The headline in the UK: "PM Delivers Olympic Putdown to Romney." Mitt's learning the hard way that even "anglo saxon" relations needs diplomacy.
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.In London, Romney apparently ignored American press, answering only British press questions -- a Romney survival technique -- Don't answer questions, be secretive. Romney, only gone for a day, seems to be getting attention only for his slip ups.
“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. NYT
Romney tells a group of supporters at a fundraiser in London: "I'm looking forward to the bust of Winston Churchill being in the Oval Office again," per tweet by AP reporter Kasie Hunt.
In London, Romney's taking money from bankers implicated in the LIBOR scandal.
LIBOR explained. Essentially banks were rigging interest rates among themselves, which affects loan rates of regular people.
Yikes! London Mayor really socks it to Romney. Here's video.
Barclays bank is told to stop its fundraising for Romney.
A scathing review of Romney's trip that has only just begun.
When he was supposed to be secretive, Romney tells the public of secret meeting with British MI6 (like the CIA) spy chief.
Team Romney says Americans don't pay attention to foreign press. Sadly, that's probably true. Other countries know more about our foreign policy than Americans do. They clearly have a pretty good idea who Mitt Romney is. But could the average American even name the British prime minister?
Cameron's response is even more delightful in video:
Poor clueless Romney, says attacks on his "success" will not be successful: