Ann Should have warned Mitt.
What people are saying about Romney’s foreign trip:
Washington Post: “The assessments of the trip, which saw Romney visit London, Israel and Poland over the past week, ranged from scathing to resigned among the Republican professional political class.”
Tampa Bay Times: “The first rule for foreign trips by U.S. candidates for president is to do no harm. Romney failed that test in London and Jerusalem, and there will be more questions about his foreign policy skills when he returns home than when he left.”
LA Times: “On Monday, for the second time in five days, his offhand comments tore at the image his campaign had tried so carefully to construct.”
Eugene Robinson: “Romney wants to project bold confidence. Instead, he radiates blind certainty. All around the world, people can tell the difference.”
ABC: “One thing is clear: Romney’s foreign trip became a much more complicated endeavor than the photo-op the campaign was hoping for. The Romney tour is also a massive contrast to a similar trip then-candidate Barack Obama took during his presidential campaign in 2008. While Romney was greeted warmly in Israel, it was nothing like the crowds that greeted Obama in 2008.”
Washington Post: “From a tactical point of view, Romney has faltered at times in trying to prove that he has the policy expertise, personal skills and cultural intelligence to represent the country abroad.”
Politico’s Playbook: “OY! THE WEEK FROM HELL: N.Y. Times A1 (1 col. above fold), ‘Romney Trip Raises Sparks At a 2nd Stop’ … WashPost A1 (4 cols. below fold, with 2-col. pic of Gov. and Mrs. Romney), ‘In Israel, Romney pleases crowds – but also confuses: Candidate says ‘culture’ explains Palestinians’ economic plight’ … Financial Times p. 5, ‘Palestinians hit at Romney’s ‘lack of vision’ on Middle East’ … USA Today p. 2A, ‘Romney wraps tour in Poland: Visit may play well in crucial swing states.’
CNN: Romney aide loses cool, curses at press in Poland Los Angeles Times: Romney’s travels take another detour into controversy
Los Angeles Times: Romney’s travels take another detour into controversy
Politico: Romney aide to reporters: ‘Shove it!’ National Journal: Romney Spokesman to Reporters: ‘Shove It’ Talking Points Memo: Romney Aide Curses At Press in Poland
National Journal: Romney Spokesman to Reporters: ‘Shove It’
Talking Points Memo: Romney Aide Curses At Press in Poland
Boston Globe: Mitt Romney aide reprimands reporters for asking questions in Warsaw
ABC: Mitt Romney Spokesman Tells Reporters ‘Kiss My…’ at Polish Holy Site
Washington Post: Romney aide berates reporters as GOP hopeful wraps up overseas trip
Washington Post: Mitt Romney’s overseas jaunt v. Obama’s 2008 voyage: What a difference staffing makes
Reuters: Romney chides Russia on last leg of bumpy foreign tour
Bloomberg: Palestinian Outcry Overshadows Polish Praise for Romney
Associated Press: China says Romney’s comments on Jerusalem wrong
CNN: Palestinians protest Romney statements as ‘racist’ New York Times: Romney Comments on Palestinians Draw Criticism.
New York Times: Romney Comments on Palestinians Draw Criticism
Los Angeles Times: Romney remark draws anger from Palestinians
Los Angeles Times: Fallout from Romney’s ‘culture’ remarks in Israel continues
ABC: Romney’s Israel Comments Anger Palestinian Leader
ABC: Romney’s Overseas Trip Continues With Another Fumble
Boston Globe: Romney remarks on Palestinians prompt outrage
National Journal: Palestinian Official Criticizes Romney’s Comments as ‘Racist’
New York Magazine: Mitt Romney Insults Whole New International Populace
Talking Points Memo: Romney: Socialized Health Care Good For Israel, Not For U.S.
Real Clear Politics: Romney’s Foreign Trip Takes Another Contentious Turn
Haaretz: In Jerusalem, Romney’s remarks against Palestinian culture seen as racist
CNN: Romney campaign changes mind, allows press into fund-raiser
Bloomberg: Romney Opens Fundraiser in Israel to Media After Outcry
National Journal: Report: Media Barred from Romney Fundraiser in Violation of Agreement
Washington Post: Romney bans media from Jerusalem fundraiser, violating pre-established protocol
CNN: Romney cancels meeting with party leaders in Israel
BuzzFeed: Romney Campaign Muddles Iran Stand
New York Daily News: In a speech outside of Jerusalem’s Old City, Romney talked tough about responding to the Iranian nuke threat, and clarified confusion created by his aide
NPR: Romney Camp Comments On Possible Israeli Action In Iran, Then Clarifies
ABC: Romney Heads to Israel After Rocky London Trip
Washington Post: Romney looks for a breakout moment in Israel to salvage foreign trip
NBC: Romney looks for political lift in Israel after London miscues
Jerusalem Post: Romney arrives in Israel after rough start to foreign tour
NYT: Romney’s Remarks Cause Stir in London
AP: Romney goes to Europe, causes international stir
Los Angeles Times: Romney’s remarks on London Olympics distract from visit
ABC/Yahoo: Romney under fire for comments about London Olympics
Bloomberg: Romney Riles Londoners With Comments on Olympic Games
Boston Globe: Mitt Romney, lost in translation
Washington Post: Mitt Romney tries to steer around Olympics controversy in London meetings
Wall Street Journal: U.K. Leaders Defend Games After Romney Comments
AP: Romney struggles to stem his own Olympics fallout
CNN: Romney trip begins in shambles
Washington Post: Mitt Romney: Showing gold medal tone deafness in London
ABC/Yahoo: London mayor mocks Romney at Olympic rally
Washington Post: London mayor Boris Johnson ribs ‘a guy called Mitt Romney’ at rally
The Hill: British PM slams Romney suggestion London not ready for Olympics
Boston Globe: Mitt Romney’s Olympics comments trigger response from Cameron, British press
CBS: Did Romney break cone of silence?
Wall Street Journal: Romney’s Not-So-Secret Meeting With MI6
Huffington Post: Chuck Todd Calls Mitt Romney Out Over Press Access
Politico: NBC’s First Read rants on Romney
Think Progress: Mitt Romney’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Trip to Europe
Willard’s knowledge of foreign affairs includes his belief that the Soviet Union
is America’s No.1 foe… In less than 24 hours on his overseas trip Willard offended
President Obama, African-Americans, England, Israel and the Palestinians!
Ahhh, yes, Willard and his campaign are definitely imploding!
July 31, 2012 10:09 AM
Romney: I “did not speak about” Palestinian culture
CBS News) Under fire from Palestinian leaders for recent comments suggesting that Israel’s economic success is borne out of its “culture,” Mitt Romney on Tuesday attempted to clarify his remarks, telling Fox News that he had not talked about “the Palestinian culture or the decisions made in their economy.”
“I’m not speaking about it, did not speak about the Palestinian culture,” Romney told Fox’s Carl Cameron, in an interview taped before the candidate’s departure from Poland. “That’s an interesting topic that perhaps could deserve scholarly analysis but I actually didn’t address that. I certainly don’t intend to address that during my campaign. Instead I will point out that the choices a society makes have a profound impact on the economy and the vitality of that society.”
At a fundraiser in Israel on Monday, Romney, speaking to Jewish-American donors, compared Israel’s economy to that of the Palestinians, noting a “dramatically stark difference in economic vitality.”
The republicans are still trying to polish this t*rd’s poor performance in every country he has visited, but I don’t think it will work out well for him in the end. The players in the MSM are commenting on Romney’s ignorance-laden comments and on his disrespect for the American journalists who are traveling with him. Even the Chinese have gotten in on the game. A Chinese official said that Romney’s statements in Israel damaged the ongoing negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians. He also noted that Romney’s words could cause further military conflict between the two groups. I find it stunning that Romney doesn’t seem to know that the Israelis and the Palestinians were engaged in military conflict as recently as 2008 and 2009. There was no reason for him to disrespect the Palestinians while PBO is trying to negotiate peace agreement between them and the Israelis. That he did shows that Romney’s only concern is for himself, and he’ll do/say anything to make himself look good. Even Lech Walesa reported that Romney lacks charm. None of what I’ve cited concerns Romney because he’s tone deaf and lacks the ability to see the impact that his words have on anything/body, and I get the impression that he thinks that since he is very wealthy, he is exempt from having to answer certain questions about himself, his tax records, his policies, and his offshore accounts.
Speak on it, majiir. And thus you have nonsense headlines like this http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/mitt-romneys-foreign-trip-didnt-go-well-does-it-matter/2012/07/30/gJQA5rudLX_blog.html?wpisrc=nl_pmpolitics
HELL YES IT MATTERS, MOFOs!
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Mitt Romney’s Foreign Policy Trip: The Reviews Are IN!
Excellent breakdown of the best of the reviews on Willard’s disastrous trip overseas.
Thank you! :-)