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Mitt Romney's Olympic Sized Gaffe Inspires London Mayor Boris Johnson: VIDEO


Mitt Romney's big sojourn abroad is not off to the most auspicious start. There was the awkward timing of Prime Minister David Cameron praising marriage equality just before Republican Romney arrived, and then there was the candidate himself. As you may have heard, Romney really stepped in "it" when he suggested this morning that perhaps London wasn't prepared for the Olympic Games, which start tomorrow.

"You know, 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, supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials, that obviously is not something which is encouraging," he said in an interview with NBC's Brian Williams. He later tried to clarify his remarks, saying he was "delighted with the prospects of a highly successful Olympic Games."

But the damage had been done, and it wasn't long before PM Cameron gave a back-hand to Romney's tenure as chief executive of the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics: "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."

And now London Mayor Boris Johnson has joined in on the fun by using Romney as a whipping boy in his speech before a cheering crowd: There are some people who are coming from around the world who don't yet know about all the preparations we've done to get London ready in the last seven years. There's a guy called Mitt Romney who wants to know whether we are ready. Are we ready?"

Romney next heads to Israel, but that's not until Saturday. He's attending the Olympics' opening ceremony tomorrow, meaning his comments will more than likely dominate the next few days of news coverage for a candidate trying to prove his diplomatic chops.

Watch Johnson's remarks AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. yes, i think we all know by now that mitt romney landed in london with all the aplomb of a turd into a punch bowl.

    Posted by: alguien | Jul 26, 2012 5:03:00 PM

  2. UK Prime Minister (torrie conservative)

    Cameron soon rebuked Romney. "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 said.

    Whitehall sources = US DC mall capitol and gov buildings = "shocking' "car crash" "worse than pallin" "get him the hell out of the UK"

    LOL not even the full 1st day of his world tour

    add in netenyahu of Israel is now distancing himself from romney saying that romneys saying they were friends was wrong and he wouldn't say they were friends but more like acquaintances

    ROFLMAO repub surrogates already admitting the trip is a total fail by saying US doesnt care about foreign press...LOL Obama doing happy dance in the white house I'm sure

    drudge report (romney butt kisser) even reporting on Cameron SLAP of romney

    Posted by: say what | Jul 26, 2012 5:15:01 PM

  3. This is a classic example of wildly risk-adverse Mitt. the question was basically just a time filler since nobody cares what he thinks about the olympics. But he is in London, and he supposedly ran an olympics before, so one would think in this one unique situation he might actually have an opinion or some insight. But no, he hedges his bets to the end, saying who knows if it will turn out ok. And then lists the G4S security and immigration strike points, which have been at the top of the news cycle for a week. We really don't need a presidential contender to passively read headlines to us.

    Posted by: Brian | Jul 26, 2012 5:16:04 PM

  4. Ouch for Romney. That wasn't a very Presidential moment; I hear it's a full-time job.

    Posted by: Johnson | Jul 26, 2012 5:17:04 PM

  5. Romney should be doing a better job with foreign policy since he knows every corner of the world he can hide his money! He’s already has international financial ties which run all the way from Switzerland to the Cayman Islands. Never mind that he’s never been involved with politics outside of the US- only his millions of dollars have. Read about the role of Mitt’s money and his Magic Mormon Underwear are playing in the polls at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/05/mitt-romneys-magic-mormon-underwear.html where you can see for yourself the true power of both on display in full color!

    Posted by: Brandt Hardin | Jul 26, 2012 5:25:41 PM

  6. Where is Donald Trump to tell Mitt Romney he is making a joke out of himself and America?

    This is so embarrassing,they showed this on tv how Romney totally ripped the London Olympics and than flip flopped and praised the London Olympics. I'm just baffled this joke of a man believes he can actually improve Americas credibility when he can't even improve his own. Please God let the Obama campaign make a commercial out of this mess, please god.

    Posted by: Larry | Jul 26, 2012 5:32:19 PM

  7. This statement just released from the Boston HQ:
    Gov. Romney has made an international success doing what no other American has ever done. United the Tories and Labour! Unprecedented!


    Posted by: Gus | Jul 26, 2012 5:36:35 PM

  8. And you don't want to know what the Dowager Duchess said about him.

    Posted by: Ralph | Jul 26, 2012 5:36:48 PM

  9. I imagine it would be well beyond wonderful to have all of England laugh with you, but it must truly smart to have all of England laugh at you.

    Posted by: Johnson | Jul 26, 2012 5:37:24 PM

  10. "Clueless in London."

    You're a hard act to follow, Mittens.

    Now he has even forgotten the name of Ed Miliband, leader of the Opposition when speaking to the media........he called him "Mr.Leader" !!!!!.......that's just too easy.....the gift that keeps on giving.

    Mitt, you dope, get a prompter, ...like a note book !
    You came to London to make an impression Mitt, and you sure have.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jul 26, 2012 5:54:55 PM

  11. This is too far by entertaining. The good ol'American kitchen got too hot so he booked it out of town. He hasn't even landed yet and the kitchen across the pond is already overheated.

    America loves you Romney cause you're such a f#ck-up. Somebody, please, pass the popcorn.

    Posted by: Michael | Jul 26, 2012 5:59:40 PM

  12. I can't wait till he gets to Israel and says, "You Jews should do something about that old wall before it falls down and someone gets hurt." Ann supports him by saying, "You Jews should know those little beanie hats are no protection at all from falling stones." Asides, to each other: "I thought they had money yet everything is falling apart." "This temple is nothing compared to ours in Utah."

    Posted by: oy geh weh | Jul 26, 2012 6:20:48 PM

  13. @ OY

    with Netenyahu distancing himself already, i look foreword to an Israeli reporter asking mittens about his support of his church posthumously baptizing dead Jews into the mormon church

    get the popcorn ready

    Posted by: say what | Jul 26, 2012 6:39:41 PM

  14. Mitt is making me like these two fools (Cameron, Boris) - no easy feat!! I'm an American, living in London, and he's supposedly here to seek our money for campaign donations? No, for the amount of rounds I'm going to have to buy to pay for his ignorance, I think he'll owe ME!

    Posted by: Tim | Jul 26, 2012 6:40:57 PM

  15. He'll probably offer Netenyahu a Virginia cured ham!

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Jul 26, 2012 6:45:30 PM

  16. Just watching BBC and SKY News........the British are incandescent with Romney for his stupidity .....
    Romney has been trying to row back on his remarks all day.......it's just priceless.
    What a fool !

    @ TIM :
    Dude, this is going to cost you !

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jul 26, 2012 6:47:44 PM

  17. Mitt,
    If you think that you are down there with the Anglo-Saxons then you really are clueless.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jul 26, 2012 7:18:36 PM

  18. The problem with Mittens is that for his entire life, he has been shielded by money from ever having to suffer the consequences of his actions -- he could bully, denigrate, humiliate, etc. etc. every other person with whom he ever had any contact. And no one ever told him to STFU. I think he is such an entitled narcissist that he actually has no idea that saying/doing offensive stuff to people is problematic. He just thinks it's all some great yuks.

    Posted by: kit | Jul 26, 2012 7:31:14 PM

  19. funny

    none of the typical GOProud types (or 1 with a lot of sockpuppets) have said a word

    Hmmm, mitts flop is too big for them to defend so they must be trying to ignore it

    Posted by: say what | Jul 26, 2012 7:50:03 PM

  20. Boris Johnson is a British dweeb with bad hair.

    Posted by: jason | Jul 26, 2012 7:50:37 PM

  21. Who is attending the opening ceremony from the official administration? Obama? Biden? ...Hillary?

    Posted by: grego | Jul 26, 2012 7:59:20 PM

  22. The First Lady Michelle Obama is there in London for the opening ceremony and thank god she hasn't embarrassed America like Romney. This was his first day overseas and he is already making America look stupid and giving us bad headlines worldwide.SMH

    Posted by: Larry | Jul 26, 2012 8:12:51 PM

  23. Everybody hates Willard.

    His own party has basically described him as an automaton seat-filler who'll just sign off on any Tea Party hissy fits. This is American success?

    And is there anything that the Romneys won't throw shade at?

    Posted by: Gry | Jul 26, 2012 8:42:18 PM

  24. Ugh, I so can't wait for the debates. The president will tap dance around this idiot the GOP nominates.

    Glad the world gets to see what a classic waffling idiot Willard Romney is!

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Jul 26, 2012 9:05:44 PM

  25. Romney already won the election due to Obama's "you didn't build this" gaffe. The election's over.

    Posted by: jason | Jul 26, 2012 9:07:04 PM

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