Mitt Romney wrapped up his less-than-successful international trip on Tuesday in Poland, the last of his destinations after the United Kingdom and Israel, where his speeches were marred by gaffes and other blunders.
Romney somberly put down a headdress at the tomb of a Poland's anonymous soldier, casting every inch the image of a potential president as he reviewed Polish soldiers.
Although the presumptive Republican presidential candidate had just delivered his speech, admiring Poland for its economic seriousness, live TV reports were focused more on the recent gaffes that had marred his weeklong international trip.
“Kiss my [expletive],” Romney’s aide, Rick Gorka, yelled to reporters as they shouted questions at Romney, according to the Washington Post. “This is a holy site for Polish people. Show some respect.”
Mr. Romney has wanted to differentiate himself from President Obama by trying to assert his approaches in depicting U.S. leadership and power all through his foreign trip. However, analysts think that the Republican presumptive candidate failed to translate his vision into action, saying so far his statements have been shallow and gawky.
The moment in Poland demonstrated Romney’s turbulent international trip, which was meant to signify his foreign policy credentials and show his voters in the U.S. that their man can be a statesman, but ended up accentuating uncertainties regarding his and his camp's readiness for the coming three months.
“Most candidates who have not been on the world stage before often realize that it’s just a bigger stage than they thought,” says John Geer, a political scientist at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, according to the CS Monitor. "You find out that there’s a lot more land mines out there in the international arena.”
To recap: Romney’s first gaffe came in London when he questioned London’s readiness to host the Olympics, saying some issues were disconcerting. That generated a flood of condemnations of the Republican from the British press and leaders.
In Israel, he offended Palestinians, saying “cultural differences” led to their slow economy. He also declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel and vowed to support military action by Israel against Iran.