London Olympics 2012
More Mitt Romney Gaffes, Forced to Backtrack After Questioning Britain’s Ability to Host Olympics

More Mitt Romney Gaffes:  Mitt Romney is creating quite a name for himself in Great Britain as a somewhat out-of-touch presidential candidate. First, he previously criticized whether Britain was fit to stage the summer games and awkwardly referred to Labor Leader Ed Miliband as “Mr. Leader” at the Houses of Parliament. Um, is this the guy who has an in-depth  understanding of the “Anglo-Saxon” heritage the US shares with the UK? MSNBC also reports on the gaffe with Ed Miliband. Of course, Mitt Romney backtracked on criticizing the British, saying that “as the sporting events begin, we all forget the organizers and focus on the athletes,’ the Daily Mail reports. This flip-flop comes one day after he told NBC News, that ‘disconcerting’ events surrounding Olympics preparations meant ‘it’s hard to know just how well it will turn out.’ Nice Mittens, just keep on talking teabag!

His comment to NBC: ‘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. He also questioned whether British people would get behind the Games.

But when asked by British media directly, he sang another tune:  ‘It is impossible for absolutely no mistakes to occur. Of course there will be errors from time to time, but those are all overshadowed by the extraordinary demonstrations of courage, character and determination by the athletes.’

Actually, British PM David Cameron hit back after Romney’s jab, by urging the country to “put its best foot forward” and ensure they are remembered as “the friendly Games,” the Guardian reports.

 “In terms of people coming together, the torch relay demonstrated that this is not a London Games, this is not an England Games but this is a United Kingdom Games. We’ll show the world we’ve not only come together as a United Kingdom but are extremely good at welcoming people from across the world.” Cameron said he was going to make this point to Romney when he met him later on Thursday. Source:  Guardian

To be honest, the London Olympics have been dogged with security issues, but do you risk insulting the British while yukking it with their leaders a day later? Seems like Mitt Romney is always spouting off at the mouth only to come back and explain his comments. That goes for his surrogates too, like Cuban-born John Sununu saying President Obama needs to learn to be an American or his unnamed adviser saying Obama doesn’t understand the whole Anglo-Saxon heritage thingy. Keep talking Mitt, keep talking. The world will see how qualified you are to lead the most powerful country in the world.

The British aren’t the only ones pissed at Mitt Romney. It seems that the U.S. press corps that traveled with him are too after they were snubbed during his meeting with Miliband. He didn’t take any questions from them, only the British reporters.

Romney’s press-corps faux pas: During his meeting with Miliband, according to the pool report, Romney answered questions from British reporters but did not take any questions from the American reporters, which isn’t protocol. In fact, it’s considered a bit of an insult to the U.S reporters who are following the presumptive GOP presidential nominee overseas. Source

London Mayor Boris Johnson derided Mitt Romney saying, There’s a guy called Mitt Romney who wants to know whether we’re ready. Are we ready? Are we ready? Yes we are!”

Here’s the reaction on Twitter to Mitt Romney’s insult of the British:

Even London mayor Boris Johnson derided Mitt Romney over his insult: