Mitt Romeny is standing for President of the United States. That position is often described as leader of the free world, but his efforts in london suggest he might just be a tool. Not only is heÂ tone deaf, but he said some silly things and did dumb things like on take questions from pommy reporters.
One of those pommy reporters hashtagged it #romneyshambles:
Maybe he was just trying to make up for his adviser hypingÂ his â€śAnglo-Saxon heritage.â€ťÂ On Thursday, rather than displaying his affinity for the British, Mitt Romney insulted them by questioningthe professionalism of their Olympics planning.
â€śItâ€™s hard to know just how well it will turn out. There are a few things that were disconcerting,â€ť he told NBCâ€™s Brian Williams. â€śThe 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.â€ť The British press was unamused. The Telegraphâ€™s website screamed: â€śOlympics: David Cameron rejects Mitt Romneyâ€™s suggestion Britain is not ready,â€ť while The Times of London headlined the story â€śPM rebuffs Romney over readiness for Olympics.â€ť
Cameron himself told reporters: â€śThis is a time of some economic difficulty for the UK, but look at what we are capable of achieving as a nation even at a difficult economic time,â€ť he said. â€śI think we will show the whole world not just that we come together as a United Kingdom but also weâ€™re extremely good at welcoming people from across the world.â€ť
Clearly, the same canâ€™t be said for Romney.
â€śI will obviously make those points to Mitt Romney,â€ť Cameron added. â€śI look forward to meeting him.â€ť
I bet. Way to keep that â€śspecial relationshipâ€ť special, Mitt.
Iâ€™ve called Romney â€śgaffe-tasticâ€ť before, but I found myself shocked by his tone-deaf, condescending remarks in London. I mean, we expect it in this country. Romneyâ€™s Olympics gaffe made me think about when, campaigning in Pittsburgh, the candidate insulted a local bakery by disdaining its baked goods. â€śIâ€™m not sure about these cookies. They donâ€™t look like you made them,â€ť Romney said to the woman next to him. â€śNo, no. They came from the local 7/11 bakery, or whatever.â€ť In fact they came from the local Bethel Bakery, whose owner later told MSNBCâ€™s Lawrence Oâ€™Donnell he was offended by Romneyâ€™s remarks.