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'What a car crash... worse than Sarah Palin': British politicians' fury at Romney's..
UK Daily Mail ^ | July 27, 2012 | Toby Harnden and Thomas Duarte

Posted on 07/27/2012 6:00:55 AM PDT by C19fan

Top political figures in Britain have been queuing up to criticise Mitt Romney after he kicked off his first foreign tour by publicly questioning whether London would be able to run the Olympics smoothly. The most high-profile humiliation came when thousands of Brits jeered him after London's Mayor Boris Johnson mocked him at a concert to mark the end of the Olympic Torch relay. However, behind the scenes officials were even more scathing about the Republican presidential hopeful, describing his visit as a 'car crash' and comparing him unfavourably to Sarah Palin. Another official who met with the former Governor of Massachusetts said he was 'apparently devoid of charm, warmth, humour or sincerity'.

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Capital job there Willard. At least you provided lots of material for the British tabloids. How pathetic this man is the best the Republican party can come up with.
1 posted on 07/27/2012 6:01:03 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan

I don’t have much of a problem with this. He was asked a question and replied with an honest assessment based on his experience. It was impolitic to be sure, but I’d prefer honesty to pandering any day.


2 posted on 07/27/2012 6:03:58 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: C19fan

Bet they love Obama, hope you folks know a hit job when you see one. IF the British truly prefer the Obama foreign policy, we can just write off Europe today.

Oh and I’m sure you all agree that it’s the worst insult to be “Worse than Sarah Palin”. /s All over a truthful and accurate comment about some difficulties with the olympics.


3 posted on 07/27/2012 6:04:35 AM PDT by Williams (No Obama)
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To: C19fan

Heaven forbid there is a terrorist incident at this year’s Olympics. If it happens, and if it goes badly, Romney will seem like a very wise man.


4 posted on 07/27/2012 6:05:52 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Roger Taney? Not a bad Chief Justice. John Roberts? A really awful Chief Justice.)
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To: C19fan

The Brits better pray everything goes swimmingly to prove Romney wrong.


5 posted on 07/27/2012 6:06:22 AM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: C19fan

The Brits are jealous the London Games have seen problem after problem and they haven’t even started yet. Meanwhile, the Salt Lake City Games were saved (by Romney’s leadership, no less) and produced a profit.


6 posted on 07/27/2012 6:07:15 AM PDT by abercrombie_guy_38
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To: C19fan
Another Whitehall official said of Mr Romney’s remarks: ‘What a car crash. We are speechless' - with one aide saying the candidate was 'worse than Sarah Palin', John McCain's 2008 running mate who has a poor reputation in the UK.

Ah, yes. Remind me again why I have such contempt for British politicians on both the Left and Right. What did Sarah Palin say that caused such contempt among British politicians on the Right and Left? Or was it just because they were prejudiced against her? They are petty and small minded.

Romney shouldn't have said what he said but he is right. What I have heard about so far, with some of the presentations and the ceremony, are laughable (the one with the storybook characters sounds cringe-worthy). And the British have committed a couple gaffes of their own already -- putting up the wrong flags when certain athletes are competing.

Britain is a petty, small-minded nation that is incredibly resentful of America. We saw it in the Iraq War, we saw it with how they treated George Bus, we saw it with how they treated Sarah Palin and we see it now. I could care less what they think.

7 posted on 07/27/2012 6:08:44 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: C19fan

And just how MANY Olymipic(sp?) games have YOU rescued there “expert”!


8 posted on 07/27/2012 6:08:52 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: cotton1706

Romney, speaking during a fundraiser in London, said that if elected president, he would return a bust of Churchill that was given to President George W. Bush in 2001 - and later returned by President Obama - back to the Oval Office.

President Obama famously sent Churchill’s bust back to Britain soon after coming into office. As the Telegraph reported then:

A bust of the former prime minister once voted the greatest Briton in history, which was loaned to George W Bush from the Government’s art collection after the September 11 attacks, has now been formally handed back.

The bronze by Sir Jacob Epstein, worth hundreds of thousands of pounds if it were ever sold on the open market, enjoyed pride of place in the Oval Office during President Bush’s tenure.

But when British officials offered to let Mr Obama to hang onto the bust for a further four years, the White House said: “Thanks, but no thanks.”


9 posted on 07/27/2012 6:09:28 AM PDT by tsowellfan (http://www.twitter.com/cafenetamerica)
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To: C19fan

So Im to assume Romney wont get the Nobel Peace Prize 2 days after taking office, darn


10 posted on 07/27/2012 6:09:39 AM PDT by GoCards (I am a Hobbit)
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To: C19fan

Yawn.


11 posted on 07/27/2012 6:10:01 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: C19fan

Romney just needs to smile and wave at people up until the election.


12 posted on 07/27/2012 6:10:39 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: C19fan

Perhaps they ought to wait until the end of the Olympics before they express their umbrage at this mild critique. We won’t know if Romney was wrong until it’s over.


13 posted on 07/27/2012 6:10:58 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: C19fan

Isn’t Cameron a loving Comrade to Obummer?


14 posted on 07/27/2012 6:10:58 AM PDT by GreatRoad (O < 0)
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To: C19fan; cotton1706

Romney knowns what he’s talking about, as shown by the 2002 Winter Olympics, which he turned around.

However, he needs to be more diplomatic!!!!

The run-up to the 2012 Olympics has been plagued by muslim terrorist activity. I hope and pray that no attack happens! But security is paramount.


15 posted on 07/27/2012 6:11:16 AM PDT by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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To: C19fan

There is nothing Romney could have said to please the leftists in Britain, who are among the most Communist Commies on the planet, especially in the media and London. They couldn’t wait to pile on. His comments were ill-advised. But, the response is way overdone and in no way in proportion to what was said.


16 posted on 07/27/2012 6:11:21 AM PDT by WashingtonSource
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

DOUBLE YAWN!


17 posted on 07/27/2012 6:11:21 AM PDT by angcat (Without Valor there is no hope.)
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To: C19fan

This from a country over-run by muslim terrorists, drunken ‘footballers’, sots, an elitist homo upper crust, and some old bag who pretends it’s still the 12th century! I’ll give you Churchill. After that I wouldn’t give you plug nickel for these wastrels!


18 posted on 07/27/2012 6:11:21 AM PDT by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: C19fan

Who cares what these Third Worlders have to say? The Sun has set on the British Dumpire.


19 posted on 07/27/2012 6:11:49 AM PDT by Dr. Thorne (Don't vote for anyone who takes contributions from Goldman Sachs)
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To: C19fan

Years ago I watched the Australian Olympics, best one EVER.

I have a somber feeling the Brits may actually not have enough resources to stop possibly another Israeli event.

I’m just going by a gut feeling, something is about to pop over there, a gas attack or an airplane crash aimed at the event.


20 posted on 07/27/2012 6:12:15 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (Going mobile, posts will be brief. No spellcheck for the grammar nazis.)
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To: C19fan
worse than Sarah Palin

Well, looks like Palin was right when she told us to vote for Newt.

Don't blame me. I listened to Sarah Palin.

21 posted on 07/27/2012 6:13:30 AM PDT by tsowellfan (http://www.twitter.com/cafenetamerica)
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To: C19fan
Another official who met with the former Governor of Massachusetts said he was 'apparently devoid of charm, warmth, humour or sincerity'.

Of my two trips to London, I say that British cuisine is "completely devoid of taste."

I was spoiled though: my first trip to London occurred as I was completing my tour in Germany.

These British politicians may want to dial back their criticisms of Romney, considering the easily preventable gaffes that have occurred in the past few days. Quoting Joe Biden, that was a big effin' deal when the South Korean flag was displayed before the North Korean soccer game.

IIRC, they said much the same when Obama gave PM Brown that package of 25 DVD's as a gift in 2009.

22 posted on 07/27/2012 6:13:30 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (My dream ticket for 2012 is John Galt & Dagny Taggart!)
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To: C19fan

Not a huge Romney fan. But I don’t see where the outrage is coming from. His statement was honest and clear. It wasn’t some bumbling gaffe that they are making it out to be.

IMO, this was all planned. It started with the unnamed sources (Anglo Saxon). Then spinning an honest answer about readiness into an insult. The the leftwing pols and media took over.

No matter what he did, the goal was to make him look like a fool on the trip to protect Obama.


23 posted on 07/27/2012 6:13:45 AM PDT by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else)
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To: C19fan
Maybe the British tabloids should be reminded one of the first things Obummer did upon ascending to the WH was send a bust of Winston Churchill (a gift from the British) back to Britain ... certainly a classless, clueless act on the part of the ‘anointed one’.
24 posted on 07/27/2012 6:14:34 AM PDT by BluH2o
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To: C19fan
Another official who met with the former Governor of Massachusetts said he was 'apparently devoid of charm, warmth, humour or sincerity'

If I were going to turn "devoid" into a noun and pick a meaning, I think I'd go with British official.

No defense of Romney. Just sayn.

25 posted on 07/27/2012 6:15:00 AM PDT by Lady Lucky (If you believe what you're saying, quit making taxable income.)
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To: C19fan

It’s a no win for Romney now, if nothing happens he’ll be called a Cassandra, if something happens they’ll blame him.


26 posted on 07/27/2012 6:15:54 AM PDT by AU72
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To: abercrombie_guy_38

Profit is a four letter word, not spoken in polite company. Watch your mouth around children. You have been warned. ;^)


27 posted on 07/27/2012 6:16:14 AM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: Dr. Thorne
Who cares what these Third Worlders have to say? The Sun has set on the British Dumpire

Ouch! So much for Romney's diplomatic abilities.

28 posted on 07/27/2012 6:16:27 AM PDT by tsowellfan (http://www.twitter.com/cafenetamerica)
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To: C19fan

Its been all over the news how inept the British have been. Putting missile launchers on top of apartment buildings, Inadequate security, poor training, and traffic woes leading the list.

So where was he wrong?


29 posted on 07/27/2012 6:16:30 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Honorary Serb

> However, he needs to be more diplomatic!!!!

I disagree.

I despise pandering.

This elevates Willard by another notch in my estimation.

He has the correct enemies.


30 posted on 07/27/2012 6:17:00 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: C19fan

So what “gaffes” have Sarah Palin committed against the stiff-arsed Brits?


31 posted on 07/27/2012 6:17:30 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: cotton1706

Honesty in politics? Wow, what a novel idea, probably be widespread once we get that squadron of flying pigs operational.

Willard was setup on this question, as it is well known he can not help blurting out his ideas on running the Games to anyone who asks. He needs to smile, wave and STFU if he wants to even have a chance in Nov.


32 posted on 07/27/2012 6:17:52 AM PDT by wrench
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To: C19fan

Who cares what the left thinks.


33 posted on 07/27/2012 6:17:58 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Williams
All over a truthful and accurate comment about some difficulties with the Olympics.

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Correct and all of their problems documented. The fact is the liberals in the UK cannot stand to hear the truth. Notice no one questions Romney's qualifications to make such statements.

34 posted on 07/27/2012 6:18:07 AM PDT by beenaround
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To: C19fan
Clumsy hatchet job and totally predictable to anyone who's awake.

I expected something more sophisticated from the brits.

35 posted on 07/27/2012 6:18:34 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: C19fan

Lets make sure blame is attributed rightly. As I recall there were several candidates but the electorate decided ORomney best represented their views. I think the talk was about how electable he was or some such. So, WE got what WE voted for and we’re stuck w/ it. Until the electorate wakes up and informs themselves there will be no positive change.


36 posted on 07/27/2012 6:18:43 AM PDT by 556x45
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To: C19fan

The Brits love Obama, so this isn’t exactly a big surprise. It’s kind of amusing how far the Brits have fallen from being unfazed by anything to whining about foreign dignitaries. Pathetic.


37 posted on 07/27/2012 6:18:58 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Williams
All over a truthful and accurate comment about some difficulties with the Olympics.

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Correct and all of their problems documented. The fact is the liberals in the UK cannot stand to hear the truth. Notice no one questions Romney's qualifications to make such statements.

38 posted on 07/27/2012 6:19:05 AM PDT by beenaround
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To: Doc Savage
I've been to England twice and am in no hurry to go there again. The last time I was there I was surprised at how much public drunkenness I saw. Plus my camera was stolen.

Thank God for George Washington and the other heroes of the American Revolution.

39 posted on 07/27/2012 6:19:18 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: BluH2o

> certainly a classless, clueless act on the part of the ‘anointed one’.

England has long since been overtaken by Bolsheik rabble, and will soon be under the domination of Moslem rabble.


40 posted on 07/27/2012 6:19:55 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: C19fan
What an overreaction. You see what happens when you let the left demonize one of our own. If it worked once it will work again. Although I'd love to see Willard withdraw and Sarah Palin take over. Heads would explode!!!
41 posted on 07/27/2012 6:20:19 AM PDT by McGruff (Support your local Republican candidates. They are our last line of defense.)
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To: C19fan

Thin skinned euro whiners that hate anything not socialist. We should be applauding him for saying no thanks to the idea of going the way of Europe.

Good on him for stepping on some toes.

The symbolism that means something is that he would return the Churchill bust.

They hate Palin. End of story.


42 posted on 07/27/2012 6:21:19 AM PDT by ecomcon
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To: Westbrook
I despise pandering

You disagree that diplomacy is mot important and it's pandering?

A good diplomat is one who can get others to do as he wishes WITHOUT pandering.

Geez!

43 posted on 07/27/2012 6:21:43 AM PDT by tsowellfan (http://www.twitter.com/cafenetamerica)
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To: C19fan

Who cares??? Brits don’t vote for US president.


44 posted on 07/27/2012 6:21:46 AM PDT by Wonder Warthog
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To: C19fan

I could not care less what people in the UK or Europe think of Romney. They all love Obama, after all. Perhaps after we fire him in November he can move there permanently.


45 posted on 07/27/2012 6:22:23 AM PDT by jboot (OPSEC. It's a killjoy, but it may save your life someday.)
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To: C19fan

Buttmunchers for zerobama have spoken.


46 posted on 07/27/2012 6:22:55 AM PDT by soycd
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To: ClearCase_guy
Heaven forbid there is a terrorist incident at this year’s Olympics. If it happens, and if it goes badly, Romney will seem like a very wise man.

More likely the Dem-edia will say that it was Romney's Fault™.

47 posted on 07/27/2012 6:23:02 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Recycled Olympic tagline Shut up, Bob Costas. Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!)
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To: Wonder Warthog
Who cares??? Brits don’t vote for US president.

They didn't force Romney to go now did they?

Obviously Romney cares or he'd be here talking to those who DO vote for US President.

48 posted on 07/27/2012 6:24:03 AM PDT by tsowellfan (http://www.twitter.com/cafenetamerica)
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To: Zhang Fei

> The Brits love Obama

0bama is the son of a British subject, as Kenya was under British dominion when 0bama’s father was born.

0bama himself may be considered a British subject, ergo the allegiance due to the satisfaction of having a Brit running the unruly Murican colonies again.

And on top of that, 0bama’s positions on “Palestinians”, Moslems and Jews is virtually congruent with that of England.


49 posted on 07/27/2012 6:25:06 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: C19fan

Ehhh.....liberals in England support the liberal candidate here. That’s one of the problems with liberals.....they’re never content to just screw things up where they are......they want to screw things up world-wide.


50 posted on 07/27/2012 6:25:29 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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