Thursday, July 26, 2012

Mitt's Charm Offensive...

You have to hand it to Mitt Romney,  when he  turns on a  "charm offensive"  it  is really  offensive!  

Having been here in London less than 24 hours ,  he  has managed  to  show how out of touch, and gaffe prone  he is.   So much so that  even the  conservative  newspaper the  Telegraph weighed in on just how far  down his own throat,  Governor Romney is able to shove his own foot.   The nicest  thing the  Telegraph could manage to say  was this;

Mitt Romney is perhaps the only politician who could start a trip that was supposed to be a charm offensive by being utterly devoid of charm and mildly offensive.

Foreign picks up the story on how well Mitt's visit is going over...

Mitt Romney has landed in a spot of trouble here  in London for suggesting that Britain may not be quite ready to host the Olympic Games. Romney has walked back his comments, but it's not the first time Willard "Mitt" Romney  has slagged off the UK. In his book,No Apology, he wrote:
England [sic] is just a small island. Its roads and houses are small. With few exceptions, it doesn't make things that people in the rest of the world want to buy. And if it hadn't been separated from the continent by water, it almost certainly would have been lost to Hitler's ambitions. Yet only two lifetimes ago, Britain ruled the largest and wealthiest empire in the history of humankind. Britain controlled a quarter of the earth's land and a quarter of the earth's population.
Then when it was painfully clear just how much damage he was doing. Mitt reverted to form and went for the inevitable flip-flop.

This trip was to highlight Romney's international credentials. Remind everyone how he "saved" the scandal plagued 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Yet as with Bain Capital, when you invite people to start looking into things, they tend to find all sorts of interesting tidbits.  (Hat tip to buzzfeed)

Enhanced-buzz-25205-1343315609-7 As head of the Salt Lake Olympics Mitt Romney became the first Olympic executive to approve a series of commemorative pins in his likeness. (They're in the news right now because they were made in China, but their mere existence is its own indictment of Romney's judgment.)

Romney will be here in town for two more days.  It will be fun to see  just how many  more Brits the GOP nominee can  "charm"  while he is here.

You know things are not going well  when earlier this evening,   London's Tory Mayor, Boris Johnson mocks you in front of 60,000 people in Hyde Park.

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