Wait, so… why exactly was Romney’s overseas trip such a “public relations disaster”?

posted at 2:41 pm on July 31, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Hint: I don’t think it was at all, as much as certain members of the media are playing up Romney’s tour abroad like it was the most gaffe-tastic episode in the history of modern politics. Apparently, we’re to believe that Romney’s week off from domestic campaigning was a “public relations disaster,” that it “didn’t go well,” that it could “cost him” in his run for the White House, etcetera. ABC even has a handy-dandy list of the supposed flubs of Romney’s “awkward foreign tour.” Yeah, okay, if you say so:

Who Mitt made mad: Mad might be a bit strong, but the Labor party’s Ed Miliband couldn’t have been too pleased after their first meeting and brief photo op.

What Mitt said: The problem lay largely in what he didn’t say — specifically “Miliband.” Romney seemed to forget the opposition leader’s name: “Like you, Mr. Leader, I look forward to our conversations this morning.”

What they said: Miliband played it cool. The Independent newspaper just sounded confused. Their headline: “Mr. Leader? Did Mitt Romney forget Ed Miliband’s name?”

Er… yes, you’re right, all those gaffes are superbly gauche and embarrassing and speak to Romney’s inability to handle matters of foreign policy. I mean, why didn’t he just go whole-hog and moon the Queen while he was at it?

Really, though — perhaps calling London’s Olympic preparations “disconcerting” was mildly uncomfortable and could’ve been said differently, but otherwise, I’m not seeing the gaffes. As Ed recounted earlier, Romney had a great showing in Poland, and I must’ve missed the part where angering the overly-sensitive Palestinians by merely speaking the truth is supposed to be cause for alarm. Maybe I’m lacking some nuance here, but I don’t see the average American voter reading too much more into this than I am.

There is the argument that voters aren’t going to be voting this November based on foreign policy and that Romney’s time would have been better spent at home, but it is an important issue and it’s not like this was some eleventh-hour voyage — there are still 98 days to go. As Romney reinforced on Fox News this morning, all this talk about his supposed “gaffes” is just more media baloney meant to steer the masses away from the crucial issues:

“You know, I’m very pleased with what I’ve learned on this trip and the opportunities I’ve had to speak with leaders and exchanges we had. And I realize that there will be some in the fourth estate or whichever estate, who are far more interested in finding something to write about that is unrelated to the economy, to geopolitics, to the threat of war, to the reality of conflict in Afghanistan today, to a nuclearization of Iran. They’ll instead try to find—try and find anything else to divert from the fact that these last four years have been tough years for our country. They’ve been years of tumult in the world. And we need to see a better direction taken on the part of our nation.”


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OK, Romney record is one of big government, unsustainable

spending, increased regulations, nanny state give-aways and curbed freedoms.

Call it whatever you want.

sharrukin on July 31, 2012 at 4:07 PM

The reigning in of an out of control liberal legislature in a state that seems to be slowly learning.

conservativecaveman on July 31, 2012 at 5:56 PM

sharrukin on July 31, 2012 at 5:50 PM

What you are denying is that he doesn’t have to. He just has to stay out of the way. 0bama won’t do that.

Since you don’t like it, you are a de facto 0bama supporter.

cozmo on July 31, 2012 at 5:53 PM

That is the bottom line here – there are only two real choices.

[That is, of my as yet limited knowledge of the world’s true reality]

You’re either propping up one or the other.

Chip on July 31, 2012 at 5:58 PM

The idea that there is no difference between Romney and Obama is just ridiculous…
Terrye on July 31, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Everybody needs some kind of faith.

This is the faith of the ABR lunatic bat crap crazy nutball.

You’re either propping up one or the other.

Chip on July 31, 2012 at 5:58 PM

They will love themselves four more years of 0bama because 0bama ain’t Romney.

There must have been a cool kid in high school that really did a number on these nutballs to make them the way they are.

Bless their tiny little nutball hearts.

cozmo on July 31, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Romney didn’t change anything in Massachusetts and he isn’t going to change anything in Washington.

sharrukin on July 31, 2012 at 5:50 PM

That is not true. Romney cut taxes and the size of government when he was in office.

Terrye on July 31, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Sure he did. /

Romneycare ring a bell?

Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation: More Than $700 Million Per Year In Increased Fees And Taxes Under Romney.

Romney’s Claim That He Didn’t Raised Taxes Is “Mostly A Myth.” “Romney will likely also be eager to push the message that he was a governor who stood by a no-new-taxes pledge. That’s mostly a myth. His first budget included no general tax increases but did include a $500 million increase in various fees. He later proposed $140 in business tax hikes through the closing of ‘loopholes’ in the tax code.”

Under Romney, the Tax Foundation’s ranking of Massachusetts’ business friendliness slid from 26th to 37th in America. Meanwhile, Massachusetts’ tax burden swelled 10.8 percent

sharrukin on July 31, 2012 at 6:11 PM

sharrukin on July 31, 2012 at 6:11 PM

You are but an all knowing shaman sitting atop a mountain and we have come forth seeking knowledge.

Fill us our empty vessels of knowledge Oh wisest one!

Who would you rather have the president answerable to – the taxpayers or the Communists?

Chip on July 31, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Who would you rather have the president answerable to – the taxpayers or the Communists?

Chip on July 31, 2012 at 6:15 PM

You are essentially asking me who is going to win in a fight between Batman and Spiderman. Is a silly question because the choice doesn’t actually exist.

sharrukin on July 31, 2012 at 6:21 PM

sharrukin on July 31, 2012 at 6:21 PM

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The pretzels you ABR nutballs will twist yourselves into…

cozmo on July 31, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Who would you rather have the president answerable to – the taxpayers or the Communists?

Chip on July 31, 2012 at 6:15 PM

You are essentially asking me who is going to win in a fight between Batman and Spiderman. Is a silly question because the choice doesn’t actually exist.

sharrukin on July 31, 2012 at 6:21 PM

I take it you’re losing your grip of reality.

Like it or not, Those are the choices – which one would you pick?

Chip on July 31, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Like it or not, Those are the choices – which one would you pick?

Chip on July 31, 2012 at 6:28 PM

They both are self-described progressives though Obama is closer to a socialist in my opinion. I will choose conservatism which puts me at odds with Romney AND Obama.

sharrukin on July 31, 2012 at 6:33 PM

A better questio would be:

Do you ABR nutballs really believe the tripe y’all spew?

cozmo on July 31, 2012 at 5:28 PM

What “tripe”? The fact that Romney is not a conservative? You never refute any specific item of “tripe”. All you do is throw spitwads and pat yourself on the back for your “cleverness”. You have no argument other than that Obama is da debbil and anyone with an R after his name is infinitely preferable.

The idea that there is no difference between Romney and Obama is just ridiculous…
Terrye on July 31, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Everybody needs some kind of faith.

This is the faith of the ABR lunatic bat crap crazy nutball.

cozmo on July 31, 2012 at 6:05 PM

No, this is the straw man argument used to prop up a squish. It’s not that there’s “no difference” between Obama and Romney. It’s that there’s not enough of a difference to make a real difference. Same with, say, Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell. Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner.

ddrintn on July 31, 2012 at 6:43 PM

sharrukin on July 31, 2012 at 6:33 PM

From another forum.

Let’s be clear.

If you are not supporting Romney for President – no matter your agreement or disagreement with any of his stands – you are supporting Barack Obama for re-election.

To be undecided is to be decided. It’s now at that point. If you have the ability to vote for Romney and you choose to not do so – you are supporting the reelection of Barack Obama.

If you are a citizen of this nation and you want the right to complain about it and are concerned about it remaining the beacon of liberty and freedom, then get off your ass and support Mitt Romney. The choice is the clearest in my 40 years of voting in Presidential elections. The current occupant is the hands down worst, most incompetent executive and I can match any concern and beat any other list. At least Carter’s damage was limited. The Obama/Holder disregard for the Constitutional Separation of Powers must come to an end.

Remember, there is absolutely no way that Gary Johnson, or any other candidate, can win. The only time a Libertarian got more that 0.5% of the vote was 32 years ago, and that was with one of the Koch Bros. as the VP candidate. They only got 1.1% of the total.

Del Dolemonte on July 31, 2012 at 6:45 PM

If you are a citizen of this nation and you want the right to complain about it and are concerned about it remaining the beacon of liberty and freedom, then get off your ass and support Mitt Romney.

Del Dolemonte on July 31, 2012 at 6:45 PM

GIBSON: But Government Romney’s system has mandates in Massachusetts, although you backed away from mandates on a national basis.

ROMNEY: No, no, I like mandates. The mandates work.

Liberty and freedom?

‘I supported the assault weapon ban.’

Freedom?

“These guns are not made for recreation or self-defense,” Romney said. “They are instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people.”

Liberty?

On Dec. 7, 2005, the Romney administration unveiled the final orders. “These carbon emission limits will provide real and immediate progress in the battle to improve our environment,” then-Gov. Romney said in a press release touting Massachusetts as “the first and only state to set CO2 emissions limits on power plants.”

So we have greenie environmentalism, whacked out economic policies and government imposed restrictions all in one.

Smith: Do you have any regrets now about signing Massachusetts’ version of health-care reform into law?

Romney: I am proud of what we accomplished.

A fan of big government solutions.

In 1992, Romney voted in the Democratic presidential primary for Paul Tsongas, one of the most liberal Democrats in the Senate, saying Tsongas’ views were more closer to his own than Bill Clinton’s.

Romney donated to the 1992 campaign of U.S. Rep. Dick Swett, a New Hampshire Democrat; Rep. John LaFalce, a New York Democrat; and Democrat Doug Anderson, who was running for the Senate from Utah.

So its all right for Romney to support Democrats but its dirty filthy treason for conservatives to not support him?

Echoing criticism leveled by congressional Republicans in recent weeks, Cahill said, “It is time for the president, the Democratic leadership, to go back to the drawing board and come up with a new plan that does not threaten to bankrupt this country.”

[T]he state’s health insurance law…Cahill said, “has nearly bankrupted the state.”

Fiscal responsibility?

sharrukin on July 31, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Del Dolemonte on July 31, 2012 at 6:45 PM

You know, It’s becoming harder and harder to believe some who profess to being Conservative and yet are effectively doing all they can to put a Marxist back in the WH.

As they say, you’re either part of the solution or part of the problem.

sharrukin and ddrintn can complain all the they want about being lumped in with the Socialists, but that’s the camp they are in.

Whether they are actively working to continue the error of Downgrade or just doing it by default, it makes no difference in the end.

Chip on July 31, 2012 at 7:03 PM

No, this is the straw man argument used to prop up a squish. It’s not that there’s “no difference” between Obama and Romney. It’s that there’s not enough of a difference to make a real difference. Same with, say, Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell. Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner.

ddrintn on July 31, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Considering the fact that I was responding to someone who said there was no difference, then it is not a straw man..

Terrye on July 31, 2012 at 7:03 PM

The media wants Obama to win so they will continue to make false negative comments about Romney until the election and if Romney wins they will continue to make false negative comments about him after the election. The majority of the media have no interest in the truth, they are pure propagandists. Hitler would be so proud.

talkingpoints on July 31, 2012 at 7:05 PM

So its all right for Romney to support Democrats but its dirty filthy treason for conservatives to not support him?

sharrukin, you have said a lot of stupid stuff, but this takes the cake..it really does. You made this comment because Romney voted in a Democrat primary 20 freaking years ago…My God, there were lots of Republicans voting in the Democratic primary in Operation Chaos…and besides all that, Rick Perry and Ronald Reagan actually used to be Democrats. Do you think that Reagan never voted for a Democrat?

You have set a standard for Romney that is unreasonable and unfair and at the same time you have shown no respect for the millions of people who voted for him in the Republican primaries. You do not seem to feel any responsibility to come up with a viable alternative…you just sit and complain.

If you want to sit it out, go ahead, but do not claim some sanctimonious superiority in the process..

Terrye on July 31, 2012 at 7:08 PM

To be undecided is to be decided. It’s now at that point. If you have the ability to vote for Romney and you choose to not do so – you are supporting the reelection of Barack Obama.

Yup. And don’t forget the $64,000 national debt per taxpayer Obama has incurred in his first term which will at least double if he gets a second term.

Remember: If you are a taxpayer, failure to vote for Romney is a commitment to pay an additional $64,000 in federal taxes. (That’s in addition to the $64,000 you now have to pay for O’s first term and any current taxes you are paying)

talkingpoints on July 31, 2012 at 7:10 PM

The media wants Obama to win so they will continue to make false negative comments about Romney until the election and if Romney wins they will continue to make false negative comments about him after the election. The majority of the media have no interest in the truth, they are pure propagandists. Hitler would be so proud.

talkingpoints on July 31, 2012 at 7:05 PM

If you read some of the comments in this thread you will see that the media is getting some help from some sore loser TruCons who are more interested in ruining things for Romney than they are in beating Obama.

They think that if Romney loses, then the party will fall all over itself begging someone like Sarah Palin to run…in truth a lot of people will wonder who these people actually voted for and if they are in fact friend or foe.

Terrye on July 31, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Echoing criticism leveled by congressional Republicans in recent weeks, Cahill said, “It is time for the president, the Democratic leadership, to go back to the drawing board and come up with a new plan that does not threaten to bankrupt this country.”

[T]he state’s health insurance law…Cahill said, “has nearly bankrupted the state.”

Fiscal responsibility?

sharrukin on July 31, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Romney is not responsible for all the stuff the Democrats added to this legislation. He is not responsible for the drug benefit plan and he is not responsible for the fact that they required insurance companies in Mass to cover all sorts of stuff, in fact Romney vetoed something like 14 different measures the Democrats tried to put in that bill and they over rode almost every veto.

Romney did not bankrupt Mass, nothing close to it..he left them with a balanced budget and a rainy day fund and a full 80% of the people in that state support that health care plan. Apparently, not only do you have no respect for the millions of Republicans who voted for Romney, you have no respect for states rights either.

Terrye on July 31, 2012 at 7:16 PM

ddrintn on July 31, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Still waiting on the short bus?

Bless your heart. Have another cookie.

cozmo on July 31, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Fiscal responsibility?

sharrukin on July 31, 2012 at 7:02 PM

As opposed to your dishonesty?

cozmo on July 31, 2012 at 7:19 PM

I just checked with major Polish newspapers’ websites and it is true. They didn’t exactly do cartwheels after Romney’s visit but they did like him enough that Lech Walesa gave him strong endorsement (yeah, payback is a bi$%^ Mr. Obama) and Poles, including those in the US, still listen to him. We do and will remember Obama’s refusal to visit Gdansk, the birthplace of Solidarity on it’s anniversary. Yes, we know that for communist Gdansk is like Vatican for Antichrist.

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ktrelski on July 31, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Public relations disaster…you mean like giving the Russians a cheap prop that said “overcharged”?

That one still drives me crazy. Thanks, State Department, for making Americans look like bumbling idiots.

butterflies and puppies on July 31, 2012 at 8:40 PM

We do and will remember Obama’s refusal to visit Gdansk, the birthplace of Solidarity on it’s anniversary. Yes, we know that for communist Gdansk is like Vatican for Antichrist.

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ktrelski on July 31, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Don’t feel too bad, he doesn’t show up for any important American anniversaries either!

Night Owl on July 31, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Mitt Romney’s jaunt overseas was a tremendous success, he revisited with allies that Obama purposely snubbed. Of course, the MSM taggging along were looking for every flaw to blow their horns with.

Love or hate him, Mitt Romney will be the next occupant of the white house.

byteshredder on July 31, 2012 at 9:11 PM

ABC, MSNBC, CBS, and the rest of the MSM are just disappointed that Romney didn’t spend his overseas trip bowing to the leaders of other countries and apologizing for the U.S. Instead, Romney actually tells us how he feels, how he views the world, and lets our allies and enemies alike know how he will treat them when he becomes President. This honesty is foreign to the U.S. media who have become accustomed to the daily lies from Jay Carney and the spin & hype from Axlerod and Obama.

HoosierStateofMind on July 31, 2012 at 9:17 PM

The Kos kids are absolutley giddy with how “screwed up” the trip was. Go read some of the comments….they are convinced that this will change the election. Denial aint just a river in egypt.

lostinjrz on July 31, 2012 at 9:26 PM

It was a PR Disaster for Team Obama, for Romney: WORLD TOUR WAS A BIG, HUGE, INSPIRING SUCCESS — despite the antics of the MSM.

Mutnodjmet on July 31, 2012 at 10:03 PM

The media has just gone farther down the rabbit hole. Romney’s tour was a great success, I certainly didn’t see any “gaffes”.

Everything Obama and his media cronies say is actually the opposite.

I sure hope there are enough voters out there with enough brain cells to see them for what they are.

Common Sense on August 1, 2012 at 12:45 AM

hotair totally avoids talking about Mittens praising Israel’s healthcare system

of course you did ha ha ha

Dave Rywall on August 1, 2012 at 9:15 AM

So Romney based his views on the British Media. After weeks of this research he decides it is disconcerting on the eve of the games and only when asked by American media.

When asked while here, he was impressed with everything and totally contradicted his own opinions

He asked to come here and meet the political parties.
Miliband did not do anything wrong and has not commented on the meeting,but posters want to tear into his credibility and character.
Why meet him then?
Romney said, “It is all to the benefit when we exchange ideas with people we believe have ideas that merit confidence,”
So question his integrity not the well mannered Miliband
.
With Ed Miliband was Tony Blair ,the former leader of the Labour Party,never referred to as Mr Leader
He was deeply involved in the Olympics, so he had to listen to a Republican party leader have no clue what the name of his party leader was and parrot media reports.
Blair still supports Bush no matter what the media does,next is waterboarding.
He only had meetings with George Osborne, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Labour leader Ed Miliband, former PM Tony Blair and MI6 chief Sir John Sawers.
Instead of commenting on what the British media were saying maybe he should of discussed it with them who have more credibility then the Media

Romneys aides called the trip “listen and learn” expedition reading these comments shows posters haven’t done this ,I hope Romney has ,he had a steep learning curve in diplomacy.

mags on August 1, 2012 at 9:26 AM

I don’t think Mitt had anything to do with this, but I hope he does something about it.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congressional_staff

mixplix on August 1, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Im not sure this will help,but Boris Johnson had real go at obama

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/boris-johnson-tells-barack-obama-stop-bashing-britain-6479222.html

I am not saying I agree with it but the same Boris didn’t hold back when attacking Obama.
He also hounded Obama over the congestion charge.
http://www.theweek.co.uk/people-news/mayor-boris/5341/johnson-threatens-obama-%C2%A355m-c-charge-bill

So he said worse thing’s about Obama then Romney.
If your media is taking Boris’ comments about Romney as justified and respect his view,then they will have to show what he said about Obama
and give it as much credit

mags on August 1, 2012 at 4:33 PM

I have not seen anything from Romney’ s trip. I heard he gave a good speech in Poland. They were unable to do who, what, where, how, why, when, except to say he tripped over the journalists on the way to the car and one of them was whining? Mis-steps I heard? Tripped. Fell, there were guffaws…oh gaffs. Whatever.

He met with his “old friend” Benjamin Netanyahu. Obama thinks he is a pill, so the journalists probly think that’s a bad thing meeting with him.

Was the speech in Poland any good?

Interesting that they said Poland did not go down in the recession as badly as the Euro countries. Can’t let that fact get out.

Fleuries on August 2, 2012 at 4:49 PM

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