obama, however, would find those things encouraging?

socalcon on July 30, 2012 at 2:52 PM

The biggest embarrassment of the London Olympics of 2012 was the NHS in the opening ceremony. It was a disgrace.

The only thing missing in the leftist producer’s disaster was the block, with British head down, for the Muzzies to chop off.

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Mitt said he was disconcerted about stories he’d seen about security problems and strikes etc.

He saw these stories in the British press.

The British press goes apeshiit over being quoted.

Dems make hay out of nothing.

Liberalism is a complex of ethical, emotional, and cognitive problems.

Akzed on July 30, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Whose the guy with the large head and huge forehead?

Tbone McGraw on July 30, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Yeah, the first lady throwing her arms around the queen wasn’t embarrassing at all!/ When everyone in the world, except of course our super-genius, Chicago administration knows that NO ONE touches the queen! Or giving her an IPOD w/his speeches./ Or Gordon Ramsay 25 movies he can’t watch on his DVD player./ Or saying we don’t have a “special relationship” w/Britian./ Or returning the Churchill bust and then denying it!/

None of that is embarrassing at all.//

JAM on July 30, 2012 at 2:54 PM

At least Romeny would know the correct date and YEAR when signing the guest registry at Westminster Abby. 2008, 2011, you say tomato.

jukin3 on July 30, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Is that why they gave the bust of Churchill back and then LIED about it? Because Britain is our “strongest ally”? Good grief! These people will give you a headache if you try to follow their “logic.”

UnderstandingisPower on July 30, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Toby Harnden, who seemed to go with the “it was a gaffe” angle when it first happened, just tweeted:

Romney vindicated? Two fiascos & one farce in UK page 1 Olympic headlines today pic.twitter.com/4gTvl7bH

Cindy Cooper on July 30, 2012 at 2:55 PM

I agree Gibbs…I think Obama will now win all 57 states!!!!111!!!

Strike Hornet on July 30, 2012 at 2:55 PM

So, which is the bigger gaffe?

Mitt Romney speaking a little too much truth in London. Let’s remember that if something happens over the next two weeks of the Olympiad (God Forbid), Gibbs and Axlerod do not have a quote of Romney saying everything is super-secure because the Brits are in charge. With such a quote they would also question Romeny’s ability to be President.

Or…….

You didn’t build that! Which seemingly is going to be Obama’s “read my lips” moment. Like it or not he is going have to go on the defensive on this quote from now until November with no real excuse because he was not taken out of context. Just a tad too much candor among what he thought was a friendly venue.

Happy Nomad on July 30, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Evidently the BO administration only hires dumb white guys as their Press Secretaries.

Racists.

Cody1991 on July 30, 2012 at 2:55 PM

I wish I could swear because I sure feel like doing so. If this is all Gibbs and the O-team has got, I think Romney is ok.

HawaiiLwyr on July 30, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Cut Gibbsy some slack – he has to say something! Guy’s gotta eat, you know.

Marcola on July 30, 2012 at 2:56 PM

I think the U.K. is doing a fine job of embarrassing itself in the past 3 days.

JPeterman on July 30, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Dancing bedpans isn’t always a winner. I guess there may have been a hidden message there.

a capella on July 30, 2012 at 2:56 PM

While the press, both here and in London, called Mitt’s comments “gaffes” it turns out that they were correct and those criticizing were 100% wrong. Do you think that they or Mr. Gibbs will ever utter an apology? If you do you are 100% wrong because 1,000 repetitions makes a truth in “liberal land”.

Pardonme on July 30, 2012 at 2:57 PM

If Romney’s comments got their backs up, and they got even more determined to be secure, then, he did them a favor.

RBMN on July 30, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Indeed. And gaffes which embarrass our country are something you should should be quite familiar with, Mr. Gibbs.

Lawrence on July 30, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Erika, you don’t need to go to Saudi bowing you can stay right in England and Obambi’s embarrassingly screwing up a toast to the queen. So let’s remember Romney being truthfull about screw up in Olympic security very bad, Smartest President ever screwing up toast to England very good.

cmptrnerd on July 30, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Did Madden hit back at all?

cmsinaz on July 30, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Gibbs: Romney’s London gaffe was “embarrassing for our country”

Did Romney choreograph the bizarre Olympic spectacle of nurses and doctors dancing around the big dead baby, apparently killed by the NHS? If not, he has no need to be embarrassed.

Did Romney wear a silver embroidered jacket that costs $6,800 to the Olympics (four times the average mortgage payment in the U.S)? If not, he has no need to feel embarrassed.

Does Romney speak in Obama’s Gibbs-erish anti-American rhetoric? If not, he has no need to feel embarrassed.

Fallon on July 30, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Bobby Gibblets returns!!!!!

Now, kick his sorry a$$ off the stage!!!!

pilamaye on July 30, 2012 at 2:59 PM

(By the way, according to President Obama — who’s our ‘strongest ally,’ again?)

I don’t know, but it’s most likely a country that’s consistently punching above her weight…../

bada bump tsssss…

ted c on July 30, 2012 at 3:00 PM

So embarrassing, simply awful. Let’s send that silver-tongued Joe Biden, current VP of the United States, to smooth things over.

runner on July 30, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Gibbs: Romney’s London gaffe was “embarrassing for our country”

…and who is this Gibbs guy again?…an economic advisor?

KOOLAID2 on July 30, 2012 at 3:02 PM

It wasn’t a ‘gaffe’. Romney responded to a direct question and gave his professional opinion.

Have you SEEN what has been transpiring at the Olympics since his statement?

Traffic jams, inadequate security, masses of empty seats, soldiers ordered to attend and fill those seats, parents of athletes ticket being refused, and the NHS salute at the opening ceremonies was an unparallelled embarrassment, missile launchers on roof tops, spiraling peripheral crime, due to budget cuts inadequate police presence both at the games and on the streets, and the list goes on and keeps growing by the day.

I’d say that Romney was absolutely correct in his assessment.

As Romney said when asked about his statement ” I actually tend to say what I believe.”

I know we’re not used to hearing a frank answer from a politician… but that’s what it sounds like.

thatsafactjack on July 30, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Obama bows to Saudis…the Chinese…the Japanese Emperor…The Queen of England and Prince Philip…The Ukrainian leader…The President of Mexico…The Indonesian Delegation…The Indian Prime Minister…

That is embrrassing

workingclass artist on July 30, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Hey, Gibbs….. This is embarrassing:

http://images.dailyexpress.co.uk/img/dynamic/galleries/517x/24482.jpg

Cody1991 on July 30, 2012 at 3:03 PM

With most British media openly mocking him, yeah, I’d say it was a tad embarrassing. He’s done right to mostly ignore it rather than keep attention to it.

mythicknight on July 30, 2012 at 2:46 PM

british media, are you kidding me? Ever lived there? British media can be diivided in two categories, the tabloid one that are beyond the scum tabloids here (am sure even you heard about the scandals that plagued that plagues the tabloid media in England, complete with phone hacking and all) and the left media, that pretty much accounts for all the rest of the media in the UK and that is about 100000000 notches to the left of our liberal media here…The Telegraph is an exception, in the sense that it employs a civil tone, and while it may be seen as a conservative rag in england, in reality it reads a lot like the NYT here..so,why are you surprised bu he coverage then……besides, if you actually paid attention, the ‘British media’ itself amply covered the humongous incompetence of the olympic organizers…they did have huge security problems there (and probably still do) and btw, the same media was all over the OLympics security screw ups the week prior to the Olympic opening ceremony…and now, part two of the same incompetence saga,, their media is full of stories about what a disgrace the whole organizing is, apparently they did an awful job at selling tickets for the events, there are huge numbers of empty seats on the stadiums and olympic venues visible on every TV broadcast, reason why they are desperatley busing in military and students, as ‘fillers’, talking of embarrassment…..the best organized Olympics evah :)….as Cameron tried to convince us :)….

jimver on July 30, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Gibbsy go back under your rock

cmsinaz on July 30, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Why does Gibbs always look like he just swollowed a sour turd?

Thomas More on July 30, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Uh, what COUNTRY does Gibbs live in? Romney’s simply STATEMENT of fact certainly was not “embarrassing” for America.

Pork-Chop on July 30, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Dancing bedpans isn’t always a winner. I guess there may have been a hidden message there.

a capella on July 30, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Credit where credit is due for NBC.


NBC Cuts Out Olympic Tribute To Terrorism Victims During Opening Ceremonies For American Viewers

JPeterman on July 30, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Wasn’t it bob gibbs’ boss who blanked out the PM of Tibet with his paw at that UN photo op with the sophomoric wave????

/apologies to sophomores.

ted c on July 30, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Eh. One of the primary skills of leadership is how to critique. You nearly always follow up with something positive. He could have layed it out exactly as he said it – it’s the truth. But, he should have then said, because it was also true, that they had quite taken care of the issues (bringing in the military to supplement security and stopping the strike threat).

Doing that would have highlighted the difficulties, and those responsible, without seeming to hold the country itself at fault and riling up their people.

JeffWeimer on July 30, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Um, Gibbsie. . .

Pretty sure this particular squirrel has been beaten to death already.

RedNewEnglander on July 30, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Obama’s Top Ten United Kingdom Gaffes

Flora Duh on July 30, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Priceless…

jimver on July 30, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Another idiot heard from. This time it’s Baghdad Bob!

Dunedainn on July 30, 2012 at 3:08 PM

A glaring omission from your post, Erika, is the fact that the London 2012 Olympics has been rife with problems for everyone — from residents to athletes to spectators. What should have been routine functions and contingencies long ago already properly planned for — have not been properly planned for and quite possibly have been even handled only as an afterthought. From largely empty spectator seating at all the event venues after the events are supposedly ‘sold out’ (even large numbers of family members are missing their loved one’s competitions) to massive London infrastructure fiasco’s regarding security, transportation, and food supply. Plus much more.

In other words — Mitt Romney was right — and he’s been proven right each and every day so far.

Mitt Romney – 1
David Cameron - Ø
Robert ‘Baghdad Bob’ Gibbs – <Ø

FlatFoot on July 30, 2012 at 3:08 PM

This guy is such an embarrassing tool. The worst international gaffe in history was Odumbo’s toast to the Queen. What an incompetent, unprepared dope.

rjoco1 on July 30, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Even when a gaffe he is right? Yes, that will be the guy I vote for rather than theone who gets nothing right.

traye on July 30, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Gibbs: Romney’s London gaffe was “embarrassing for our country”

But the Naked Emperor putting his feet up (with shoes on) on the historically significant Presidential desk is just OK with you, eh, fat boy?

UltimateBob on July 30, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Where’s Del Dolemonte with his big old
FAIL

on this?!

tacodawn on July 30, 2012 at 3:09 PM

A gaffe is when you put your hand on the queen as if she’s your buddy.
A gaffe is when you raise a toast during God Save The Queen.
A gaffe is when you give incompatible DVDs of your own stupid speeches.
A gaffe is when you give cheap plastic toys from the White House gift shop.
A gaffe is when you send back the bust of Winston Churchill.

It’s not a gaffe when you tell the truth about something, Gibbsy. Try to learn the definition of words. It’ll help you in life down the line.

John the Libertarian on July 30, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Romney gave free consulting advice, you might pay thousands of dollars for. If he gives it for free, he’s criticized. If he charges, he’s criticized. 99 days until the election. Can’t come soon enough!

Paul-Cincy on July 30, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Michelle goosing the Queen was okay, tho.

vityas on July 30, 2012 at 3:11 PM

You know what’s embarrassing, the Democrats trying to completely tear apart the character of the next President of the United States. It’s one thing to attack people on policy differences, it’s quite another to impugn his character.

bflat879 on July 30, 2012 at 3:12 PM

This guy is such an embarrassing tool. The worst international gaffe in history was Odumbo’s toast to the Queen. What an incompetent, unprepared dope.

rjoco1 on July 30, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Not to mention that he was the sitting president and am sure he was briefed for hours about the protocol with the Queen and all…

jimver on July 30, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Just to back you up.

This leftist producer could make Putin look like a boy scout. These world statist types will use any platform to destroy freedom. Aside from the politics of the ceremony it was just plain disgusting.

Romney has had a bit more experience with Olympics than gibbs.

ru2sel on July 30, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Romney didn’t say anything that the UK press hasn’t been saying for months.

RadClown on July 30, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Eh. One of the primary skills of leadership is how to critique. You nearly always follow up with something positive.

JeffWeimer on July 30, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Or they mix the positive in with their response …

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

‘There are a few things that were disconcerting, the stories about the private security firm not having enough people, supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials, that obviously is not something which is encouraging. Because in the Games, there are three parts that makes Games successful.

‘Number one, of course, are the athletes. That’s what overwhelmingly the Games are about. Number two are the volunteers. And they’ll have great volunteers here.

‘But number three are the people of the country. Do they come together and celebrate the Olympic moment? And that’s something which we only find out once the Games actually begin.’

Lost in Jersey on July 30, 2012 at 3:14 PM

It’s as embarassing as an Austrian corpseman in the Maldives.

ErnstBlofeld on July 30, 2012 at 2:43 PM

And after visiting the Polish death camps…

jimver on July 30, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Aren’t those Polish death camps in one of our 57 states? I think the intercontinental railroad goes right by some of them.

Hill60 on July 30, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Alernate Title for this article: “The.Distraction.Is.Working.”

weaselyone on July 30, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Good article, Erika!

MisterElephant on July 30, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Our VP is so much smoother than Romney. Why, take a look at this introduction of the Irish Prime Minister to see how real diplomacy is done:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/biden-tells-dirty-joke_634304.html

theCork on July 30, 2012 at 3:15 PM

The biggest embarrassment of the London Olympics of 2012 was the NHS in the opening ceremony. It was a disgrace.

The only thing missing in the leftist producer’s disaster was the block, with British head down, for the Muzzies to chop off.

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2012 at 2:53 PM

….no!…in London they are beginning to foster the death of the Olympic games…where ‘the greatest athletes in the world compete’.
If you have 100 athletes in one event…and 4 or 5 happen to be from one country…you can only have 2 competitors now from each country… sayeth the “feel good” crowd!

KOOLAID2 on July 30, 2012 at 3:16 PM

(By the way, according to President Obama — who’s our ‘strongest ally,’ again?)

I don’t know, but it’s most likely a country that’s consistently punching above her weight…../

bada bump tsssss…

ted c on July 30, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Loooll :) but, but, but…most countries punch above their weight, according to obama :)…

jimver on July 30, 2012 at 3:16 PM

I still can’t believe this tool actually went to my alma mater, NC State. He is cut from the same cloth as those socialists down the road in Chapel Hill.

That’s right Bobby Gibbs:

Even though you went to The North Carolina State University, you really are a Tarhole.

It is you that is the embarassment.

TheAdmiral on July 30, 2012 at 3:17 PM

I am a huge anglophile, but I am also a Mitten.

So, one question: How are those ticket sales going, fellas? Smooth sailing? Stadiums filled to the gunwales, you say?

HeatSeeker2011 on July 30, 2012 at 3:18 PM

But the Naked Emperor putting his feet up (with shoes on) on the historically significant Presidential desk is just OK with you, eh, fat boy?

UltimateBob on July 30, 2012 at 3:09 PM

It wasn’t just the desk.

http://www.whitehousedossier.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Obama-feet-up-montage.jpg

But in fairness, there’s a picture of Bush with his feet on the desk also. http://fidlerten.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/20100125-bushovaloffice2.jpg

Flora Duh on July 30, 2012 at 3:19 PM

The biggest embarrassment of the London Olympics of 2012 was the NHS in the opening ceremony. It was a disgrace.

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Right from a North Korean, Soviet or Chinese (from the Mao times) organizing book…reminds me the theme dances at their grandiose and megalomaniac events celebrating their dear leaders and the commie party’s achievements …. Those giant children on hospital beds must be the single most disgusting soviet-era reminiscent props that I have ever seen….

jimver on July 30, 2012 at 3:24 PM

So the reports about Breitbart News $50k Reward for the entire obama/Khalidi tape say that one of the radicals rips Israel and another compares the Israelis to bin laden. It also says that obama called for a more moderate tone.

I have to think there’s some more d@mning stuff on that tape than that. If all we have is obama calling for moderation than that’s not the huge bombshell that’s needed. We already know obama was there, there’s got to be something big.

LevinFan on July 30, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Flora Duh on July 30, 2012 at 3:05 PM

The Toast will always be my favorite. You could cut the embarrassment in the room with a rolling pin. Best part? When Barry realized he’s stepped in it and tried to recover. A true sidesplitter.

a capella on July 30, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Robert Gibbs, now there’s a gold mine of truth!

GarandFan on July 30, 2012 at 3:26 PM

In 2009 at her first meeting with the Head of State of GB, Michelle Obama broke well-established protocol (apparently from ignorance) by speaking to the Queen first, and then tried to make up for her gaucherie by hugging the Queen.

Now, the rules on being presented to HRH Elizabeth are that if the Queen says something to you, you respond. If not, you don’t say anything. And if she puts out her hand,you can shake it. If not,you don’t shake her hand. And you never ever touch her.

This has never happened with any other first lady. As a result, the Queen declined to invite Moochelle to the Royal Wedding. On this trip, Mooch had been briefed, as she kept her hands to herself when meeting the Queen, who proceeded to ignore her.

Add in the ignorance of gift protocol, which continued until the First Couple learned of the existence of the Gift Office in the Protocol shop at State, and Barky’s wrecking the toast, along with the Churchill bust fiasco….

And Romney is the embarrassment? For speaking honestly and from his experience managing the first Olympics held in the US after 9/11?

str8tface on July 30, 2012 at 3:27 PM

I am a huge anglophile, but I am also a Mitten.

So, one question: How are those ticket sales going, fellas? Smooth sailing? Stadiums filled to the gunwales, you say?

HeatSeeker2011 on July 30, 2012 at 3:18 PM

They sorted it all out :)…they bused in military and students and distribute them throughout the OLympic venues as fillers :)…directly from the soviet era event organizing book :)

jimver on July 30, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Who’s Gibbs lying for these days?

southsideironworks on July 30, 2012 at 3:30 PM

If that’s the best Gibbs can do, then there’s defeat ahead for Barack Hussein Kardashian Obama.

petefrt on July 30, 2012 at 3:31 PM

SQUIRREL! (and no, I am not talking about Gibbsy!)

tims472 on July 30, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Hey, Gibbsy, fix your tie before going on live TV!

Now that’s embarassing!

98 days!

Sue Doenim on July 30, 2012 at 3:34 PM

More so than the iPod w/speechifyin’ debacle?
More than Mooch grabbing HM’s hand without invitation?
More than the Winnie bust fiasco?

Gibbsy, you’re talkin’ through your hat again.

mojo on July 30, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Americans who have heard what Mitt said and watch the Olympics will end up fully agreeing. They may not agree on whether he should have said it, but they will have to admit, if they’re not an intellectually dishonest liberal (I know, redundant), he was right.

I’ve stopped watching. What I watched so far has been 50% Bob Costas/other host and 50% edited tape delay games with the commenators actually giving away what’s about to happen, as if they didn’t call it live but are actually voicing over the tape.

I realize that is not London’s fault, but I’ve seen the empty seats, the beach volleyball games scheduled outdoors at 11 PM in London (um, yeah it will be cold, build more courts so they can all be in bikinis :) ). Even somebody’s brilliant idea to build the Equestrian eventing course weaving through a heavily forested park so you have to keep switching to different cameras to even catch the horses.

Oh, and let’s schedule the first US Men’s basketball game for 9:30 Eastern on a Sunday . . . Don’t think my son has been up at 6:30 on a Sunday for 10 years. He taped it . . .

PastorJon on July 30, 2012 at 3:36 PM

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