“We said we were doing a photo spray…” – Andrea Saul, Romney Press Secretary
SO MUCH FOR Mitt Romney’s understanding of our “special relationship” with Great Britain. From “Anglo-Saxon” weirdness to doubting Great Britain can handle the Olympics to apparently forgetting or not knowing Ed Miliband’s name to excluding the American press, this foreign policy tour has quickly turned into gaffe watch.
In a “photo spray” moment with Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, Mitt Romney went decidedly silent.
Following a brief press conference today speculation on social networking site Twitter centered on whether Mr Romney had forgotten the Labour leader’s name.
Replying to the Labour leader in front of the press, Mr Romney said: “Like you, Mr Leader, I look forward to our conversations this morning … and recognise, of course, the unique relationship that exists between our nations, our commitment to common values, our commitment to peace in the world and our desire to see a stronger and growing economy.”
This came after Mr. Romney criticized the handling of the Olympic security with NBC’s Brian Williams.
“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.”
Prime Minister David Cameron fired back:
“You’re going to see beyond doubt that Britain can deliver,” Cameron told reporters. “We’ve delivered this incredible Olympic Park on time, on budget, and in real style.”
It also brought a blaring headline from the Daily Mail.
DAILY MAIL: That’s a good way to make new friends: Romney forced to backtrack after questioning Britain’s ability to host Olympics on his first foreign visit
It comes on top of Bill Kristol and other leading Republicans slamming Romney on Reagan gaffe, as well as his using a Scooter Libby man to slam Obama on leaks.
As you see from the top quote, the Romney campaign is now admitting that the foreign policy tour is really one long “photo spray.” Chuck Todd had been leading the criticism on Romney’s choice to diss American press traveling with him.
*** Romney’s press-corps faux pas: During his meeting with Miliband, according to the pool report, Romney answered questions from British reporters but did not take any questions from the American reporters, which isn’t protocol. In fact, it’s considered a bit of an insult to the U.S reporters who are following the presumptive GOP presidential nominee overseas.
The American free press keeps getting a smaller and smaller role in our political world. It’s dangerous to all citizens and something Pres. Obama is guilty of as well, as I wrote about here.
Mitt Romney’s foreign policy tour has quickly morphed into a gaffe watch. I’ve never seen anything like this from a potential commander in chief on the international stage.