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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It wasn’t. Rather, it was successful despite a dumb, but ultimately unimportant comment in London.

Othniel on July 31, 2012 at 2:44 PM

angrymike is baffeled!

KOOLAID2 on July 31, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Oh noes, Romney may have offended Red Ed, a stuttering fool that even makes David Cameron look competent and conservative at times. Whatever will we do?

By the way, Bibi and Walesa didn’t appear all that put off by Romney did they? Oh, not mentioning that are we, MSM? Other than to call all parties involved raaaaacist, of course.

Gingotts on July 31, 2012 at 2:45 PM

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

…he didn’t bow!

KOOLAID2 on July 31, 2012 at 2:46 PM

I mean, why didn’t he just go whole-hog and moon the Queen while he was at it?

Coincidentally, we watched Johnny English last night.
Poor archbishop!
LOL

itsnotaboutme on July 31, 2012 at 2:46 PM

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.

did he bow?

did he apologize?

did he throw the US under the bus?

did he give somebody a gift pak of DVDs they can’t use?

did he give the Queen an iPod loaded with all that badness he did at Bain?

did he lay his big hairy man-paws on the Queen’s back?

did he transmit something to Vladimir????

if, none of the above, then his trip was a success.

/standards.

ted c on July 31, 2012 at 2:47 PM

What Mitt said: The problem lay largely in what he didn’t say — specifically “Miliband.” Romney seemed to forget the opposition leader’s name

Today it was Barack Obama. During a town hall meeting in Illinois, Obama thanked the “Waffles” family for hosting his visit. There’s just one problem: the name of the family company hosting Obama is Wyffels Hybrids Inc.

Lost in Jersey on July 31, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Romney + visit to Poland = YES!

GhoulAid on July 31, 2012 at 2:47 PM

I’ve seen them refer to Romney’s statements about the Palis as a “gaffe.” In what world?? Maybe inside their leftist bubble.

stefanite on July 31, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Here’s a question for the MSM…

How does an average Obama overseas trip fare in comparison to Romney’s?

I don’t think they want to answer that one. Most Obama trips have had multiple gaffes far worse than saying what everyone was already thinking about the London Games.

teke184 on July 31, 2012 at 2:48 PM

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

Romney could have cured a blind man in this overseas trip and the MSM would have considered it a disater.

The headlines were written prior to the airplane taking off for London. They just needed to find some things to fit into the template. You can see this by how they are twisting and turning the comments in London and Tel Aviv into supposed gaffes.

dirtseller on July 31, 2012 at 2:48 PM

did he go tour “Polish Death Camps?”……

ted c on July 31, 2012 at 2:48 PM

The press did the same thing to Reagan before he was elected in a landslide. They are transparent hacks who will say anything to protect their boyfriend.

RobertE on July 31, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Thumbs up from Bebe and Lech = THUMBS UP from me!!

Khun Joe on July 31, 2012 at 2:49 PM

More proof that they’ve got nothing.

JPeterman on July 31, 2012 at 2:50 PM

As opposed the guy who thinks Austrian is a language and Europe is a country – which is probably connected by the intercontinental railroad.

kevinkristy on July 31, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Same sh!t that happens every election with the media. I swear Obama could fart into the microphone and the media would credit him with appealing to 18-24 boys.

gsherin on July 31, 2012 at 2:50 PM

The “gaffe” meme is meant to crowd out everything else. Mitt has been around Presidential campaigning enough to not let it get to him. The next 99 days are going to be tough ones.

Paul-Cincy on July 31, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Screw the left wing, mainstream media and their defacto employer and saviour . . . the Obama administration.

rplat on July 31, 2012 at 2:51 PM

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

It was a disaster because it didn’t help Princess Barry’s reelection prosepects. Other than that it was a success.

Kataklysmic on July 31, 2012 at 2:52 PM

ted c on July 31, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Exactly. Plus, no translations to Austrian and no mention of Polish Death Camps.

Curtiss on July 31, 2012 at 2:52 PM

“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.”

Their boyfriend in the White House is a skid mark on the side of the toilet bowl…

… They have nothing and Obowma’s stink does not wash off.

Suck on it…!

Seven Percent Solution on July 31, 2012 at 2:52 PM

The headlines were written prior to the airplane taking off for London. They just needed to find some things to fit into the template.

dirtseller on July 31, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Indeed.

Kataklysmic on July 31, 2012 at 2:52 PM

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

Because it has to be. Because we said it was. Because that’s the Narrative Imperative. Stop asking these questions. We’ll ban you from twitter.

rrpjr on July 31, 2012 at 2:52 PM

I mean, why didn’t he just go whole-hog and moon the Queen while he was at it?

That would be gauche and low-brow. Real benevolent god-kings give the Queen iPods loaded with his own speeches.

crazy_legs on July 31, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Yeah, those were super-duper whoppers. Insulting Brit socialists must be the equivalent of hate speech. Good thing he got out of England before he was arrested.

Imagine how many gaffes he’ll make traveling through all 57 states on the campaign trail. The MSM will be so busy manufacturing gaffes that they will never notice a speech on policy.

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Cody1991 on July 31, 2012 at 2:54 PM

Romney’s trip was successful but he never should have been on it. American candidates have no business doing foreign tours. They’re supposed to be campaigning to Americans. I don’t care what Lech Walesa likes about Mitt and I don’t care what the sh!thead Brits hate about him. Foreigners’ ideas about American candidates interest me in no way whatsoever. They have no business having any input into an American campaign.

Mitt did nothing wrong while he was traveling and said nothing wrong but he should NOT have been out there in the first place. That’s the sort of un-American stuff that the Ineligible, AMerica-hating Indonesian does (though Barky actually broke the law with his repulsive foreign campaign rally for foreigners) – not what I expect from eligible, actual American candidates.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 31, 2012 at 2:55 PM

I heard Romney spent $200 million a day and had 48 warships.

It’s true, I read it on the internets.

triple on July 31, 2012 at 2:57 PM

The real gaffe was made by critics who jumped on Romney’s Olympics comment instead of waiting until the games actually began thus making Mitt look like Nostradamus.

Go RBNY on July 31, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Rombo’s overseas trip was a _____________ because he failed to ___________, mispronounced ______________ name, didn’t show deference to ____________, and mentioned ________________ while visiting ___________ in the company of ____________.

Report filed by NBC reporter ______________ on July _____ 2012 at ______________ eastern time.

Bishop on July 31, 2012 at 2:59 PM

The legacy media is struggling to find their negative narrative. Throw crap against the wall and see what sticks. They know Dear Leader is is deep trouble.

d1carter on July 31, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Going to be a fun election. I guarantee a week or two before the election, the media will print some bombastic claims about Romney and Mormonism. Doesn’t matter if they’re true, they’ll be printed and pushed all the same.

njrob on July 31, 2012 at 3:00 PM

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

BECAUSE!!! He isn’t a red diaper doper baby!!!!!

THAT’S WHY!!!!!!!!!!!

Gunlock Bill on July 31, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Barring something wacky happening, Romney’s gonna win. He passes the “presidential” test easily and Obama and his allies in the press are grasping at straws.

LukeinNE on July 31, 2012 at 3:03 PM

The real gaffe was made by critics who jumped on Romney’s Olympics comment instead of waiting until the games actually began thus making Mitt look like Nostradamus.

Go RBNY on July 31, 2012 at 2:58 PM

LOLz

ted c on July 31, 2012 at 3:03 PM

What is this crap I just saw on Fox News online about Cokie Roberts reporting on NPR that Romney’s trip to Poland was for the purpose of exciting the “ethnic white vote”?!!!!

Enough is enough of this MSM trashing of Romney! Now this has gone too far!!!!

pilamaye on July 31, 2012 at 3:04 PM

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.

Stop already!

Romney told NBC News: “There are a few things that were disconcerting. 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.”

As recently as July 18th, a writer for the UK’s Guardian, Simon Hoggart, wrote “Olympic security boss couldn’t plan a pig-out in a pie shop.”

Also from the the Guardian on July 19th, writer Hugh Muir pens “Olympic fiasco. We’d name the guilty parties, but we’d run out of space.”

Akzed on July 31, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Where’d he read those stories but in the British press?!

Akzed on July 31, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Well of course he did blow it with the Palestinians. Not a single damn one of them are going to vote for him now.

JusDreamin on July 31, 2012 at 3:05 PM

I am really surprised someone hasn’t looked into the outfits Ann had on the tour? Afterall, gotta be thousands the way they she spends money on things per the bhopress?

Thank goodness Ann has enought fashion sense to not wear ‘boob belts’?
L

letget on July 31, 2012 at 3:06 PM

It was a disaster because it didn’t help Princess Barry’s reelection prosepects. Other than that it was a success.

Kataklysmic on July 31, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Meh. It didn’t do much for Romney, either. Was this supposed to burnish Romney’s foreign-policy credentials? I thought he was already supposed to be a whiz at everything.

ddrintn on July 31, 2012 at 3:06 PM

MSM hits Reset mode on Desperation button to discover it is still non-functional.

hillsoftx on July 31, 2012 at 3:07 PM

My take was that Romney had a very successful trip. I’m sure he and Bibi hit it off. He obviously did very well in Poland. The leftists Brits don’t dig him. Any one surprised by that? From my point of view when the blatant disdain is coming at you from the left, you have done well. Targets and all.

Bmore on July 31, 2012 at 3:07 PM

I mean, why didn’t he just go whole-hog and moon the Queen while he was at it?

^^^This, it’s why I love me some Erika.

TXUS on July 31, 2012 at 3:07 PM

IIRC, Hussein had a team of some 300 people , just to handle
” foreign policy” for him during the campaign,
the same campaign in which he lied to the Canadians because Iran is just a tiny country .

burrata on July 31, 2012 at 3:07 PM

pilamaye on July 31, 2012 at 3:04 PM

i’m a white Polish male and yes, it did excite me. Cokie Roberts can eat ___!

GhoulAid on July 31, 2012 at 3:08 PM

It is and was such a success that the left had to try anything to discredit the trip. It is so obvious. Don’t forget, if you are getting flak, you are over the target.

rjoco1 on July 31, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Really, though — perhaps calling London’s Olympic preparations “disconcerting” was mildly uncomfortable and could’ve been said differently

If that’s what he’d said, it’d be a fair comment, but he didn’t say that. He said that reports about London’s preparedness were disconcerting. It’s a whole lot different than saying London was not prepared.

Trafalgar on July 31, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Akzed on July 31, 2012 at 3:05 PM

I don’t think anyone is saying that Romney’s remarks were untrue, merely impolitic. People tend to defend their nation’s honor no matter what. Off the top of my head, I don’t think many Americans were amused by Bush getting a shoe thrown at him by some crazed Iraqi even though 70% of them didn’t like the job he was doing.

LukeinNE on July 31, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Meh. It didn’t do much for Romney, either. Was this supposed to burnish Romney’s foreign-policy credentials? I thought he was already supposed to be a whiz at everything.

ddrintn on July 31, 2012 at 3:06 PM

I thought his comments about Palestinian culture as it relates to achievent struck at the very heart of the left v. right/makers v. takers debate. The ususal suspects on the left certainly seemed appropriately outraged by it.

Kataklysmic on July 31, 2012 at 3:10 PM

The stories of it being gaffe-tastic were pre written – the Obamamedia just filled in the blanks were necessary.

Chip on July 31, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Thank goodness Ann has enought fashion sense to not wear ‘boob belts’?
L

letget on July 31, 2012 at 3:06 PM

I don’t think we will seeing this:

http://lh3.ggpht.com/-tZXO6gxa-oA/UBasQQlD5NI/AAAAAAAAkWk/fearebh85YM/mo%252527s%252520butt_thumb%25255B2%25255D.jpg?imgmax=800

or this:

http://lh5.ggpht.com/-3C7CzhkYKZM/UBasKWVdt6I/AAAAAAAAkVA/jVZrDqUIlJM/FMS_thumb%25255B1%25255D.jpg?imgmax=800

OK, everyone, use the eye bleach.

Cody1991 on July 31, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Closing the trip with an endorsement from Lech Walesa makes it really have for the media to spin the trip as a ‘gaffe’, since the visuals and the spin don’t connect to any voter paying the slightest bit of attention (unless it’s OK in the big media now to start doing ‘dumb’ Polish jokes again).

Roberts’ NPR statement claiming Romney did this for racial reasons is her way of trying to invalidate the visuals, but doing so she also tars Walesa and any others in Poland mad at Obama as racists. Probably not the best campaign spin to run on, especially in Wisconsin and a few other Upper Midwest states.

jon1979 on July 31, 2012 at 3:12 PM

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.”

Aw, gee whiz! Romney didn’t kowtow to the opposition-party leader. Would British Prime Minister Cameron, a Tory, really want to meet Nancy Pelosi? How well does Obama get along with conservative German Chancellor Angela Merkel?

The visit to Israel was the opportunity for Romney to assure the Israeli government of support from its most powerful ally, and might win Romney some Jewish votes (and pro-Israel Christian votes) in the States. Romney might have alienated American voters sympathetic to the Palestinian cause–both of them!

And what “public relations disaster” did Romney make in Poland? Poland is on the front lines of the new “Cold War”, and Romney noted Russian expansionism and the rise of dictatorship in nearby Belarus. He also received the wholehearted support of Lech Welesa, whom Romney touted as a “prisoner who became President”. Romney also lauded the role of the late Pope John Paul II (beloved in Poland) in leading Poland, and all of Eastern Europe, to freedom, which might have won Romney some Catholic votes back home. He also praised Polish soldiers who had aided the American colonies during our Revolution, and also praised Polish industriousness which have enabled Poland to escape the recession into which socialism has plunged most of western Europe, which might win him votes of Americans of Polish ancestry back home.

Romney basically showed our allies in Israel and Poland that he “gets it” and understands their concerns, and wants to reassure them of HIS support should he be elected President. Their enemies in Hamas and Bad Komrade Vlad might not be too happy about it, but SO WHAT??? Is an American President (or a possible future President) supposed to please our foreign allies or our adversaries?

Steve Z on July 31, 2012 at 3:14 PM

I thought his comments about Palestinian culture as it relates to achievent struck at the very heart of the left v. right/makers v. takers debate. The ususal suspects on the left certainly seemed appropriately outraged by it.

Kataklysmic on July 31, 2012 at 3:10 PM

The usual suspects on the left will be covering for Obama no matter what. I don’t give a rat’s patoot about Romney’s rhetoric. Anybody can say the right things. Let’s hear him say what a mistake RomneyCare was from its inception.

ddrintn on July 31, 2012 at 3:14 PM

It was a disaster because it didn’t help Princess Barry’s reelection prosepects. Other than that it was a success.

Kataklysmic on July 31, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Meh. It didn’t do much for Romney, either. Was this supposed to burnish Romney’s foreign-policy credentials? I thought he was already supposed to be a whiz at everything.

ddrintn on July 31, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Heh, did you actually read what Kataklysmic wrote?

Chip on July 31, 2012 at 3:14 PM

if, none of the above, then his trip was a success.

/standards.

ted c on July 31, 2012 at 2:47 PM

..not those and..if you can believe it..Mitt did not yak through the playing of God Save the Queen either.

The War Planner on July 31, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Where is Mr. 57 States? Oh, bowing to the King of Saudi Arabia. I forgot.

How’s that “reset” of relations with Russia working out? No? Oh.

I’m in the UK and have to say many of my colleagues have a very favorable impression of Mr. Romney. They also feel his comments were “spot on”.

It’s also has to be pretty embarrassing for Mr. Obama that Mr. Romney appears to have a better relationship with our major allies such as Israel and Poland.

Shine off the Obama Apple much?

Marcus Traianus on July 31, 2012 at 3:14 PM

I don’t think anyone is saying that Romney’s remarks were untrue, merely impolitic.

No they weren’t.

People tend to defend their nation’s honor no matter what.

The Brits don’t care to defend their nation’s honor against the muzzies or any of a million other Brit haters who they welcome with open arms. They never defended their “honor” (LOL) against anything Barky actually did to them. THey still love the Indonesian Imbecile. They should get him as a gift.

Americans who complained about Mitt’s remarks weren’t defending any honor, at all, especially as they are dishonorable, despicable, lying scumbags, to begin with.

Off the top of my head, I don’t think many Americans were amused by Bush getting a shoe thrown at him by some crazed Iraqi even though 70% of them didn’t like the job he was doing.

LukeinNE on July 31, 2012 at 3:09 PM

The same people who threw a hissy fit at what Mitt said were ecstatic about the Iraqi primitive throwing his shoe at Bush. The America-hating Western left thought it was the greatest thing ever.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 31, 2012 at 3:15 PM

The reason why it was such a big public relations disaster is because it looks bad for a Presidential Candidate to go to another country and criticize that country. It doesn’t matter if what Romney said was accurate or not. If you are a guest in someone’s house, you don’t say bad things about them. It’s just basic etiquette.

SoulGlo on July 31, 2012 at 3:17 PM

It was a disaster because it didn’t help Princess Barry’s reelection prosepects. Other than that it was a success.

Kataklysmic on July 31, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Meh. It didn’t do much for Romney, either. Was this supposed to burnish Romney’s foreign-policy credentials? I thought he was already supposed to be a whiz at everything.

ddrintn on July 31, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Heh, did you actually read what Kataklysmic wrote?

Chip on July 31, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Yeah, I did. The trip didn’t help Obama and it didn’t help Romney. This syndrome of trying to gild or at least sugar-coat each and every thing that Romney says and does is getting old. It’s reminiscent of what a lot of people were saying about Palin vis-a-vis getting into the presidential race. Every move was supposed to be a mark of sheer genius.

ddrintn on July 31, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Quite simply because the big-gov totalitarians said so. Their proof? None other than referring to other big-gov totalitarians saying it is.

In addition to what they say about Mitt’s trip they are also telling us that our chocolate ration is to be increased.

jukin3 on July 31, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Lsm doing EVERYTHING they can to deflect for Obama

cmsinaz on July 31, 2012 at 3:20 PM

What do the Brits think about Falkland ?
or as Hussein says–Maldives , when he discusses with his friends from Argentina ?

burrata on July 31, 2012 at 3:20 PM

If you are a guest in someone’s house, you don’t say bad things about them. It’s just basic etiquette.

SoulGlo on July 31, 2012 at 3:17 PM

The Olympic Games are not “Britain” and don’t represent the “nation”. If the Brits think their national honor is wrapped up in hosting the Olympics then that’s their problem. As Americans we have an understanding that the games are just for fun, not serious national issues (until the America-hating, Dog-Eating Retard tried to make the Olympics something national, at least, which was distinctly un-American and odd.

Why is it that the only Olympics that ever turned a profit were American games? Because we treat them as private sports (pseudo-sports, as much as the insane Eurotrash Olympic rules allow) events, not as national events. An American should understand this – which is why we don’t bow our flag at this pseudo-sports event.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 31, 2012 at 3:22 PM

In this time of 24/7 news and social media frenzy, perception IS reality. If enough people have said it was a PR disaster, then it IS a PR disaster. That’s just the facts of our time.

inthemiddle on July 31, 2012 at 3:22 PM

ddrintn on July 31, 2012 at 3:14 PM

..I see that Rin Tin Tin is doing his drive-by comments thing again. Keep up the good work, Rinty.

The War Planner on July 31, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Note to Hot Air management: consider putting in place an ignore/blacklist feature.

ddrintn on July 31, 2012 at 3:22 PM

LukeinNE on July 31, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Mitt was asked for his views, and gave his expert opinion.

Bush didn’t invite any morons interested in konking him with a shoe to do so.

Akzed on July 31, 2012 at 3:22 PM

+1 Bishop @2:59

Excellent and spot on

cmsinaz on July 31, 2012 at 3:23 PM

The preparedness of the Olympics was disconserting? He was quoting the British press headlines. The police lost the keys to wembley statium for Pete’s sake. He was a bigger hit in Israel and Warsaw than Obama ever was or will be.

mouell on July 31, 2012 at 3:23 PM

The “gaffe” meme is meant to crowd out everything else. Mitt has been around Presidential campaigning enough to not let it get to him. The next 99 days are going to be tough ones.

Paul-Cincy on July 31, 2012 at 2:51 PM

I think the meme is aimed at us even more than at Romney. I look at the polls and the economic numbers and I can’t believe Obama stands a chance, but then the media and the Obama fluffers pound like this and I start to doubt. Then I remember that the MSM has an approval rating with the public that is lower than congress, and that if government corruption is one of the top three things that are important to people in this election, the truth must be getting through somehow. It does make for a good case of nerves if you pay attention on a daily basis though!

Night Owl on July 31, 2012 at 3:24 PM

The Olympic Games are not “Britain” and don’t represent the “nation”. If the Brits think their national honor is wrapped up in hosting the Olympics then that’s their problem. As Americans we have an understanding that the games are just for fun, not serious national issues (until the America-hating, Dog-Eating Retard tried to make the Olympics something national, at least, which was distinctly un-American and odd.

Why is it that the only Olympics that ever turned a profit were American games? Because we treat them as private sports (pseudo-sports, as much as the insane Eurotrash Olympic rules allow) events, not as national events. An American should understand this – which is why we don’t bow our flag at this pseudo-sports event.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 31, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Lord Palin is NOT going to be happy with you.

inthemiddle on July 31, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Roberts’ NPR statement attempted to caste Romney’s motivation for visiting Poland as an appeal to ‘ethnic white voters’.

I wonder if these people ever really think about what it is that they are saying?

The racism inherent in all of the statements that attempt to cast every thought, every deed, every word, as racist is rank and apparent to all but those who see racism, apparently, EVERYWHERE.

It must be truly awful to live with oneself if that is, in fact, their world view. How fearful and hate filled their work must be if that is really how they see everyone and everything around them.

The fact is that I believe they DON’T really see the world in that light… they simply use something as ugly as casting the aspersion of racism on others as a tool to achieve what ever goal it is that they have in mind.

Its a tool that they’ve worn out.

The only people buying it anymore are those with whom they share the same moral failing.

Truth eludes them. So they resort to lies and fabrication and scare mongering.

Its a sad and pathetic state for a human being to sink so low. Its the hallmark of desperation.

thatsafactjack on July 31, 2012 at 3:24 PM

In this time of 24/7 news and social media frenzy, perception IS reality. If enough people have said it was a PR disaster, then it IS a PR disaster. That’s just the facts of our time.

inthemiddle on July 31, 2012 at 3:22 PM

True enough. I’m just wondering why The Narrative has always been rigorously followed in the case of *ahem* some political figures, but when it comes to Romney The Narrative has to be fought constantly and the belief becomes that Mitt’s got some sort of magic, golden touch. Come on. This trip was a wash.

ddrintn on July 31, 2012 at 3:26 PM

The British press has been savaging the Olympic efforts. Between ticket “scandals”, empty hotels, empty tourist attractions and a general decrease in tourism (amongst other things) they are having a field day.

Romney spoke the truth and didn’t say anything even closely resembling the criticism being leveled by the press. Yet it was “gaffe”.

The man clearly knows what makes an Olympics successful. Is the press so adverse to hearing the truth and blatantly supporting Mr. Obama they can’t provide honest reporting? Rhetorically, I guess not.

Marcus Traianus on July 31, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Let’s hear him say what a mistake RomneyCare was from its inception.

ddrintn on July 31, 2012 at 3:14 PM

That would be nice, but he’ll never do it. He’s sticking to his prevent defense. Health care is the last thing either he or Obama want to talk about. The best were going to get from him is a promise to issue waivers to the states and to repeal Obamacare. The waivers I’m sure will get issued. A full repeal I have my doubts about. Even if we take the senate and keep the house and have the numbers to repeal it via reconciliation, I question the resolve of McConnell and other rinos.

Kataklysmic on July 31, 2012 at 3:30 PM

It was a disaster because it didn’t help Princess Barry’s reelection prosepects. Other than that it was a success.

Kataklysmic on July 31, 2012 at 2:52 PM

ddrintn on July 31, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Did you get the point that the Obamamedia considers it a disaster because it didn’t help Their candidate?

Chip on July 31, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Lord Palin is NOT going to be happy with you.

inthemiddle on July 31, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Go pester someone else.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 31, 2012 at 3:30 PM

ddrintn on July 31, 2012 at 3:14 PM

..I see that Rin Tin Tin is doing his drive-by comments thing again. Keep up the good work, Rinty.

The War Planner on July 31, 2012 at 3:19 PM

By the way, who’s “driving by”? I’m still here. If you want to argue facts and show that whatever I say is untrue, go for it. War Planner. *snicker*

ddrintn on July 31, 2012 at 3:31 PM

ddrintn on July 31, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Does it bother you that you’re trying to help bring on more Downgrade?

Chip on July 31, 2012 at 3:32 PM

That would be nice, but he’ll never do it.

Kataklysmic on July 31, 2012 at 3:30 PM

No he isn’t, so I’m not really interested in hearing him mouth other “correct” conservative platitudes. The guy at heart is a statist as well.

Did you get the point that the Obamamedia considers it a disaster because it didn’t help Their candidate?

Chip on July 31, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Yeah, I got it. I also get that at this point, in the situation Romney’s been in for months now, whatever doesn’t help Romney helps Obama anyway.

ddrintn on July 31, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Oh noes, Romney may have offended Red Ed, a stuttering fool that even makes David Cameron look competent and conservative at times. Whatever will we do?

By the way, Bibi and Walesa didn’t appear all that put off by Romney did they? Oh, not mentioning that are we, MSM? Other than to call all parties involved raaaaacist, of course.

Gingotts on July 31, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Both Miliband brothers are stupendous socialist idiots, the other brother, David was derided in most British media for his incompetence during his short stint as Foreign Secretary under Gordon Brown….and you probably know that the Miliband brothers are the sons of he Marxist Theorist Ralph Miliband….such father….

jimver on July 31, 2012 at 3:35 PM

I loathe the press more every day. The double standard applied to Obama and Romney is so obvious. They show so much disrespect to all Republicans in their questioning and reporting as opposed to the fawning over Obama. It is really sickening to watch how Mitt and Ann are reported on. I can’t wait to see class back in the White House, because we haven’t had any the last three and a half years. I want to be proud of my country and president again.

silvernana on July 31, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Mrs. Rombo owns a horse that is competing at the Olympics. If that isn’t enough to make you vote for TFGRP, I don’t know what is.

Bishop on July 31, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Mitt Romney should remind the Press that a gaffe is often a politician telling the truth. By the standards of the Press, just about everything Romney says will be a gaffe …

njcommuter on July 31, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Does it bother you that you’re trying to help bring on more Downgrade?

Chip on July 31, 2012 at 3:32 PM

I am? When have you ever seen me pimping some unelectable moderate for president?

ddrintn on July 31, 2012 at 3:36 PM

The reason why it was such a big public relations disaster is because it looks bad for a Presidential Candidate to go to another country and criticize that country. It doesn’t matter if what Romney said was accurate or not. If you are a guest in someone’s house, you don’t say bad things about them. It’s just basic etiquette.

SoulGlo on July 31, 2012 at 3:17 PM

The problem isn’t whether or not Romney said the exact perfect thing. The problem is that Obama has made many more “gaffes” while overseas, they were much worse, and they are not covered. They aren’t important. They don’t embarrass America. Only Republicans can tank their entire campaigns by saying one thing that could have been said better.

Night Owl on July 31, 2012 at 3:37 PM

In this time of 24/7 news and social media frenzy, perception IS reality. If enough people have said it was a PR disaster, then it IS a PR disaster. That’s just the facts of our time.

inthemiddle on July 31, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Only for people who are too stupid to think for themselves, which apparently means you.

Night Owl on July 31, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Because the leftist journolisters have to manufacture something to grasp onto in unison. And the all got the same memo, and they’re all repeating the same fabricated talking points about “gaffes” nobody gives a crap about.

Tell me how, to most right-thinking voters in this country, any comment that offends the Palestinians could be interpreted as a “gaffe”?

Right Mover on July 31, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Mitt did more to improve ‘relations’ with other countries than all the Obambi trips has tried to do. It’s not like he sent the bust of Winston Churchill back or anything.

TerryW on July 31, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Mitt Romney should remind the Press that a gaffe is often a politician telling the truth. By the standards of the Press, just about everything Romney says will be a gaffe …

njcommuter on July 31, 2012 at 3:36 PM

A gaffe is more a self-revelation than it is a telling of “truth”. Thus, Romney’s remarks on indexing the minimum wage to inflation was a “gaffe”, though it wasn’t “true” according to orthodox “conservative” economic theory.

ddrintn on July 31, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Romney could have taken a leak on the Queen and up against the Wailing Wall and that would not have been half as insulting as Obama has been to both England and Israel the last 3 and a half years.

JohnnyL on July 31, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Does it bother you that you’re trying to help bring on more Downgrade?

Chip on July 31, 2012 at 3:32 PM

I am? When have you ever seen me pimping some unelectable moderate for president?

ddrintn on July 31, 2012 at 3:36 PM

No, it looks like you’re pimping a Socialist to continue his destruction of our country.

I would think that would bother you, why doesn’t it?

Chip on July 31, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Romney could have taken a leak on the Queen and up against the Wailing Wall and that would not have been half as insulting as Obama has been to both England and Israel the last 3 and a half years.

JohnnyL on July 31, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Oh, good grief. This “But Obama did this! And said that!” is such a waste of time.

ddrintn on July 31, 2012 at 3:42 PM

As opposed the guy who thinks Austrian is a language and Europe is a country – which is probably connected by the intercontinental railroad.

kevinkristy on July 31, 2012 at 2:50 PM

And that Hawaii, where he purportedly was born, is part of Asia.

Right Mover on July 31, 2012 at 3:42 PM

The reason why it was such a big public relations disaster is because it looks bad for a Presidential Candidate to go to another country and criticize that country. It doesn’t matter if what Romney said was accurate or not. If you are a guest in someone’s house, you don’t say bad things about them. It’s just basic etiquette.

SoulGlo on July 31, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Yes, candidate Romney should have taken a page out of President Obama’s playbook and only criticized his own country.

JohnnyL on July 31, 2012 at 3:43 PM

because they wish it to be so.

joeindc44 on July 31, 2012 at 3:44 PM

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