The presumptive GOP presidential nominee's foreign tour already is in an uproar, two days into its kick-off. The British folks are reportedly quite angry at, and the headlines are glaring their disapproval.
The Sun's "Mitt the Twit" is one that stands out but there are others. "Why doesn't party-pooper Mitt Romney go home" is another decidedly deep dig at poor Romney.
He has harshly criticised his opponent President Barack Obama's foreign policies, but it seems like his début abroad has taken off on very shaky ground. Even more startling, this is our friendly neighbor he's visiting. What will happen when he has to take the tour to those far-away foreign shores where those governments and regimes are not considered allies?
His comment on England's security preparations was not received on a positive note, and London's mayorwas seen on CNN television condemning Romney's doubts that their security was up to par. A loudly responsive crowd of more than 60,000, who seemed to share Johnson's disdain of the former Massachusetts governor/Bain Capital venture capitalist.
There has been talk in the media of England's "less than stellar security," but that hasn't stopped the British from being offended by Romney pointing it out. Even if what the Republican nominee said about England's Olympic security is the truth, why didn't he see that loud, public criticism might not be the smartest way to introduce himself to our allies and garner confidence in his diplomatic abilities?
Moreover, is this another indication of his awkward, inadequate communication skills, which may be a disaster in complicated foreign policy manuerverings?
Incidentally, Ann Romney's prized horse Rafalca is competing in the Olympic "prom," and that equestrian blue blood has better healthcare than many Americans. According to the good folks over at MoveOn.org, it reportedly lives on a 5,000 acre farm, has a chartered jet, with a cushy health care plan which includes massages and a chiropractor. Plus, it received a whopping $77,000 in tax breaks although Romney is against government handouts for the rest of us and vows to repeal health care coverage millions of Americans are figuratively and literally dying to have.
The Romneys are currently attending Friday's Olympic opening ceremonies, scheduled to begin any moment.
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"Ann Romney's Horse Aims for Olympic Glory," Businessweek, July 12, 2012.
"Raising Romney's Horse vs. An American Family: Which Costs More?" Current, June 20, 2012.
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