Wait. WORSE than Sarah Palin???
Mitt Romney is in England this week, presumably to watch his wife’s dancing horse compete to prove his foreign policy bona fides by showing his fluency in Wealthsh.
It’s not going so good.
If fact, it’s going so bad that got an entire hashtag devoted to his his Europefail: #RomneyShambles.
I won’t go into to ALL of the gory details (because frankly, there are so many that this post would be way too long) but you can get the entire run-down from Hunter at Daily Kos.
Here’s a very brief overview:
- Insulted President Obama through a staffer by saying he doesn’t understand our Anglo-Saxon heritage
- Insulted London by suggesting they weren’t up to the task of handling the Olympic games, pissing off even England’s Primer Minister David Cameron
- Called the wrong person “Leader”
- Bragged about a meeting with the secretive intelligence group MI-06, something that is simply not done
It prompted James Chappers from the tabloid Daily Mail to tweet this:
Serious dismay in Whitehall at Romney debut. 'Worse than Sarah Palin.' 'Total car crash'. Two of the kinder verdicts #romneyshambles
— James Chapman (@jameschappers) July 26, 2012
Here are some others:
Good old Mitt. His charm offensive in the UK failed to be charming, but he really pulled off the offensive bit #gop #romney
— Paul Harris (@paulxharris) July 26, 2012
Mitt Romney loves to say that Obama goes around apologizing for America. The irony is that America is now apologizing for Mitt Romney.
— Laila Lalami (@LailaLalami) July 26, 2012
Here’s a fun headline: “Mitt Romney is a wazzock” [Wazzock means “idiot”.]
[T]here’s one thing Romney could learn while he’s in Britain this week: some manners.
London Mayor Boris Johnson basically told Romney to go Cheney himself:
“There are some people who are coming from around the world who don’t yet know about all the preprations we’ve done to get London ready in the last seven years,” he said. “I heard there’s a guy called Mitt Romney who wants to know whether we’re ready. Are we ready? Yes we are!”
“Can we put on the greatest Olympics games that have ever been held?” “Can we beat France? Yes we can! Can we beat Australia? Yes we can!”
Yes we can. Heh.
Steven Benen put it succinctly:
Romney hoped this trip would make him look like a leader ready for the global stage. So far, it’s making him look like he’s nowhere near ready to sit at the big kids’ table.
Romney is so not ready for prime time that it truly IS a national embarrassment that he’s in any way representing us on the international stage. He looks like a complete buffoon, stumbling around making stupid, unforced errors, seemingly unaware of how out of touch, patronizing and rude he is. He is reinforcing the stereotyped vision that many Europeans and other countries have about Americans and he’s doing it on the international stage.
Thanks a lot, Mitt. Now we have to apologize for YOU.