Romney Commits Major Gaffe on Trip to London
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The Daily Banter headline grab (from the Guardian):
Mitt Romney handed Barack Obama a potential gift for the US presidential election campaign when the presumptive Republican nominee blundered on his first diplomatic outing by questioning whether London was capable of staging a successful Olympic Games.
In a move that astonished Downing Street, hours before it laid on a special reception for Romney at No 10, he told NBC there were “disconcerting” signs about the preparations for the Games. One senior Whitehall source said: “What a total shocker. We are speechless.”
David Cameron wasted no time in rebuking Romney hours after his remarks were broadcast. On a visit to the Olympic Park, the prime minister said: “We are holding an Olympic Games in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities in the world. Of course it’s easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere.”
Cameron’s remarks were intended to be a light-hearted jibe at Romney, who used his famous management skills honed at Bain Capital to rescue the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Boris Johnson, the London mayor, joined in the jibes at a celebration to greet the Olympic torch in Hyde Park. “I hear there’s a guy called Mitt Romney who wants to know whether we’re ready,” Johnson yelled from the stage to a cheering crowd.
“He wants to know whether we’re ready. Are we ready? Are we ready? Yes, we are.”