Posts Tagged ‘shambles

28
Jul
12

Awkward….

A British fan holds a Union flag over the head of Mitt Romney as he attended the morning swimming session on Day One of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Romney’s visit to London featured a string of embarrassing gaffes, including him doubting in an interview that the city was ready to host the Games, earning him a sharp public rebuke from Prime Minister David Cameron. The hashtag #RomneyShambles promptly trended on Twitter.

Even far-right British newspaper The Daily Mail – no friends of President Obama – was scathing in its assessment of Romney, describing it as an “abysmal diplomatic visit”:

…. After making the epic faux pas of questioning whether London was fully prepared to host the Olympic games, Mr Romney has been jeered on American TV and slammed by top British politicians, with London mayor Boris Johnston mocking the Massachusetts governor in front of a crowd of 60,000.

…. 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’.

…. 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’….

Chat away ;-)

28
Jul
12

Rise and Shine

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President Obama arrives to attend two campaign events at a private residence on July 27 in McLean, Virginia

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Tally? Deep breaths, okay?

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The Guardian: Mitt Romney’s campaign is scrambling to limit the damage from his gaffe-strewn visit to London – which has drawn mocking put-downs from the city’s mayor and the British prime minister, and “Mitt the twit” headlines in the UK – by saying that Americans don’t care what the foreign press prints.

But the attempt to downplay the debacle made little headway in the face of a barrage of critical coverage in the US, which portrayed the Republican presidential candidate as incompetent and undiplomatic, and stinging criticism from American Olympic legend Carl Lewis, who suggested that Romney should not be allowed to travel abroad.

…. The New York Daily News called Romney’s visit to the UK “flub-filled”. “At this rate, Mitt Romney may provoke an international incident with the United Kingdom by the weekend,” it said.

…. Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, …. said the near farce of Romney’s trip will reinforce doubts in the minds of some voters about his fitness for the presidency.

“The image is somewhat that he’s not ready for prime time. It’s London for God’s sakes. You have to try to mess up a foreign debut in Great Britain if you’re an American candidate for president. It looks terrible. He was a gaffe machine. It wasn’t just a single gaffe. Every time he opened his mouth he created another gaffe,” he said.

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NYT: …. Mr. Romney has misspoken before, despite his highly disciplined, analytical and cautious campaign. But it may be the very consultant-cool personality of his campaign that has helped propel Mr. Romney’s Olympic-size gaffe.

…. The aftermath was swift and vicious, with the British press devouring Mr. Romney like a pile of mushy peas. His campaign was slow and flat-footed in recognizing it had a problem, and unable to improvise a quick response.

Instead, staff members were forced to watch as David Cameron, the British prime minister, offered a tart and public rebuke on Thursday. “Of course it’s easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere,” Mr. Cameron said, an obvious allusion to the Games Mr. Romney oversaw in Salt Lake City.

Afterward, the campaign said that Mr. Romney had misspoken because he was tired and jet-lagged… Two British television networks led with the gaffe on their nightly broadcasts (a third ran it second), and Mr. Romney awoke to British headlines proclaiming him a “party-pooper” and “Mitt the Twit.”

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Washington Post: Mitt Romney’s Friday was better than his Thursday. He did very little.

…. Romney’s missteps have drawn extensive mockery in Britain and public consternation from both Republicans and Democrats in the United States, and his campaign advisers were at a loss Friday to put a positive spin on the story — other than to look ahead to the next two stops on his tour.

…. As a result, there is now immense pressure on him to find better footing in Israel and Poland…

… in the absence of any new biographical narrative or policy pronouncements, the media coverage of Romney’s trip has centered on his Olympics gaffe — and the result has been brutal for the candidate.

Even some Republicans acknowledged the damage Romney’s comments had caused. “You have to sort of shake your head,” former George W. Bush strategist Karl Rove said Friday on Fox News. But Rove said he did not think it was “a big deal,” adding that Romney “walked it back adroitly, but nonetheless the damage was done.”

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Gallup: While Republicans may look favorably on Romney’s visit to Israel, another group with keen interest in U.S.-Israeli relations — Jewish Americans — solidly backs Obama in the election.

Gallup Daily tracking from June 1-July 26 finds Jewish registered voters favoring Obama over Romney by 68% to 25%. That is essentially the same as Gallup’s prior update on Jewish voting preferences.

Although one goal of Romney’s Israel visit could be to attract greater support among Jewish voters in the U.S., Jewish Americans have been a traditionally strong Democratic group, so they are unlikely to become much more supportive of Romney regardless of the outcome of the trip.

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Morning everyone ;-)

27
Jul
12

‘Are you watching Mitt? Michelle Obama gives a masterclass in diplomacy’

London Evening Standard: As a lesson in good natured statesmanship – if not to say simple manners – it was a masterclass.

For Michelle Obama cast aside stuffy protocol to join in the fun and games to celebrate today’s opening of the Olympic games with more than 1,000 children.

The First Lady met the children – most of them from U.S. military families – in the grounds of Winfield House, the official residence of the U.S. ambassador in London…..

Mrs Obama, who later tried out sports including tug-of-war and football alongside the children, offered a tribute to military families who had been invited to take part in the event….

…. It was a somewhat different story from another American visitor, presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who was forced to apologise for his comments about London’s readiness for the Games.

The gaffe-prone Republican told US channel NBC’s Today Show: “After being here a couple of days it looks to me like London is ready”.

His comments followed criticism from both David Cameron and Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt as well as worldwide condemnation from Twitter users who got #romneyshambles trending on the microblogging site.

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Thanks Terim

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Meanwhile, Londoners don’t know whether to laugh or growl when they spot the guy:

Grosvenor Place, London, July 27

27
Jul
12

This and That

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David Beckham

… with David Beckham, Nickelodeon’s Spongebob Squarepants and Brandi Chastain

First Lady Michelle Obama hosts a ‘Let’s Move-London’ event at Winfield House

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27
Jul
12

Rise and Shine

First lady Michelle Obama arrives at a Team USA athletes breakfast in London, July 27

Link to BBC video report here

…. with Team USA women’s basketball team

The First Lady will attend a reception for Heads of State hosted by Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace this evening. Following the reception, she will attend the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games in her role as head of the Presidential Delegation.

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Thanks Zizi

I’m guessing this is a first for TOD … a link to The Sun – but that’s a quite magnificent headline :lol:

The Sun: Wannabe president Mitt Romney infuriated Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday by making a string of embarrassing blunders. The US election hopeful, on a visit to London, questioned whether the Olympics will be a success … and whether the British people will “come together and celebrate” the Olympics.

There was further embarrassment when Mr Romney said he had looked out of “the backside of Number 10” to see the beach volleyball court.

He breached diplomatic protocol by revealing he had been briefed by MI6 chief Sir John Sawers, then appeared to forget Labour leader Ed Miliband’s name, calling him “Mr Leader” instead.

Mr Cameron later slapped down the former Massachusetts governor …. In a clear swipe at Mr Romney, he added: “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.”

…. London mayor Boris Johnson publicly ridiculed Mr Romney. Addressing the crowd at an Olympic concert in Hyde Park, Mr Johnson said: “There’s a guy called Mitt Romney who wants to know if we’re ready. Are we ready?” The 60,000-strong audience responded with a deafening cry of “Yes we are!”

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Vancouver Sun

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10:15: The President signs the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act

1:10: Attends a campaign event at the Jefferson Hotel, Washington, DC (Closed Press)

4:45: Departs the White House en route McLean, Virginia

4:55: Arrives McLean, Virginia

5:25: Attends a campaign event, private residence, McLean (Closed Press)

7:35: Delivers remarks at a campaign event, private residence, McLean

8:25: Departs McLean

8:35: Arrives at the White House

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Morning everyone ;-)

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26
Jul
12

This and That

President Obama holds a Cabinet meeting in the the White House, July 26 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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LA Times: Among the people watching Mitt Romney’s European misadventures with interest on Thursday was President Obama’s top campaign strategist, David Axelrod.

“It’s been quite amazing so far,” Axelrod remarked Thursday. “I’m almost speechless. That doesn’t happen too often.”

Romney made headlines on his first day abroad by calling some elements of the British planning for the Olympics “disconcerting,” to the apparent annoyance of some of his hosts…..

…. British news outlets also pointed out that Romney appeared to commit a faux pas by disclosing the fact that he met with the head of MI-6, the British foreign intelligence service.

Axelrod said he was following the developments on Twitter – an unrivaled venue for the sort of brutal snark well-suited to political gaffes, but particularly ones in which the Brits weigh in. (See #romneyshambles)

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UK Independent

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Friday:

10:15: President Obama signs the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act

1:10: Attends a campaign event at the Jefferson Hotel, in Washington, D.C.

4:45: Departs the White House en route McLean, Virginia

5:25: Attends a campaign event

7:35: Delivers remarks at a campaign event

8:35: Arrives at the White House

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Psst, Willard? This is how you ‘do’ Europe …. watch and learn:

Berlin, 2008




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