Romney Hammered By British Media
Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is on his third day of his trip overseas and awoke to very unfriendly headlines in the British newspapers. He continues to be trashed by the press for saying he found preparations for the 2012 London Games to be disconcerting.
The Sun a British tabloid declared “Mitt the Twit.” The newspaper described Romney as being a wannabe president. “Romneyshambles” is how the Independent headlined their newspaper. The paper accused Romney of not just committing a horrendous diplomatic gaffe, but a U.S. political cardinal sin of flip-flopping about his criticism.
Another papers suggested that the former Governor of Massachusetts’ Olympic gaffe succeeded in overshadowing the rest of his London trip. The Daily Mail, known for is conservatism, slammed the presidential candidate by writing, “He’s devoid of any charm, offensive plus a wazzock.”
Newscasters on BBC and Sky News responded to Romney’s comments Thursday night only hours ahead of the opening ceremonies of the Games. A reporter with Sky News questioned whether Romney was really prepared to be a U.S. president. He called Romney’s comments “just daft.”
Romney tried on a number of occasions to step back from his comments. He met with David Cameron the Prime Minister of Britain, who had been very critical of Romney’s criticism, and at a news conference afterwards, he tried to back off his remarks.
Thursday night in an interview on CNN, Romney also again attempted to contain the problem by saying he believes the 2012 London Games will be a success.