Mitt meeses up in UK--but UK was worse to US....
Romney had hardly landed when he committed his Olympics gaffe--expressing concern about security for the Games. Romney was inartful--he'd better have let the topic alone. Any advice he offered could not have been factored in on the eve of the Games. The Brits lambasted Romney for his faux pas--all out of proportion to an innocent, if impolitic remark.
Yet British PM David Cameron was far worse. Referring to Salt Lake City as "in the middle of nowhere" (and thus easier to secure than London) was a deliberate put-down. He could simply have said that he was sure Romney's comments were well-intentioned, as clearly they were, and noted that protecting London anytime is, as the governor surely knows, harder than protecting the Utah Olympic sites in 2002.
Romney did worse in the press, but Cameron was far worse with his calculatedly malicious remarks. A gentle chiding would have sufficed. It should be noted that the 2012 Games opening ceremony was a politically correct left-wing production, a mess Mitt did not make in 2002.
Bottom Line. Romney's Olympic gaffe was blown all out of proportion by London's nasty Fleet Street press, and picked up--naturally--by liberal media in the US. If Romney wins, he will have fence-mending to do with the "special relationship"--which he can begin by restoring the bust of Winston Churchill to the Oval Office.
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