Thursday, July 26, 2012

Mitt Romney Changes His Tune on London 2012 Olympic Games

At the clip, these are Romney's updated comments apparently.

The New York Times reports on the earlier remarks, which were unwise, "Romney’s Remarks on Olympics Cause Stir in London":

LONDON — 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.

Mr. Romney’s verbal slip came on the first day of a highly anticipated trip that was expected to test his skills on foreign diplomacy, terrain in which he is not necessarily as comfortable as when dealing with economic issues. His remarks quickly threatened to usurp the news cycle of his overseas trip, which will also include a visit to Jerusalem to meet with Israeli leaders on Sunday.

So much for rekindling Anglo-Saxon relations.

More at Memeorandum. And see especially Alex Spillius at Telegraph UK, "Commentary: if Mitt Romney doesn’t like us, we shouldn’t care."