Mittens Steps Onto the World State — and Into a Big Pile of Doo Doo

Once again, Mitt’s statesmanship skills are equal to Dubya’s.

Mitt Romney’s carefully choreographed trip to London caused a diplomatic stir when he called the British Olympic preparations “disconcerting” and questioned whether Londoners would turn out to support the Games.

“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,” Mr. Romney said in an interview with NBC on Wednesday.

That prompted a tart rejoinder from the British prime minister, David Cameron. “We are holding an Olympic Games in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities anywhere in the world. Of course it’s easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere,” an allusion to Salt Lake City, which hosted Games that Mr. Romney oversaw.

Oh, snap, Mr. Prime Minister. That may be about the snarkiest thing a British Prime Minister has said about a prominent American since the War of 1812. I thought all you Anglo-Saxons could get along? Mittens should take comportment lessons from the horse.

To add insult to injury, the Financial Times has dredged up something Mittens wrote about Britain awhile back —

In his book, No Apology, he writes:

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.

Its roads and houses are small? The trees probably aren’t the right height either.

First, if Mittens isn’t booed at least once when he shows up in the stands to watch the horse dances, I’ll be very disappointed. Second — I’ve been to Britain, and I didn’t notice the houses were small. They seemed like regular house-size houses to me. But then, I haven’t spent my life in one McMansion after another. I wonder if Mitt really has seen much of his own country, while being driven to the country club in a limousine.

Update: Must see —Mitt’s British Blunders: How It Played In The UK Press. He also addressed Labour leader Ed Miliband as “Mr. Leader.” And see the Guardian’s live blog of Romney’s gaffes. Hysterical.

18 thoughts on “Mittens Steps Onto the World State — and Into a Big Pile of Doo Doo

  1. Maybe his tag line should be “Dumb as W; worse people skills.”

    Screw Iran– maybe we should just go for that North Sea oil the Brits have been pumping. We haven’t had a war against them since–you nailed it, Maha– 1812.

    “Alas, no-one will get to boo Mittens in the stands; he apparently will not watch Ann’s horse in action.”

    If I were Ann, I think I’d spend more time with the horse than Mr. Innovative Pet Transport.

  2. Actually, all of this foreigner-offending will likely play well with his base.

  3. Poor Ann, her dressage horse is ok – it’s her HUSBAND who’s suffering from hoof-and-mouth disease!

    And how ironic is it, that the feckin’ idjit who wrote the campaign book, “No Apologies,” starts off his foreign policy tour of European nations, making apologies.

    Jeez, even W had more diplomatic skills than Mitt.
    That’s like saying your sister’s dead cat is a better ‘mouser’ than the one you have.


    I can hardly wait till he orders a bacon, lettuce, tomato, and cheese sandwich, with a glass of milk, and a side of lobster salad, at some kosher gathering of Israeli leaders.

    Or ask the Germans to show them which Swiss bank accounts the Nazi’s used to hide their stash – since none of that were discovered for almost 50 years.

    There are no better words to describe Mitt, than, “An out of touch, rich moron, with no awareness of his surroundings, and who has the people skills of an ‘Idiot Savant, with none of the hidden talents – except stealing other people’s money.'”

    AND, he’s surrounded himself with every angry, hate-filled, sycophantic, neo-con moron that ever kissed W’s ass, and wiped Cheney’s sphincter clean with their tongues.

  4. Mr. Epperson is right about that.
    I also like Tom_B’s comment; Romney ain’t got no “Texis” charm like “W”, but I’ll bet he chews with his mouth closed (although his foot might get caught up in the action).

  5. Remember, W was into giving back rubs and hugs, and nicknames to leaders of foreign countries. At least the Mittster can keep his, well, mitts to himself.

    Not sure if anyone could be this condescending on purpose. How can you insult an entire nation in one afternoon, with multiple people. Was he looking to impress people with his Anglo-Saxon chops?

  6. Just got through reading the tweets. This would be funny if this wasn’t one of the two candidates for president of our country — well, actually I’ve got enough of a sick sense of humor to find it funny anyway.

  7. Evidently what Charles Pierce described as “an aria of elaborate dick-waving” is an ongoing performance from old Willard.

    Willard strikes me as a person comfortable only in superficial social interaction unless he is very familiar with the people he meets. He also seems conformist or rule-bound in the sense that he will follow the rules that seem to work with the people he is with at the moment.

    His attachment to the truth, of course, needs no discussion. But what the hell! I have read that the Salt Lake City Olympic Games were actually rescued by mountains of federal dollars that he shoveled into the gaps. Not the those of us who paid those taxes got any credit.

  8. I just heard something interesting on the PBS news hour. They are saying that mitt romney “bought” twitter supporters . They say there are companies , who will for a fee, “create” followers for social networking sites to make one appear more popular. While this is no watergate moment it just makes a person wonder: WTF? Fake followers are you serious??

  9. @justme – I’m sure it’s just like all the people who are sent to Amazon to up-rate some right wing bozo’s book, to make it seem popular. You have to be suspicious of any kind of internet “poll” that is just wide open to the public – be it on Amazon or twitter.

  10. There’s a Twitter hashtag now, #romneyshambles, and some of the tweets are laugh-out-loud funny. Sample:

    “not since World War II has London seen a bigger bomb than MItt Romney”
    “now we know why McCain thought Palin was a better candidate”

  11. Willard strikes me as a person comfortable only in superficial social interaction unless he is very familiar with the people he meets.

    Not strictly true. It’s just that they have to be a certain sort of person. Rich and overwhelmingly white:

    “Romney himself was said to be “noticeably relaxed” as he attended policy seminars and mingled with donors. His Friday night remarks, while “nearly identical” to his typical stump speech, were described as “more confident, comfortable and enthusiastic than usual.”

  12. @Anniecat45 – re #romneyshambles – Just as the right knows how to work an internet poll, so does our side. I’d like to think some of the stuff on #romneyshambles is for real – ie unmotivated tweets by people watching Romney make a fool of himself – but who knows? I’ve learned to be suspicious of stuff like this, regardless of which bias it confirms.

  13. I, for one, find elements of Mitt’s story, heroic. Not since Samson, has so much been accomplished with the jawbone of an ass.

  14. Mitt’s advisors should tell him that he’d be better served if, when he visits Poland and Israel, he does nothing but hold a series of moments of silence for the victims of Hitler’s Holocaust and WWII.
    Because every time Mitt opens his mouth, he doesn’t just spit-polish his shoes, he French-kisses his foot like it were a long lost lover.

    It’s hard to make George W. Bush look diplomatic, but Mitt’s giving it that old Prep School effort!

    WHAT AN ASS!!!

    If Obama was a white Democrat like Clinton, he’d have about a 15 point lead in the polls.

    Mitt’s doing everything he can to lose. But thankfully, he’s got the MSM propping him up like a marathoner who’s completely run out of gas with about 4 miles to go.
    The MSM wants those Super PAC bucks, badly!
    Even if they have to make a make a rich, entitled, twit, who makes W look like a compassionate visionary, look like some “Everyman” – as if Mitt was your next-door neighbor – ‘Joe, The Hedge Fund Investor.’

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