"A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men
from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."
(Thomas Jefferson)

Friday, July 27, 2012

Out of Touch? “It has been a marvelous day for us,” Romney said

When Romney decided to stick his foot in mouth to start his overseas trip, he did it in a big way insulting our closest allies, the British, more than once.  When you have a Prime Minister take a swipe at a man who is running for President as a Republican, that candidate has a problem.

Prime Minister Cameron had this to say in a clear swipe at Mr. Romney:
“We are holding an Olympic Games in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities in the world. Of course it’s easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere.”
Romney is so far out of touch with reality that it seems like Romney and his advisers have their blinders on and cotton in their ears so they cannot read, see, or hear what is being said about the Romney gaffes where his semi-apologies made it worse.  Romney said last night at a fundraiser co-hosted by bankers involved in the rate fixing scandal in Britain:
 “It has been a marvelous day for us,” Romney said.
If yesterday was a 'marvelous day' for Romney, I would hate to see a bad one as he insulted the Brits on their own soil but he also did in his book, No Apology where 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  
How can Romney be so dumb to first write those words and second to publish them in his book.  That alone would not endear him to the Brits who BTW don't consider themselves Anglo Saxons as we learn from The Pink Flamingo blog:
"To those of us who are historians, and specialize in Post Roman Britain, and are basically Norman, DON’T call us Anglo-Saxon. Them’s fighin’ words. It’s an insult. We’re Brits. I’m basically a Brit. The Anglo-Saxons were invaders. They were the bad guys. Those of us who are students of the Arthurian consider it even a greater insult. They were the invaders King Arthur fought. Yes, I am well aware of the archaeological and historical mess here, but I am convinced there was an actual Arthur, perhaps several of them. I still think the first incarnation was Lucius Artorius Castus."
This man is not ready to be President or the GOP nominee.  In fact he is not ready for prime time because his interviews and remarks are arrogant, smug, and self-serving refusing to answer any question he doesn't like including refusing to call on the American media when holding a joint press meeting with Prime Minister Cameron.  It is standard in such situations that someone like the PM would call on someone from the British Media to ask Romney a question and then the person being hosted calls on their media to ask the Prime Minister a question.  Not in Romneyland as he called on the British Media to ask the Prime Minister a question and snubbed the American media.  Yet, Romney had a "marvelous day" which is an insult once again to the British.  

London Sun ran a headline "Mitt the twit"  That is going to leave a mark!  As I asked yesterday, Can we recall Romney as the GOP candidate before he is officially nominated?

Wannabe US President Romney in Games insult, but David Cameron insists: We’ll show you 
By GRAEME WILSON, Deputy Political Editor Published: Today at 00:12 
WANNABE president Mitt Romney infuriated Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday by making a string of embarrassing blunders. 
The US election hopeful, on a visit to London, questioned whether the Olympics will be a success. 
Mr Romney said in a TV interview: “It’s hard to know just how well it will turn out. There are a few things that were disconcerting.” 
The Republican candidate, who organised the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, also questioned whether the British people will “come together and celebrate” the Olympics.  
There was further embarrassment when Mr Romney said he had looked out of “the backside of Number 10” to see the beach volleyball court. 
He breached diplomatic protocol by revealing he had been briefed by MI6 chief Sir John Sawers, then appeared to forget Labour leader Ed Miliband’s name, calling him “Mr Leader” instead. 
Mr Cameron later slapped down the Massachusetts governor. Visiting the Olympic Park on the eve of the opening ceremony, the PM insisted the Games would be a huge success. 
He said: “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. “You will see Britain can deliver.” In a clear swipe at Mr Romney, he added:
“We are holding an Olympic Games in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities in the world. Of course it’s easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere.” 
Where did the GOP get the idea that Romney was going to make a good candidate when over 60% of Republicans refused to vote for him in most states before Gingrich and Santorum dropped out?  He is not likable and the Brits recognize that he also is not friendly and extremely arrogant.  Shame on the Republican Party for putting money ahead of someone we would be proud to support by making sure Mitt Romney won the nomination.

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