I'm sure the Olympic gaffe will blow over. I just hope Romney will
demonstrate more care when he visits the Middle East. Regrettably that is a land
where careless words can have much more serious consequences.
Romney got lucky. Not every dumb thing said has a huge event following it to
ensure everyone forgets. I suspect he'll have another go. That having been
said, it's nice to see the olympics underway, however every games has
problems. The circus is simply too big and expenseive to be manageable. Ticket
scandals, for example, are almost mandatory at every games.
Mitt wouldn't recognize (or understand) diplomacy if it reached up and bit
him on the nose. He is NOT what this country needs, and his conduct on this
trip abroad really calls attention to that fact. No thanks!
To Furry1993:Had you bothered to watch the interview that precipitated
this overblown controversy, you'd understand that his intent was taken out
of context. In answer to a question, Romney simply said that an undertaking the
size of the Olympics usually has some issues somewhere during their proceedings
and that he hoped the UK was up to it. Reporters trying to create news (as they
often do) passed his comments on as personally questioning the UK's
abilities as Olympic hosts. It's actually quite sad but somewhat humorous
how the press can make a lot out of very little. UK politicians kept it going by
trying to create publicity of their own... something many in politics are very
good at.No matter how under-qualified you feel Romney is for the job,
there's no doubt he would be multiple times better than what we currently
have. It would take an ostrich with his head completely in the sand not to be
able to see that. Or else someone completely addicted to the out-of-hand
entitlements Obama is trying to make his constituents dependent upon. Which are
you? Good luck with trying to understand the actual facts!
Romney's comments were ill-conceived and horribly naive. He doubtless was
trying to show what a competent Olympics leader he was, but he ended up looking
foolish. Again. He either is getting really poor advice or he has little (or no)
understanding of foreign diplomacy.
Nice try D News to attempt to put a positive spin on this. He showed us how
much statesman skills he has- zero.
o groupies:romney was only stating what the british newspapers were
already saying. when your security company only has 50% of what was promised
ready and the military within a week of the games is being called up, i'd
say that could be a problem too.
Well, I knew that the Romney candidacy would bring some negative and unwanted
attention to Utah and the LDS Church, but I never thought that it would come in
part from the Prime Minister of England. Salt Lake City, how does it feel to
live in the "middle of nowhere"? Perhaps everyone in SLC should send a
letter to the Prime Minister to tell him of the wonders to be found in the
"Middle of Nowhere". His address is 10 Downing Street, London.
Mike,I don't know about you, but having lived in UT all of my
life, I am quite certain that it is indeed the middle of nowhere. I don't
mind. I prefer living here to the East Coast, where I have had the occasion to
visit on many occasion for both pleasure and business. This also has nothing to
do with the Church...so that comment is completely out of left field. Also, I
don't know how you can be upset about this comment but feel that the
comment the precipitated it is not a problem. Maybe you should get some thicker
skin...or at least one that reacts evenly.Also, this whole thing is
rather ironic coming from someone who lives in Cedar City...a town that quite
literally appears in the middle of nowhere.
"Bullock said that people need to forget about Romney's comments and
focus on the Olympics and the athletes. "Problem is this man is
running for the highest office in the nation, is asking his fellow Americans to
have him to be the public face of this country for the next four years, and the
fact that he didn't have the political understanding that this comment, at
this time, at this venue, as a guest of another nation, would reflect poorly on
his judgement. Small seemingly innocent words have sent nations to war... so
this does matter. Not that this incident is all that important in
of itself. But this was Romney's stage that he picked himself, and
orchestrated, and he slipped up. It is unfortunate. But his credibility on
foreign matters was not helped by this. Yes, this should have been
about the athletes. But then Mitt spoke, and made it about him. Silence really
is golden sometimes.
Romney was taken out of context just like Obama was. Neither side wants to know
the true intent, they just want to sling mud!Romney merely recited
what he heard reported in the media. Then that same media used his words to
castigate him. Meanwhile, the president was trying to express how capitalism
takes a village, and government is the shepherd...
@TatorsPerhaps, though it didn't help that he said he met with MI6
and went exploring the backside of Downing Street.
Goodness, Claudio, what bee got under your proverbial bonnet? I have lived all
over this country from Alaska to Main, Arizona to Tennessee, and the last 21
years in Dallas Texas and yes I resent SLC being cited as the "middle of
nowhere" because it is not, it is a world class city. and neither is Cedar
City the middle of nowhere That was a cheap shot. It is a sad comment that
Romney's impolitic remarks were the reason for the Prime Ministers
unfortunate comment.Also, I case you haven't noticed
Romney's religion has been and remains an issue which has brought some
unflattering attention to the Church.By the way I was raised in
Utah, and Springville is no metropolis either.
I watched the whole interview nothing is being "takin out of context,"
do you really believe that the PM would speak about it if it "was taken out
of context" because then he would look foolish. Nope this is all on
mit thinking he knows better than anyone else.He must be surrounded
by yes men, because he consistently says the wrong things to the wrong people.
Last week the cabbies and subway workers in London were threatening to go on
strike during the games. Is London ready? It's a fair question, but this
is, of course, getting blown out of proportion trying to stir up interest in the
upcoming games. Media does the same things before football games too. Remember
Mike,I didn't state that Springville WAS a metropolis. I
stated "having lived in UT all of my life, I am quite certain that it is
indeed the middle of nowhere. I don't mind. I prefer living here." I
also stated, and you conveniently ignored that "This [article] has nothing
to do with the Church...so that comment is completely out of left field."
The only ones who have made religion an issue are the few who have tried to bait
a response by the LDS community (clearly they've succeeded if you follow
this website's comment boards), or by those who continue to feel a need to
question the beliefs of the current president. This article, however, has no
relation to anyone's religion.The fact that you or anyone is
offended by the comment made by the Brits is evidence enough of the soft skin
Americans have to any criticism, warranted or not. At the end of the day, who
cares?! Are we really going to make an issue out of this? Seriously?! Get
over it already. Good grief, does everything nowadays amount to fightin'
words and the need to get all Rambo'ed up?
I love Utah, lived there, visit there. . . . . . but yes, SLC IS in the middle
of nowhere! Come on! Great comeback "diss" by the PM. Appreciate it
for that, at least! For Mitt, this is an example of his awkward
"out of touch" persona that makes it hard for people to embrace him.
The media does its share of damage, but in this instance, its all Mitt.I once had a friend in high school who had a great desire to fit in with a
group. One day he shows up at school in Levi cowboy shirt, boots, wranglers
complete with skoal ring. Next day, tried out for wrestling and wore what the
"athletes" wore (shoe laces untied on his high tops), followed by days
of metal head shirts and preppy polos complete with penny loafers and scarves.
That's Mitt! Hopefully Romney's own style will show up sometime like
it eventually did with my buddy.
Claudio, Maybe you should have lived somewhere else sometime in you life. If
you did you might know something about how often others put this area down. You
ought to show more pride in your state. And you did take a cheap shot. Ever
been to Cedar City? Do a little homework and you will find that it has a fine
University, One of the best regional Shakespeare Festivals (Tony wining)in the
Country. Wonderful skiing and camping just a few miles away) No, its not Salt
Lake nor any of those smog bound strip cities along the Wasatch Front but clean
air has its joys. You really missed my point, which was that it is
a sad commentary that Mr. Romney's gaff created inappropriate negative
comments about Utah. Sorry that you feel as you do, but since you have only
lived in one state (as it seems from your comments) how do you really know that
SLC really is the "Middle of nowhere" Just what is the Middle of
nowhere anyway. What are the qualifications for that title, and who has the
right to declare any place to be that?
Ummmm. Who cares?
Mr. Romney has a strange way of attempting to ingratiate himself with others.Knowing nothing of his friends and his relationship with them.....knowing
nothing of his relationship with his employees......not having personal family
relationship details.........we wonder. Does he treat those close to him in this
manner, as well?The citizens of the United States, whether they be voters
or not, must now decide if they/we wish to have a person such as Romney as the
head of our country. Romney can say he has studied the history and
politics/politicians of another country, however, it is obvious that he feels he
can show he is more intelligent and knows better than they do. We have seen
this, repeatedly. In order to try to make himself look better than others, he
tells them their shortcomings. A Diplomat, he certainly, is not.Everyone
knows someone like this who likes to play the game, "Can you top this?"
They usually are not popular with others because of their superior attitude.Yesterday, even Carl Rove discussed his dismay with Mitt Romney.
Bottom Line: Romney insulted our closest ally and they took offense at it.