Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin have something in common. They both are Clueless!
Sarah Palin has repeatedly proved how clueless she is. One of the more memorable examples was her comment in the Katie Couric Interview about the economy.
Lawrence O’Donnell of MSNBC made the observation that Mitt Romney’s comments in London regarding the Olympic Games, are comparable to the nonsensical answers of Palin. O’Donnell didn’t suggest that Romney was as uneducated as Palin. He didn’t suggest that Romney was as inexperienced as Palin. However Romney’s comments to the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, were a memorable example of the “car crash” that Mitt Romney can be. In what should have been an easy, feel-good type of trip, Romney managed to show himself to be ill-informed, and totally unable to relate to leaders of other countries who are our closest allies. Here is a summary of some of the foolish things Romney said:
1. There were “disconcerting” signs in London just days before the games. He mentioned the need to have personnel from the private security firm, and the potential strike of immigration and customs officials. The actual quote is:
“It’s hard to know just how well it will turn out. There are a few things that were disconcerting… The stories about the private security firm not having enough people, the supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials, that obviously is not something which is encouraging.”
David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, was so offended, that he felt it necessary to highlight the differences between holding the Olympics in London, as compared to Salt Lake. He said: “We are holding an Olympic Games in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities anywhere in the world. Of course, it’s easier if you hold an Olympic Games in the middle of nowhere.” He went on to say, “I think we will show the whole world not just that we come together as a United Kingdom, but also we’re extremely good at welcoming people from across the world. I will obviously make those points to Mitt Romney. I look forward to meeting him.”
2. “I appreciated the insights and perspectives of the leaders of the government here and opposition here as well as the head of M16,” Romney said. The problem is that the chief of M16, the British Secret Intelligence Service, Sir John Sawers “meets with lots of people …but we don’t give a running commentary of any of these meetings.”
3. Instead of saying something positive about the Olympics, Romney said, “It’s hard to know how things will turn out.”
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson named Romney by name saying,”I hear there’s a guy called Mitt Romney who wants to know whether we’re ready.” Mayor Johnson then yelled into the microphone, “Are we ready?” The crowd yelled back as if to cheer their team on “YES WE ARE!”.
Perhaps the most Palin-esque comment came when Romney attempted to convey interest in all political ideologies in England. Romney met with Edward Millband, the Leader of the Labour Party and the Leader of the Opposition. Romney said:
“ Like you, Mr. Leader, I look forward to our …”
Unable to remember Millband’s name, the only thing Romney could have said that would have been worse would have been…”like you, and all of them, I look forward to our…”
I am reminded of Mitt Romney’s insulting comments to the people in a small town in Pennsylvania. They had tried to procure the most special of cookies for him, from one of the town’s best bakeries. Romney insulted the people by suggesting that the cookies came from 7-11. It takes an exceptional person to offend when talking about the Olympics or cookies. Romney is just such an exceptionally clueless person. Imagine the damage he might do when speaking with one of our enemies!